Winter hiking in the High Atlas Mountains

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For Christmas, I flew to Morocco with a few buddies going camping in the High Atlas Mountains. The plan was to undertake Atlas trekking tours hiking Morocco’s third highest mountain, Mt M’Goun.

The Atlas Mountains deal with an enormous distance spanning across Morocco, Algeria plus into Tunisia. Mt M’Goun (Jebel M’Goun) is an element of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains though much distance away from the favorite Mt Toubkal that I climbed a several years back.

Both Mt Toubkal and Mt M’Goun are placed in the High Atlas Mountains, in hiking distance, they’re around 160 miles clear of one another.

Nevertheless, our plans changed the moment we began the trek. Mt M’Goun had had heavy snowfall of the months and no one had summited. But would we?

Turning up at the very first Moroccan Gite of ours, the trekking manual of ours, organised by Mountaineerin sat us down and clarified that the summit may not be an option as a result of the full snowdrifts on the gully route up to Mt M’Goun.

We rapidly realised the ice was not melting and the original plan of ours of summiting Mt M’Goun wasn’t planning to happen.

To love the sunshine in the Atlas Mountains Morocco

But rather, we spend 4 fantastic days hiking in the Atlas Mountain close to the Mt M’Goun range. It was not the initial program but the quietness of the mountains, snowy scenes, quaint Berber villages made it a drive to remember.

Travel from Marrakech to Arousse (via Agouti)

From Marrakech, a minibus was organised together with the hiking trip package.

It had been about a 5 hour journey, nonetheless, we stopped off for 2 rests on the way in which, one at a little service station as well as the next stop was in the city of Agouti.

A standard Moroccan town complete with a mosque, a backdrop and busy market place of the Atlas Mountains

Day 1 camping into the mountains

Hike distance: twelve km
Total ascent: 951 metres Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Maximum height: 2,653 metres

From the gite of ours, we quickly went off the beaten track, heading west up a steep gully prior to reaching an excellent lookout point on the cold mountains.

The very first component of the increase was on rocky terrain, with minor scatterings of snow as we walked up.

Then, we walked looped again round across a cold area before we descending through trees, prickly bushes and snowdrifts, that appeared to cheekily spike me when I was not looking.

The rise and then arrived at a fantastic view, from right here we were able to see all of the means to the Mt M’Goun ridge. As a number of Instagrammers, we stopped here for a great twenty minutes clicking away and experiencing the moment.

By the ridge, we subsequently dropped down a steep scree gully, until it steadily decreased in steepness right down to a fantastic gite nestled in the valley between the mountains.

Day two Atlas Mountains Hike

Hike distance: 15.5 km
Total ascent: 562 metres Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Maximum height: 2,809 metres

Beginning the hike of ours on day 2 gazing up at the snowy mountain tops outside the gite was fantastic. The hike took us steadily as much as probably the most fantastic views of the Atlas Mountains.

The hiking route switched between walking on and off cold paths that had been work that is hard although most exciting to hike in.

We then carried on and made the way of ours down on the river bed just where we followed the river up to the village just where we had been staying.