Imlil Valley Hike

Lower Level Hikes in High Atlas no.1

Summary

This is a great introduction to the High Atlas; two reasonably challenging guided day hikes and a stay at our Head Guide's gite in Imlil.

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

Activity code: ITCTTM01m

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

Duration: 2 Days

This mini hiking side-trip from Marrakech is a great introduction to the lower levels of the High Atlas and is available almost year round. You will meet the Berber people throughout this hike which includes a night in the local gite of our Head Guide in Imlil.

Ahead of you are two reasonably challenging guided day hikes - one up the Toubkal path to Sidi Chamharouch and the other a little more off the beaten track to the east of Imlil. 

Example Meals 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.

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Based upon 2 persons travelling.

Prices from £190 per person

What's included on your Hiking Trip ?

  • English-speaking, licensed, experienced local guide
  • Accommodation in a Berber Gite in Imlil village on Half Board
  • Lunch on both treks
  • Private round trip transfers
  • Full insurance & emergency back up.
  • All local taxes.

Itinerary

Depart by car from Marrakech around 8am for an exhilarating 2 hour drive south up to the Berber town of Imlil (1740m), set in the upper foothills of the High Atlas mountains; a main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here you will meet up with your guide to take a welcome glass of mint tea in the gite d'etape of our Head Guide prior to setting out towards the south. Your route will take you to the Berber villages of Aroumd (1843m) Taourirt, Targa, and Imoula, up and down the stark slopes with the Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif before you.

Your guide will plan a stop at Aroumd to visit this rather singular village in the Assif n'Ait Mizane Valley, built seemingly house upon house on a large moraine spur, overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of fruit trees and vegetables. From here carry on to the equally-quaint Sidi Chamharouch, a Berber village set beside a waterfall and small stream, again with its pise homes seemingly built somewhat chaotically one into another. This village is a place of pilgrimage for devout Moslems and it is where there is a marabout shrine - forbidden to non-Moslems and said to be a relic of a pre-Islamic religious cult. Your guide will prepare your picnic, within full view of Jbel Toubkal, at 4167m the highest peak in the Maghreb, prior to setting off back down the other side of the valley back to Imlil for dinner and overnight in the Berber Gite d'etape.

After breakfast set out today up winding mule tracks to the Tizi n'Tamatert (2269m) to enjoy the amazing panorama of the surrounding Atlas mountain range peaks and valleys on your way to a picnic spot on the Tizi n'Ouanskra (2100m). Refreshed, set off down to the Assif Imenane Valley, passing by several Berber hamlets and then up to the Tizi n'Aguensioual (1938m). Once through the col your guide will lead you down more winding mule tracks leading to the village of Aguensioual where you rejoin your transport to take you back to Marrakech.

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