Trekking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco QH01

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This trek is highly recommended as it offers an excellent opportunity to experience the Berber way of life, to visit the only lake in the High Atlas and to climb the highest mountain in North Africa.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Marrakech, Morocco
End Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Accommodation: Gites, Refuges or Camping
Period: May - Nov
Difficulty: Suitable For Most Reasonably Fit Walkers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Royal Moroccan Federation of Skiing and Mountaineering
Years In Business: 3

This trek is highly recommended as it offers an excellent opportunity to experience the Berber way of life, to visit the only lake in the High Atlas and to climb the highest mountain in North Africa. The walking is at times demanding but the high passes we cross help to acclimatise and improve fitness before the ascent of Toubkal. The scenery is among the best in the Atlas range.

Tour Highlights

- Ascent of Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa
- Experience the Berber way of life
- Stunning scenery

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-All food and accommodation on the trek
-Transfers from and to Marrakech
-The services of an English speaking, qualified guide
-Mule(s) and muleteer(s)/cook

Excludes
-Airfares and insurance
-Accommodation in Marrakech

Notes
-Days 7 & 8 can be combined with transport to Marrakech from Imlil at the end of Day 7
-Other treks are available in different areas of the Atlas. Contact us for details.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Marrakech – Imlil – Tacheddirt - We leave Marrakech after breakfast for the 11/2 hour drive to Imlil, which at 1740m is the main starting point for treks into the High Atlas. Here we meet our mule team and set out on a two hour uphill hike to the Tamerte Pass (2279m). On the way we will see typical flat-roofed Berber villages surrounded by small terraced plots of land. We continue to climb gently until we reach the large village of Tacheddirt (2291m) where we stop for the night, in a village guest house or in tents outside the village.
Day 02. Tacheddirt – Wanskra – Likemet - After an early breakfast we set off for a long day’s walking, starting with a steep climb up to the Likemet Pass (3550m), offering spectacular views across the Toubkal Massif and the Tacheddirt valley. From here we start to descend and after a picnic lunch continue down to our campsite beside the Aouri River at Azib n’Likemet.
Day 03. : Azib n’Likemet – Aouri Pass - Amsouzarte - We leave camp early following the Aouri River and climb gradually up to the Aouri Pass (3109m). On the way we will picnic and then in the afternoon we descend passing through the Berber village of Tagnite before reaching the village of Amsouzarte (1740m) where we will have dinner and stay the night in a Berber house.
Day 04. Amsouarte – Imhilne – Lake Ifni - This is a shorter day than the previous two. We pass through several small Berber villages on our way to Lake Ifni (2295m) where we will stop for lunch and where we will camp for the night. In the afternoon there is time to relax, explore the area or swim in the cool waters of the lake.
Day 05. Lake Ifni – Tizi n’Ounoums – Toubkal Refuge - Today’s walking is about 6 hours, climbing up first to the Ounoums Pass (3600m) with more spectacular views over the Toubkal Massif. After our picnic we continue gently downhill to the Toubkal Refuge (3207m) where we will spend the night either camping or in the refuge.
Day 06. Toubkal Refuge – Toubkal Summit – Toubkal Refuge - To appreciate the views from the summit (4167m) we set out early – around 5 am – for the 3 hour climb up to the summit, the highest point in North Africa. It is a steep climb with the possibility of snow still early in the season. The views from the summit are stunning, with views in all directions, to the Sahara in the south and looking down on the passes and peaks we have seen during our trek. We finally leave the summit and return to the refuge – a descent of about two hours. After our picnic lunch there is time to relax or explore the area while our evening meal is prepared.
Day 07. Toubkal Refuge – Sidi Chamarouch – Aroumd – Imlil - After breakfast we start the long descent back to Imlil. As usual we follow the old mule trails as they wend their way down the valley. At about lunchtime we arrive at Sidi Chamarouch (2310m) where there is a shrine set into a large white-painted rock and which attracts pilgrims from all over Morocco. The shrine is forbidden to non-Muslims but there are souvenir shops and cafes open to all! We continue down to Aroumd, an attractive village built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by terraces with a rich variety of crops and fruit trees. Finally we arrive back in Imlil where we say goodbye to our mules and muleteers and where we stay overnight in a Berber home.
Day 08. : Imlil – Marrakech - Before the transfer back to Marrakech there is the option to take some time to explore Imlil which is a busy market town and the trekking centre for the Toubkal Massif. If you prefer you can return earlier to Marrakech and spend more time in this fascinating imperial city.