It is around 120 kilometres from Atar to Chinguetti, so our bead buying in Atar's market and shops had to be cut short to give us time to attempt a return journey to Nouakchott that same night.
our long range fuel tanks were full to the brim, we headed out, at first on a gravel road and later upwards into the sheer-walled mountains of the Adrar Massif on a new and smooth tarmac road, which was built by the Chinese in
return for fishing concessions off Mauritania's Atlantic coast.
Our route led us up some very steep gradients and hairpin bends, through the Ebnou Pass, eventually arriving at a gendarmerie checkpoint on the edge of a
flat gravel-covered plain at the summit.
The scenery was fantastic .. as I hope you can see from the pictures below.