The High Atlas: Treks and climbs on Morocco's biggest and best mountains

The High Atlas: Treks and climbs on Morocco's biggest and best mountains

by Hamish Brown

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The High Atlas: Treks and climbs on Morocco's biggest and best mountains by Hamish Brown

This guide is an inspirational first-hand (and foot) account of the challenges of Morocco's High Atlas mountain range. Detailing how treks and climbs can be completed, it is a mix of the renowned author's reminiscences and descriptions of how best to tackle these mountains to find their most rewarding treks and climbs.

Morocco's Atlas mountains form an extensive series of ranges across Africa's northwest and the High Atlas range contains the highest peaks of all, with endless tops of over 3000m and some of over 4000m. A few of the really big hills stand in serene isolation, so isolated that they can have their own distinct plantlife.

Travelling through the valleys is every bit as important as success on the mountains. Trekking through the range or reaching the summits are great achievements but the High Atlas experience is fundamentally enhanced by the people of the valleys and village life. Berber tribes have lived in the valleys for thousands of years and local people and culture provide just as many memorable experiences as reaching the surrounding summits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781852846718
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hamish Brown is a writer, lecturer and photographer who has written or edited over 20 books. He has spent several months every year in Morocco since 1965 and can count over 50 visits. Hamish has led hundreds of treks in the Atlas mountains and climbed all the best summits many times, culminating in a 96-day end-to-end trek of the Atlas.

Table of Contents

Index of route maps 7

Overview map 9

Introduction 11

Geography and climate of the High Atlas 13

Trekking routine 15

Planning your trip 16

Getting there and getting around 17

Bureaucracy 18

Local guides 18

Local language and culture 19

Health and safety 20

Maps 22

Using this guide 24

Middle Atlas and Eastern High Atlas 25

1 Jbel Tazekka 27

2 Jbel bou Naceur, Moussa ou Salah and Jbel bou Iblane 29

3 Jbel Ayyachi and Jbel Masker 34

4 Jbel Hayane 38

Central High Atlas 41

5 Jbel Msedrit 42

6 Jbel Laqroun 46

7 The Cathedral (Mastfrane) 49

8 Mouriq 53

Mgoun Ranges 57

9 Aroudane (Aioui) 59

10 Jbel Azurki 62

11 Ouaougoulzat 65

12 Adar n' Ouchane, Jbel Anzig, Jbel Amezrika and Imejdag 68

13 Jbel Tigounatine 73

14 Tizi Mkom 75

15 Ighil Mgoun (Oumsoud) 83

16 Jbel-n-Nig Oumassine and Jbel Tazoult-n-Ouguerd (Aslad) 89

17 Jbel Aklim 91

Western Central Atlas 95

18 Jbel Tizoula 96

19 Jbel Rhat and Tignousti 100

20 Jbel Anghomer 105

21 Tissili n' Warg 109

22 Jbel Tastwiyt group 113

23 Adrar Tircht (Jbel bou Ourioul) 117

24 Adrar Yagour 120

25 Adrar Meltzen 123

Thetoubkal Massif 127

26 Kik Plateau edge 130

27 Jbel Toubkal 133

28 The Ouanoukrims 140

29 Aksouâl 144

30 Adrar n' Inghemar 147

31 Angour 149

32 Taska n' Zat 151

33 Tazaghart 155

West of the Tizi N'test Road 159

34 Jbel Gourza 160

35 Jbel Erdouz 165

36 Igdat 167

37 Adrar-n-Oumzra 170

38 Jbel Tabgourt 175

39 Jbel Ikkis 179

The Tichka Plateau 183

40 Amendach 186

41 Takoucht 188

42 Flillis 190

43 Moulay Ali 193

44 Imaradene (Tassiwt) 195

Further West 197

45 Ras Moulay Ali 198

46 Mtdadene 201

47 Jbel Awlim and Jbel Tinergwet 203

48 Azegza 206

The Southern and Northern Ranges 210

Appendix A Glossary 213

Appendix B Texts, books and maps 214

Appendix C What to take 217

Appendix D The highest summits 219

Appendix E Contacts 221

Index of Route Maps

Route 1 Jbel Tazekka 26

Route 2 Jbel bou Naceur, Moussa ou Salah and Jbel bou Iblane 30

Route 3 Jbel Ayyachi and Jbel Masker 36

Route 4 Jbel Hayane 40

Route 5 Jbel Msedrit 44

Routes 6-8 Jbel Laqroun, Cathedral and Mouriq 47

Routes 9-13 From the Bou Guemez and Dadès valleys 58

Route 14 Tizi Mkorn 78

Routes 15-19 lghil Mgoun, Oumassine, Jbel Tazoul-n-Ouguerd/Aslad, Jbel Aklim, Jbel Tizoula, Jbel Rhat and Tignousti 82

Routes 20-22 Jbel Anghomer, Tissili n' Warg and Jbel Tastwiyt group 106

Routes 23-25, 32 Adrar Tircht, Adrar Yagour, Adrar Meltzen, Taska n' Zat 118

Routes 26 Kik Plateau edge 131

Routes 27-31, 33 Jbel Toubkal, the Ouanoukrims, Aksouâl, Adrar n' Inghemar, Angour and Tazaghart 134

Routes 34-36 Jbel Gourza, Jbel Erdouz and Igdat 161

Routes 37-8 Around the Tichka Plateau 171

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