May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Trekking the High Atlas

Outfitters Departures Price Accommodations
Adventure Center
800-227-8747, 510-654-1879
20 $490-$525 camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Himalayan Travel
800-225-2380, 203-359-3711
10 $895 camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Wilderness Travel
800-368-2794, 510-558-2488
1 $1,995-$2,195 camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels

The Route: Two to three weeks of hiking through North Africa's highest mountain range, with ascents of 13,665-foot Mount Toubkal and/or 13,356-foot Mount M'Goun, along with visits to Marrakech and Fez.

When to go: February to December

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Unemployed Moroccans may try to sell you their guide services, only to take you to a remote location and demand your money. Stick with guides affiliated with tourist agencies.

High/low points:

  • Gratefully accepting your first cup of sweet mint tea from a Berber family.
  • Choking down your fifth cup of sweet mint tea — it's considered rude to refuse.

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