high atlas mountain
We arrived in High Atlas mountains of North Africa, in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, taking us up through the Toubkal Massif region in Imlil. A berber man waiting for us with his mule to carry our luggage to the Douar Samra, our riad ( about 50m by walking right going up the hill) and we passed by ancient berber villages, built with a pise clawed from the mountain slopes, tucked away in arguably valley in the Kingdom of Morocco - Imlil walking thru big rocks, also! This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to capture the totally different lifestyle of the hardy Berber people, as well as enjoy a refreshing vista of dramatic and luxuriant countryside. Far from the heat of Marrakesh.
When we arrived to the Douar, the owner Jacqueline, greeted us a warm welcome and a welcome drink hot mint tea....and really refreshing drink even in a hot mid day! After some cup of teas, checked our room and it's cozy with very comfortable bed :) Then we went down to meet our guide Amhad and he showed us the map to which mountain first where going to start the next day for trekking and the next following days too. At dinner time the staff ( local berber women), serve us a very exotic and delicious moroccan tagine food ( it's like meat and vegetable stew cooked in a round earthenware dish, with a bottle of morrocan red wine, which are very palatable and inexpensive, rose is ideal as it balances the flavours of the cuisine.
First day of trekking - we started at half past nine in the morning, with our guide amhad, we went up ist to the mountain with 3000 metres high (11,500 feet). Trekking in this region can take you to ochre-coloured berber villages tucked away in lush, green, terraced valleys, through naked passes, up to the seasonally snow-capped summits, which can be reached in but one day of hard trekking, or anything from 2-7 days according to your ability and choice of stay.
Second day - we walked first to the rest of berber village and then thru the valleys and going up and up already, while trekking we meet some fellow trekkers coming down with their guide and two mules with them carrying luggages.