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Hoggar Mountains | Tamanghasset, Algeria


23° 14' 57.4836" N, 5° 40' 27.9768" E
Hoggar Mountains

Hoggar Mountains - Photo: morningstar

The Hoggar Mountains (Arabic: جبال هقار‎, Berber: idurar n Ahaggar), also known as the Ahaggar, are a highland region in central Sahara, or southern Algeria, along the Tropic of Cancer. They are located about 930 mi (1500 km) south of the capital, Algiers. The region is largely rocky desert with an average altitude of more than 3000 ft (900 m) above sea level. The highest peak, Mount Tahat, is at 9541 ft (2908 m). Assekrem is a famous and often visited point where Charles de Foucauld built a hermitage in 1911. The main city near the Hoggar Mountains is Tamanrasset, built in a desert valley or wadi.

Prehistoric settlement is evident from extant rock paintings dating to 6000 BC. The Hoggar massif is the land of the Tuaregs or Kel Hoggar. The tomb of Tin Hinan, the woman believed to be the ancestor of the Tuareg is located at Abalessa, an oasis near Tamanrasset. According to legend, the Tim Lam are from the Tafilalt region in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.

More infos: Wikipedia

Hoggar Mountains

Assekrem Pass - Photo: getintravel

Hoggar Mountains

Hoggar Mountains - Photo: Brigitte Djajasasmita

Hoggar Mountains

Hoggar Mountains - Photo: suricate

Hoggar Mountains

Hoggar Mountains - Photo: cooldesert

SUBMITTED ON 01.11.2014.