It’s no secret I love hiking. I’m one of those nature lovers who’d rather be climbing mountains than sitting at a coffee shop in Sydney. Don’t get me wrong, I really cafes but there is more than sitting in one weekend after weekend. Couple of years ago, I was in Morocco on a road trip when we decided to climb Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.
I went in July, smack bang in the middle of summer, but regardless the season the big tip is to wear the proper gear, pack enough water and appropriate food, and make sure you sleep at least one night on the way up to enable acclimatisation to the high altitude.
Hiking can be tough, demanding and the weather changes with the blink of an eye. In the 2 days hike, I experienced snow, ice, sleet, wind, rain, mist and a the hottest sun. It was the toughest hike I’ve ever done.
If this sounds a little daunting, below are my top 5 reasons why you should put hiking Mt Toubkal on your lis
#1 Morocco most remote villages
The Atlas Mountains have long been home to some of North Africa’s most remote villages. Until a decade ago, running water and electricity were nearly unheard of, and even today are considered luxuries.The local Berber that populate the villages measure distances by hours and days — the amount of time it usually takes to travel between destinations. Because there aren’t any local shops, villagers rely on traveling markets to obtain goods. Many of the vendors still rely on ancient techniques.
#2 Adventure is good for the soul
No matter when or where you go, or the difficulty of the trek, there is something wildly beautiful about hiking and being in the wilderness. Climbing a summit, scaling a ridge, seeing animals in the wild and trekking over new landscapes gives an unspeakable adrenalin rush – even more so when solo hiking.
#3 Hiking is great for fitness
Pilates with friends and running along the beach is a lot of fun, but sometimes you need to mix it up a little! So go hiking. It’s the perfect way to lift your fitness whilst exploring nature.
#4 It’s affordable
Have I mentioned hiking is cheaper than a pilates class? Well it is! Depending on where you go, most hiking trails are free and some national parks require an admission fee. But it’s well worth it!
#5 You’ll never travel the same again
Once you start hiking, your holidays will start looking a little different. You’ll start looking for adventure and more hiking trails, rather than paving the pavement looking for coffee. Puhhh-lease, there is so much more beauty in the world than that! My friends and I are planning a big trip overseas next year and my only requirement is going hiking to several beautiful national parks. As long as I have that, I know I’ll be a happy traveller.