High Atlas Traverse Trek

Telouet to Toubkal

About High Atlas Traverse Trek

Summary

A unique opportunity to hike from the Tichka Pass up on to the Yagour Plateau, down through the amazing Kissaria Gorges and up to Toubkal via Lake Ifni. This trek is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Activity code: ITCTTEL03m

Difficulty: GRADE TWO to THREE [Between moderate and strenuous. Good boots essential. We recommend that you be confident of your fitness and endurance levels; preferably having had previous experience of trekking at altitude and in variations of climate Full support team.]

Duration: 8 Days Trek ONLY / 11 Days Holiday version

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

This route traverses a line from the Tichka Pass over the Yagour Plateau, down the stunning Kissaria Gorge and up to the Toubkal Refuge via the incomparable Lake Ifni. Much of this trek is off the beaten track such as the Zat Valley and Yagour Plateau where many nomadic families spend the summer months grazing their sheep and goats. Your approach to North Africa's highest peak will be from the south, from the spring at the foot of Toubkal, passing through several large Berber villages and a steady climb to Lake Ifni; here you may take a dip, weather permitting. This itinerary is quite unique to us and takes in some of the lesser-visited areas of the High Atlas.

Why book with Rediscover Trekking ?

Our trekking organiser (Andy in the UK) and our Head Guide (Houcine in Imlil) have many, many years of experience of arranging treks in Morocco. All our treks have been fully thought through and are tried and trusted - timings are based on a small party and allow for amendments and short cuts if necessary for any reason. We have detailed maps, which are difficult to obtain outside Morocco, and a wealth of experience in these areas so feel free to contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

NO hidden extras. NO groups. FULLY Insured.

What's Included in this trek ?

  • English-speaking, licensed, experienced local guide
  • Full support team to carry your luggage and general equipment (by mule)
  • All accommodation (modern igloo tents / Berber houses / mountain refuge)
  • All meals during your trek (breakfast on all days except first, lunch on all days & dinners on all days except last)
  • Private round trip transfers from Marrakech to Tichka Pass and Imlil to Marrakech
  • Full insurance and emergency back up.

Holiday Version also includes:

  • Round trip airport transfers (Marrakech)
  • 2nts on BB at the fabulous Ksar Anika in Marrakech
  • 1nt on HB at the Douar Samra in the hamlet of Tamatert (near Imlil)
  • Private guided city tour of Marrakech (half day)

Essential Information

NB: The months from December through to mid-April could possibly preclude the Toubkal summit climb due to sudden, heavy snowfalls. We shall advise you of adverse climatic conditions and alternate nearby peak climb - Jbel Aguelzim (3547m) prior to your setting out from Marrakech

COST FOR THIS TREK:

All our holidays are tailor-made so the ultimate cost of each trek is based upon:

  • The number of people in your group
  • Where you are starting from and to where you wish to travel at the end of the hike;
  • Whether you are including any accommodation (e.g. in Imlil or Marrakech)
  • Extras such as WC tent, etc.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING (depending upon season): good walking boots; sleeping bag (3 seasons); waterproofs and fleece/duvet jackets, hats, balaclavas or ear muffs; gloves; rambler or ski pole; personal toiletries; small First Aid kit, thermal underwear (Dec-May); day pack; filled water bottles; torch and batteries (LED head torches are excellent), penknife (remember not to pack in hand baggage for flight); towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, hygienic wipes, nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred to tea and coffee, camping mug (otherwise it is small Moroccan tea glasses for everything), energy sweets and toilet rolls could come in handy!

MEALS ARE NORMALLY:

  • Breakfast - tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam, cheese plus porridge in the winter and cereal in summer.
  • Picnic lunch - fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, slicing sausage, tinned tuna fish and sardines, bread, fruit, mint tea.
  • Dinner - Tajine (chicken or mutton with vegetables), spaghetti, cous cous (main courses rotate depending on duration of trek), bread, coffee, tea, cake, fruit.

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

Contact us now to book this Trek for any date.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: MARRAKECH - TIZI n'TICHKA - OUARZAST - YAGOUR PLATEAU (2600m)

    Early morning (8am) departure from Marrakech south through the Glaoua countryside and up through exhilarating hairpin bends into the Western High Atlas mountains and Ait Ourir Taddert (1650m) to alight at the top of the Tizi n‘Tichka (2260m), taking in the vista dominated by peaks of over 2500m. From here set out along the Zat Valley to climb towards the high plateaux of Jbel Yagour, passing through junipers and oaks, several Neolithic rock engravings are not to be missed en route, then stop in the Yagour pastures for lunch. Here many nomadic families spend the summer months grazing their sheep and goats.

    • Trekking Time: 3 hours
    • Camp on the Yagour Plateau (2600m).
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 2: YAGOUR - AIT IGUERANE - TADDERT n'AGHBALOU - SETTI FADMA - AGADIR n'AIT BOULEMANE

    After breakfast, leave the plateau to follow mule tracks through magnificent Berber villages and the relatively highly-populated Ourika Valley. Picnic lunch in the valley and then a gradual ascent through the valley to reach the tranquil camp site (or a gite) at Agadir n'Ait Boulemane.

