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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Mount Toukbal

11/04/17 – 13/04/17

Mount Toukbal has the highest peak in North Africa, at 4167m. It was a little hard to get there, it took us two days from Imlil to the summit. The scenery is beautiful and I even saw a waterfall. We met with locals and our fellow climbers, who were from Europe, and we all had breakfast together. Everyone was in a good mood and it was very nice to have time to talk to people and be a part of each other's journeys. I saw a lot of donkeys on the way to the Refuge. They were carrying bags, which made the trek easier for people.

From the village to the Refuge it took us 6 hours and we stayed in one of the two hostels. We didn't book the hostel online and we were told that we should have, to ensure we got a room, as they turn a lot of people away and they have to sleep outside. Luckily, they had beds for us so we were relieved. The next morning we left at 05:00 and reached the summit at around 08:00. Once we reached the summit, we all forgot that we were tired, as we admired the spectacular views! Everyone was happy and posed for pictures.

After about half an hour we left the summit. It was easier going down the mountain in comparison to going up. We slid down easily and got back to the Refuge in about 2 hours. Once back, we had lunch and relaxed and then carried on back to Imlil.

Imlil and neighbouring areas are great to do cycling tours to see the Atlas Mountains and for other sports adventures.