Four mules and five Berbers supporting six women – a force to be reckoned with! Thus we took on Jebel M’Goun in Morocco, one of the country’s highest but most challenging peaks. Early snow meant quite a covering which added to the beauty as well as the technicality of the ascent.
We started our trip by gradually acclimatising, ascending further each day and camping higher up each night over 4 days so that we were able to adjust to the final altitude of 4071 metres more easily.
The best approach to walking at altitude is to walk slowly. Not something that comes naturally for me anyway, but it really pays off to pace yourself where the oxygen levels are scarce, rather than fighting your body by moving too fast. More time to admire the stunning views.
Walking along the crest of M’Goun is delightful with panoramic views far and wide.
We were blessed with a beautiful day and little wind and were able to enjoy a high altitude picnic before descending down the steep northern face to a new camp at the end of the day.
Trekking with Berbers and their mules is a humbling experience. The team of Berbers supporting us moved effortlessly in the terrain and never complained about anything. Our gear was carried for us so we arrived to tents erected, mint tea awaiting us and a delicious evening meal following once we were ready. In addition we had the most incredible lunches cooked for us whilst we languished in the heat of the day. We even had freshly baked bread from ovens made in the ground and rocks around us and to our surprise on our final night -fresh pizza. Surreal when you are miles from anywhere.
For anyone with a streak of adventure in them, Morocco is a fantastic country full of amazing sights and fabulous warm and kind people – and despite media representations – it feels safe.
A huge thanks to Mohammed and Angela at Morocco Trek and Tour along with Lhoucine our guide and Omar chief chef for a fantastic trip which included time in the Berber valley of Ait Bougemez as well as Marrakesh.
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