Trek Atlas: The High Atlas is known for its rich and varied Berber culture and […]
Hike around Berber villages: The High Atlas Mountains near Marrakech are a trekking haven for adventurers from all around the world. Our breath-taking 5-day hike around Berber villages adventure will give you a taste of what the High Atlas Mountains and Morocco have to offer. The route will take you through vibrant Berber villages and stunning mountain passes, and landscape ranging from green valleys to bare rock deserts.
Along with you for the hike will be the Berber support team: a mountain guide, a cook, muleteers, and of course the actual mules for carrying luggage. At night we will rest in classic gites (Berber homes).
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Period: It can occur at any time of the year
Trek Grade: Medium to Hard
Maximum Elevation: 1500 Meters
Accommodation: Gite (Guesthouse)
– Hiking through Berber villages and meet the locals
– Visit old Berber villages
– Get amazing views of the Atlas mountains and Toubkal peak
On the morning of the first day we will depart from Marrakech heading south through the Moulay Brahim gorge, and wind our way through the upper valleys until we reach our first stop at the higher foothills of the western part of the High Atlas Mountains. This will be the trailhead of Imi Oughlad (1,450m peak), Jbel Toubkal (highest peak in north Africa 4,167m), Aglzim (3,650m), and Aksoual (3,847m).
After a wonderful breakfast we begin on our way, hiking along the Assif n’ait Oussaden valley, taking us through the walnuts groves. We will reach the 1,995m peak of Tizi n’Taghrhourte and pass through a very rare, flat stretch of land before arriving at Assaka spring, this will be our next stopping point where we will have a picnic while enjoying the delightful silence. In the afternoon, the hike will take us down along the rim of the forest, then we will reach a Berber village called D’knt at just 1,870m or Agouns n Assoul. This will be our resting area for the night where we have dinner and sleep in a bivouac or gite.
On this morning we will be starting with a 3 hour hike through more walnut tree groves, fields of corn and barley, and encounter many herders with sheep and goats. On our way to Tizi n’Tagdalte we will make our way down along the juniper trees until we hit one of the springs among the trees – this will be our picnic spot for the day. Once everyone is feeling refreshed we are off again, winding down the tracks for another 3 hours before arriving at the river at the mouth of the valley of Assif n’ait Oussaden. From there we will come to the village of Tizi Oussem (1,850m) before arriving at the village of Tamsoult where we will set up camp for the night.
This day consists of a short adventure to the waterfall at Azib Tamsoulte, then return so we can cross the Tizi ‘n Mzzik pass (2,500m). Here we will join the main Toubkal valley at Imlil (1,900m) for lunch and spend the night in a guest house.
With Jbel Oukaïmeden in sight, we begin on our 6-7 hour trek through Berber hamlets and head through 2 mountain passes. The route that we will be taking is circular so that we can take in as much beauty and scenery as possible. The trek starts off with us heading east from Imlil (1,740m), along the side of the Tamatert valley, before eventually heading north through the pass of Tizi n’Tamatert (2,279m), and into the Imenane after passing the Berber village of Tinerhourhine. From here we follow the valley north again through the mules trails that wind through almond, walnut, and apple groves until we arrive at Ikiss and up to Amssakrou. This will be our picnic stop for this day, where we can enjoy the views of the peak of Jbel Oukaïmeden (3,268m) and its 2 passes, Tizi n’Ou Arg (2,258m) and Tizi n’Tiratene (2,268m). The return trip starts with us heading west through the pass of Tizi n’Aguerssioual, and then through the valley of Assif n’ Ait Mizan, and then back to Imlil.
The next leg of the journey takes up through the mule trails in the Tizi n’Aguerssioual pass (1,767m), into the village of Aguerssioual in the Assif n’ Ait Mizane valley (2,664m), and then back south through the valley. This will take us towards the peaks of Jbel Toubkal, Aguelzim, and Aksoual, as well as the villages of Taddart and Ait Souka where we end the trip heading east, back to Imlil. The afternoon consists of the drive back to Marrakech. End of 5-day hike around Berber villages.
|Group||2 People||3 People||For 4 or more persons|
|Price per person||280 €||250 €||230 €|
|PRICE INCLUDES||DOES NOT INCLUDE|
|– English speaking guide
– Transfers from /to your hotel
– Mules to carry your luggage
– Kitchen equipment and
– Cooker .
– All meals
|– Ticket flight
– Travel insurance
– Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
– Entrance fees
– Traditional tips
– Big bag for clothing
– Backpack for each daily supplies
– Good walking shoes and socks fit for rugged terrain
– 3-4 season sleeping bag
– Warm and light clothes
– Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/ rain-pants
– Personal First Aid Kit
– Head torch
– Toilet tissues
– Water bottle or camel back
– Water purifier
– This trek is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes
– We can organize airport transfers and accommodation in Marrakech on your behalf.
– Further discounts are available for group sizes over 8 people.
– You can pay in €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.
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