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17 Apr 2012
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The High Atlas

Treks and climbs on Morocco's biggest and best mountains

by Hamish Brown
Book published by Cicerone Press

Inspirational book packed with anecdotes and insights about the best treks and climbs in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, in North Africa, and drawn from the author's 50-year experience. Illustrated with dazzling photographs of the mountains and also the mountain people, the Berbers. 48 routes including Jbel Toubkal, Tazekka and Igdat.

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The High Atlas mountains of North Africa offer some of the finest trekking and climbing in the world, with hospitable guides, a good climate for much of the year and an almost untouched mountaineering potential. Once you’ve experienced the contrasting landscapes, romantic cities and welcoming people of Morocco, it’s easy to become hooked.

A narrative of the author’s explorations over half a century, this is a guidebook like no other and could have been written by no one else. It describes some of the biggest and best mountain treks and climbs, routes long and short, difficult and easy, illustrated with pictures that show the rich culture of the Berber people. It is sure to be the inspiration for many fascinating Moroccan expeditions.

All the biggest and best summits including...

  • Jbel Toubkal (4167m) – the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Tazekka – covered right to the top by magnificent cedar forests
  • Igdat – first climbed in an extraordinary feat of mountaineering by Joseph Thomson in 1888
  • Ouaougoulzat – a popular ski-mountaineering destination
  • The improbable ascent of the Cathedral rock tower
  • Tizi Mkorn – between the desert gorges of Dadès and Todra
  • The peaks around the rim of the Tichka Plateau
  • Activities
    mountaineering, scrambling, trekking
  • Seasons
    If you can cope with snow climbs, winter into spring is a good time to visit; spring is the perfection, with blossom and life awakening, and as late as June alpine flowers will still be colouring high ground; by July the temperature is soaring and tends to stay so until the autumn equinox; autumn is harvest time, and storms are less likely, but you'll find a burnt-up landscape; November, December and January are the least good months
  • Centres
    Marrakech, Fes, Imlil, Ouarzazate, the Bou Guemez, Tinerhir and Boumalne des Dad├Ęs
  • Difficulty
    routes suitable for any experienced mountaineer, as long as they respect the altitude and the strong summer sun
  • Must See
    Jbel Toubkal the highest mountain in North Africa; Tazekka; Igdat; Ouaougoulzat; the Cathedral rock tower; Tizi Mkorn and the Tichka Plateau; the colourful Berber culture and people
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Index of route maps
Overview map   


Geography and climate of the High Atlas   
Trekking routine   
Planning your trip   
Getting there and getting around   
Local guides   
Local language and culture   
Health and safety   
Using this guide   

Middle Atlas and Eastern High Atlas   

1    Jbel Tazekka   
2    Jbel bou Naceur, Moussa ou Salah and Jbel bou Iblane   
3    Jbel Ayyachi and Jbel Masker   
4    Jbel Hayane   

Central High Atlas   

5    Jbel Msedrit   
6    Jbel Laqroun   
7    The Cathedral (Mastfrane)   
8    Mouriq   

Mgoun Ranges   

9    Aroudane (Aioui)   
10    Jbel Azurki   
11    Ouaougoulzat   
12    Adar n’ Ouchane, Jbel Anzig, Jbel Amezrika and Imejdag   
13    Jbel Tigounatine   
14    Tizi Mkorn   
15    Ighil Mgoun (Oumsoud)   
16    Jbel-n-Nig Oumassine and Jbel Tazoult-n-Ouguerd (Aslad)   
17    Jbel Aklim   

Western Central Atlas   

18    Jbel Tizoula   
19    Jbel Rhat and Tignousti   
20    Jbel Anghomer   
21    Tissili n’ Warg   
22    Jbel Tastwiyt group   
23    Adrar Tircht (Jbel bou Ourioul)   
24    Adrar Yagour   
25    Adrar Meltzen   

The Toubkal Massif   

26    Kik Plateau edge   
27    Jbel Toubkal   
28    The Ouanoukrims   
29    Aksouâl   
30    Adrar n’ Inghemar   
31    Angour   
32    Taska n’ Zat   
33    Tazaghart   

