Hike above the gorge of Todra

Hike above the gorge of Todra

Through Todra gorge into the mountains t

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Time: 5:00 h

Trek through Todra Gorge is not very difficult. We get to the nomadic settlement in the mountains through interesting terrain of rocky and plastic Atlas and then return different way back to the starting point. 

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Road through the oasis

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The starting point of the trek is at the end of the town Tinghir near Hotel Azul with comfortable accommodation. In the surroundings is beautiful oasis that strethech up to Todra Gorge.

 

Road through the oasis

Gorges du Todra

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Along the road we get through the next village up to the high rocky pass Todra. Before we set out to the mountains, we can have same food here, buy souvenirs or try extreme sports such as mountaineering. You can also hire a guide here. Through the gorge flows a stream, which feeds the entire oasis and the view up is really impressive.

 

Gorges du Todra

Souvenir stalls

While walking through the gorge you will see ubiquitous traders mainly with souvenirs. It's an amazing contrast of high rocks, river and colorful products.

 

Souvenir stalls

Stairs to the mountains

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There are stairs right at the end of the gorge on the left side that will lead you out to the trail into the mountains. It's a good clue and you can thus be sure that you are going the right way. There are amazing views of the entire gorge and road that becomes lost in the distance between the other passes.

 

Stairs to the mountains

Terrain

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The terrain of the trail is rocky, but very comfortable. With a little exaggeration can be said that there is no need for special mountain equipment. The path is lined with sparse vegetation in the form of small shrubs.

 

Terrain

Pass

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Following the trail will get further into the pass with is a crossroads into another possible trails. This place can be confusing due to unavailability of maps. It is important to follow the trail to the south, where we will see the foothills of Atlas with Tinghir in the distance.

 

Pass

View of the foothills

There are wonderful views of the mountains around from the hills above the pass. In this picture you can see the view south into the foothills and further continuation of the trail route.

 

View of the foothills

Nomad settlement

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Following the trail for about 20 minutes we get to nomadic settlement. There is no need for fear here. You will be welcomed by local people.

 

Nomad settlement

Hospitality of nomads

Nomads will welcome you with Moroccan whiskey, which is a traditional Moroccan tea. They will offer you also something to eat. So you should count with some contribution, which is used to meet the needs of the settlement. Nomads will reward you in return you with the possibility to make picture of them.

 

Hospitality of nomads

Nomad settlement

Nomads have in their settlement everything they need for isolated way of life. They live in burrows built into the mountains and in tents.

 

Nomad settlement

Nomadic children

There are also several children in the village. It's really impressive to see the authenticity of this way of living – without mobile phones, tablets and modern civilization.

 

Nomadic children

Farewell to nomads

Farewell to the nomads…. Of course, you need to expect that you will not make understood with them with language, but by simple gestures and body language.

Farewell to nomads

Colourful mountains

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Colors and structure of these mountains are incredible. The plasticity caused by the enormous pressure of tectonic plates created amazing views of this masterpiece of nature.

 

Colourful mountains

View of the valley

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During the descent from nomadic settlement we get back into the pass, from which appear another breathtaking views. We set out from the pass down to the village, which we see from this pass.

 

View of the valley

Fauna in the mountains

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You will probably see no animals during the entire journey, only during the descent into the valley you can see grazing donkeys.

 

Fauna in the mountains

Village

During the descent into the valley we get to the village, which we passed on the way to Todra Gorge. Throughout the entire oasis in Tinghir you can see wonderful contrasts of old abandoned villages and new buildings.

 

Village

Passage through the old village

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To get back to the main road, it is necessary to pass through the old village and oasis, where we need to find a suitable place to jump to the other side of the river. There is no need to panic if you do not find the right place immediately, just look around and you will surely find something.

 

Passage through the old village

Back on the road

After crossing the oasis we get to the road and then come back to the starting point.

 

Back on the road



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