Assekrem, Tamanrasset: Address, Assekrem Reviews: 5/5

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,441 contributions
Jan. 2020
For the moment you need an police escort in order to ride until this mystical place , from Tamanrasset it s 75 km , I advice you to book one night at the mountain hostel , you have to book via local agency , It s more than worth it it s unique , out of time , magical, climb on top and visit the Père Foucauld house , do the walk for sunset And sunrise
Written 16 January 2020
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Melbourne, Australia417 contributions
Assekrem: Part of the mighty Sahara Desert
Nov. 2019
I feel as though I am so far away from civilization as one can get, in this part of the world called Assekrem. The name Assekrem means the end of the world, which is entirely appropriate for the landscape that it projects. This is the meeting point for all visitors to Algeria, hoping to visit Assekrem, which is now a world heritage site.
During the day this part of the world is a waterless, inhospitable environment, a surreal, otherworldly landscape of volcanic looking rock formations that rise hundreds of metres vertically into the sky.
The stunning scenery, being in the desert and sleeping under the stars at night, is hard to describe. I am mesmerized at times, as I feel it is a trip to another world, where it is sweltering during the day, and then cold at night, maybe be barren, but always full of life.
We all sleep under a million stars, and I feel they are just above my head. The headscarf that I wear, known as a Cheche, was a bit awkward at times, eventually becomes so soothing, protecting from the wind, sand, and sun.
Today, the solitude leaves the Sahara largely uninhabited, save the nomadic Tuareg, reliant entirely on their herds and their ability to endure hardships that would destroy most people in a couple of days. I feel the outdoors does not get much greater.
We have now traveled over 1000 miles without any incidents, and the 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser does struggle over rocks, potholes, more huge rocks, and sand and still keeps ongoing.
Written 22 November 2019
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Nashville, TN506 contributions
Beautiful views
Apr. 2015 • Solo
This is a high volcanic mountain (no, no crater, but lava rocks everywhere) high in the Ahaggar National Park. A very isolated location where some monks study the weather.

The road from Tamanrasset is 15 minutes of paved road, and 3 hours of variable track, some pretty smooth, but other very hard on the vehicle. Our driver was a champion at dodging stones! Not much wild life see aside from a few donkeys and domestic camels. The views are beautiful all along.

Staying in Assekrem is really only for the hard core camper as there is very little support (no water with all the hygiene implications one can envision). I spend a hard night in a dormitory and was rapidly convinced to go to more comfortable locations.

On the way, one can see a pretty oasis (actually, more the source of a river that goes back underground) called Afilal. There is, closer to Tamanrasset, another source with "sparkling water" that tasted pretty good.
Written 1 May 2015
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