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Summer Treks in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

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Summer Treks in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

For me, it all began by accident. In the summer of 1986, with a whole month in which to kick my heels, I had headed off to Morocco motivated only by a vague notion of touring the country by public bus until September should finally come around.

But once the heat of Marrakech proved too much, I jumped aboard a communal taxi, seeking the cool sanctuary of the High Atlas Mountains. I had heard that Imlil, the trailhead for Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in all Morocco and North Africa, too, was just 90 minutes away. Following a leisurely glass of mint tea, allowing enough time for a veteran of the mountains to point me in the right direction, I was soon scurrying up Toubkal’s west flanks.

From the summit, 4167m, where I was blissfully greeted by a brief flurry of snow, spectacular views opened up all around. I could see as far south as Ouarzazate, gleaming close to the horizon, with the Anti-Atlas Mountains and then the sands of the Sahara just beyond.

By the time I descended again, my shoes sliced from my feet by sharp mountain scree, I was happy – and already knew that I would simply have to return. Even today, perhaps 25 visits later, the possibilities of new treks and new discoveries continue to lure me back.

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Alan Palmer is founder and director of Trek in Morocco Limited and author of Moroccan Atlas – the Trekking Guide, published by Trailblazer Publications.
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