This deserves the challenging rating The notes aren't correct you spend three nights at 3200m You ascend 1200m on the first ascent but don't lose 900m as the trip notes sayOther wise they are OK So it is a night in Marrakech, a night at arounf 2000m, 3 nights at 3200m, then in revers a night at 2000m and a night bak in Marrakech I normally do circular walks - however this works given the terrain - one way in one way outLocala told me it looks most beautiful at the end of June early July - well it looked stunning in winter and it was great winter walking
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
- seeing the ranges of mountains beyond - I don't know why but I though it was going to be desert - the region is far more mountainous than I had realised
- What did you think of your group leader?
The team leader (Mohamed) the porters, cook, and abdullah (guide0 were all fantastic - wish i could have them on every trek!
It is worth brushing up your french for when explanations in english don't quite work
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The kit bag is a single trip bag - most failed at one end if the big handle was used - the bag is not ergonomically designed - a ruck sack is better...That said I am going to use the kit bag t store old gear because its shapes means it uses space efficiently in storage
Use exodus - they use local guides and leaders with an abundance of knowledge - I don't think a question went unanswered...
Haggle in the souks - don't pay the first thing they ask for - if you wouldn't pay 50% of where they start walk away - your best haggling is unlikleyt to get you much better than 50%
Don't eat in the square when they are warming up yesterday's left overs
Beware that everyone that approaches you is likley to want money from you - its not your charm...
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I think the title is misleading - this is a winter ascent - not a winter climb - although there are opportunities to ice climb etc they are not part of the itinary - I know it may be sematics to some - but this is a winter trek with several good ascents - rather than a climb which to me means using arms as much as legs...
Many people take trekking poles - a long handled ice axe (or two) would be better
Take your own crampons - those you hire have seen better days.
Drink lots of water - it is the only way your body can get rid of the excess carbon dioxide - if your wee isn't like fine champagne then drink more water