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High Atlas Backpacking Trip

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I am trying to organize a 4-8 week trek through the high atlas mountains in Morocco sometime in 09. Anyone with experience in the area?
5 years ago, July 8th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #41237  
I am trying to organize a 4-8 week trek through the high atlas mountains in Morocco sometime in 09. Anyone with experience in the area?

Also, anyone with experience organizing their own long backpacking trips in Northern Africa? Any other suggestions for mountain ranges to target besides the High Atlas?

I am planning a 12-18 month North Africa/Middle East trip starting around February of 09. This trip would then probably fall into the summer of 09 or 10.

And advice would be appreciated.

Safe travels,

Charlie Reply to this

5 years ago, August 1st 2008 No: 2 Msg: #43948  
N Posts: 2
Hi Charlie,

Did an independent High atlas trek (Toubkal Circuit) last May.
If you are comfortably with it, it's really easy to organize your own trek. Just buy a map, take a taxi to Oukmaidien or Imlil and start walking. If you are planning a multi-day hike, be sure to take a tent and cooking equipment!

Otherwise, in imlil you can organize a guided walk without any problems!

Good luck,
Rutger Reply to this

5 years ago, August 10th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #44917  
Hi Charlie,

Ooh, what an amazing sounding trip - very jealous! We climbed Mount Toubkal in 2 days from Imlil. We went without a guide and, assuming you have basic hiking experience, I would suggest that you can do the same. As Rutger suggests, longer trips are also possible to do by yourself.

There is a helpful website which I will dig out for you...

Good luck with the planning, Ruth. Reply to this

5 years ago, August 10th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #44919  
Here are some helpful websites:

www.summitpost.org

and

http://nomadicmorocco.blogspot.com

Have fun!
Ruth Reply to this

5 years ago, March 4th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #64834  
N Posts: 8
Hello,

I'm a moroccan woman travelling alone to marocco end of april until half of mai 2009. I would like to climb the toubkal. But ofcourse not alone, as a women, I don't think it would be safe. I would like to join other people (a group) there. Would that be possible? Can you go to Imlil and join there other people? Reply to this

5 years ago, March 4th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #64837  
N Posts: 2
Hi Rifia,

Although I'm pretty sure that safety will certainly not be a problem, I can imagine that you rather join a group. In my honest opinion it's better to arrange this in Marrakech or even from abroad. Imlil, is really a small mountain town. It is very easy to find a guide there, but organized groups always come via Marrakech. Perhaps Hotel Ali can be a good starting point in Marrekech!

Good luck,
Rutger Reply to this

5 years ago, March 4th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #64839  
N Posts: 8
Thank you for your reaction Chobe. Do they arrange trips in hotel ali? Or do you mean that I can meet people there? Reply to this

5 years ago, March 6th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #65127  
B Posts: 26
I think the Atlas range is the best, I hitched across the Sahara a long time ago.
It's a little more dangerous now, but not much.
Berbers are cool, live and let live attitude
Tim
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