I have just come back from my trip in the Atlas mountains and it has been a really extraordinary experience. Not only were the landscapes stunning throughout our journey but the view at the top of Toubkal was amazing! The simple and happy life of the Berber people is truly inspirational and I hope to carry that forward with me in my day-to-day life.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I have loved every minute of the trip but definitely Summit Day was the most inspirational moment for me! A great personal challenge, both mental and physical and what an achievement to be at the top!
What I have also truly enjoyed was being disconnected from everything and going back to what really matters. Like the Berbers would say, only two things are important: good health and happiness!
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Our group leader Lahcen was funny, kind, open-minded and very helpful. Always happy to answer any questions we had and share the fascinating life and culture of the Berbers.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Prepare for both warm and cold weather. Although for us, Summit Day was rather warm, it can be very windy at times.
Make sure you have the required level of fitness and can follow the pace set by the group leader (which is honestly perfect), especially on Summit Day, so as to not penalise the whole group.
If you are interested in helping out local communities, please bring pencils or books for the kids. As we walked through the mountain villages and met with children there, I wish I had pens with me to give to them!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This trip has been the most extraordinary experience of my life so far! You will be mind-blown by the colours of the landscapes (pink, red, green, amber etc.), the taste of the food (fresh orange juices, lemonades, veggies, breads and pancakes etc.), the kindness of the people in the Mountains etc.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! It was my first trip with Exodus, but certainly not the last! ...