Mount Agou

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Bob Morane
84 bidrag
apr. 2022
Les photos parleront mieux que moi de ce village isolé à flanc de montagne, traversé par un sentier que vous fera découvrir un guide local.
Skrevet 11. april 2022
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Danytwo
Paris, Frankrike27 241 bidrag
okt. 2021
Le mont Agou , qui est le plus haut sommet du Togo , culmine à 986 mètres d'altitude , au dessus de la cité historique de Kpalimé dans le centre du Togo . Il est aussi le point culminant de la chaîne de l'Atacora , qui s'étend de Accra au Ghana jusqu'au fleuve Niger . Faire l'ascension de cette éminence , ne pose pas de difficultés particulières à pied . Mais , même en véhicule adapté à la piste , qui y mène , elle est assez difficile et dans un état calamiteux .

Il vaut mieux y aller à pied et l'on peut ainsi traverser des forêts encore denses , des villages Ewé, notamment Kébo Dzigbé , perchés à flanc de montagne . Arrivé au sommet , la vue qui s'offre est magnifique , à condition d'avoir beau temps , ce qui n'est pas toujours le cas . Là haut , règne un microclimat , qui permet d'observer une végétation tropicale très riche en variétés notamment des irokos , palmiers ikowés , des acacias , baobabs , santal , etc
Dans les villages , que l'on traverse avec leurs cases en pisé ou en briques d'argile rouge ,il y a aussi des plantations de café , des manguiers , des plantations de cacao , de bananes , d'avocats , tarots , etc et avec la gentillesse des Ewés , c'est vraiment agréable .
Le prix du passage pour l'accès au sommet serait "normalement" de 5500 frs , mais beaucoup arrivent à marchander ce prix , même s'il est fixé par la Préfecture qui , en contre partie , ne fait pas grand chose pour améliorer les conditions d'accès !!
Skrevet 20. november 2021
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Gaël G
Marseille, Frankrike12 bidrag
feb. 2021
Point culminant du Togo facilement accessible en voiture. Possibilité de se rendre à pied dans un village sur le Mont. Très pittoresque
Skrevet 15. februar 2021
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Olivier M
7 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Alene
J’ai adoré la randonnée du Mont Agou, point culminant du Togo. Le chemin permettant d’accéder au sommet traverse deux petits villages plein de charme et propose de nombreux points de vue sur la région. L’accès au site est payant.

La randonnée est sûrement faisable sans guide mais je ne regrette pas d’avoir fait appel à Gabriel (WhatsApp +228 91 42 73 80). Je n’aurais pas trouvé les petits chemins traversant les villages par moi-même et Gabriel m’a donné des explications sur la végétation rencontrée ainsi que sur les pratiques locales. Il s’est montré arrangeant, disponible et efficace. En s’adaptant parfaitement à mon rythme et à mes envies, il m’a permis de profiter au maximum de ma seule journée dans la région. Après le Mont Agou, j’avais demandé à aller à la cascade Tomegbe où j’ai pu me baigner (malgré la saison sèche) et à clôturer la journée dans la vallée des chauves-souris. Nous nous sommes mis d’accord sur un prix à la journée tout compris (taxi-moto de confiance, frais d’accès aux différents sites et ses services) et il s’est chargé de tout avec succès. Je n’aurais pas pu passer une aussi belle journée sans son aide.
Skrevet 20. februar 2020
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Fonts Anna F
10 bidrag
jul. 2019
Una caminata que no es facil debido a que tiene desnivel y hace mucha humedad, pero no hay que dejar de ir, al llegar arriba tienes una vista de la planicie muy verde y se ven todas las aldeas.
Skrevet 30. september 2019
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Chavetas
La Coruña, Spania769 bidrag
apr. 2019
Monte Agou, el más alto del país con sus 986 metros te ofrece un entorno de naturaleza privilegiado realmente espectacular, de bosques tropicales y pueblos llenos de encanto encaramados en la montaña.
Skrevet 30. september 2019
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GoranWembley
Storbritannia4 091 bidrag
des. 2018 • Venner
Mount Agou with its near 1000m peak is the highest mountain in Togo. Beautiful villages, friendly people and a nice short trek. Guide and transpotation arranged by Chez Fanny.
Skrevet 3. juli 2019
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TMR1004
Valley Forge, PA389 bidrag
feb. 2019 • Alene
1. Introduction
At 986 meters (3,234 ft.) Mt. Agou is not a huge mountain, but it is the highest in Togo and in the Atakora Moutains which range from Ghana to Benin. Mt. Agou is a monadnock, an isolated mountain that rises abruptly from relatively flat terrain. It is a beautiful, relatively short hike that is appropriate for anyone in reasonable condition. There are good views from the summit, but the highlight for me was the trail itself. It had a wonderful duality of natural beauty and cultural charm. I had trouble getting good information about this climb before doing it, so I thought I would write this review with the hope that it might make it easier for others to enjoy this adventure.

2. Trailhead
The “official” trailhead is about a 2 hour drive from Lome on the road toward Kpalime. About 15 km before reaching Kpalime, there is a road on your right with a sign indicating that it leads to Mt. Agou. The “official” trailhead is about 1 km up this road on your left-hand side and is called Akumawa. There are park officials here. This being said, the road goes all the way to the summit – so people who do not wish to climb the entire 3 miles (one way) to the summit, can opt to drive higher and start at any of the multiple places where the “trail” crosses the road.

