Monday, 1 October 2012

The trek to the top

Khalid woke us up as promised at 04h45.  After eating some steaming porridge and drinking our own "designer" coffees we met outside the main tent with our daypacks ready and shining headtorches.  We stopped at the refuge to replenish our water stocks.  We climbed slowly, resting every now and again to have a sip of water, snack on dried fruit and nuts and ensure that we acclimatised to the dramatically increasing altitude. 

The changing light was beautiful as the sun rose and the views along the way were magnificent. Once we reached the summit, we gathered together for some bread and cheese - Kalid made sure we didn't go hungry wherever we were!   We took about 4hrs to climb to the summit (4 165m) and about 2hrs to walk back to our camp (3 206m). We had a break for lunch and then retraced our steps down the mountain to make our way back to Aremd (1 900m) where we spent the night.  In total we alked about 13hrs that day.

The following morning we returned to Imlil (1 740m) on foot and then drove back to Marakech where we spent our final afternoon.
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