|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Nearest major airport:||Lomé|
Thanks to Sven Bugarski for adding this peak.
With 986m (3234ft), Mont Agou is the highest mountain in the Westafrican state of Togo. It lies in the south-west of the country near the town of Kpalimé, which is well connected by public transport to the capital Lomé (120km distance, around 2 hours of driving).
At the foot of the mountain lies the rural town Agou, which consists of several small settlements each named "Agou" and a second name specific for the village. Although Mont Agou is said to be a part of the Atakora mountains, it looks like a free-standing mountain impressively towering above the plain.
Mont Agou can already be recognized from far-away by its size and by the antenna on its top. Most of the mountain is covered with tropical vegetation. The mountain is well-accessible, as a road leads directly to the summit. Furthermore, there is a village on the upper slopes that can be visited but does not contain tourist/hiking facilities. A permit is required to enter the very summit, because it lies on the premises of the radio station. This permit can either be negotiated with the staff on the summit by paying an adequate fee or - the more easy way - go to the summit in company with locals who will arrange the permit with the radio station staff.
Given the tropical climate in Togo and the moderate height of the mountain, temperatures at the mountain are only by a few degrees Celsius less than at sea level. It is recommended to ascend in the dry season (November - April) and then preferably in the early morning to avoid the midday heat during ascent. However, as the mountain features well-kept paths, a road and has no technical difficulties, going up the mountain is generally possible year around and at any daytime.
Thanks to Sven Bugarski for this description.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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- Log #22457 - by Sven Bugarski on Jan 07, 2014Mont Agou is by road very well accessible, it is even possible to drive up to the radio station on the summit plateau. My intention during my visit in Togo in December 2013 was not to drive but to...