Morocco Expedition Returns
High altitudes, lonely deserts, searing heat, rough terrain, long treks, hard work, lost luggage. This was no holiday but an amazing experience never to be forgotten
The Mosslands Morocco expedition returned early Monday morning from a fantastic two weeks in Morocco. The team had worked hard before departure to help raise funds for the trip and spent an incredible fortnight discovering both a country and a culture which is far removed from our own.
Upon arrival in Marrakesh we spent a night on the Jemaa al Fnaa before venturing into the High Atlas Mountains the following day. We were housed in a mountain gite in the Berber village of Armed for a couple of nights before travelling up to the Mount Toubkal base camp at 3000 metres, led by our fabulous guides, Hassan and Youssef. The group worked brilliantly as a team to make sure that we all made it to the top of the Mountain (4167 metres).
Upon our return to Armed the boys worked hard on a community project to rebuild mule tracks for the villagers to enable them to access Imlil, the local 'town', more easily. The heat was exhausting but the boys worked ceaselessly to finish the task. Hassan kindly invited us to his house for mint tea which was a cultural experience never to be forgotten.
After 10 days we travelled through the desert to Essaouira on the coast and a breath of fresh air. Finally we returned to Marrakesh and temperatures of 45 degrees on Saturday and arrived back at Heathrow (without our luggage!) late on Sunday night.
The team of Mosslands boys were fantastic throughout the trip and showed that they had enthusiasm, motivation, determination and banter by the bucket full. Most impressive was their ability to empathise with the local community and show fantastic levels of cultural understanding. Mrs Roberts and Mr Le-Normand who accompanied them were hugely impressed by all members of the team.
Thanks to Outlook Expeditions for helping us to get there, our guide Dave Jackson, our hosts in Morocco but most of all to the Mosslands boys who made it a real 'trip of a lifetime' for all of us.