Trekking the Anti-Atlas Mountains by spoliga

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									People travel from around the world to trek Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. The most southern of the
country’s ranges is known as the Anti-Atlas, which spans from the Atlantic Ocean in the
southwest to Ouarzazate in the north. The Sahara Desert borders the range to the south … a
drastic contrast from the towering mountains!
Though the High Atlas is often the most popular trekking destination in Morocco, the Anti-Atlas
rivals the northern peaks with views of the Sahara Desert and fewer people on the trails.
Many treks in the area leave from Tafraoute. Jebel Siroua, an ancient volcano, is a popular hike
for trekkers. Jebel Lekst, a purple-colored mountain, is arguably the most popular—and one of
the most difficult—treks in this mountain range, though there are other mountains northeast of
Tafraoute that are equally challenging. Jebel Aklim is remote and relatively under visited, though
it is becoming increasingly popular with trekkers. After the strenuous climb, expect to be
rewarded with spectacular views of the High Atlas and Jebel Siroua.
Southeast of Tafraoute is Adrar Mqorn, another difficult but rewarding trek. The peaks are
jagged but the land below is thick with oases and irrigated valleys. If you’re seeking something
less strenuous, consider trekking the twin peaks of Ait Mansour and Timguilcht.
The trek from Taliouine toward the Zagmouzine Valley to Tagmout is also a popular route. The
walk is fairly gentle compared to some of the more strenuous hikes in the Anti-Atlas. One of the
highlights of this trek is passing through Tisgui, a cliff village where basic supplies can be
replenished. The trek ends in Ihoukarn, where you will be able to find transportation to leave the
region.
The facilities in the Anti-Atlas Mountains are not as developed as those in other areas visited by
trekkers, and the climate is particularly harsh compared to other parts of Morocco. Due to the
close proximity of the Sahara Desert, summers are often characterized by extreme heat. It
occasionally snows in the winter on the higher peaks so choosing the right time to trek is
imperative.
There are only a few stores for supplies in this area and trekkers are advised to stock up on food
and water before leaving for their hike. Though there are village homes that you might be able to
stay in along the way, do not count on this amenity when preparing your supplies.
If you have any hesitations about trekking the Anti-Atlas, consider hiring a guide who is
knowledgeable about the area. There are many guides in the 26 local villages; registered guides
will carry identification cards with them.

								
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