The Atlas and Toubkal

A few hours by plane have the Atlas and the Toubkal, two perfect places to practice Hiking trails in Morocco and learn about a fascinating culture. Let’s know them a little better.

The Atlas is a mountain range that stretches along 2,400 kilometers of northwest Africa, through Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Its highest peak is the famous Toubkal, with 4,167 meters above sea level, located in southwestern Morocco.

The population of the Atlas is mainly Beréber in Morocco and Arabic in Algeria. In the area of ??Morocco, the mountain range is divided into the Middle Atlas closer to the coast and up to 3,350 meters high, the Great Atlas and High Atlas to the south and up to 4,165 meters and the Anti Atlas further south and up to 2,060 meters. The Atlas separates the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert, in fact, it is one of the factors that cause dryness of the desert.

Its formation is a result of the approach and collision between Europe and Africa. The ridge is divided from west to east in Anti Atlas, High Atlas, Middle Atlas, Tell Atlas, Atlas Saharian and Aures Mountains.

Except Anti Atlas where paleozoic deformation is documented, the rest of the range was formed during the Cenozoic (last 65 million years) by compressing previous extensive basins (Mesozoic) following a similar spatial distribution current Atlas and whose formation took place during the opening of the Atlantic Ocean (separation of America and Africa).

Toubkal

Within this mountain stands the Toubkal. It is the highest peak in Morocco and North Africa throughout its 4,167 meters.

It is located 63 km south of Marrakech. The first ascent was made by Europeans in 1923 by Marquis de Segonzac and Vincent Berger, but the mountain had already risen before.

This is one of the most amazing hiking in Morocco, a journey of adventure that surprises even the most incredulous areas.

 

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