This 7-day trekking is an excellent trek to explore Berber culture by getting onto their villages, spend the night in their guesthouses (Berber tea house), and experience their culture. You will also have the opportunity to acclimatize through the high passes of the High Atlas Mountains and climb Mount Toubkal (4167m).
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Acclimatisation day in and around the charming Imlil area
Today is a day for Acclimatisation in and around the charming Aremd village. There are plenty of walking trails available directly from our Riad (Dar Bab Toubkal) so Mount Toubkal leader will decide on the exact one depending on snow and weather conditions. One option is to walk towards Aremd before heading up to Tizi Mezzik at 2470m. The walk up to Tizi Mezzik gives a really good introduction to the type of terrain and trails we’ll be covering on our trek. Paths are rocky underfoot but clearly defined as they wind their way up above cultivated terraces and walnut trees. We can take a break before allowing those with sufficient energy the chance to ascend further and reach a viewpoint above. We then retrace our steps back to the Riad where along the trail we can enjoy the view across the valley and over the route we follow tomorrow.
Day 3: Imlil – Aremd – Toubkal Refuge
Leaving Aremd village the largest and the highest village in the Ait Mizane and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, Berber houses, and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. Continuing east and crossing the floodplain, our route takes us along the mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river, we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a famous place that attracts tourists and pilgrims. We then continue by zigzagging our way up to Toubkal Refuge (3207m), where we will spend the night. 6 or 7 hours walking.
Day 4: Ascent of the spectacular views of Tizi Ouanoums
Today we head for a narrow pass, Tizi Ouanoums, which is jammed in a steep gorge on the side of Toubkal. From here we look down the steep southerly face to the emerald green Lac D’ifni below. After enjoying the magic views we retrace our steps until just before the scramble section, where if snow conditions allow, it is possible to descend a steep snow gully that brings us back to the main valley just above the hut. Anyone who doesn’t want to join today can relax at the hut until the rest of the team returns. Tonight we spend our night at the Toubkal Refuge.
Day 5: Ascend to the summit of the highest peak in North Africa (4167)
Today starts with an early wake up for breakfast around 5:30 am. We climb Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak 4167m. The ascent will begin at 6:00 am; we’ll leave the Mountain hut and join a steep trail. The route initially zigzags eastwards directly above the Refuge and crosses snow-covered scree slopes, before passing between tow rocky guardian peaks. We will stop a few times for a short break to have some water, orange, and Moroccan nuts. Within 3-4 hours, you will be able to enjoy the magic views of Toubkal Summit and peaks over 4000m. Here, you will have the chance also to look at other valleys and Sahara direction. After that, we will descend down the same way to the Toubkal refuge where we will spend the night.
Day 6 : Descend from Toubkal Refuge to Imlil and transfer to Marrakech
Today is potentially a spare day for attempting Toubkal, but generally, this isn’t required so after breakfast you leave the refuge and trek down into the Armed Valley, via Sidi chamarouch to reach Imlil Refuge, a transport will be waiting to take you back to Marrakech.
Day 7: Marrakech Airport transfers
The tour ends today in Marrakech. Depending on the schedule of your flights you may wish to spend some additional time wandering in the market and buying your last souvenirs before departure.
|390€ per person|
|3 to 6||7 days||370€|
|7 to 13||7 days||345€|