The mountains of Morocco
Morocco with four mountain ranges,
a dozen summits over 4,000 meters and 400 mountains over 3,000m
offers exceptional trekking opportunities. Take a guide from
one of the local villages or book using these links and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you make your
way into some of the most beautiful areas of Northern Africa
by foot. The mule will carry all your
heavy equipment so all you have to do is to enjoy the walking.
(If it all gets too much you can always catch a lift on the
Hike the trails through the Sirwa, the Sargho and the Rif Mountains,
explore the quiet cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. Top out
on the highest point of northern Africa; Toubkal
Trekking in the Atlas is not to be passed up. The experience
will reward you with some of the most spectacular scenery in
Africa. When you are trekking watch
for signs of heat, drink bottled water at least once an hour
and get in the shade when you are resting.
TREK UP TOUBKAL
The cool morning air was refreshing as I made my way out of the village of Imlil following the river south towards the village of Aremd. The path leads through the walnut trees as I snaked my way between the houses which seem to be hanging off the side of the mountain. Passing the Kasba of Imlil the sun was still below the mountains, giving me the ideal walking conditions, fresh air and an empty track.
Aremd is about a 30 minute walk from Imlil, placed on the side of the valley, protecting the valley for generations from the outside world. I walked through the main street, still no movement from the local people, only the mules seeing my passage as I jumped from boulder to boulder, crossing the valley floor and upwards.
I found myself at the start
of the first main steeps, the path sig zags its way up the side
of the valley, gaining altitude at a startling rate. The time
was 7.00 am and the sun had just started to show its power,
the temperature rising from zero into the 20's in a matter of
This steep took about one hour before the last village in the
valley, Chamharouch at 2310m, a small village which has been
used as a shrine and a cure for people with mental and physical
problems. See photos of Chamharouch
The first impression was that the Mosque was a large snow ball,
maybe the rapid change in altitude was having an effect!
Walking up into the village with my stomach saying food, it
was breakfast time, so find a cafe. Here in the village you
can find one Gite and two cafes; so the choice is yours..
After a cafe au lait, bread and jam and a fresh orange I was
ready again. The section out of the village follows the river,
climbing over massive boulders as I made my way south to the
next stop, over 4 hours away the Refuge du Toubkal situated
REFUGE DU TOUBKAL (3200)
This mountain hut holds over holds
up to 75 people and is French run (as all of the mountain huts
are in Morocco). A 10 minute coffee stop before starting off
on the last section of the climb. I met some of the guides who
tried to explain that I would not be able to make it on my own..They
were punting for a job, so I quickly left the hut and headed
up again, across the waterfall away from the crowds of the trekking
world which were sitting on the steps of the refuge.
The section above the hut is the hard bit. Its was now 15.00
Hrs and the top was 3 hours way. So no stopping as I had to
get back down again before sun down at least to the hut.
THE TOP OF NORTH AFRICA
The path climbs its way through
the scree slopes, the angle increases as one foot is put in
front of the other, the altitude starting to tell. I reached
the top at 17.30, the only person.. the view was breath taking,
the surrounding mountains reflecting the setting sun. Toubkal
4167m. See photos of Toubkal
Time to leave. A fast decent was needed as the light was starting
to go. Scree running was the only way.. My 5ft staff is the
break, as I jumped into the first gully, I lost altitude with
an exhilarated rate as the fine rocks kept "la Glisse",
the staff slowing me down when gravity took over.