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Atlas Mountains

We trekked through the Atlas mountains in Morocco, North Africa, for 7 days in May 2008 on a route known as the Toubkal Circuit. This starts at the Berber town of Imlil (1.5 hours drive from Marrakesh) and leads through several Berber villages, over three high (3000 meters plus) passes and past the largest Lake in the Atlas (Lac d'Ifni) to the "Refuge de Toubkal", a French built mountain hut used to access Jebel Toubkal - at 4167 meters the highest peak in the Atlas mountains. This we walked up (only about 2 hours from the hut) before finally returning to our starting point in Imlil.

We trekked on our own carrying a tent and stove. Other than near Toubkal, we saw only 2 other parties, both guided with mules- the standard way to trek in morocco. Overall we had an enjoyable time with the contrast between green terraced valleys and arid mountains being particularly dramatic.
Imlil at the foot of jebl toubkal
Imlil at the foot of jebl toubkal
walking on 'piste' near ouaneskra
walking on 'piste' near ouaneskra
ouaneskra
ouaneskra
tizi-n-tamatert
tizi-n-tamatert
Tacheddirt CAF refuge
Tacheddirt CAF refuge
Tacheddirt
Tacheddirt
tizi likemt ascent
tizi likemt ascent
tizi likemt ascent
tizi likemt ascent
tizi likemt descent
tizi likemt descent
flower 1
flower 1
flower 2
flower 2
flower 3
flower 3
thistle
thistle
orchid
orchid
azib likemt camp
azib likemt camp
assif n tinzer
assif n tinzer
berbers at assif n tinzer
berbers at assif n tinzer
berbers assif n tinzer
berbers assif n tinzer
berbers assif n tinzer
berbers assif n tinzer
tizi n ououraine dry arid country
tizi n ououraine dry arid country
amsouzert descent
amsouzert descent
Amsouzert
Amsouzert
Amsouzert tent pitched on gite rooftop terrace
Amsouzert tent pitched on gite rooftop terrace
Amsouzert walnut tree
Amsouzert walnut tree
amsouzert terrace view
amsouzert terrace view
amsouzert river
amsouzert river
amsouzert local transport
amsouzert local transport
amsouzert signpost
amsouzert signpost
ait igrane village
ait igrane village
morraine before lac difni
morraine before lac difni
lac difni
lac difni
lac difni
lac difni
lac difni
lac difni
azib imi n ouassif camp
azib imi n ouassif camp
azib imi n ouassif camp
azib imi n ouassif camp
azib imi n ouassif mini flowers
azib imi n ouassif mini flowers
tizi n ouanoums ascent
tizi n ouanoums ascent
tizi n ouanoums
tizi n ouanoums
tizi n ouanoums ascent flower
tizi n ouanoums ascent flower
tizi n ouanoums descent
tizi n ouanoums descent
Our camp above toubkal hut
Our camp above toubkal hut
tizi n aguelzim to toubkal
tizi n aguelzim to toubkal
tizi n aguelzim to toubkal panorama
tizi n aguelzim to toubkal panorama
tizi n aguelzim west
tizi n aguelzim west
tizi n aguelzim to toubkal
tizi n aguelzim to toubkal
tizi n aguelzim
tizi n aguelzim
toubkal hut
toubkal hut
toubkal snowfield
toubkal snowfield
toubkal summit
toubkal summit
toubkal summit snow
toubkal summit snow
toubkal summit chough
toubkal summit chough
toubkal summit plant
toubkal summit plant
Orange sheep
Orange sheep
sheep
sheep
flower
flower
falcon hovering near Aroumd
falcon hovering near Aroumd
Walking down past Aroumd
Walking down past Aroumd
Imlil terrace camp
Imlil terrace camp