Tizi n'Tichka

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Tizi n'Tichka
Tizi n'Tichka.jpg
Elevation 2,260 m (7,415 ft)
Location Morocco
Range Atlas Mountains
Coordinates 31°17′9″N 7°22′51″W / 31.28583°N 7.38083°W / 31.28583; -7.38083Coordinates: 31°17′9″N 7°22′51″W / 31.28583°N 7.38083°W / 31.28583; -7.38083
Tizi n'Tichka is located in Morocco
Tizi n'Tichka
Tizi n'Tichka
Col du Tichka

Tizi n'Tichka (Tashelhit:ⵜⵉⵣⵉ ⵏ ⵜⵉⵛⴽⴰ, Tizi, mountain pass; Išqqa, difficult)[1] is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the gateway of the Sahara Desert. From November - March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun.[2] It reaches an elevation of 2,260 m above the sea level and is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. The road was constructed by the French military in 1936,[3] and is now part of National Route 9 (Morocco).

The last wild Barbary lion sighted in the Western Atlas was shot near Tizi n'Tichka pass in 1942.[4]

Tizi n'Tichka Pass


  1. ^ English-TashlHeet / TashlHeet-English (pdf). Morocco: Peace Corps. Retrieved 2014-05-22 – via Friends of Morocco.  (Archive)
  2. ^ "TIZI N' TICHKA PASS Crossing the Tizi n' Tichka Pass in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco". trazzler. trazzler. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Side Trips in Ouarzazate". Frommers. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ Black, Simon A.; Fellous, Amina; Yamaguchi, Nobuyuki; Roberts, David L. (2013-04-03). "Examining the Extinction of the Barbary Lion and Its Implications for Felid Conservation". PLoS ONE. 8 (4): –60174. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060174. PMC 3616087Freely accessible. PMID 23573239. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 

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