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Toukbal Circuit, Morocco

 
Toukbal Circuit, Morocco

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Object Title: Toukbal Circuit, Morocco

Image Type(s): Hiking, Informational, Scenery, Panorama

 

Page By: ncst

Created/Edited: Nov 21, 2010 / Nov 21, 2010

Object ID: 680422

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Intro

We had a great trek going around Mount Toubkal, Morocco's highest mountain (4167m), the second week of November. I couldn't find that much first hand info about it before going so I thought I'd share some here.

We did it in five days, from Imlil, and summited Toubkal on the sixth. We went unguided and took a tent and food as there are no villages on the 2nd and 4th day of the trek, each carrying about 10 kg. We took the LP trekking chapter as a guidebook, and it was quite helpful. Also bought a map at the 'tourist information office' in Imlil, where we also bought gas and rented a stove at the 'Atlas Trekking Equipment' shop.

You can take the bus the first day from Marrakech to Tacheddirt but we walked from Imlil as we had time and wanted to stretch the legs. Second day is a tough hike up the Likemt pass, then down to Azib (seasonal shelter for shepherds) Likemt (camped, -8C at night), day three to Amsouzert village, day four to Azib Imi N'ouassif (camped, -2C at night), day five to Refuge 'Les Mouflons', day six summit Toubkal and down to Aroumd village. Day seven back to Marrakesh. Bargained good at every 'gite' (guesthouse) and taxi we took. Since Ryanair flights English is well spoken next to French by those earning money in tourism. Water was everywhere.

The whole trip went perfect, great weather, no snow on the passes (no need for crampons nor ice-axe), no danger. Going up the passes was quite tough, but on reasonable zigzags. There was nobody else hiking the trail, only saw some shepherds now and then, and it wasn't really marked, but white arrows here and there - painted on rocks - seemed to always indicated the right way. Plenty of people on a windy but sunny Toubkal summit.

Images


High Atlas view on the way to Tacheddirt

High Atlas view on the way to Tacheddirt

Going down the scree slope

Going down the scree slope

Amsouzert and the Tisgui valley towards Lac d\'Ifni

Amsouzert and the Tisgui valley towards Lac d'Ifni

View of Ait Igrane village on the way to Lac d\'Ifni

View of Ait Igrane village on the way to Lac d'Ifni

View of Jebel Toubkal from N\'ououraïne pass

View of Jebel Toubkal from N'ououraïne pass

The summit

The summit

Trail to Amsouzert village

Trail to Amsouzert village

Lac d\'Ifni (2295m)

Lac d'Ifni (2295m)

Only patches of snow the whole trek (near Toubkal summit)

Only patches of snow the whole trek (near Toubkal summit)

View from the summit

View from the summit

On the way to Tacheddirt

On the way to Tacheddirt

Tacheddirt village

Tacheddirt village

View of Lac d\'Ifni from N\'ouanoums pass

View of Lac d'Ifni from N'ouanoums pass

View from Likemt pass (3550m)

View from Likemt pass (3550m)

N\'ouanoums pass (3600m)

N'ouanoums pass (3600m)


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chugach mtn boyThanks

chugach mtn boy

Voted 10/10

... for posting this. I've always been curious about Toubkal, and I have a daughter who wants to meet me in Morocco next year, so you're providing good inspiration.
Posted Nov 21, 2010 5:46 pm

ncstGlad you liked the album,

ncst

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Regards!
Posted Nov 29, 2010 10:14 am

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