In an Islamic country you should expect to wake up with a start when the sound of a muezzin starts at 5 o'clock in the morning but here the first thing I hear is an early cockcrow. A ceaseless crow withal ... It's already hot when we start walking around 9 o'clock. Out of the village of Tasgaywalt the path goes straight up again and as a consequence my face is already streaming with sweat. We keep ascending with the trail as it gets gradually steeper and the zigzags grow sharper.
There stand a lot of big junipers on the mountain slopes. They often represent the tree limit and can have very impressive dimensions. This hardy species is able to support extreme climatical conditions. Its sturdiness expresses oneself also through its resistance to mutilations. To these high altitudes (between 2000 and 3000m), the juniper constitutes the only wood findable for the inhabitants, but as a result of its regression, the mountain dweller's life will become more difficult and the disappearance of these trees will probably lead to a massive rural depopulation.
After a further 60 minutes of this the track leads onto a wide col, Tizi n'Rougoult (2860m). A network of well worn mule tracks lead over Tizi (col) to link with other valleys. There's a tempting , grassy area where we take a short break and refill our water bottles at a spring. From hereon, we will only follow the Titra stream downwards into the ravine. We criss-cross the stream jumping from one stone to another. At lunch time, we catch up with the porters and the mules at a quiet location near the stream. It has become kind of a habit that the cook has prepared a large dish with rice, pilchards, olives, oranges and lots of sliced vegetables for lunch on our arrival. After this delicious meal, it's time for a foot-bath and a siesta.
In the afternoon we set up our tents near the village of Rougoult . It will be for the last time because tomorrow we'll reach our destination point, the gîte of Agouti. After having tea at the local teacher's house we visit his classroom. The children are very enthousiastic and they even sing a song for us. That night most of us decide to sleep outside, under the open sky crowded with thousands and thousands of twinkling little stars!