Algeria - "Hiking in the Tassili Hoggar"

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Write by Arnaud, the 18 May 2018 - Aucun comment(s)

Algeria is one of the largest countries in North Africa. Half of the country is part of the immensity of the Sahara Desert. The area I visited is one of the most beautiful in the Sahara: the Tassili of Hoggar. I left with the agency Huwans (Club Adventure), now called Huwans. We were twelve people, as it was the Easter holidays, there were a few students and a ten year old child who kept pace with the stay. We were in the last Club Adventure groups starting this season, we felt a lot of the heat during this stay. Initially, the temperature was bearable because we were at 1300 meters altitude in Tamanrasset. But the further we go to the Tassili region, which is 700 meters above sea level, the warmer the heat. Taking pictures of landscapes in these conditions is not ideal, because a mist of ambient heat was present all day. Also with this heat dangerous animals like vipers start to come out. So the advice is to leave earlier in the season, the best time is to leave in November.

1 – Course map and country information :

carte_0070.jpgAlgerian flag :

drapeaux_0033.jpg

Population : 34 400 000 inhabitants
Area : 2 382 000 km²
Capital : Alger
Languages : Arabe, Berbère, français
Religion : Islam Sunnite
Change : Dinnar algérien, 1 DA = 0,01€
Government : People's Democratic Republic

2 – The preparation :

The flight :

Several companies serve Tamanrasset, there is obviously the national company: Air Algérie. But also charters that can take you to Tamanrasset. The company I took is: Aigle Azur. It's a very good company, there is nothing to say. The service on board is impeccable, the planes are well entrenched and the flights depart on time. The only minor drawback is certainly the schedule. The take-off is late in the evening, I left at 23:45 and the return is at 4:00 am in Tamanrasset. Obviously with these times we arrive late at night.

The formalities :

Passport and visa : like most countries it is obviously necessary to have a passport whose validity is greater than 6 months after the end of the envisaged stay. It is also imperative to have a visa that must be collected at the Algerian consulate in your area, in Paris, it is located in the 19th arrondissement at 48 rue Bouret - 75019 PARIS. Attention: all the agencies like Club Aventure do not take care for you to obtain the visa for Algeria, the approach is personal! The number of pieces to provide is important, you need: 2 photocopies of the first and last page of your passport (the one with your address), 3 pictures of recent identities, a certificate of insurance of your trip (I you advise to take the one provided by the travel agency), a photocopy of the last payslip, the letter of invitation of the agency which receives you in Algeria (for Club Aventure, it subcontracts with a local agency of Tamanrasset : Hoggar Soleil), the 33 euros for the visa fees, and finally the 2 forms provided by the Consulate (you can download them directly by clicking HERE and fill them out before bringing them back to the Consulate). Do not forget any documents, otherwise your file will be refused at the Consulate. I advise you the day you want to file your file to come soon enough, because there are many people waiting to do the same thing. Ditto also when you will withdraw your visa. The lead time is 48 hours. If you plan to go to Algeria during the holidays I advise you not to come at the last moment if you want to make a visa, because the waiting time will increase. Arm yourself with patience when you land at Tamanrasset, it takes about 1 to 2 hours at the customs, because they are very long to check passports and visas. Also very important, their form to fill when you arrive, write especially in capital letters! Otherwise you will start again. And at 4 o'clock in the morning we are a little tired of the trip.

- Health :

For Algeria there is nothing obligatory to take, only if you go in the desert, plan some vaccines to be done before like thypoid and tetanus. You can do vaccinations at the Institut Pasteur. Also plan if you go to the desert for water purifying tablets like Aquatabs that are better than others, because they act for 30 minutes. Be careful also to animals, there is an epidemic of rage, do not touch them !

- Local agency in Tamanrasset :

If you do not want to go through a travel agency in France, you can contact the local agency in Tamanrasset through which we have gone, it is Hoggar Soleil. This agency is not bad, the logistics are good and the guides are really very nice! To recommend.

 3 – The stay :

DSC_6056.jpg

Sunday, April 8, 2007: The takeoff of Roissy Terminal 1 was scheduled for 23:45. The plane was well on time. After 4 hours of travel we arrive around 3am in Tamanrasset. The checks and the passage to the customs will last about two hours! Arm yourself with patience, they control everything! Enter the customs form in capital letters, otherwise you will have to redo it. It is very helpful too, bring with you a photocopy of the letter of invitation provided by the local agency, as they seem a little lost, they ask you where you are going during the stay. People in front of me stayed a long time talking because they did not have this letter. Arriving around 5:00 in the morning camp at the agency, we took a rest to leave around 9:00 to the Tassili. We had a long stage of 4X4 ​​to arrive at the place of our first bivouac. We cross long stretches of desert, at the end of the day we stop for a stroll of one hour before arriving at our bivouac.