3. Information Sources
1) Explore Togo – They are a tour company located in Lome, but offer many different trips in both Togo and Benin, including the hike of Mt. Agou. They have an excellent website. Contact Riza at tour@exploretogo.com.
2) Passi Wogodo – This is the person/service that I used to coordinate everything. He did an excellent job for me providing transport from Lome and arranged my climbs of Mt. Agou and Mt. Kloto. His contact info is:
Email: wogodopascal@gmail.com
Phone: +228 9055 8403
I highly recommend both Explore Togo and Passi.

4. Level of difficulty
Again, this trail is appropriate for anyone in reasonable condition, because you have the option of driving part way up the mountain if you believe the 3 mile (one way), 2,000 vt. ft. ascent is a little more than you would like to do. If you are using a guide and have any doubts about where you should start, I would recommend talking with them and deciding what is best for you.

5. Best time of year
This trail can be climbed year round. October through January are the driest, hottest months. The rainy season is July and August, but the temperatures are cooler.

6. Options
Literally, this trail can be anywhere from a 15 minute to a 3 hour one way climb to the summit. Options for the length and duration of your climb are numerous. In addition to starting at Akumawa, you could start at any of the 5 locations where the trail crosses the road or anywhere in between. You may also arrange to just ascend the mountain and descend by car.

7. Guides
Guides are available by either arranging them in advance through a tour company like Explore Togo, or Passi, or they can be hired when you reach Akumawa. Guides are not mandatory, but although the trail is easy to follow in places, there are many places where the trail divides, and without a guide, I would have had no idea which way to go. The cost of a guide is only about $20 US and I felt it was money well spent. In addition, you must pay an entrance fee to climb the mountain. This can also be done in Akumawa. The cost is about $10 US. Without your receipt for this, you will not be permitted to cross the final checkpoint before the summit.

8. Trail distances
3 miles (one way) to the top using the trail from Akumawa.
5 miles (one way) to the top just using the road from Akumawa.

9. Elevations
Trail head (at Akumawa) 1,184 ft.
Summit 3,234 ft.

10. Vertical Elevations
You will climb 2,050 vt. ft. to the summit. There are no ups and downs on this trail. You are always walking uphill.

11. Trail description
The trail is about 75% on a single track dirt trail and about 25% on the paved road. It is forested the entire way, but there are certain sections (especially on the road) where there can be a lot of sun exposure. Sections of the dirt trail are steep, but most of the walking on the road is on a gradual incline. You will walk through 2 small villages and numerous coffee/cocoa farms. The summit was occupied by both the Germans and the French and some of the fortifications still remain.

12. Water along trail
There is no water along the trail. Carry what you need. 1 liter was sufficient for me to the summit.

13. What to bring
Good walking shoes
Sun protection - lotion, hat with brim, sunglasses. Also consider a long sleeved, light weight shirt.
Raincoat
Water + snacks

14. Time estimates
This is always a hard thing to say and depends on your level of fitness, weather conditions, pack weight, how often you have to take breaks, pictures, etc. This being said, from Akumawa, the average hiker takes 2-3 hours to reach the summit via the trail route.

15. Conclusion
The views from the summit down into the villages and towards the frontier with Ghana were beautiful. But for me, the highlight of this experience was the trail itself. Walking on single track trails through the woods. Walking through the villages and along the road and seeing people going about their everyday activities. It was a wonderful immersion into the mountain life of rural Togo. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Skrevet 13. mars 2019
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK653 bidrag
feb. 2019 • Venner
Located a short drive from Kpalime is Togo's tallest mountain (Mount Agou). The road down to Agou from Kpalime was very well kept. When you arrive at the foot of the mountain you are met by a small hut and a man selling tickets. It is 5000CFA per person (unless you are a Togolese national and then it is 2000CFA). You are given a receipt + a pink authorisation card to give to the man at the top. He did ask for some ID when we got there but my UK driving licence did suffice for this.

After passing this, we started the drive up the mountain. Again, the road is very well kept and you pass numerous villages where the kids sing their favourite yovo song.

The scenery down the sides of the mountain is great in places so it is worth stopping on the way up as the view at the top was too foggy to see anything. There is some nice vegetation on the route as well as some butterflies and birds to see.

When you get to the top the guard came up-to us. He puts on, somewhat bizarrely, the Togolese national anthem for all arrivals and then you show him the card you were presented with at the bottom. The guard was extremely friendly and took us around the summit. There isn't a whole load to do at the top except see the Togocel and Moov telephone towers and the control room. There are a couple of small plinth like structures built by the French and Germans but that really is it. There is no option for water/refreshments at the top so make sure you bring your own food/drink!

The journey was, in my opinion, better than the actual destination. It is possible to walk up the mountain as well but I have heard from a few people in Lomé that it isn't really worth it.
Skrevet 21. februar 2019
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Sébastien G
Sonceboz, Sveits336 bidrag
feb. 2019 • Familie
Chouette petite balade en forêt jusqu’au sommet du Mont Agou. Accès simple et facile. Belle vue et nature exotique sans oublier la rencontre avec un agriculteur de Manioc
Skrevet 18. februar 2019
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