Strolls and day treks from Riad Atlas Toubkal
The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is perhaps the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. It has retained a remoteness which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries.
Outsiders to the mountains are constantly surprised when they encounter the friendliness and openness of the villagers, as they go about their everyday tasks. Hiking in the High Atlas is one of the best possible experiences in Morocco – feasible exploration of stunning natural beauty, and of a rigidly individual world.
Regardless of levels of fitness this area is accessible to all. There is a wide range of trekking possibilities, from a short ramble through the villages that surround the Imlil, to more demanding multi-day treks. Mule support can be arranged for bags and people, which opens up more opportunities. The mule trails around the valleys are well contoured and kept in excellent condition.
Here are a few examples of possible treks:
start from imlil towards the south to the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd) (1,843m), passing the hamlets of ait souka, Targa Imoula, up and down the stark slopes, the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif before us - Jbels Aguelzim (3,547m), Aksouâl (3,847m) and the Adrar Adj (3,122m) watching us all the way.
Tizi N’tamatert: 4h
Walk up winding mule tracks to the Tizi n’ Tamatert (2279m) to enjoy the amazing panorama of the surrounding Atlas Mountain ranges. Have a picnic lunch on the Tizi N' Tamatert, overlooking Jbel Oukaimeden (3200m) and the beautiful encircled plateau. After lunch back from the same way.
Tizi N’Mzik: 4h
Walk through the village of Mzig, hidden away around to the West. The views of Imlil and the terraces are beautiful from here.
Shrine of Chamharouch: 4h
Trek up to the cool waters by the Sanctuary of Sidi Chamharouch, taking the route towards Toubkal. Follow the course of the Reraya river, passing the village of Aremd and crossing over and up to the other side of the Aït Mizane valley. Picnic on arrival or on route.
Tamsolt waterfalls: 6 to 7 h
Start the trek & climb Tizi Mzik pass (2684m), spectacular view over Imlil valley & Toubkal Summit, continue to Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains (100m of hight)
Tinerhourhine Imenan Valley : 6 to 7 h
The trek begins by heading east from Imlil (1,740m) along the Tamatert Valley before turning north through the pass named Tizi n’Tamatert (2,279m) and down via the Berber village of Tinerhourhine into the Imenane valley. This valley is then followed to the north, along winding mule trails through walnut and apple groves and terraced Berber hamlets to the villages of Ikiss and up to Amssakrou. Here a picnic lunch is normally taken, offering a superb view of the peak of Jbel Oukaïmeden (3,268m) and the 2 passes, Tizi n’Ou Arg (2,258m) and Tizi n’Tiratene (2,268m). The return is in a westerly direction via the pass, Tizi n’Aguerssiouâl, then through the Assif n’ Aït Mizane Valley and back to Imlil.
Azzaden valley : 6 to 7 h
Trek up to the col of Tizi Mzik (2489m). Descend to the village of Tizi Oussem through juniper forest (possible to stay the night in a house here) and return via the village of Malat. Picnic on route
08.00hrs - Depart from Marrakech or the imlil early morning. Approx 20/35 min drive to nearby village asni Spend a full day trekking with Camels. Lunch provided. 16.00 hrs to 17.00hrs - Return to Marrakech or imlil
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