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Beautiful scenery, accessible summits
In a nutshell
We only had a drink here, and enjoyed the view tremendously. The place was modern and clean, and I should imagine it would be a great place to stay - waking up to such tremendous vistas every morning. It really was miles from anywhere though.
Written May 10, 2005
Make sure you stock up on food, drink and other supplies in Imlil or Aroumd as there are few opportunities to buy food or drink in the mountains. On the long hike to the refuge, you can get basic stuff at Sidi Chamarouch or Aroumd, but it’s better to stock up beforehand.
Drinks are occasionally available along the route to Toubkal. We passed this little “shop” about 30 minutes up hill from Sidi Charamouch. He had an interesting way of keeping his drinks cold using an empty plastic bottle to spray hosed water from the nearby stream. He charged 10 Dh for a bottle of sprite - the normal cost is 3 - but I guess he has to cover transport costs somehow. I think this was the last place before the refuge where to buy anything.
Written Apr 27, 2007
Luggage and bags: If you forego hiring a porter and mules and decide instead to carry your own stuff in the Atlas mountains, the obvious constraint is weight. We carried one large ruck sack and one smaller one between us and it made the climb from Imlil to the Toubkal refuge very difficult. Make sure you only bring what's absolutely essential.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1. Crampons are necessary between November and May. You can check with the guys at the friendly CAF refuge in Imlil about what gear to take/hire.
2. Hiking boots are essential.
3. Ice-axes are not necessary from April onwards. Many people had them on the day of our climb but they are only useful if you slip or if you want to slow down when sliding down hills on the descent. In winter they are probably necessary. Again, check in Imlil.
4. A waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers are useful but not essential.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper is on sale in the refuge but it's helpful to bring your own anyway. Aspirin or paracetamol is useful. Also, you might want iodine tablets for purifying water as water is scarce and expensive in the Atlas.
As the sun is very strong at the higher altitudes in the Atlas, sun cream is essential. I stupidly left mine in Imlil so for two days I got badly burned on my face, especially my nose which was bright red by the time we returned to Imlil. A hat and sunglasses are also very useful.
Photo Equipment: Batteries will run down quicker in the cold temperatures in the mountains and there is nowhere to recharge them so make sure you bring enough spares to last as long as you need. The scenery in the mountains is excellent though we took fewer photos than planned, especially at altitude. When every step was hurting taking pictures is the last thing on your mind.
Updated Apr 23, 2007