Hoggar Mountains

Hoggar Mountains, photo by Joachim Himmeroder
Hoggar Mountains (photo by Joachim Himmeroder)
 

The Hoggar Mountains are a highland region located in the central Saharan part of southern Algeria.

The area is largely rocky desert with an average elevation of more than 3,000 ft (900 m) and a high point, Mount Tahat, at 9,541 ft (2,908 m).

Since the elevation moderates the climate relative to most other areas of the Sahara, the Hoggar Mountains are a major location for biodiversity and host relict species.

The mountains are also home to a collection of rock paintings from 6000 BC.

The main travel hub is Tamanrasset, built in a desert valley (wadi).

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Archeological Sites
Prehistoric settlement is evident from extant rock paintings dating to 6000 BC. The tomb of Tin Hinan, a woman believed to be the ancestor of the Tuareg, is located at Abalessa, an oasis near Tamanrasset.
Natural
Deserts
The Hoggar massif contains some of the Sahara’s most beautiful desert scenery. The mountain range is chiefly volcanic rock and contains a hot summer climate, with a cold winter climate (temperatures fall below 0 °C (32 °F). Rainfall is rare and sporadic. The Hoggar Mountains are part of the West Saharan montane xeric woodlands ecoregion. It is also one of the national parks of the country.
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