Morocco gloats about some of the world’s most dramatic and splendid mountains, most of which are less known to the trekking enthusiasts. Morocco’s varied climatic condition adds to the array of trekking choices, no matter which one you choose, but trekking remains the main adventure of the country.
The High Atlas
The most elevated mountain range of the North Africa is a spiritual home to trekkers across the globe. The High Atlas stretches diagonally over Morocco from Atlantic drift to the North of Algeria. Within a decent range of 1000 km it surprisingly encompasses several summits higher than 4000 m and 400 odd summits higher than 3000 m. This variety makes High Atlas most desirable for trekking and making it a standout among other trekking destinations of the world.
Western High Atlas
Placed at a convenient distance from the west of Toubkal, Western High Atlas provides altogether different landscape and trekking conditions. The lower ranges in the west, drifting down to the Souss plains, are unexpectedly yet soothingly warmer and greener. They provide unmatched trekking experience amid the jagged mountains, deep gorges canvassed with valleys of date, walnut, almond and olive. It will be huge oversight not to mention of beautiful Berber villages.
Central High Atlas
The trekking enthusiast are getting attracted to the enticing Central High Atlas and the M’ Goun Massif. The M’Goun is an incarnation of the trekker’s paradise, its remoteness and tranquility makes it undisputedly the best. The sedimentary rocks, sharp ridges and deep canyons are icing on the cake. Follow the river flowing through the canyons to its valley, you will find astoundingly varied landscape of lush green valleys and bare rock walls.
The Rif Mountains
At the very first sight of it, you will wander why the Rif Mountains are so less travelled? The only and the lowest mountain range that sweep southwards through Morocco. It is showered with choicest blessing of almighty, wonderful ranges, giant gorges and deep valleys, cladding of cedar, oak and fir. Its proximity to the Mediterranean makes it the greenest of all mountain ranges of the country, and spring time with its mob of wildflowers is undeniably a heavenly retreat.
The Anti Atlas
The last noteworthy mountains before the Sahara are the barren, pink-and-ochre-shaded chain of the Anti Atlas, and underneath the arid, rugged mass of its two important peaks lie rich irrigated valleys and a series of oases. Morocco has such an abundance of trekking choices that maybe it is not astounding that a region with the potential of Tafraoute which has not yet been completely exploited.
The Anti Atlas around Tafraoute has tough, infertile rocks and rich green valleys in plenty. Jebel Lekst is the major attraction. The 'amethyst mountain' is a gigantic ridge that extends to the northwest of Tafraoute.
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