September 21, 2002 – Amsouzert – Azib Likemt




This night was great with no wind, so it was very difficult for us to wake up in the morning. Today is the longest journey of the trek with a total of 15km to cover. We leave Amsouzerte at dawn.


Then, we tackle the first foothills of the mountain. We meet a lot of kids this morning. They are picking walnuts on the path or in the trees before going to school. We go through one of these villages sticks on the hillside.



We continue our effort while looking back to the valley from time to time to admire the wonderful view we have on the landscape under this morning light. The summit seems not that far but it is because there are 2 false summits before we see the right one a little further. This is the pass of Tizi N’Ouraï at 3 109m.


Just before the summit we stop a few minutes to observe the Djebel Toubkal just in front of us. It is amazing that we were there 2 days ago. We are so pleased to see such views.


View on the Toubkal summit (middle)


At the pass of Tizi N’Ouraï, we meet a whole family with this herd (mainly cows) who is going to Amsouzerte. They are all dressed with very colorful clothes and the faces show the harshness of the high atlas climate. We already saw such costumes earlier in the trek when we went through the village of Sidi Chamarouch. We are all surprised by this encounter (they also are…). Mohammed explains us that it is a family who lives in the mountains during summer time for the transhumance but at this period of the year they bring back the herd in the valley to live winter time in a village.


We will make 3 encounters like this during the descent to Azib Tamenzift. The path is easy but it is a very long one as we arrive in Azib Tamenzift (2 600m) at the beginning of the afternoon. We will bivouac there surrounded by two groups of 20 people each. With Kevin we circle the tents with rocks as a strong wind is coming. The temperature is nice and a river authorizes us to do some washing again.


I will seat next to the river to read and write while Mohammed is sleeping on a big rock.


Just in front of us, many fields in stairs are covered with corn. I walk closer to see farmers (mainly wives) cutting some corn with the herd and their children around.



Tonight we suffer for the dinner as there is no more light but magic Mohammed is here to light us with a candle stick in a bottle of water…


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D1 : Luxembourg – Paris – Casablanca

D2 : Casablanca – Rabat

D3 : Rabat – Meknes

D4 : Meknes – Volubilis – Meknes

D5 : Meknes - Fes

D6 : Fes

D7 : Merzouga

D8 : Merzouga – Tinehrir

D9 : Tinehrir – Ouarzazate – Marrakesh

D10 : Marrakesh

D11 : Marrakesh – Imlil

D12 : Imlil – Toubkal refuge

D13 : Refuge – 4167m –Tizi Ouanoums

D14 : Tizi Ouanoums – Amsouzert

D15 : Amsouzert – Azib Likemt

D16 : Azib Likemt – Tacheddirt

D17 : Tacheddirt – Imlil – Marrakesh

D18 : Marrakesh – Essaouira

D19 : Essaouira – El Jadida – Tangier

D20 : Tangier

D21 : Tangier – Chefchaouen

D22 : Chefchaouen – Casablanca

D23 : Casablanca – Paris – Luxembourg




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