Saturday, February 15, 2014

Day 7 // Mount Toubkal (طوبقال)

I am SO EXCITED about today, because this is the number-one item on my Morocco to-do list...

WE'RE HIKING THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS!

After doing a ton of research, I found the perfect hiking excursion that doesn't empty your pockets too much. Trek Morocco offers a two-day climb of Mount Toubkal! Mount Toubkal, located in the High Atlas, is the highest peak in North Africa at 13,671 ft. While the trek will be difficult, have no fear, because the website says that beginners can do it. And with such incredible views, you'll forget all about the hard work!

c/o Trek Morocco
c/o Trek Morocco

(I dare you to say that those photos aren't breathtaking.)

Basically, you get picked up from Marrakech (there's your transportation) and head to the starting point. At this point, the website probably does a better job of explaining the trail, so here's a screenshot of the page:


And here's the supplementary information:


As you can see, sleeping bags are not provided, and the FAQ section recommends gear such as walking sticks, etc. Fortunately, you can rent most of your gear at Atlas Trek Shop! Atlas Trek Shop is located in Imlil, the village where the two-day trek begins, and it costs a mere 2.5 euros/day to rent a sleeping bag (plus, they have lots of other camping gear). And don't worry about your other luggage, because pack mules are included in the price. (By the way, I cannot believe I just used the term "pack mule" in its literal form.)

But WAIT, there's more! We haven't even gotten to the best part of the trek...

GOATS IN TREES!

c/o Page in Paris

I wasn't lying when I said this is a common occurrence in Morocco! These goats climb the argan trees, eat the fruit, and drop the pits. The crushed pits produce what we know as argan oil, or the miracle hair product.

These women are hard at work extracting oil from argan pits.

So make sure you finish your tajine, drink your mint shaay, and get a good night's sleep, because you're climbing to the peak tomorrow!

Mount Toubkal is stunning.

Vocabulary (French // Arabic // English)
  • une montagne // jabal (جَبَل) // mountain
  • une chèvre // maa'aza (ماعَزَ) // goat
  • un arbre // shajara (شَجَرة) // tree
  • un tajine // tajine (طاجين) // tajine
  • le thé // shaay (شاي) // tea

5 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds amazing! I hope you have a fantastic trek, although I'm sure you will. I have to say, the goats in trees alone would probably be enough to convince me to go on this trip!

    I'm so glad I found your blog! If you'd like to follow each other, I'd be happy to keep in touch! Just let me know on my blog :)

    xo
    Dolce
    www.mydailysweet.com

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  2. Goats in trees is seriously one of my all time favorite things.

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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  3. How awesome is this!!! I am secretly loving the goats in the trees :p I am really excited for you! :) Thanks for sharing!

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  4. I'm SO jealous!!! Have a blast! :)

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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  5. This looks super awesome! And those goats...hahaha...that's wonderful.

    allisonleighann.

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