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Moroccan Atlas - The Trekking Guide


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INTRODUCTION (1) PLANNING YOUR TRIP: With a group or on your own: Independent trekking, Group tours, Trekking agencies, Getting to Morocco: By air, By road, By rail, By ferry, Visas, Budgeting and costs: Accommodation and meals, Guides and transport, When to go: Climate, Ramadan, Route options: Planning your route, Jbel Toukbal, M'Goun Massif, Jbel Sirwa, Jbel Sahro, What to take: What to pack it all in, Sleeping bag, Footwear & foot car, Clothes, Toiletries, Medical and first-aid kits, Money, Photographic equipment, Recommended reading, Maps, Mountain safety: Trekking alone, Experience, Mountain rescue services, Health precautions: Who should avoid high-altitude treks? Pre-departure preparation, Inoculations, Insurance (2) MOROCCO Facts about Morocco and the Atlas Mountains: Geography, Historical outline, Morocco today Fauna and flora: Fauna, Birds of the Atlas Mountains, Flora Practical information for the visitor: Local transport 65 - Language 67 - Embassies and consulates, Electricity, Time and date, Opening hours, Holidays and festivals, Money, Keeping in touch, Media, Travelling in a Muslim country, Women in Islam, women travellers and sexual mores, Drugs, Food, Drink, Hammams, Toilets, Things to buy, Security, crime (3) MINIMUM IMPACT TREKKING: Environmental impact, Cultural impact, Economic impact (4) MARRAKESH: History, Arrival and departure, Local transport, Orientation, Where to stay, Where to eat, Nightlife, Services, What to see (5) OUARZAZATE: History, Arrival and departure, Local transport, Orientation, Where to stay, Where to eat, Nightlife, Services, What to see (6) ROUTE GUIDES: The Toubkal region, The M'goun region, The Sirwa region, Jbel Sahro (7) APPENDICES Arabic, French and Berber, Glossary, Health

About the Author

Alan Palmer first trekked in Morocco 25 years ago. This adventure began serendipitously when he jumped aboard a shared taxi outside Bab er Robb, bound for the trailhead town of Asni, simply to escape the August heat of Marrakech. Once there he decided to climb Mt Toubkal, at 13,670 ft the highest mountain in North Africa, and made it to the top wearing nothing on his feet but a pair of flimsy lounge shoes. Since then he has travelled widely in Europe, often combining his trips with work as an archaeologist. He has trekked through some of the most spectacular mountainous regions of the Himalaya, Karakorum and Hindu Kush, and has contributed to two other guidebooks, Pakistan and The Silk Road, both by Insight Guides. Alan returns to Morocco as often as possible and his latest project is to trek the entire length of the spine of the High Atlas Mountains. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the British Moroccan Society.


'.. all the information one would expect, and some that you would not expect!' - Backpack 'This valuable guide offers a fascinating insight into the Atlas and opens up some stunning routes' - Strider 'A very useful guide ... obviously put together by someone who knows their subject in great depth' Scottish Mountaineer

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