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Travel Blogs from Asni
... can nonetheless cross the bridge to use the toilets, by tipping of course. They are not really toilet, it's 4 walls with a hole in the ground, but you quickly get used to most things.
Eventually we get to Mt Toubkal refuge, approximately 3200m altitude. Our camp is about 15 walk to the refuge and I am shown my tent. I surprise even myself by being absolutely fine with it! I pick up all my sleeping stuff and get settled. ...
... so the basis of a climb was tentatively arranged for my arrival in Imlil. This was quite a relief, as I did wonder if anyone was travelling independently, at the same time as myself. Orchards became quite prolific, growing olives, figs, apples and dates. There were no flowers being cultivated at all.
I arrived at Raceem's place and Ibrahim, his brother, took my backpack and led me across a trickling river way, thro' a delightful ...
... and his family got out some maps and it quickly became apparent that he was going to give us the hard sell of a tour.
Max took the lead, asking questions about the possible routes, and the costs of each. The costs didn't make much sense to me, with wildly varying prices for seemingly no reason, but they were all a little too high for all three of us. Unfortunately, Max wasn't really into the whole bartering thing and got really angry with their prices and ...
... amp; veg tajine, Moroccan soup, etc. Real Berber fare in a real Berber village.....Tim and I shared a bench (mattress surprisingly comfy) in the men's dorm. Silent up here in the night.
Awake pre-dawn. Heard the muezzin's call from across the valley. Up at 6.15am for our hike further up the valley towards the big mountain. By 7 oçlock we were on our way, walking across the scree bed of the river, deep inside the shadow of ...
"Oh right. I'd quite like to do that. We did Kili instead. Pretty awesome." (Andy)
"Yeah, I did Kili a few years ago. It's cool isn't it. I found it all right, not too tiring." (Graham)
"I did it for the first time about ten years ago. Bloody cold at night, though." (Andy)
"Nothing compared to Base Camp, mate. Ice froze on my hair!" (Graham)
"Mmmm, Kyrgystan was pretty chilly last year - although that was at 6000 metres." (Andy)