I’m looking for some info about Tim Missao area and Erg Mehejibet? I can’t find much information about them.
Erg M is a small but high erg just west of the road 50kms north of Arak. You can only get around it. We passed there last week. There is a well on the south side.
Tim Missao is a nice spot (well, rock art) but there is now an army base nearby. Last there in 2006 coming back from SEQ
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In between is Adrar Ahnet - wells, nomads, table plateaus - all very nice right down to Tesnou area. The pink route on the map link below from Moulay via 'Sing Dunes' and a green dot to In Amguel is very nice. We did it after MoG
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Strictly speaking in Algerian Tuareg lands 'tassili' means rock columns (a type of terrain, like 'erg') and there are many Tassili regions in Alg, the Tassili N'Ajjer from Amguid via Ilizzi and Djanet being the best known (Tassili Immidir
is another, tassili hoggar, etc). I tend to abbreviate the N'Ajjer as 'the Tassili' which may be why you were confused. being rocky plateaux, most tassili areas have a limited number of routes for 4x4 and motos, especially the Ajjer when you consider its size.
If you have 2 weeks in Alg I would not
consider going further east than Assekrem/Tefedest. The Tefedest and the west side (south of Ahnet etc) is mostly open driving on granite sands; you can make it up/go x-country more easily than in the east (N'Ajjer).
Have a look at this map
and you will see some routes I have done in the last few years (since the book was published - I think a couple of the wider tracks out of In Salah were planned but not actually done). Note that the modern TS highway is not shown north of Arak on these old maps and also dont forget that the new pipeline being laid along the west side of the road limits where you can get on/off the TSH a bit, but eventually you will work your way around to find a gap/bridge.
There is another map of a 2008 bike tour I did here
- possibly doable in 2 weeks out of Oran. Click back to .../dr8pix for photos. Sli Edrar is a great spot just a few km from the TSH which I spotted on my very first trip back in 1981 (pic from '86
There is plenty to see in the west IMO, and great open driving too - not much rock/corrugations to drive on like most Hoggar and some Ajjer routes (A3) and heavy dunes like Ubari so all the better for it!
PS. I just found this tracklog from 2008 tour.