Climbing Akioud in the summer is an excellent use of a day when based at the Toubkal refuge. The gorge is narrow and it is neccesary to switch sides when climbing, making good use of stepping stones across the stream that has mnay small cascading waterfalls to take your mind off the high density of thistles. You are led out into a basin penned in by cliffs and without a clear path the only way is up. Before the final stretch to the 3900m pass (where the scree has become very fine) it is possible to skirt left below a rock outcrop and follow the scree field up into a small gully that will bring you onto the ridge below the last climb to the peak. From the pass though I descended down until I could scramble round the bass of the cliff and up a steep scree field to the ridge. From here the way is marked by cairns.