8 oclock the pick up from your riad
leaving the town in the back of we drive south nowadays, toward the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the toubkal massif. crossing the haouz plain we pass thru the tiny city of asni, from wherein our street starts to climb closer to the foothills of the massif. under us the valley of the oued rhirhaia stretches out into the distance and small villages grasp to the sides of the steep hills as we meander
our way closer to the village of imlil. here we leave our vehicle and, within the corporation of our mountain manual, begin our trek, heading along the mizane valley, first in the direction of the village of Aremd and then to the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. constructed on a moraine spur overlooking the valley ground, aremd is the largest village inside the valley and affords an exciting blend of conventional terraced farming, gites and streets that seem to be completely gridlocked by way of goats and livestock. for generations the nearby Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing corn, potatoes and walnuts from the tough landscape. continuing east and crossing the flood plain our direction takes us alongside mule tracks and up into the excessive rocky cliffs above the valley. crossing the river we in the end come to the pastoral shrine of sidi chamarouch, which draws travelers and pilgrims alike (although only muslims are allowed to pass the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself). the village sits except a small waterfall, a jumbled cluster of homes that appear to soften collectively into an anarchic mass. from here the trail keeps to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its manner as much as the
snowline and the toukbal refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. approx 5hrs walking.
early this morning we make our strive on the summit of jebel toukbal, the highest height in northern africa. our direction takes us up the south cirque, crossing the circulate above the safe haven after which heading throughout one of the
mountains numerous scree fields, where we are able to have to negotiable a reputedly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. the walking is incredibly sincere, but the scree and the altitude will make the going pretty hard in elements, however, the perspectives alongside the manner make the adventure extra than profitable. cresting the ridgeline we find ourselves at the plateau, from in which it’s far a short stroll to the summit and the vistas out across the encircling panorama are quite breathtaking. from here, there are absolute perspectives in each direction, from the Marrakesh plain to the excessive atlas in the north and as far south because the anti-atlas and the sahara. pliny, the super roman pupil, once described the high atlas mountains as “the maximum suitable mountains in all of africa” and from our vantage factor high above the valley it is simple to recognize why. retracing our steps we then return down the mountain and head back closer to imlil prior to pressure lower back to marrakech.
snowline and the toukbal shelter (3206m), our forestall for the night. approx 5hrs taking walks.