    • Trekking Time: 6 hours
    • Camp at the Agadir n'Ait Boulemane.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: AGADIR n'AIT BOULEMANE - ANELFI - KISSARIA GORGES - AAZIB n'LIKKEMT (2500m)

    An early start today to leave the Ourika valley, climbing upwards towards the springs which feed the valley, through the famous Kissaria Gorges; where hikers are rarely seen. A 6-7 hour hike today without mules over damp and occasionally slippery scree. The mules will take a 10 hour detour to meet up again at the end of the afternoon, so a day pack is needed. After a careful traverse of the gorges, you will arrive at the summer sheep pastures of Likkemt (2500m) used by the nomadic shepherds of the Tifnoute valleys.

    • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
    • Camp at the Aazib n'Likkemt.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 4: AAZIB n LIKKEMT (2500m) - TIFNI PASS ( 2900m) - AAZIB n TIFNI - TAGHBALOUTE

    After breakfast a magnificent climb of around 500m to reach the pass which takes you to the huge summer pastures of Tifni, used by the Berber shepherds of Tifnoute with their flocks of hundreds of heads of sheep and goats. Picnic lunch by the Aazib and then continue to climb up to the Taghbaloute pass with, finally, a view of Mount Toubkal. From here, descend towards the spring and your campsite at 2700m with a grandstand view of Jbel Toubkal.

    • Trekking Time: 6 hours
    • Camp at Taghbaloute (2700m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 5: TAGHBALOUTE - TISSELDAY - AMSOUZERT - AIT IGUERANE - CHEZ BELAID - LAKE IFNI (2400m)

    Today your guide will take you from the spring at the foot of Toubkal, towards Tisselday, the last village in this valley; and continue into the Tifnoute valley after crossing the river at Amsouzert. You will pass through several large villages on the southern slopes of Toubkal until you reach Chez Belaid where your guide will prepare lunch in the shade of huge and ancient oaks. After lunch you will climb 300m to Lake Ifni, and maybe take a dip, weather permitting.

    • Trekking Time: 5 hours
    • Camp at Chez Belaid, just below the shore of Lake Ifni.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 6: LAKE IFNI - OUANOUMS PASS (3700m) - TOUBKAL REFUGE (3200m)

    An early start today, around 6am to avoid the heat of the day, for a 5 hour ascent to the Ouanoums Pass over steep and rocky terrain, hard going for all, including the mules! A stop for water at Ifri n’Irouzan and then you will reach the pass and admire the views, followed by a descent to the foot of the Tizi Ouagan for today's field picnic on the riverbank. After lunch continue the descent to the Toubkal Refuge for your overnight accommodation.

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Camp at the Toubkal Refuge (3200m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 7: TOUBKAL REFUGE - TOUBKAL SUMMIT (4167m) - TOUBKAL REFUGE

    A very early breakfast set off around 5.30am, well wrapped up against the elements, to attain, after a 3 hour steep, yet not technically difficult climb, the highest summit in the Maghreb (4167m). The panorama from the summit is stunning. After a snack at the peak, descend by the same route (or a detour via the cirque du nord down past the smugglers' plane wreckage from the 1960s) to the refuge for lunch, a well-earned rest and overnight.

    • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
    • Camp at the Toubkal Refuge (3200m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 8: TOUBKAL REFUGE - SIDI CHAMHAROUCH - IMLIL - MARRAKECH

    Breakfasted and ready, time to set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n'Isouhouanem n'Ouagounss towards the Berber village of Sidi Chamharouch (3106m). Before entering the village your guide will draw your attention to a special tree, sacred to the local Berbers, on which they hang strips of coloured cloth and pile up stones around the trunk. After a brief stop here to relax, particularly welcome on a hot day, descend high above the valley of the Assif Ait Mizane, down zigzagging trails around granite and basalt grey rocks for about 8km to the village of Aroumd (Aremd) (1840m), commanding one of the more fertile valleys of the High Atlas mountains with terraced, irrigated plots and fields of maize, onions and fruit trees on all sides.

    Here your guide will prepare a final picnic prior to continuing on along the floor of the valley, then up a well-defined mule track zig-zagging above the river for some 4km to arrive, at around 2 to 3 in the afternoon back at the Berber village of Imlil and a welcome glass, or two, of mint tea in the home of our senior guide prior to your return to Marrakech and arrival around 5pm.

    • Trekking Time: 5 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Holiday version - Summary of Full Itinerary:

    Day 1 - arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your accommodation.

    • Stay at e.g. Ksar Anika - 2nts BB

    Day 2 - private guided city tour (am); balance of day for independent sightseeing.

    Days 3 to Day 10 - on trek as per itinerary above.

    • stay at Douar Samra in Tamatert - 1nt HB.

    Day 11 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Prices

High Atlas Traverse Trek

Fully guided and supported trek in High Atlas. Includes English-speaking guide, transport, all meals and all accommodation. Holiday version also includes extra 3nts accommodation, airport transfers and city tour.

Full Holiday version

2 people3 people4 people
£ 870£ 848£ 825

Trek ONLY version

2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 10 people
£ 688£ 655£ 582£ 558£ 485£ 483

All prices are per person

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