The Atlas Mountains (Morocco)

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In the late 70′s and early 80′s the High Atlas in Morocco was one of my favorite destinations. I did a dozen trekking trips between the Jebel Toubkal on the west and Imilchil on the east. Unfortunately, I did not take any photos. I re-discovered Morocco in 2002 and since then I did several trips. Despite the much larger number of visitors than in the 70′s, the mountain remains as beautiful as ever and the hospitability of the Berber people hasn′t changed.

 

Jebel Toubkal (June 2003)

 

Jebel Mgoun (October 2003)

 

Jebel Waougoulzat (June 2004)

 

Taghia-Koucer-Assif-Melloul (September 2005)

 

High Atlas of Marrakech (June 2006)

 

Tabant-Mgoun-Imejdag-Taghia-Oussikis (June 2008)

 

Traverse of the East ridge of Jebel Mgoun (July 2010)

 

Ait-Bouguemez Valley to Anmiter around Jebel Rat (April 2013)

 

Traverse of Jebel Sahro and central High Atlas (April-May 2014)

 

From the Sirwa Massif to the Mountains of Amezmiz (April-May 2016)

 

Maps:

Topographic maps covering most of the interesting areas in Morocco can be downloaded (for free) from the excellent ″Je me casse au soleil″ website: http://jemecasseausoleil.blogspot.com/2012/08/cartes-du-maroc.html

 

About guides and mules:

Many treks in the Atlas can be done without guides or mules. However, over the years I have found that guides and mules make the treks more enjoyable and certainly much more comfortable. Treks are then less physically demanding, which makes it possible to explore alternative routes and do additional hikes in the evenings. Guides and muleteers also know paths that would be very difficult to find from a map. They increase safety, especially when confronted to packs of mean dogs. In addition, using guides and muleteers help the local economy. Fees are usually very reasonable.

 

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I strongly recommend Oumar Oulaїdi, who is a CFAMM (Ait Bouguemez Mountain Training Center) certified guide, with considerable additional training in France.

I have known Oumar since the early 2000‛s. I have been on several trips with him and he has helped me arrange the logistics of other trips. He is very friendly and reliable, with a good sense of humor.

He can organize and guide treks in all regions of Morocco, including the High Atlas Mountains, the Anti-Atlas (Jebel Sahro, Jebel Sirwa, and Tafraoute area), the Sahara desert, and the Atlantic coast. For individuals and small groups who are only looking for limited support, he may just provide reliable muleteers. He can arrange logistics, including riad reservations in Marrakesh and other cities, and transportation.

His family owns a gite (a kind of guesthouse) in Tabant in the Ait Bouguemez Valley. The hospitality of the Oulaїdi family is flawless. Their gite is very comfortable and clean. It provides hot showers and the food is delicious. Oumar and his father have created foundations to help preserve Berber culture and support education in the Atlas.

 

How to contact Oumar:

- Email: oumar@treksolidaire.com (new email address)

- Cell: +212-668964561

- Telephone of Oulaїdi family‛s gite in Tabant: +212-523459346

- Fax: +212-524373310

 

 

Some photos of the Oulaїdi family′s gite in Tabant (the family, the terrace, the view from the terrace):

 

Here are three photos taken by Oumar near Tabant during the winter of 2015 after a huge snow storm. Very spectacular! Few people know that so much snow can fall in the mountains of northern Africa.

 

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