Travel Offer: Trekking through the High Atlas

Description: We welcome you at the Airport of Marrakech and transfer you to your Hotel Riad in town. We stay overnight. Next morning we drive to Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers, and a busy market town. There is a constant movement of people coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of activity from those about to embark on their adventure. We meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8 kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n’Tamatert (2.279 m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3,000m), where we generally camp near the river.

Trekking in the High Atlas

On day 3 we begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3.555 m). The going is quite tough as there is a considerable amount of loose scree on the ground. At the top we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal massif before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt, where we camp for the night. The next day is long, but relatively easy, and it takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine (3. 120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3.876 m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a berber house.

Hiking in the High Atlas

On day 5, we explore several small villages west of Amsouzert, before we make our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. We camp tonight in this area. Next morning, we should be finally acclimatised and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass at Tizi n’Ouanoums (3.664 m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night.

Mules in the Atlas

Day 7 is summit day: after a very early breakfast to set out around 6am we should arrive after a three hour steep climb at the summit of the highest peak in the Maghreb (4.167 m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward – with your guide – 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Refuge for a picnic. After lunch we shall now set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the valley of the Assif n’Isouhouanem n’Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, there is a pilgrimage ‘marabout’ shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. Another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the transport back to Marrakech. On the next day, we bring you to your flight at the airport.

Camping at a river in the High Atlas

Length of the trip: 8 days

Costs: price per person is 495 € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Marrakech airport and back; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast except dinner in Marrakech) and the accomodation; porters and donkeys; the driver and the mountain guide (speaks english).

Offer valid: this tour is available during March to December 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Marrakech, Morocco

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