Toubkal High Atlas Adventure 2009

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Sorting out the gear prior to starting the trek in the Toubkal massif in the High Atlas, Morocco

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Lush vegetation and terraced cropping in the valley bottoms

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Mules transport all the luggage for the week long trekking tour

Climbing away from Imelil in High Atlas of Morocco

Our first climb away from the bustle of villages into the High Atlas mountains

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Our local English speaking Berber guide providing interesting information along the way

Cooking and Dining Tents near Tacheddirt

Our dining and cooking tents at the first campsite near the village of Tacheddirt

Mint tea and biscuits on arrival at the camp site at the end of day 1 in the Toubkal massif

Mint tea and biscuits on arrival at the camp site at the end of day 1 in the Toubkal massif

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Day 2 Early morning start to our trek from our camp near Tacheddirt

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Its a long morning's climb from the valley - the longest on our tour of the Toubkal massif.

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As we approach the col Tizi Likemt the views of the High Atlas start to become more extensive

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A well deserved rest to drink and snack on fruits and nuts

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Nearing the col Tizi Likempt

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Taking photos of the rugged mountains of the Toubkal range at the Tizi Likemt

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After a fairly long descent we approach the small farming communities in the Tifni Valley

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Down in the valley the scene is much greener than on the ridges and higher hills

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Agricultural fields in the Tifni Valley

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Local berber women carrying loads of freshly cut crops

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A delicious lunch is served in our tent away from the hot early afternoon sun

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After lunch its a delightful trek through secluded valleys and gorges to our remote campsite

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Legs are begining to get weary after a long days trekking

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Just before camp we pass a large herd of goats

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Day 3 - A short climb to the col Tizi n'Ououraine with exceptional views of the summit of Toubkal - the highest point in the High Atlas and our objective for later in the week

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A delightful and gentle descent from the col

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Great views south of the High Atlas towards the eroded plains and hills of the Sahara Desert

mules carrying gear on descent towards Amsourzerte in Toubkal massif

Mules carrying gear on descent towards Amsourzerte

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Rich contrasts between the sky the Toubkal mountain range and the valley bottoms

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Passing through a Berber village where we stopped for mid morning mint tea

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Local Berber children playing in the village

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Stopping for mid morning mint tea in a small Berber village

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Sweet mint tea - to be poured from height

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Looking down on the roofs of a Moroccan Berber village

Amsourzerte village Toubkal High Atlas Morocco Africa guided trekking tour

Crossing the valley bottom in the village of Amsourzerte

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The High Atlas protects an alpine flora adapted both to cold and drought, with numerous rounded spiky shrubs

terraced fields on trek towards lac Ifni in High Atlas

Our trek towards Lac d'Ifni takes us through a region of walnut groves and terraced fields

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Arriving at the eastern limit of the beautiful Lac d'Ifni - the only lake in the Toubkal range of the High Atlas and the deepest in Morocco. It owes its formation due to an enormous landslide of debris which blocked the valley

Lac d'ifni in Toubkal mountains in Morocco

Looking over Lac d'Ifni to our camp on the screes on the far shore

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The path traverses the mountain slopes to arrive at our camp on the alluvial deposits on its western shore

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Arriving at camp surrounded by the sheer rock walls of the Toubkal mountains

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Day 4 - Leaving camp at Lac d'Ifni and entering the Moursaine gorge that leads to the mountains pass Tizi n'Ouanaoumss in the heart of the Toubkal mountain range

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Looking back down the gorge as the trek steepens

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Looking up towards the rocky ridgeline towards the col Tizi Ouanaoumss

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Enjoying the views of the High Atlas mountains

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The southern flank of the Jbel Toubkal is defined by the deep and impressive Moursaine gorge

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View from the Tizi Ouanaoumss (3684m) towards the summit of Dome d'Ifni, east of Toubkal

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Descending from the pass towards the Nelter refuge and camp (3207m) site for an afternoon's rest

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Day 5 - An early start for the ascent of Jbel Toubkal - the highest summit in North Africa at 4167m

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Along the rideg leading towards the summit the wind strengthens making it particularly cold

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Nearing the summit of Toubkal, the views of other 4000m peaks to the south become more extensive

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Views across the Haut Atlas from the summit of Jbel Toubkal

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The low temperatures and strong winds meant that the stay on the summit of Jbel Toubkal was short lived

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Tim and Alison at the summit of Toubkal on their honeymoon!

Descending from summit of Toubkal

Our guide is happy that everybody who started the ascent has made the summit, as we descend - it's still only 9am in the morning

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Time for a quick rest before finishing the descent from the highest peak in North Africa

Assif Ouagounss Valley ascent jbel toubkal High Atlas morocco guided trekking holiday and tours

After a long rest back at our camp at Nelter, we descend the Ouagounss Valley towards the shrine at Sidi Chammharouch

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Delicious Moroccan dishes were served at midday and in the evenings throughout the trek cooked with a selection of local herbs and spices.

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Day 6 - Local Berber close to the path as we set off on our final day's trek

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Trekking through groves of Walnut and apple trees

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Approaching the village of Around on our descent from the High Atlas

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Walking through the narrow streets of Around where we stopped for morning mint tea

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One of the best moments of the day - non stop teapots of sweet mint tea

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Our final delicious lunch

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End of the trek at Imelil - Group photo before departure back to Marrakech

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Exploring the famous red city of Marrakech

The city is known for its covered markets or souks

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Each type of goods has its zone in the souks. Here products made from metal are being fashioned in small workshops

Jemaa el fna and Koutoubia mosque Marrakech Morocco high atlas guided trekking walking holidays and tours

View across the Jemaa El Fna to the Koutoubia Mosque

Majorelle Gardens Marrakech Morocco high atlas guided trekking tours and holidays

Amazing colours in the Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech

Majorelle Gardens Marrakech Morocco high atlas guided trekking tours and holidays

The Majorelle Gardens are a peaceful and relaxing place to visit

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As evening approaches so the square Jemaa El Fna comes alive with food stalls, street performers and story tellers

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Bahia Palace, Marrakech

Saadian Tombs Marrakech morocco high atlas toubkal guided trekking walking holiday tour

Saadian Tombs, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

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