Photos Album : The 1st Day

DSC_6091.jpg

Monday, April 9, 2007: We continue our journey by a morning of 4X4 ​​to the entrance of Tassili Park Hoggar. We are crossing large desert areas on the way. As we descend from altitude the heat increases more and more. At lunch break, we stop for more than 3 hours. We will have this break every day until the end of the stay, at this time the heat is very important and the afternoon sun is not recommended at all for long walks. After this break we finally start our trek of 3 hours to the 2nd bivouac of Tassili, in the Tahaggart massif. We cross long desert stretches in the region of Youf Aghlal "Valley of the Buddhas" and we pass by small canyons. We already see the beautiful rock massifs shaped by erosion. The rock in the Tassili is gray sandstone, a very friable stone, where the wind and the sand did not have difficulties to cut this rock.

Photos Album : the 2nd Day

DSC_6201.jpg

Tuesday, April 10, 2007: We start this day with an hour of 4X4 to take us a few kilometers from our bivouac, the place of our next step on foot. We start walking through wadis and small valleys. We cross a succession of massive and rocky peaks more incredible than each other by their dimensions and their forms. We arrive in Immeskor for the picnic after ten kilometers traveled in a heat overwhelming. In the afternoon we visit a mountain where some caves contain rock paintings. We then climb to this mount where at the top we have a magnificent view of the Tassili. At the end of the afternoon we join our next bivouac in the beautiful site of Tin Tarabine.

Photos Album : the 3nd Day

DSC_6301.jpg

Wednesday, April 11, 2007: During the night at this bivouac, we will admire every evening the beautiful starry sky that offers us. We can admire an infinite number of stars and the beautiful milky way, it's been a long time since I have seen such a spectacle. The next day we wake up on a beautiful sunny view of Tassili, because we settled our camp on the heights of a dune. During this day we will still cross quite different sites than the others of Tassili. Initially we walk about 1:30 through a maze of rocky peaks at Tin Akacheker to join the SUV. They take us to about thirty kilometers on another site where we will climb a huge dune. Up there we have a beautiful view of the Tassili. The afternoon is certainly the most tiring hike of the week, we will cross on foot for ten kilometers a desert where there is nothing but sand. At the end of the day we reach the most mythical site of Tassili: stone mushrooms, we set up our bivouac for the next night under the stars.

Photos Album : the 4nd Day

DSC_6412.jpg

Thursday 12 April 2007: Today is the most beautiful hike of the stay and we finish with the apotheosis. This day is devoted entirely to hiking, we take no vehicles to reach the site Tagrera. We begin the trek through an entire field of incredible stone shapes. This hike lasts a good part of the morning. Erosion here has played a huge role on the stone, it has shaped for millennia to carve a mushroom shape, it's really fantastic. In the late morning, we cross a large rocky massif where immensely rocky peaks point to the sky. After 3 hours of naps, because it is very hot at this time and we are obliged to shelter from the sun until it begins to lie down. Towards the middle of the afternoon we start another hike for 2 hours where we will certainly cross the most beautiful site of the stay. Here are the most beautiful and well-known landscapes of Tassili, really a paradise for the photographer. At the end of the day we will join our bivouac which is in front of the rocky massif that we have just crossed.

Photos Album : the 5nd Day

DSC_6438.jpg

Friday, April 13, 2007: Last half-day walk in the Tassili before heading back to Tamanrasset. We start this day with two hours of marches to join the SUV that will take us to the last site we visit. We cross a long stretch of desert, where the soil is of a rather curious color. One would have thought that there is a carpet of greenery, in fact it is the sandstone which is here of green and black color. The 4X4 then take us to the site of El Ghessour, where we travel for about 2 kms a very narrow canyon. This small canyon is strangely similar to Petra's long, small Sicq in Jordan. Further towards the end of the canyon, we arrive at small expanses of water that obstruct the passage. Fortunately the depth is not very important and we can easily make this passage on foot. At the end of the small canyon, we find an exit to the top which brings us back to the entrance. In the afternoon, before taking the 4WD towards the return path to Tamanrasset, we will visit a large cave where some rock paintings are still visible. We resume our way to Tamanrasset where we stop for the last bivouac in Wadi Zazir. Before arriving at the bivouac, on the way we fill up with water to a very small oasis, because during more than 4 days we could not refuel and the jéricans were almost dry. The next day we take the road to arrive in early afternoon in Tamanrasset. While waiting for the plane at 4 o'clock in the morning, we have plenty of time in the late afternoon to visit Tamanrasset.

