Blogs from Mount Toubkal, Souss-Massa-Draâ, Morocco, Africa


Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Mount Toubkal March 16th 2009

Day One After an early morning flight from Luton costing around £140 return with Ryanair we arrived at Marrakech airport. First post of call was to obtain some local currency as you cannot obtain it outside of Morocco. The next port of call should of been to the duty free shop to get some drink supplies but we passed on this which would later haunt us. Our Moroccan host Mohammed Aztat had arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport to take us to our mountain base camp in Imlil which was about 90minutes away. We played a game of taxi cab bingo on the plane which I proudly declare myself the winner of, a 1970s brown Mercedes, often seen in many foreign countries. Weather wise it was quite warm and cloud free. ... read more
High in the sky
Africa sighted
Air shot

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Mount Toubkal August 21st 2007

(Kees) So stage three of our bike tour has begun. Dan started feeling better after his Mad Camp Souira disease, and I was keen to press on from Marrakesh. For him it was either bus it and meet me at the next town or ignore the stomach and come climb the mountain with me like a real friend would do. He opted for the latter. Lucky too as I can hardly get beyond fixing a puncture without getting frustrated with it; so could just imagine myself when a real breakdown comes along. So we were on our way going up a very slow gradient towards the so-called High Atlas. The countryside was pretty, again every town had an abundance of friendly locals and we could see the mountains getting closer and closer. Now was the last ... read more
heading up
Marrakesh - Ouarzazate
fruit stop

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Mount Toubkal June 16th 2007

Day 1: Bart’s Birthday It turns out that the part I had hiked in April with my two friends from Peace Corps Togo was only the beginning of the trail. Bright and early in the morning I set out hiking from Imlil with Bart (Peace Corps Morocco) and Dave (US civilian). We passed up Sidi Chamarouch, where I had turned around last time, at 11am and continued on up the trail to the Toubkal Refuge. We didn’t have much gear - Dave didn’t even have a sleeping bag and was relying on an airplane blanket to get him through the night at 3200 meters in the High Atlas. But the weather was perfect and we all had good shoes. The trail up to the refuge is fairly easy, with only a few steep bits, though it’s ... read more
Toubkal Refuge
Day 2

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Mount Toubkal October 4th 2006

We just got back from the most amazing three days in Morocco. Who would have known you could see so much diversity in one place. So as I said at the end of the last update, Haley and I met a small group of Australians (Chaz, Selwyn, Travis, and Nyree) and signed up for a three day tour from Marrakech to the Sahara, through this trip we would visit the High Atlas mts., the valley of roses (no roses though?), a palmary (oasis), a famous Kasbah (desert castle/village), the Dades Gorge, and many many other Moroccan gems. We spend about 7 hours the first two days in the car and then 12 hours the last day, needless to say - our butts where very sore. I am going to just mention a few highlights from the ... read more
Mohammad and Fatima in Sahara
Our Camel Caravan
Group shot in the High Atlas

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Mount Toubkal March 1st 2006

Oh dear, I've resorted to sensationalist and deliberately provocative headlines reminiscent of "The Sun". I've obviously been living in London too long! It's not a lie though; my trip to Imlil and Aremd did involve naked ladies. In fact I was one of them. But that comes later. Anyone travelling to Morocco to escape the winter blues of London had better steer clear of the High Atlas mountains in March. It was very cold. If the sun was out during the day it was really nice. But at night it was FREEZING. Just over the mountain from where we were staying in Aremd was a ski resort. I hadn't ever linked the words Morocco and skiing in my head, but I guess it's no different to people being surprised that you can ski in Australia. We ... read more
View of a village on the way to Aremd
Hike from Imlil to Aremd
More of the hike

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