ALG-284, unnamed arch 8, Tin-Akacheker Area. From El-Ghessour Area, we drove south for two hours to the site of Tin-Akacheker (The Castles). Most of the brochures report this site as the gem of Tassili du Hoggar, and it is true! Numerous spires emerge on top of the big sand dunes. The whole scene is spectacular. We climbed sand dune by sand dune behind the site to reach the the crest. The face of the main sand dune was over 60 meters in height and was too difficult to climb in the 35 degree Celsius desert heat (95F). However, we found another way around to get on the top, where we walked along the crest to a great vista of the surrounding desert. We were surprised to find this beautiful natural arch hidden behind some rock masses overhanging the desert plain.

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