Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco on a trek through the beautiful Azzaden Valley. Climb Mount Toubkal(4167m) is a true Berber Valleys adventure in 4 unforgettable days. Trek from Marrakech city and go deep into Villages of the ethnic Berber, a herding and forming community. Visit their homes and interact with a glimpse of their day-to-day living.
toubkal ascent & azzaden valley
Marrakech –Imi Oughlad –Tiziane:
At around 8:30 you will be picked-up from your accommodation in Marrakech city for a pleasant drive heading south, through the gorges of Tahanoute and Mouly Brahim, passing by the town of Asni and arriving at Imi Oughlad at 1450m. Meet up with the local Berber team, guide and muleteer crew and set off for a 3-hour acclimatization hike along mule tracks, surrounded by cornfields and Juniper trees. On the pass of Tizi N’Tachete ,through a beautiful forest of juniper, you will have a mixed- fabulous views of Imlil and Azzaden valleys. After that, you will hike down for a half an hour for your picnic under juniper trees. After lunch, you will set off following the path down to small traditional Berber villages before we arrive at one called Tiziane at 1750m, where we will spend the night.
Tizian – Tizi Oussem – Lepiney hut
After breakfast, we will start the day by hiking along the Azzaden valley through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley, crossing the huts of sheep and goats. We will also see local people going to their daily activities like washing clothes in the river, cultivating the lands. We then continue by heading up till we reach Ighouliden waterfull, the highest waterfull in the Atlas Mountains. Afterthat, we will walk further for 1-hour uphill till we come into the Lipeney Refuge without forgetting to look back for more spectacular views of Azzaden valley.
Lepiney hut -TIZI AGUELZIM – TOUBKAL REFUGE
Today involves a hearty climb out of the Azzaden Valley to Toubkal refuge by zigzagging the mule tracks up to Tizi N’Aguelzim (3650m). A delicious picnic lunch will be taken here with spectacular views over the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We then continue down southwest to Toubkal Refuge at 3207m where we will spend the night. Approx 6hours.
Toubkal Refuge- Toubkal Summit- Sidi Chamharouch – Imlil – Marrakech
Today starts with an early wake up for breakfast around 4:30 am.The ascent will begin at 5:00 am in order to escape from the heat and being on the top at the best time. Through our hiking uphill, 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 Refuge after your admiration and meditation over the Atlas Mountains. After lunch, we will go back down to Imlil then transfer back to Marrakech.Approx 10 hours.
Berber tea house
The Accommodation will be in a Berber guesthouse will be simple and basic but has beds with foam mattresses. The food will be cooked by the Mount Toubkal Expedition cook who is traveling with you.
Camping is an option if prefered (june-Octo).
We provide modern igloo-style tents that sleep two persons each; they are of various sizes so ideally we would like to be advised in advance if any of your party is particularly tall (6 ft or over). So that, we can provide the most suitable tents for all groups.
Along with the sleeping tents, we also provide one or more large traditional Berber tents for cooking, eating and socialising which make your camp a little bit special.
NB : If accommodation is required in the Atlas Mountains either before or after the trek, we can always book you at our Imlil Refuge or at our Riad Dar Bab Toubkal in Armed village.
The refuge is simple but offers warm showers, a few western toilets and a warm lounge with electric lighting in which to read or chat with your fellow hikers. There is a full kitchen for your team to cook in and a couple of dining areas. Please note that boots must not be worn in the refuge. So, sandals, shoes or flip flops should be taken to keep your feet (and socks) warm, dry and clean.
Clothing and Equipment
You should dress according to altitude and the environment you will be located in. Most treks are in high altitude climates in remote areas. Therefore, there are often large temperature swings. Temperatures are often colder at high altitudes.
Clothing for Trekking
Trekking boots or light weight walking shoes. Having comfortable footwear is essential for a good trek. Make sure all footwear is broken in well prior to your trek. Do not break in boots on your trek,
A track suit and a pair of track shoes to wear in the Berber tea house and camp at night,
Two pairs of woolen socks for trekking shoes and track shoes,
Warm down jacket and rain proof jacket with hood for protection from rain,
Woolen hat for the cold and sun hat or cap for sunny days
A pair of woolen gloves and a pair sandals to wear in Berber tea houses or camp,
Two cotton T-shirts and two pairs of long shorts/skirts
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters as well as wind and water proof trousers,
Pair of light or heavy weight trouser and one light weight long sleeve shirt,
Two pairs of thermal undergarments,
Equipments for Trekking
Trekking or duffle bag to carry trekking gear. Mount Toubkal can provide a duffle bag for you to borrow during your trek. This will be returned after your trek,
Trekking daypack for personal items such as water, snacks, extra layers and camera,
Water purification tablet and bottles,
Small torch light or head lamp with spare batteries,
Lip balm with sunblock in it,
handkerchief or wiping papers,
Trekking equipments are available at Imlil Center. Mount-Toubkal can recommend shops for you to purchase equipment. If you do not wish to buy equipment, you can easily hire or rent them for the duration of your trek with reasonable prices.
- Round-trip Transportation between the trek and your accommodation in Marrakech.
- Expert summer guide, English-speaking
- Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage.
- Berber Cook
- All meals on the trek
- Accommoadtion in the Atlas Mountains.
- Travel insurance.
- Soft/alcoholic drinks
- Tips and personal expanses