West of the Tizi n’ Test Road   

34    Jbel Gourza   
35    Jbel Erdouz   
36    Igdat   
37    Adrar-n-Oumzra   
38    Jbel Tabgourt   
39    Jbel Ikkis   

The Tichka Plateau   

40    Amendach   
41    Takoucht   
42    Flillis   
43    Moulay Ali   
44    Imaradene (Tassiwt)   

Further West   

45    Ras Moulay Ali   
46    Mtdadene   
47    Jbel Awlim and Jbel Tinergwet   
48    Azegza   

The Southern and Northern Ranges   

Appendix  A    Glossary   
Appendix  B    Texts, books and maps   
Appendix  C    What to take   
Appendix  D    The highest summits   
Appendix  E    Contacts   

Index of route maps  
Overview map  
Geography and climate of the High Atlas   
Trekking routine   
Planning your trip   
Getting there and getting around   
Local guides   
Local language and culture   
Health and safety   
Using this guide   

Middle Atlas and Eastern High Atlas   
1    Jbel Tazekka   
2    Jbel bou Naceur, Moussa ou Salah and Jbel bou Iblane   
3    Jbel Ayyachi and Jbel Masker   
4    Jbel Hayane   

Central High Atlas
5    Jbel Msedrit   
6    Jbel Laqroun   
7    The Cathedral (Mastfrane)   
8    Mouriq   

Mgoun Ranges   
9      Aroudane (Aioui)   
10    Jbel Azurki   
11    Ouaougoulzat   
12    Adar n’ Ouchane, Jbel Anzig, Jbel Amezrika and Imejdag   
13    Jbel Tigounatine   
14    Tizi Mkorn   
15    Ighil Mgoun (Oumsoud)   
16    Jbel-n-Nig Oumassine and Jbel Tazoult-n-Ouguerd (Aslad)   
17    Jbel Aklim   

Western Central Atlas
18    Jbel Tizoula   
19    Jbel Rhat and Tignousti   
20    Jbel Anghomer   
21    Tissili n’ Warg   
22    Jbel Tastwiyt group   
23    Adrar Tircht (Jbel bou Ourioul)   
24    Adrar Yagour   
25    Adrar Meltzen   

The Toubkal Massif   
26    Kik Plateau edge   
27    Jbel Toubkal   
28    The Ouanoukrims   
29    Aksouâl   
30    Adrar n’ Inghemar   
31    Angour   
32    Taska n’ Zat   
33    Tazaghart   

West of the Tizi n’ Test Road 
34    Jbel Gourza   
35    Jbel Erdouz   
36    Igdat   
37    Adrar-n-Oumzra   
38    Jbel Tabgourt   
39    Jbel Ikkis   

The Tichka Plateau
40    Amendach   
41    Takoucht   
42    Flillis   
43    Moulay Ali   
44    Imaradene (Tassiwt)   

Further West   
45    Ras Moulay Ali   
46    Mtdadene   
47    Jbel Awlim and Jbel Tinergwet   
48    Azegza   

The Southern and Northern Ranges   
Appendix  A    Glossary   
Appendix  B    Texts, books and maps   
Appendix  C    What to take   
Appendix  D    The highest summits   
Appendix  E    Contacts   

Index of route maps
Route 1:                    Jbel Tazekka   
Route 2:                    Jbel bou Naceur, Moussa ou Salah and Jbel bou Iblane   
Route 3:                    Jbel Ayyachi and Jbel Masker   
Route 4:                    Jbel Hayane   
Route 5:                    Jbel Msedrit   
Routes 6-8:               Jbel Laqroun, Cathedral and Mouriq   
Routes 9-13:             From the Bou Guemez and Dadès valleys   
Route 14:                  Tizi Mkorn   
Routes 15-19:           Ighil Mgoun, Oumassine, Jbel Tazoul-n-Ouguerd/Aslad, Jbel Aklim, Jbel Tizoula, Jbel Rhat and Tignousti   
Routes 20-22:           Jbel Anghomer, Tissili n’ Warg and Jbel Tastwiyt group   
Routes 23-25, 32:     Adrar Tircht, Adrar Yagour, Adrar Meltzen, Taska n’ Zat  
Routes 26:                Kik Plateau edge 
Routes 27-31, 33:     Jbel Toubkal, the Ouanoukrims, Aksouâl, Adrar n’ Inghemar, Angour and Tazaghart   
Routes 34–36:          Jbel Gourza, Jbel Erdouz and Igdat  
Routes 37–48:          Around the Tichka Plateau   

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