Photos Album : the 6nd Day

Comment on the trip : The south of Algeria and more particularly the Tassili park of Hoggar is really interesting to visit. From one place to another in this region, you can discover a completely different landscape. Between huge dunes, rocky mountains cut by erosion and long desert landscape, Tassili Hoggar is one of the most beautiful deserts of the Sahara. Also the light throughout the day decorates the landscapes of this beautiful region of southern Algeria. The period is important to take full advantage of the landscapes of Tassili, the month of November is conducive to this visit. To be honest, I highly recommend visiting the Tassili of Hoggar, you will not be disappointed !

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Posted the September Saturday 29, 2007 - 18:46 by FLATTET Monique et Jean-Claude

Bravo pour votre compte-rendu qui nous donne une bonne idée du HOGGAR et aussi pour les commentaires sur toutes les formalités à accomplir.
Nous devons partir en mars 2008 avec ACABAO (filiale de POINT-AFRIQUE).
Merci beaucoup. :lol: 

Posted the September Saturday 29, 2007 - 18:46 by FLATTET Monique et Jean-Claude

Bravo pour votre compte-rendu qui nous donne une bonne idée du HOGGAR et aussi pour les commentaires sur toutes les formalités à accomplir.
Nous devons partir en mars 2008 avec ACABAO (filiale de POINT-AFRIQUE).
Merci beaucoup. :lol: 

Posted the March Wednesday 11, 2009 - 18:43 by caroni

je part le 21 mars au 29 mars
nouvelle lune
tassili du hoggar
pourriez vous m indiquer un site pour
carte du ciel
caroniolivier6@gmail.com

Posted the March Wednesday 11, 2009 - 18:43 by caroni

je part le 21 mars au 29 mars
nouvelle lune
tassili du hoggar
pourriez vous m indiquer un site pour
carte du ciel
caroniolivier6@gmail.com

Posted the March Monday 24, 2014 - 17:00 by Regardssurlaterre

un très beau pays, à découvrir

Posted the March Monday 24, 2014 - 17:00 by Regardssurlaterre

un très beau pays, à découvrir

Write by Arnaud, the 18 May 2018 - 3 comment(s)

Algeria is one of the largest countries in North Africa. Half of the country is part of the immensity of the Sahara Desert. The area I visited is one of the most beautiful in the Sahara: the Tassili of Hoggar. I left with the agency Huwans (Club Adventure), now called Huwans. We were twelve people, as it was the Easter holidays, there were a few students and a ten year old child who kept pace with the stay. We were in the last Club Adventure groups starting this season, we felt a lot of the heat during this stay. Initially, the temperature was bearable because we were at 1300 meters altitude in Tamanrasset. But the further we go to the Tassili region, which is 700 meters above sea level, the warmer the heat. Taking pictures of landscapes in these conditions is not ideal, because a mist of ambient heat was present all day. Also with this heat dangerous animals like vipers start to come out. So the advice is to leave earlier in the season, the best time is to leave in November.

1 – Course map and country information :

carte_0070.jpgAlgerian flag :

drapeaux_0033.jpg

Population : 34 400 000 inhabitants
Area : 2 382 000 km²
Capital : Alger
Languages : Arabe, Berbère, français
Religion : Islam Sunnite
Change : Dinnar algérien, 1 DA = 0,01€
Government : People's Democratic Republic

2 – The preparation :

The flight :

Several companies serve Tamanrasset, there is obviously the national company: Air Algérie. But also charters that can take you to Tamanrasset. The company I took is: Aigle Azur. It's a very good company, there is nothing to say. The service on board is impeccable, the planes are well entrenched and the flights depart on time. The only minor drawback is certainly the schedule. The take-off is late in the evening, I left at 23:45 and the return is at 4:00 am in Tamanrasset. Obviously with these times we arrive late at night.

