Mt Toubkal – Day 1

May 10, Oukaimeden (8 ,600’) – Tacheddirt (7,600’)

Mohamed, the tour owner met us at 9:00 at the hotel and helped us load into our shuttle for the ride to the ski resort of Oukaimeden where we would start our trek. After a 90 minute (very curvy) ride we got to Oukaimeden where we met Ibrahim (our guide) and the two Hassan’s (mule drivers, cooks).

Day 1: Oukaimeden to Tacheddirt

We started up out of Oukaimeden about 11:00, circling the ski valley, stopping after a couple of hours for a picnic lunch.

Hiking out of Oukaimeden
Hot picnic lunch

We got to the top of today’s pass (just under 10,000′) just before 3:00 after passing the sign saying we were in the national park.

We are in the park.

We are feeling the first day at altitude but everyone is moving well.

High point today. And that mountain over my right shoulder is where we are heading!

After that we began a very steep, rough descent to Tacheddirt.

Steep descent to Tacheddirt
Tacheddirt, our destination for the evening.

We got to our hostel about 4:30, a very quiet place with few other hikers.

View from our hostel

We got a couple of views today of where we are heading and it’s hard to believe we will be up there in a few days.

Mt Toubkal is one of those big peaks behind me. Very exciting!

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