For Every Adventure: Unpacking Morocco
11th March 2019 by Team Sherpa
Though our roots will always be Sherpa, our aspirations are global. Our endless knot signifies our connectivity to one another, no matter our differences. Our desire to empower and educate our people is not solely a Sherpa sentiment. Giving back is a universal truth. As our borders seem to shrink, we look outside our homes for inspiration to make change and seek adventure. This season, we sought adventure beyond Nepal’s borders in Morocco, with its endless deserts, looming mountain ranges, renowned surf and diverse cultures, and found that even for a small brand born in Nepal, Morocco feels familiar. Pack with a purpose in Morocco and beyond. Pack for every adventure.
Pack For Every Adventure
The farther inland you travel, the more intense the Moroccan sun gets. Combat the heat with UPF layers. Our favourite for the notoriously hot Fez is the men’s Durbar shirt.
Don’t Sweat It
Morocco is made for trekking. Moisture wicking gear is essential for staying comfortable as you log long miles in the Atlas Mountains. We love the Manang shirt for hiking.
MANANG SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT
Wrinkle and Worry Free
Practical and pulled-together, wrinkle-resistant clothing works from town to trail in Marrakech to Imlil. So go ahead and roll, bunch, or cram the women’s Kalpana Hike Tight into your luggage. Made from a lightweight four-way stretch material and featuring a wide waistband these tights are the perfect travel companion. Just make sure to leave room for the tea, ceramics, and spices you pick up.
Don’t have any qualms about rewearing your favourite Asha Tee. Made from Drirelease® fabric, ensuring you keep fresh and dry with its moisture wicking properties. With its antimicrobial properties, you’ll worry less about packing something different to wear every day and more about whether you’re surfing in Agadir or Essaouira.
KALPANA HIKE TIGHT
ASHA SHORT SLEEVE TEE
The Berber Women of the Atlas Mountains
The Berbers are a diverse indigenous ethnic group with its highest concentration in Morocco. Their economy is largely dependent on sheep for meat, milk and wool. The availability of wool lends itself to the tradition of weaving, and weaving with a purpose: symbols for fertility, protection, grain and more are woven into artworks and reflect symbols found in art from as long ago as 30,000 BC. Those that continue to weave in cooperatives today feel passionately about passing down these skills to preserve their culture and ensure future economic independence, much like our community of knitters in Nepal.
Must-Dos in Marrakech
- EXPLORE the medina and Djemaa el-Fna, the city square, for local delicacies, astrology, henna, and people watching.
- TOUR Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and Koutoubia Mosque.
- SHOP in the local souks, where you can haggle for all sorts of handcrafted goods.
- SLEEP in a traditional riad, a home with a central garden and fountain.
- OBSERVE the daily call to prayers. Be careful not to obstruct or interrupt those praying.
- EAT tagine, the national dish, a meal made in a ceramic or clay vessel of the same name.
- DRINK mint tea. It is considered rude to refuse it.
- HIKE from Imlil, a small village near the base of Mt Toubkal. Imlil is 90 minutes from the city.
- SOAK in a hammam, or bathhouse.
Moroccan Mint Tea:
It's All About the Pour
Making tea in Morocco isn’t as simple as dropping a tea bag into hot water. While preparations and additives vary, the pour remains the same. Adopt the drama of the Moroccan way and pour your guest’s tea from high above its glass. This is meant to swirl loose leaves, aerate the tea and honour your guest.