The formalities :

Passport and visa : like most countries it is obviously necessary to have a passport whose validity is greater than 6 months after the end of the envisaged stay. It is also imperative to have a visa that must be collected at the Algerian consulate in your area, in Paris, it is located in the 19th arrondissement at 48 rue Bouret - 75019 PARIS. Attention: all the agencies like Club Aventure do not take care for you to obtain the visa for Algeria, the approach is personal! The number of pieces to provide is important, you need: 2 photocopies of the first and last page of your passport (the one with your address), 3 pictures of recent identities, a certificate of insurance of your trip (I you advise to take the one provided by the travel agency), a photocopy of the last payslip, the letter of invitation of the agency which receives you in Algeria (for Club Aventure, it subcontracts with a local agency of Tamanrasset : Hoggar Soleil), the 33 euros for the visa fees, and finally the 2 forms provided by the Consulate (you can download them directly by clicking HERE and fill them out before bringing them back to the Consulate). Do not forget any documents, otherwise your file will be refused at the Consulate. I advise you the day you want to file your file to come soon enough, because there are many people waiting to do the same thing. Ditto also when you will withdraw your visa. The lead time is 48 hours. If you plan to go to Algeria during the holidays I advise you not to come at the last moment if you want to make a visa, because the waiting time will increase. Arm yourself with patience when you land at Tamanrasset, it takes about 1 to 2 hours at the customs, because they are very long to check passports and visas. Also very important, their form to fill when you arrive, write especially in capital letters! Otherwise you will start again. And at 4 o'clock in the morning we are a little tired of the trip.

- Health :

For Algeria there is nothing obligatory to take, only if you go in the desert, plan some vaccines to be done before like thypoid and tetanus. You can do vaccinations at the Institut Pasteur. Also plan if you go to the desert for water purifying tablets like Aquatabs that are better than others, because they act for 30 minutes. Be careful also to animals, there is an epidemic of rage, do not touch them !

- Local agency in Tamanrasset :

If you do not want to go through a travel agency in France, you can contact the local agency in Tamanrasset through which we have gone, it is Hoggar Soleil. This agency is not bad, the logistics are good and the guides are really very nice! To recommend.

 3 – The stay :

DSC_6056.jpg

Sunday, April 8, 2007: The takeoff of Roissy Terminal 1 was scheduled for 23:45. The plane was well on time. After 4 hours of travel we arrive around 3am in Tamanrasset. The checks and the passage to the customs will last about two hours! Arm yourself with patience, they control everything! Enter the customs form in capital letters, otherwise you will have to redo it. It is very helpful too, bring with you a photocopy of the letter of invitation provided by the local agency, as they seem a little lost, they ask you where you are going during the stay. People in front of me stayed a long time talking because they did not have this letter. Arriving around 5:00 in the morning camp at the agency, we took a rest to leave around 9:00 to the Tassili. We had a long stage of 4X4 ​​to arrive at the place of our first bivouac. We cross long stretches of desert, at the end of the day we stop for a stroll of one hour before arriving at our bivouac.

Photos Album : The 1st Day

DSC_6091.jpg

Monday, April 9, 2007: We continue our journey by a morning of 4X4 ​​to the entrance of Tassili Park Hoggar. We are crossing large desert areas on the way. As we descend from altitude the heat increases more and more. At lunch break, we stop for more than 3 hours. We will have this break every day until the end of the stay, at this time the heat is very important and the afternoon sun is not recommended at all for long walks. After this break we finally start our trek of 3 hours to the 2nd bivouac of Tassili, in the Tahaggart massif. We cross long desert stretches in the region of Youf Aghlal "Valley of the Buddhas" and we pass by small canyons. We already see the beautiful rock massifs shaped by erosion. The rock in the Tassili is gray sandstone, a very friable stone, where the wind and the sand did not have difficulties to cut this rock.

Photos Album : the 2nd Day

DSC_6201.jpg

Tuesday, April 10, 2007: We start this day with an hour of 4X4 to take us a few kilometers from our bivouac, the place of our next step on foot. We start walking through wadis and small valleys. We cross a succession of massive and rocky peaks more incredible than each other by their dimensions and their forms. We arrive in Immeskor for the picnic after ten kilometers traveled in a heat overwhelming. In the afternoon we visit a mountain where some caves contain rock paintings. We then climb to this mount where at the top we have a magnificent view of the Tassili. At the end of the afternoon we join our next bivouac in the beautiful site of Tin Tarabine.

Photos Album : the 3nd Day

DSC_6301.jpg

Wednesday, April 11, 2007: During the night at this bivouac, we will admire every evening the beautiful starry sky that offers us. We can admire an infinite number of stars and the beautiful milky way, it's been a long time since I have seen such a spectacle. The next day we wake up on a beautiful sunny view of Tassili, because we settled our camp on the heights of a dune. During this day we will still cross quite different sites than the others of Tassili. Initially we walk about 1:30 through a maze of rocky peaks at Tin Akacheker to join the SUV. They take us to about thirty kilometers on another site where we will climb a huge dune. Up there we have a beautiful view of the Tassili. The afternoon is certainly the most tiring hike of the week, we will cross on foot for ten kilometers a desert where there is nothing but sand. At the end of the day we reach the most mythical site of Tassili: stone mushrooms, we set up our bivouac for the next night under the stars.

