High Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Stock Photography By Heather Farish

The High Atlas Mountains are home to the Berbers, the traditional inhabitants, with a lifestyle that still has many features from centuries ago:- earthen houses, groves of walnuts, irrigation channels that are fed from melting snow, using mules to transport goods and tracks that meander around the mountainsides. Not only is it an opportunity to experience a fascinating history but also to see how the 21st century is impacting both on it and the natural environment on which it is built.

Hiking in the mountains
Hiking in the mountains
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A group of people hiking in the mountains
A group of people hiking in the
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Berber houses in the Atlas mountains
Berber houses in the Atlas
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On the way to the Mt Toubkal summit in Morocco
On the way to the Mt Toubkal
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Sidi Chamarouch in Morocco, a pilgrimage site
Sidi Chamarouch in Morocco, a
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Berber houses
Berber houses
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Telouet village from the Glaoui kasbah, Morocco
Telouet village from the Glaoui
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Mount Toubkal at sunrise
Mount Toubkal at sunrise
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Telouet village from the kasbah
Telouet village from the kasbah
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Goats climbing trees
Goats climbing trees
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Goats climbing trees
Goats climbing trees
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Argan fruit on the tree
Argan fruit on the tree
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Tin Mal mosque
Tin Mal mosque
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Telouet village from the Glaoui kasbah, Morocco
Telouet village from the Glaoui
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Berber children in a doorway
Berber children in a doorway
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Lunch under a Berber tent
Lunch under a Berber tent
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Hiking in the shade of walnut trees
Hiking in the shade of walnut
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Mule saddle detail
Mule saddle detail
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Lady carrying a large load of grass on her back
Lady carrying a large load of
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Mount Toubkal in Morocco
Mount Toubkal in Morocco
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Terraced land on the side of a mountain
Terraced land on the side of a
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Mount Toubkal summit
Mount Toubkal summit
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Tin Mal mosque
Tin Mal mosque
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Snow on bare tree branches
Snow on bare tree branches
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Kasbah ruins
Kasbah ruins
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Farming in Todra Gorge
Farming in Todra Gorge
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The Moroccan mountain village of Armed
The Moroccan mountain village
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Mule in a Moroccan mountain village
Mule in a Moroccan mountain
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Les Terrassses de Toubkal Lodge
Les Terrassses de Toubkal Lodge
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Les Terrassses de Toubkal Lodge
Les Terrassses de Toubkal Lodge
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Door inside the Glaoui kasbah in Telouet
Door inside the Glaoui kasbah
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Berber woman looking through window
Berber woman looking through
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Berber playing music
Berber playing music
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Young man photographing a kasbah
Young man photographing a
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Ait Benhaddou kasbah
Ait Benhaddou kasbah
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Mountain stream bubbling over rocks
Mountain stream bubbling over
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1. Hiking in the mountains. Hiking in the High Atlas Mountains near Imlil is a great way to explore Morocco and learn about the traditional Berber lifestyle. This morning it was made more interesting when we awoke to an overnight snowfall.

2. A group of people hiking in the mountains. The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco are an ideal place for hiking with stunning mountain landscapes and the opportunity to visit small, mountainside Berber villages and experience the hospitality of the inhabitants.

3. Berber houses in the Atlas mountains. Traditional Berber villages, such as Tingherine shown here,consist of earthen houses built up the sides of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains.

4. On the way to the Mt Toubkal summit in Morocco. Morocco's Mount Toubkal, or Jebel Toubkal, is the highest mountain in north Africa at 4167 metres. Located in the High Atlas Mountains, the summit can be readily reached through hiking with only winter ascents requiring specialist equipment.

5. Sidi Chamarouch in Morocco, a pilgrimage site. The pilgrimage site of Sidi Chamarouch is along the hiking trail to the summit of Morocco's Mount Toubkal, or Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in north Africa at 4167 metres. It is located in the High Atlas Mountains with the trail normally beginning in Imlil.

6. Berber houses . These mud houses form a staircase on the mountainsides of the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

7. Telouet village from the Glaoui kasbah, Morocco. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. Overlooking it is the slowly decaying ruins of the once grand, Glaoui kasbah. Sometimes the Glaoui brothers who built it are referred to as the Lords of the Atlas.

8. Mount Toubkal at sunrise. Morocco's Mount Toubkal , or Jebel Toubkal, is the highest mountain in north Africa at 4167 metres. Located in the High Atlas Mountains the summit can be readily reached with only winter ascents requiring specialist equipment. Although a guide is recommended at all times. This is the surrounding mountains at sunrise while on the ascent.

9. Telouet village from the kasbah. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. Overlooking it is the slowly decaying ruins of the once grand, Glaoui kasbah. Sometimes the Glaoui brothers who built it are referred to as the Lords of the Atlas.

10. Goats climbing trees. On the southern side of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco are the very slow-growing Argan trees. Their oil is good for using in cooking as well as in cosmetics. Traditionally goats climb the trees and eat the fruit, with the excreted seed then being processed. However, most often this in not the case in recent times.

