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Trekking in the Atlas Mountains

Toubkal, Mgoun Massif and Jebel Sahro

This guidebook describes 32 day treks around Toubkal and 2 multi-day circuit routes in the Mgoun Massif, the Sahro range and Jebel Sirwa. The Atlas Mountains are wild and rough, ideal for experienced trekkers comfortable with scrambling, and (until June) the use of crampons and ice-axes. Mountaineering skills are necessary in higher regions.

Seasons
Best time is probably late Spring, although for the very tough (who don't mind it hot) other times of the year are possible. Ramadan will affect surplies and support.
Centres
Marrakech is the main acess to the high mountains to Toubkal, Mgoun and Jebel Sahro regions.
Difficulty
Tough and wild trekking, scrambling. Also high (Toubkal is 4167m). Plenty of support in the main areas but the skills of independent travel in high mountains are essential in quieter regions.
Must See
Big mountains, deep gorges, Berber peoples and culture.


Overview
The Atlas Mountains of Morocco offer an incredible variety of scenery, climate and terrain, for both the walker and mountaineer. The range provides opportunities for walking and scrambling throughout the year, making it a particularly desirable destination for the trekking enthusiast. This guidebook is primarily aimed at the walker and scrambler and whatever your age or level of fitness, the Atlas Mountains are a rewarding and exciting destination.

The Toubkal region, which contains the highest and most spectacular peaks, is covered in this guidebook, along with detailed descriptions for circuits in the less well known but equally impressive Mgoun massif area, Jebel Sahro range and Jebel Sirwa. The highest point lies in the Toubkal region at 4167m high.

Each route is categorized as ‘easy’, ‘moderate’ or ‘strenuous’. This refers solely to the amount of effort expended. However, because of the rocky terrain of the Atlas Mountains, some indication of the degree of seriousness is also given, where appropriate. All route descriptions, and corresponding timings, relate to summer conditions. In winter and spring, snow cover will make any of the scree routes much quicker and easier, but may block passes and prevent access by mule.

Contentes
Preface to the third edition   
Introduction   
The Appeal of the Atlas   
Geography and Geology   
Climate – When to Go   
Vegetation and Wildlife   
History and Culture – the Berbers   
Environmental Issues   
Using this Book   
Getting There   
Travel within the Country   
Visa Requirements   
Travel Advice    30
Sleeping and Eating   
What to Take   
Health Matters   
Emergency Services   
Maps and Where to Obtain Them   
Interacting with Local People   
Mule Hire and Local Guides   
Marrakech    

The Toubkal Region
Access 
The Mizane Valley: Imlil and Around    
Peripheral Bases    
Mountain Refuges    
Excursions from the Toubkal Refuge    
Excursions from the Lepiney Refuge    
Excursions from Tacheddirt    
Excursions from Oukaimeden    
A Circuit of the Toubkal Region    
Outlying Summits   

The Mgoun Massif 
Provisions    
Access    
Valley Bases (Mule Hire and Local Guides)    
Tabant to Iskattafene    
A Circuit of the Region    
Other Excursions in the Mgoun Area 

Jebel Sahro
Access
Town Supplies   
Supplies en Route    
Bases        
A Circuit of the Region     
Escape Routes    

Other Areas
Jebel Sirwa    
The Western High Atlas    
The Eastern High Atlas    
The Middle Atlas    
The Todra and Dades Gorges

Appendix 1: Other Possibilities    
Appendix 2: Bibliography
Appendix 3: Glossary    
Appendix 4: Arabic Numbers

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