6-Days Atlas Peaks and Valleys Trek

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Marrakech

This Trek consists of 6 days trekking in the High Atlas Mountains, combines beautiful panoramic Views with the time to explore old Berber villages and natives culture. From the first day of the Trek you will be immersed in everyday Berber lifestyle watching the locals working in their terraced fields and tending to their animals. This itinerary involves early starts and strenuous trekking days, moving from camp to camp each day but you will be rewarded with many fine photo opportunities, in particular at the summit of Jebel Toubkal 4167m. At the end of the day you will be able to relax in village cafes and enjoy a cup of mint tea or paddle alongside refreshing fresh water rivers and the shores of Lac D’ifni 2295m surrounded by beautiful peaks.

Highlights of this Trek

    Extremely beautiful wild nature in Atlas Mountains
    Authentic and charming mountain Berber villages
    Amazing and impressive mountain landscapes
    Discover the fascinating and eye-catching Ifni Lake

Program of the Trek

Day 1 : Marrakech – Imlil – Tacheddirt

We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for Hikers, 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 8kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n’Tamatert (2,279m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (2,300m), where we generally camp near the river. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.

Walking time : 5 to 6hours

Day 2 : Tacheddirt – Azib Likemt

Crossing the valley, we begin a long slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3,555m). 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.

Walking time : 6 to 7hours

Day 3 : Azib Likemt – Tizi N’Ourai – Amsouzert

This long, but relatively easy, day 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 (3,876m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night – dormitory-style – in a simple village Gite.

Waking time : ~ 7hours

Day 4 : Amsouzert – Ifni Lake

West of Amsouzert is several small villages, which we explore as 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.

Walking time : 4 to 5 hours

Day 5 : Ifni Lake – Nelter Hut

By now we should be both fit and acclimatized, 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 (3,664m), 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 (or alternatively camp outside).

Walking time : 6 to 7hours

Day 6 : Mt. Toubkal Summit – Imlil

We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit. If conditions are good it should take no more than 2-3 hours to reach the summit, where we enjoy expansive views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. Returning to base, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before following the Mizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil. If you are staying in Marrakech, you will be taken there by car at the end of the day.

Walking time : 9 to 10 hours

What is included?

    Expert, Berber, English-speaking mountain guides
    Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage.
    Porters for luggage from snowline to the mountain huts (winter)
    Berber Cook
    All meals on the hike
    Accommodation in a Mountain Hut (winter) or camping if preferred on summer months
    Camping Materiel (Tents & Mattress) for summer treks

What is excluded?

    Extras
    Drinks
    Tips and personal expanses

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