11. Goats climbing trees. On the southern side of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco are the very slow-growing Argan trees. Their oil is good for using in cooking as well as in cosmetics. Traditionally goats climb the trees and eat the fruit, with the excreted seed then being processed. However, most often this in not the case in recent times.

12. Argan fruit on the tree. On the southern side of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco are the very slow-growing Argan trees. Their oil is good for using in cooking as well as in cosmetics. Traditionally goats climb the trees and eat the fruit, with the excreted seed then being processed. However, most often this in not the case in recent times.

13. Tin Mal mosque. Located in the High Atlas Mountains, Tin Mal mosque is one of only two in Morocco that non-Muslims are allowed to enter. The other being Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.

14. Telouet village from the Glaoui kasbah, Morocco. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. Overlooking it is the slowly decaying ruins of the once grand, Glaoui kasbah. Sometimes the Glaoui brothers who built it are referred to as the Lords of the Atlas.

15. Berber children in a doorway. In an earthen village house in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains these children were making the most of the early morning sunshine.

16. Lunch under a Berber tent. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. There lunch can be eaten under a traditional Berber tent.

17. Hiking in the shade of walnut trees. When hiking in the Morocco's High Atlas Mountains, often the path is shaded by overhanging branches from the large walnut trees. This is particularly common near and in villages.

18. Mule saddle detail. Mules are an important part of everyday life for the people who live in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. They transport goods and people to and from villages along mountain trails where there is no road access. Sometimes riding mules is an option for those hiking these same trails, or at least they carry the bags.

19. Lady carrying a large load of grass on her back. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains, if mules are not available, people become the carriers as this lady here is with a large load of freshly cut grass. This grass would be for the cows kept in the village.

20. Mount Toubkal in Morocco. Morocco's Mount Toubkal , or Jebel Toubkal, is the highest mountain in north Africa at 4167 metres. Located in the High Atlas Mountains the summit can be readily reached with only winter ascents requiring specialist equipment. Although a guide is recommended at all times. This is the view from the summit of Mt Toubkal.

21. Terraced land on the side of a mountain. Berbers, the traditional inhabitants of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, have used terraces such as these for centuries in their agricultural production to maximise productivity and to prevent erosion.

22. Mount Toubkal summit. Morocco's Mount Toubkal , or Jebel Toubkal, is the highest mountain in north Africa at 4167 metres. Located in the High Atlas Mountains the summit can be readily reached with only winter ascents requiring specialist equipment. Although a guide is recommended at all times. This is the view from the summit of Mt Toubkal.

23. Tin Mal mosque. Located in the High Atlas Mountains, Tin Mal mosque is one of only two in Morocco that non-Muslims are allowed to enter. The other being Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.

24. Snow on bare tree branches. While hiking in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains, morning revealed an overnight snowfall that covered the bare walnut tree branches in snow.

25. Kasbah ruins. On the eastern side of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the Valley of Roses where an anuual roses festival is held and nearby villages have shops specialising in products from the small pink Persian roses such as eau de rose, hand cream and body soaps. In this same valley are kasbahs, many like this one are falling into disrepair.

26. Farming in Todra Gorge. On the eastern side of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is Todra Gorge, a popular rock climbing venue. In its wider sections, local villagers farm the flat land close to the river.

27. The Moroccan mountain village of Armed. The village of Armed, above Imlil and on the route to Mount Toubkal, is in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. Narrow alleys wind between earthen houses.

28. Mule in a Moroccan mountain village. The village of Armed, above Imlil and on the route to Mount Toubkal, is in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. Narrow alleys wind between earthen houses.

29. Les Terrassses de Toubkal Lodge. Les Terrasses de Toubka Lodge or Terraces de Toubkal Lodge is a hotel near Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains outside of Marrakesh, which has views to the peak of Mt Toubkal. Imlil is the starting point for most people to climb Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

30. Les Terrassses de Toubkal Lodge. Les Terrasses de Toubka Lodge or Terraces de Toubkal Lodge is a hotel near Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains outside of Marrakesh, which has views to the peak of Mt Toubkal. Imlil is the starting point for most people to climb Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

31. Door inside the Glaoui kasbah in Telouet. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. Overlooking it is the slowly decaying ruins of the once grand, Glaoui kasbah. Sometimes the Glaoui brothers who built it are referred to as the Lords of the Atlas.

32. Berber woman looking through window. In the High Atlas Mountain village of Imesker, not far from Imlil, a curious Berber woman was watching out her upstairs window.

33. Berber playing music. At Kasbah Amerdihl in the High Atlas Mountain foothills at Skoura, the Berber caretaker served mint tea then proceeded to entertain everyone with the playing of some traditional music.

34. Young man photographing a kasbah. Kasbah Amerdihl in the High Atlas Mountain foothills at Skoura, the earthen structure has been restored using traditional methods. As such it makes an ideal photographic subject.

35. Ait Benhaddou kasbah. A World Heritage site, the kasbah of Ait Banhaddou in Morocco has been used in a number of films including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator and Alexander.

36. Mountain stream bubbling over rocks. The trail to the summit of Mount Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain, heads along a river valley beside this stream, which a refreshing stop on hot days.

 

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