This is an inspirational book packed with anecdotes and insights and describing the best treks and climbs in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, in North Africa, illustrated with dazzling photographs of the mountains and the mountain people, the Berbers. The range has endless tops of over 3000m and some over 4000m, including Jbel Toubkal, Ouanoukrim and Ighil Mgoun (Oumsoud), but travelling through the valleys and experiencing the welcoming Berber people and their culture, is also key to appreciating the High Atlas. The passion of author Hamish Brown's 50-year love affair with the High Atlas fills every page of this unique guide, which describes 48 routes across the range, from north east to south west, from the Eastern High Atlas, through the Mgoun Ranges, the Toubkal Massif and the Tichka Plateau to the Western Atlas. Practical information for first-time visitors to the region is also provided, including how to plan your trip, getting there and getting around, selecting local guides, dealing with bureaucracy, health and safety concerns, what to take and how to get hold of the best maps and guidebooks.
Hamish Brown is a writer, lecturer and photographer who has written or edited over 20 books, ranging from guidebooks to expedition narratives to poetry anthologies. 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 has climbed all the best summits many times, culminating in a 96-day end-to-end trek of the Atlas in 1995.
Index of route maps Overview map Introduction Geography and climate of the High Atlas Trekking routine Planning your trip Getting there and getting around Bureaucracy Local guides Local language and culture Health and safety Maps 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 Aksoual 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