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The village of Imlil is the preeminent jumping-off point for the high country, a vibrant mountain retreat whose existence has been given over to preparing walkers for various climbs around the peaks. It's a growing hub filled with guides, rooms of varying price and quality, and equipment-rental shops. Imlil is a long strip of a village, built up around the main road. The main square is a parking
area, often crammed with the camper vans and cars of trek-minded travelers. Simple terraced cafés teem with accompagnateurs (guides), locals offering lodging in their homes, and mule owners renting the services of these essential means of mountain transport. Storms may occasionally make the road into town impassable or treks to neighboring settlements impossible. Consider this if you're heading up in rough weather.
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