Demnate Day Hikes (1-3)

Choice of guided walks in High Atlas Foothills

About Demnate Day Hikes (1-3)

Summary

Relatively easy guided walks with lunch. Imi nIfri Rock Bridge, waterfalls of Ouzoud, charming hidden valleys & Berber people.

 

Activity code: ITCTDEM01

Difficulty: GRADE ONE - walking mostly on paths at lower levels, sometimes rocky, seldom flat. Good shoes would do for this particular hike. Suitable for anyone who leads a reasonably active life. NB. Hiking always involves some effort.

Duration: 1 Day

These fully guided day hikes offer a wide variety of scenery in and around the foothills of the High Atlas, near Demnate. They are designed to start directly from your accommodation in e.g. Kasbah Tizouit. All hikes include an experienced English-speaking guide and full back up if required and provide a good day's walking without a VERY early start. Also included is a lovely fresh picnic lunch or a warming tagine option in winter months.

All hikes are individual, tailor-made reservations so can be arranged for any number of people on any start date.

Choice of Day Hikes:

  • 1. Discover the Natural Rock Bridge at Imi n'Ifri

A full day's hiking to the unique travertine bridge over the gorge at Imi n'Ifri. An easy day's walk in the beautiful off the beaten track countryside.

  • 2. Rural Life - Berber Souks & Villages

A full day's hiking in this fascinating landscape of traditional villages and agriculture. Your guide will also take you to experience the souk and historic parts of Demnate.

  • 3. Cascades d'Ouzoud

An excursion to the World-famous waterfalls - Cascades d'Ouzoud - hiking, swimming and traditional lunch - AN IDEAL FAMILY DAY OUT.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to book one of these hikes or to enquire further about the itineraries, locations and terrain. A more detailed description of each one is included below in the "Itinerary" section.

What's included:

  • Round trip transport
  • Experienced, licensed, English-speaking mountain guide throughout,
  • Picnic lunch (fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, tinned tuna fish*, bread, fruit).

    * If vegetarian or vegan, please pre-advise.

We recommend you bring:

  • walking boots or stout shoes suitable for walking,
  • rambler pole (optional),
  • hat,
  • sunscreen,
  • nibbles,
  • hygienic wipes (or gel),
  • filled water bottle(s).

NB: all our prices are for land arrangements only (starting and finishing in Demnate), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Demnate or Ouzoud or Marrakech (hotels and riads) as well as flights from your preferred airport.

Contact us now to book this recommended day hike for any date.

Itinerary

  • Hike no.1: Discover the Natural Rock Bridge at Imi n'Ifri

    Starting at 9am depart with your guide to descend through cultivated fields and olive groves, passing the village of Lmakina, and then a short ascent offering a panoramic view of the ancient town of Demnate. Descending again, continue through apple orchards, past olive and fig trees to arrive at the small village of Ait Maiad where you will find a large Koranic school with the possibility to visit the mosque and meet the 'Fkih'. Continue to the potters' village of Boutghart where they produce a distinctive yellow-hued pottery and where you can meet the locals to gain an insight into Berber life in the Demnate region. After an easy climb arrive at the bridge over the river Mhassir where your guide will prepare your picnic lunch nearby.

    Afterwards, visit the famous natural travertine bridge of Imi N'Ifri over the gorge, formed some 1.8 million years ago. Around 4pm you will meet up with your taxi for the return journey to Kasbah Timdaf.

    • Distance - 10 kms
    • Duration - 5/6 hours.

  • Hike no.2: Rural Life - Berber Souks & Villages

    Starting at 9am follow the gentle descent from the Kasbah, then a short ascent to the village of Bureo where you will visit one of the remaining Ksars - or fortified granaries. From here continue descending west of Demnate, cross the Mhassir river and traverse fields and olive groves before arriving at Lhront, a brief photo-stop and then continue towards Issrana before entering the town of Demnate. The name comes from the Tachelhit meaning ‘fertile land’- an important regional centre founded in 998, some 40 years before Marrakech, where traders from the Atlas and Sahara came to procure European imports and items made in the Moroccan urban centres, in exchange they traded animal skins, wool and dates. Here you can visit the souk and the historic Jewish Mellah. Mid-afternoon meet up with your taxi for the return journey to the Kasbah.

    • Distance - 7 kms
    • Duration - 5 hours.

  • Hike no.3: Cascades of Ouzoud

    Full day excursion to famous Cascades d'Ouzoud where the Oued Ouzoud drops 110m into the canyon of Oued el Abid in three tiered falls. The falls are most dramatic from March to June. Our day hike includes round trip transport, a traditional tagine lunch in a local cafe and a short walk downstream along the river to some small pools suitable for safe swimming.

Prices

Day Hikes from Demnate

Day Hikes to Imi n'Ifri, Berber Villages & Cascades of Ouzoud with English-speaking guide and lunch included, starting from your accommodation in Demnate (also includes round trip transport).

1. Imi n Ifri Day Hike

2 people3 people4 people5 people6 people
£ 77£ 54£ 52£ 44£ 38

2. Rural Life - Berber Souks & Villages

2 people3 people4 people5 people6 people
£ 70£ 50£ 45£ 38£ 34

3. Cascades of Ouzoud

2 people3 people4 people5 people6 people
£ 118£ 83£ 75£ 62£ 53

All prices are per person

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