Photos Album : the 4nd Day

DSC_6412.jpg

Thursday 12 April 2007: Today is the most beautiful hike of the stay and we finish with the apotheosis. This day is devoted entirely to hiking, we take no vehicles to reach the site Tagrera. We begin the trek through an entire field of incredible stone shapes. This hike lasts a good part of the morning. Erosion here has played a huge role on the stone, it has shaped for millennia to carve a mushroom shape, it's really fantastic. In the late morning, we cross a large rocky massif where immensely rocky peaks point to the sky. After 3 hours of naps, because it is very hot at this time and we are obliged to shelter from the sun until it begins to lie down. Towards the middle of the afternoon we start another hike for 2 hours where we will certainly cross the most beautiful site of the stay. Here are the most beautiful and well-known landscapes of Tassili, really a paradise for the photographer. At the end of the day we will join our bivouac which is in front of the rocky massif that we have just crossed.

Photos Album : the 5nd Day

DSC_6438.jpg

Friday, April 13, 2007: Last half-day walk in the Tassili before heading back to Tamanrasset. We start this day with two hours of marches to join the SUV that will take us to the last site we visit. We cross a long stretch of desert, where the soil is of a rather curious color. One would have thought that there is a carpet of greenery, in fact it is the sandstone which is here of green and black color. The 4X4 then take us to the site of El Ghessour, where we travel for about 2 kms a very narrow canyon. This small canyon is strangely similar to Petra's long, small Sicq in Jordan. Further towards the end of the canyon, we arrive at small expanses of water that obstruct the passage. Fortunately the depth is not very important and we can easily make this passage on foot. At the end of the small canyon, we find an exit to the top which brings us back to the entrance. In the afternoon, before taking the 4WD towards the return path to Tamanrasset, we will visit a large cave where some rock paintings are still visible. We resume our way to Tamanrasset where we stop for the last bivouac in Wadi Zazir. Before arriving at the bivouac, on the way we fill up with water to a very small oasis, because during more than 4 days we could not refuel and the jéricans were almost dry. The next day we take the road to arrive in early afternoon in Tamanrasset. While waiting for the plane at 4 o'clock in the morning, we have plenty of time in the late afternoon to visit Tamanrasset.

Photos Album : the 6nd Day

Comment on the trip : The south of Algeria and more particularly the Tassili park of Hoggar is really interesting to visit. From one place to another in this region, you can discover a completely different landscape. Between huge dunes, rocky mountains cut by erosion and long desert landscape, Tassili Hoggar is one of the most beautiful deserts of the Sahara. Also the light throughout the day decorates the landscapes of this beautiful region of southern Algeria. The period is important to take full advantage of the landscapes of Tassili, the month of November is conducive to this visit. To be honest, I highly recommend visiting the Tassili of Hoggar, you will not be disappointed !

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Posted the September Saturday 29, 2007 - 18:46 by FLATTET Monique et Jean-Claude

Bravo pour votre compte-rendu qui nous donne une bonne idée du HOGGAR et aussi pour les commentaires sur toutes les formalités à accomplir.
Nous devons partir en mars 2008 avec ACABAO (filiale de POINT-AFRIQUE).
Merci beaucoup. :lol: 

Posted the September Saturday 29, 2007 - 18:46 by FLATTET Monique et Jean-Claude

Bravo pour votre compte-rendu qui nous donne une bonne idée du HOGGAR et aussi pour les commentaires sur toutes les formalités à accomplir.
Nous devons partir en mars 2008 avec ACABAO (filiale de POINT-AFRIQUE).
Merci beaucoup. :lol: 

Posted the March Wednesday 11, 2009 - 18:43 by caroni

je part le 21 mars au 29 mars
nouvelle lune
tassili du hoggar
pourriez vous m indiquer un site pour
carte du ciel
caroniolivier6@gmail.com

Posted the March Wednesday 11, 2009 - 18:43 by caroni

je part le 21 mars au 29 mars
nouvelle lune
tassili du hoggar
pourriez vous m indiquer un site pour
carte du ciel
caroniolivier6@gmail.com

Posted the March Monday 24, 2014 - 17:00 by Regardssurlaterre

un très beau pays, à découvrir

Posted the March Monday 24, 2014 - 17:00 by Regardssurlaterre

un très beau pays, à découvrir