I took a short break to Marrakesh in early May for some exotic tagines, dusty sunsets and to try out a bit of trekking in the Atlas Mountains. I took along a small selection of Rocknives with me. They were safely packed away in the hold luggage, each one in it’s gift box. They were extremely lightweight and I knew the pretty pink handle pairing knife would go really well with all the amazing bright bold colours of Marrakesh. I couldn’t resist having some awesome photo opportunity taken in and around Marrakesh. Early on Friday morning, already rather hot by 7am, my friend and I grabbed a taxi from the Medina, leaving the city and headed to the base of the mountains within 70 minutes drive.
With just a bottle of water, a Rocknife, iphone camera and strava switched on to track our steps, we followed a guide and we began our ascend to the Imlil village, the highest village on the Atlas mountain at 1,800 ft. With the most breathtaking views all around, snow capped peaks set against cloudless blue skies and bright sunshine beaming down over the valleys below. We didn’t really see anyone else on the way up, we took it slow as the temperature was rising and our guide was on Ramadan and needed to take it easy.
A hot couple of hours trek we reached the village of Imlil for a break. Some local Morrocan cake were served to us with mint tea. A Berber lunch then followed. Delicious lemon Chicken tagine with olives came with local flat bread. A huge plate of mixed salad, with very finely chopped tomatoes, diced cucumbers, peppers, red onions, sweetcorn and pasta accompanied the main chicken dish, which was cooked in a traditional Moroccan Tagine. With a happy and full belly, we descend after lunch. Making our way round and down the steep hills climbing over rocks. We crossed over fast running streams along wobbly wooden foot bridges.
Stopping by the very beautiful and powerful Ouzoud Waterfalls before reaching the base of the mountain. Such an amazing day trekking one of the wonders of the world - The Atlas Mountains, I will definitely be back for more.
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