High Atlas Easy Hiking

Hiking Below 2500m

Summary

A delightful introduction to the High Atlas for all abilities, featuring many "off the beaten track" locations away from the main Imlil Valley.

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

Activity code: ITCTTM13m

Difficulty: GRADE ONE - walking mostly on paths at lower levels, sometimes rocky, seldom flat, for about 6 hours each day. Good shoes would do but take boots if you are used to them. For anyone who leads a reasonably active life. Hiking always involves some effort.

Duration: 4 Days Trek ONLY / 7 Days Holiday version

This route offers the casual hiker a superb variation of landscapes in the High Atlas without any excessive altitude. Your guide will introduce you to many Berber villages in the valleys to the west of Imlil and in the shadow of Mount Toubkal. You will love this off the beaten track itinerary as you encounter the Berber way of life on relatively easy hiking paths.

Full Holiday version also includes

  • Round trip airport transfers (Marrakech)
  • 2 nights on B&B at one of our fabulous riads in Marrakech
  • 1 night on Half Board at the Douar Samra in the hamlet of Tamatert (near Imlil)
  • Private guided city tour of Marrakech (half day)

Essential Information

PRICES - all our holidays are tailor-made so the ultimate cost of each trek is based upon:

  • The number of people in your group
  • Where you are starting from and to where you wish to travel at the end of the hike;
  • Whether you are including any accommodation (e.g. in Imlil or Marrakech)
  • Extras such as WC tent, etc.

All our "from" prices are for a private group of 4 persons; if you are a larger group then the price will be discounted but if there were just 2 persons the cost would be slightly higher. The prices are inclusive for land arrangements only (starting and finishing in Marrakech), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Marrakech or Imlil as well as flights from your preferred airport.

MEALS - examples of food & drink during trekking:

  • Breakfast - tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam, cheese plus porridge in the winter and cereal in summer.
  • Picnic lunch - fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, slicing sausage, tinned tuna fish and sardines, bread, fruit, mint tea.
  • Dinner - Tajine (chicken or mutton with vegetables), spaghetti, cous cous (main courses rotate depending on duration of trek), bread, coffee, tea, cake, fruit.

It is recommended that you bring (depending upon season): good walking boots; sleeping bag (3 seasons); waterproofs and fleece/duvet jackets, hats, balaclavas or ear muffs; gloves; rambler or ski pole; personal toiletries; small First Aid kit, thermal underwear (Dec-May); day pack; filled water bottles; torch and batteries (LED head torches are excellent), penknife (remember not to pack in hand baggage for flight); towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, hygienic wipes, nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred to tea and coffee, camping mug (otherwise it is small Moroccan tea glasses for everything), energy sweets and toilet rolls could come in handy!

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Based upon 4 persons travelling.

Prices from £322 per person

What's included on your High Atlas trek ?

  • English-speaking, licensed, experienced local guide
  • Full support team to carry your luggage & general equipment (by mule)
  • All accommodation (modern igloo tents / Berber houses)
  • All meals during your trek (breakfast on all days except first, lunch on all days & dinners on all days except last)
  • Private round trip transfers from Marrakech to Imi Ourghlad & Imlil to Marrakech
  • Full insurance and emergency back up.
  • All local taxes.

Itinerary

An early morning departure from Marrakech for a pleasant drive to the south winding up through the Tizi n'Techt into the higher foothills of the High Atlas to arrive at the trailhead of Imi Ourghlad (1340m). Here, Jbel Toubkal, at 4167m the highest peak in the Maghreb, Jbel Aguelzim (3948m) and Jbel Aksoual (3847m) loom above you to the south.

At this point you will meet up with your Berber muleteer crew. Once sorted, set off upwards, in a north-westerly direction, for a two hour acclimatisation hike up zig-zagging mule tracks, passing by cornfields and woods of pine and juniper to the Tizi n'Tacht (2000m). Here, your guide will stop for you to look down upon the Imlil and n'Ait Ouissadene Valleys before carrying on for another 30 minutes to Imi n'Ifri and your field picnic amidst the surrounding valleys and stark, high peaks. Afterwards, a slow hike for about three hours south-west down along a track to the Assif n'Ait Ouissadene and the red clay village of Tizziane (1730m) for dinner and accommodation in a gite d'etape.

  • Trekking Time: 5 hours
  • Overnight at Berber Gite in Tizziane (1600m).
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

After breakfast set off on a hike up along the Assif n'Ouissadene Valley, passing through almond groves and several Berber villages, up to the Tizi n'Tkhrhkhourte (1995m). From here your route continues to a rare, almost flat, stretch to the Assaka Spring, where your guide will prepare your picnic amidst an awesome silence after some two to three hours relatively easy walking.

This afternoon's hike takes you down along the edges of the forest until the Berber village of D'Knt (1870m) where dinner is prepared and where you will spend the night in a Berber family's home.

  • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Overnight at Berber House in D'Knt (1870m).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

A hearty breakfast and set off on this morning's three hour hike up through groves of almond and walnut trees, fields of corn and barley to greet the many sheep & goat-herders, and women & children bent over with 20kg loads of firewood and dried herbs. From here traverse the Tizi Taghdalt (1998m) and descend amongst juniper and pine trees until you arrive at a small spring set amongst the trees, where your guide will prepare your picnic.

Once refreshed, it's off down winding tracks for some three hours to a small river at the beginning of the Valley of the Assif Ouissadene. From here enter the village of Tissi Oussem (1850m) for your dinner and overnight accommodation in a mountain Refuge.

  • Trekking Time: 6 hours
  • Overnight at Berber Gite in Tizi Oussem (1850m).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Once a relatively relaxing breakfast is over, strike out up through pine and juniper trees to traverse the Tizi M'Zik and then descend slowly to the foot of the col just before the hamlet of M'Zik (1806m). Here your guide will prepare your picnic amidst orchards of cherry, apple and nut trees and the surrounding peaks.

This afternoon, set off down to the Berber trailhead village of Imlil, where you are able to take a welcome hot shower in the gite d'etape of our Head Guide and a glass, or three, of mint tea prior to rejoining your transport to take you back to Marrakech via passes and alongside gorges, arriving around 7pm.

  • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 1 - arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your accommodation.

  • stay at one of our recommended small riads - 2 nights BB

Day 2 - private guided city tour (am); balance of day for independent sightseeing.

Days 3 to Day 6 - on trek as per itinerary above.

  • stay at Douar Samra in Tamatert - 1 night HB.

Day 7 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

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Why book trekking with us ?

  • Andy & Head Guide, Houcine, have many years of experience of treks in Morocco.
  • Routes are fully tried & trusted.
  • Timings are based on individual bookings, allowing for amendments & short cuts.
  • A wealth of experience - contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
  • NO hidden extras. NO groups. FULLY Insured.