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Toubkal Region

This area, containing all the highest peaks, is by far the most popular region in the Atlas Mountain for walkers. The trek up to Mountain Toubkal and the Neltner hut is undertaken by several thousand visitors each year, of all nationalities. Travel beyond the narrow confines of the Mizane valley, however, and you are unlikely to meet more one or two other trekkers.
Roughly speaking, the Toubkal area is bounded by the Tizi-N’test to the west, and the Tizi N’tichka to the east.  Most of the interest is concentrated in or around the central line of peaks from ouanoukrim north-east to annrhemer and angour.

Posted on December 30, 2018

Mountain Toubkal

 

The Mgoun Massif

The mgoun Massif is in fact within relatively easy reach of Marrakech and offers some of the most superlative walking anywhere in Morocco, as well as fabulous local architecture.
The mgoun Massif, unlike the Toubkal region, consists of the typical sedimentary rocks of the High Atlas with their characteristic escarpment, long crested ridges and deep gorges, cut by the rivers through the softer rocks as the young fold mountains have risen. The summit of the Mgoun Massif, variously called Ighil Mgoun or amsod (4068m) is the highest point in the Atlas outside the Toubkal Area.

Posted on December 31, 2018

Mgoun Mountain

Marrakech City

Marrakech is one of the four imperial cities and a former capital of the country. At least a thousand years old it first became a town of importance during the almoravid dynasty in the eleventh century. It was during this period that the first Koutoubia mosque was built. The minaret, incidentally, still dominates the skyline of Marrakech and makes a useful central reference point.
Marrakech is invariably the starting point for trips Toubkal region, clearly visible from the city during the winter months. It also makes the most sensible starting point for visits to the Mgoun area and Jebel Saghro.  

Posted on January 01, 2019

Marrakech City

Jebel Toubkal and Surrounds

The 4167m ( 13,670ft) high summit of Jebel  Toubkal dominates the Atlas for tens og kilometers around and is at the centre of the Jebel Toubkal National Park, which covers some 36,000ha of forest and mountainside.
The mountain and the surrounding park offer some treks to the summit of Toubkal taking two to six days from Imlil or Marrakech.
Toublal is clearly visible from Marrakech and flanked bt almost equally dramatic summits. Even in high summer, these mountain slopes and valley can offer some respite from the heat of plains
The Berber Villages of the Atlas are characteristically clutters of box-like, flat-roofed, mud-brick houses, sur-rounded by green cultivated terraces that stand out vividly against bare hillsides. The highest villages are at some 2000m (6500ft) above sea level, and spring villages drive their flocks higher into the mountains to take advantage of seasonal pastures.

Posted on January 01, 2019

Berber Villages

Ait Ben Haddou and Draa Valley

One of the finest Kasbahs in Morocco, Ait ben Haddou is situated about 30Km northwest of Ouarzazate, on the Marrakech highway. A dramatically located complex of ornamented red stone and mud-brick walls with decorated towers, it stands among green terraces of barley, almond and palm trees, with the high Atlas peaks as backdrop.
To the east of Ouarzazate, the highway  runs through hill country through a bleak but spectacular landscape of shattered, multicolored rock, and then descends to the small town of Agdz, the gateway to the draa valley – a huge, linear oasis formed by the oued draa at it flows through arid, rocky landscape towards the Sahara .

Posted on January 04, 2019

Berber Villages
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