If you love wild, untouched remote places -- clean, clear air and stunning rugged, raw mountain scenery -- and the sensation of having to walk to get there -- then you'll love this trip. A trip back in time -- biblical scenes of robed goat herds and women collecting water from wells and streams.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The increasingly charmimg Berber villages -- the last 2 villages and the last campsite were delightful;
The contrast between the rugged sandstone desert rock and slate scree with the beautiful oasis villages, irrigated fields, crops and palm trees;
Climbing into remote mountain spaces and looking back down to the valleys;
The exhilaration of the height and the exertion to get there --and then to look back, and down and across.
To wake into a frosty morning, but be trekking in bright warm susnshine in t-shirts a couple of hours later; and then to lay in the sun for a lunch-time kip by mid day.
- What did you think of your group leader?
He was attentive, and caring -- very athletic ( could sprint across the mountains), but not forthcoming with information -- he did answer all questions but did not offer any information at any point.
When I had a slight knee injury and was unable walk for a short time, he dealt with it brilliantly -- had the first aid kit to hand, bandaged my knee and then arranged a donkey ride for the rest of the afternoon.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
In the winter - my trip was in January - don't under-estimate the cold and frosty nigths. You need a 4 season cocoon sleeping bag and lots of layers of really warm and light weight clothes -- wool and cashmere did it for me. I was cosy at night with a thermal vest and leggins, a merino jumper, a flanelette night shirt, a cashmere polo neck jumper, and thermal socks -- all inside my duck down cocoon sleeping bag! I could then sleep cosy and open the door of my tent and sleep under the magical star-filled sky. Fantastic!
Take a small plasic jug or large beaker; it has multiple uses --eg use it to take some hot water from the kettle to wash your face once or twice a day; us it as a tooth brushing mug .....
Take lots of thick quality tissues and anti-bacterial wipes.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
A fantastic winter trip -- the sense of open freedom, the heat of the sun, the mountain streams, snow, oasis, villages, mountain and town people, goats, palm trees, clear night skies ...... a day at Agadir and then at Touradant -- a lot happens in the week