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Refuge du toubkal

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Refuge Toubkal National Park  Morocco


Chances are if you climb Jbel (Mt.) Toubkal in Morocco, the highest point in North Africa and second in Africa only to Kilimanjaro, you'll spend the night at one of the refuges at the base. We stayed in the Refuge du Toubkal--Les Mouflons after the 18km (or so) hike from Imlil the night before our 5 am wake-up call to begin the heavier climbing. It's a mostly dormitory, no-frills stay--just the basics to put you in a good position to climb the mountain so you'll want to bring a small book or something similar to while away the time after dinner before bed. You'll also want to make sure your guide is planning to include dinner in your trip (most do) or bring some of your own food to whip something up if you don't want to pay somewhat higher prices from the hotel staff.

Finally, enjoy the sunrise over the small peak you see in the center of this picture. It's absolutely stunning to see the colors through the eye-level clouds and you'll already be up--it's a great way to start the day of your climb!