Discover the Moroccan High Atlas with a Cicerone guidebook
Mountaineering in the Moroccan High Atlas
by Des Clark
This handy pocket-sized guidebook contains detailed route descriptions of 50 walks, climbs and scrambles in the Moroccan High Atlas. The routes were written with winter conditions in mind and are suitable for experienced winter mountaineers and walkers. The routes cover 30 peaks and are all above 3000m with the highest being Jbel Toubkai at 4167m. More...
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The High Atlas mountains of Morocco have mountaineering potential galore. With 7 major summits over 4000m, and myriad other remote and little-climbed summits, the region offers countless challenges for experienced winter climbers and scramblers looking for adventure.
This guidebook contains full route descriptions for 50 walks, climbs and scrambles on 30 peaks right across the range from Taroudant in the south-west to Midelt in the north-east, all easily accessible from Marrakech airport. Each route is graded by remoteness, navigational difficulty and commitment.
The mountains of the High Atlas seldom drop below 3000m so naturally all the summits and routes are over 3000m, so some mild affects of altitude, such as shortness of breath, may initially be felt, particularly on the 4000m summits. This may affect initial performance, but most people should get used to the altitude in a few days. There are at least seven mountains that reach over 4000m; the highest of these is Jbel Toubkal at 4167m.
While the vast majority of routes in the guidebook can be undertaken in the late spring and autumn, the emphasis is on winter ascents (from early November to mid-April). All the routes in this guidebook assume a certain amount of winter mountain experience on your part, the majority of the routes were written with winter conditions in mind.
This guidebook divides the range into three regions, using two road passes as boundaries, and the routes are described under the following regional sections.
• west of Tizi n-Test (routes from Taroudant)
• between Tizi n-Test and Tizi n-Tichka (routes from Imlil and Oukaimeden)
• east of Tizi n-Tichka (routes from Ait Bougammez, Zawat Ahansal and Midelt)