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Moroccan Atlas - the Trekking Guide

Moroccan Atlas - the Trekking Guide

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Contents


Contents | Introduction | Minimum impact trekking | Planning your trip | Marrakech | Using this guide | Sample trek: Toubkal circular trek | Moroccan Atlas Trekking Routes


INTRODUCTION

Morocco, ‘le pays lointain le plus proche’ 7 – Why trek? 9 When to go 10 Route options Planning your route 13 – The Western High Atlas 14 The Toubkal Region 15 – The Mgoun Region 17 The Jbel Sarhro Region 19 – The Sirwa Region 20

 

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Trekking with a group or on your own? Trekking alone 23 – Trekking with a guide, muleteer and cook 23 Camping, gîtes d’étape, private houses and refuges 27 Tour operators and trekking agencies 28 Getting to Morocco By air 29 – By road 31 – By rail 32 – By ferry 32 Visas and documents 33 Budgeting and costs Accommodation and meals 35 – Guides and transport 36 – Other expenses on the trail 37 What to take Tent 38 – Rehydration systems 39 – What to pack it all in 39 Water purification systems 40 – Sleeping bag 40 – Footwear and foot care 41 – Clothes 42 – Toiletries 44 – Medical and first-aid kits 45 – General items 46 – Provisions 46 – Money 46 Photography and photographic equipment 47 – Mobile phones 47 GPS devices 48 – Recommended reading 48 – Maps 50 Mountain safety Trekking independently 52 – Mountain rescue 53 Health precautions Altitude-related problems 54 – Inoculations 54 – Insurance 54

 

PART 2: MOROCCO

Facts about Morocco and the Atlas Mountains 55 Flora and fauna 75 Practical information for the visitor 81

 

PART 3: MINIMUM IMPACT TREKKING

Environmental considerations 108 – Economic considerations 110 Cultural considerations 110

 

PART 4: MARRAKECH

History 114 – Arrival and departure 116 – Local transport 117 Orientation 118 – Services 119 – Marrakech map 122 – Where to stay 126 – Where to eat 132 – Nightlife 134 – What to see 135

 

PART 5: OUARZAZATE

History 146 – Arrival and departure 147 – Local transport 148 Orientation 148 – Ouarzazate map 150 – Where to stay 152 Where to eat 154 – What to see 155

 

PART 6: TRAIL GUIDE AND MAPS

Using this guide 158 The Western High Atlas Getting to the Tichka plateau 159 – Alternative ways of getting to the Tichka plateau 161– Aguersafene 162 – The Tichka Plateau Traverse 162 The Toubkal Region Getting to Imlil 179 – Imlil 180 – Toubkal Ascent 184 – Aroumd 186 – Toubkal Ascent and Circuit 192 – High Atlas Valleys and Berber Villages 201 – Imlil to Setti Fadma 206 The Mgoun Region Getting to and from Azilal 219 – Azilal 219 – Getting to and from Aït Bou Guemez valley 222 – Souk el Had 222 – Upper Aït Bou Guemez Ramble 225 – Ighil Mgoun Ascent and Circuit 228 – The Tessaout Valley Traverse 248 – Getting to Sebt Ayt Bou Wlli 249 – Sebt Ayt Bou Wlli 249 – Telouat 270 – Assif Mgoun Traverse 273 – Bou Taghrar and Tamalout 285 The Jbel Sarhro Region Qalaa’t Mgouna 290 – Jbel Sarhro Traverse 294 – Nkoub 319 The Western Sarhro Circuit 323 – The Central Sarhro Circuit 328 – Boumalne du Dades 338 – The Bou Gafer Horseshoe 342 Iknioun 343 The Sirwa Region Taliwine 365 – Jbel Sirwa Classic Ascent and Circuit 374 Jbel Sirwa Alternative Ascent and Circuit 391

 

APPENDICES

A: Arabic, French & Berber 398 B: Glossary 404 C: Health 406 D: GPS waypoints 413

 

INDEX 419

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