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).
We started up out of Oukaimeden about 11:00, circling the ski valley, stopping after a couple of hours for a 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 feeling the first day at altitude but everyone is moving well.
After that we began a very steep, rough descent to Tacheddirt.
We got to our hostel about 4:30, a very quiet place with few other hikers.
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.