The road to Tizi n'Bab n'Ouyyad is not for the sissies
Tizi n'Bab n'Ouyyad is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.290m (7,513ft) above the sea level located in the High Atlas of central Morocco. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers.
Located within the Haut Atlas Oriental National Park, the road to the summit, also known as Bab n-Ouayad, is extreme. It’s called R317. There is little room for error on this road. Expect gravel and asphalt surface bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.
The pass lies between Imilchil (in Midelt Province) and Tizi N'Isly (Béni Mellal Province). Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides.
It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Med Amouri