Teffedest Mountains

The Teffedest Mountains are a mountain range in southern Algeria. They are part of the Hoggar Mountains (Ahaggar Mountains), located in the Sahara.

Teffedest Mountains
View of 2,330 m high mount Garet el Djenoun, Teffedest, Algeria
Highest point
PeakIn Akoulmou
Coordinates25°5′0″N 5°25′0″E
Length120 km (75 mi) N/S
Width40 km (25 mi) E/W
Teffedest Mountains
Parent rangeHoggar Mountains


The Teffedest Range is about 120 km long in a north-south direction. Unlike the rest of the Hoggar Mountains, which are composed mainly of dark volcanic rock, the Teffedest is composed of pale granite. There are ancient cave paintings on some rock walls of the range.[1] Dunes are rare in the area of this range.[2]

The highest point of the Teffedest is the In Akoulmou. The impressive Garet el Djenoun, located at the northern end of the range, is one of the most conspicuous peaks of the range.[3]


The Teffedest Mountains have been habitat to the last relict population of painted hunting dog (Lycaon pictus) within Algeria,[4] although the species is now deemed by some to be extirpated from Algeria, due to habitat destruction by humans and by ongoing desertification.


  1. Granitgärten und Felsbilder des Teffedest Archived 2014-08-21 at the Wayback Machine (PDF; 168 kB)
  2. Emilio Scotto, 2007. The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey, MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company, 224 pages ISBN 0-7603-2632-0, ISBN 978-0-7603-2632-9
  3. Garet el Djenoun - Peakbagger
  4. C. Michael Hogan, 2009. Painted Hunting Dog: Lycaon pictus, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg Archived 2010-12-09 at the Wayback Machine

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