The Ahaggar, also called Hoggar, is one of two remote mountain groups rising from the barren planes of the Sahara Desert. The Ahaggar is the further west of the two groups, rising abruptly from the vast desert of Southern Algeria. Its eastern counterpart is the Tibesti, six hundred miles away. The Sahara stretches across all of North Africa, from the Atlantic to the Nile, covering 3.5 million square miles. The Ahaggar massif is composed largely of extinct volcanoes and pinnacles of naked rock. In the center of the group is a great complex of eroded volcanic crater plugs 155-miles in diameter. This oval-shaped rock-tower is called the Kouda, and includes several high peaks, including the highest in Algeria, Tahat (9,573 ft.) Ahaggar is situated 1,000 miles south of the Mediterranean, 1.000 miles east of the Atlantic and roughly 1,000 miles north of the Bight of Benin. Hiking and climbing here are not uncommon, but the extremely dry climate and variable temperatures can sometimes be serious challenges. Temperatures range from 10 degrees Fahrenheit at night to 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
Peaks of Ahaggar Mountains
Check out any of the following peaks for additional information:
- Tahat - 9573 ft./2918 m.