|During some ten days of fairly rugged walking, we discover the wilderness of Morocco's mountains, stay with the hardy and hospitable Berber people, and attempt an ascent of Mount Toubkal, the highst peak in North Africa.
We'll spend our first day in the magical old ciy of Marrakech - a meeting place for moutain Berbers and desert people from the south. Crammed with story-tellers, musicians, fire-eaters, jugglers, and acrobats, its celebrated main square - the Djemma-el-Fna - is a scene straight out of the Arabian Nights.
Then we drive to the small helmet of Imlil. From here we walk along a mule track to the Berber village of Aremd (1950m), where we overnight. As we climb higher the paths do become steep and rugged in places, but the gain in altitude awards a dramatic view. Throughout this energetic and rewarding trek our route passes through remote villages that offer and insight into culture that has hardly changed for centuries.
Leaving the fertile Mizane Valley below we begin the most challenging part of our trek. We reach Sidi Chamharouch, the shrine of a local holy man, and contine up into the unforgiving High Atlas - reaching our base at the Neltner refuge (3125m) to make an attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkai (4165m), North Africa's highest peak.
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