High Atlas Easy Hiking

Hiking Below 2500m

About High Atlas Easy Hiking

Summary

A delightful introduction to the High Atlas for all abilities, featuring many "off the beaten track" locations away from the main Imlil Valley.

Activity code: ITCTTM13m

Difficulty: GRADE ONE - walking mostly on paths at lower levels, sometimes rocky, seldom flat, for about 6 hours each day. Good shoes would do but take boots if you are used to them. For anyone who leads a reasonably active life. Hiking always involves some effort.

Duration: 4 Days Trek ONLY / 7 Days Holiday version

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

This route offers the casual hiker a superb variation of landscape in the High Atlas without the altitude. Your guide will introduce you to many Berber villages in the valleys to the west of Imlil and in the shadow of Mount Toubkal. You will love this off the beaten track itinerary as you encounter the Berber way of life on relatively easy hiking paths.

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 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)
  • 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 Imi Ourghlad 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

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 - IMI OURGHLAD - TIZI N'TACHT - TIZZIANE.

    An early morning departure from Marrakech for a pleasant drive to the south winding up through the Tizi n'Techt to in the higher foothills of the Western High Atlas and to the trailhead of Imi Ourghlad (1340m); arriving at around 9am. Here, Jbel Toubkal, at 4167m the highest peak in the Maghreb, Jbel Aguelzim (3948m) and Jbel Aksoual (3847m) loom before you to the south.

    At this point you will meet up with your Berber muleteer crew, always a fun part of any trek. Once sorted, set off up in a north-westerly direction for a 2 hour acclimatisation hike up switchback mule tracks, passing by cornfields and woods of pine and juniper to the Tizi n'Tacht (2000m). Here, your guide will stop for you to look down on the Imlil and n'Ait Ouissadene Valleys before carrying on for another half an hour to Imi n'Ifri and your field picnic amidst the surrounding valleys and stark, high peaks. Afterwards a slow hike for about 3 hours south-west down along a dirt track to the Assif n'Ait Ouissadene and the red clay village of Tizziane (1730m) for dinner and accommodation in a gite d'etape.

    • Trekking Time: 5 hours
    • overnight at Berber Gite in Tizziane (1600m).
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 2: TIZZIANE - TIZI N'TKHRKHOURTE - D'KNT

    After breakfast set off on a hike up along the Assif n'Ouissadene Valley, passing through almond groves and several Berber villages, up to the Tizi n'Tkhrhkhourte (1995m). From here hike onwards to a rare, almost flat stretch to the Assaka Spring, where your guide will prepare your picnic amidst an awesome silence after some 2.5 hours relatively easy walking.

    This afternoon's hike takes you down along the edges of the forest until reaching the Berber village of D'Knt (1870m) where dinner is prepared and where you will spend the night in a Berber family's home.

    • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
    • overnight at Berber House in D'Knt (1870m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: D'KNT - TIZI TAGHDALT - TISSI OUSSEM

    A hearty breakfast and set off on the morning's 3 hour hike up through groves of almond and walnut trees, fields of corn and barley to greet the many sheep and goat-herders - and women and children bent over with 20kg loads of firewood and dried herbs. From here traverse the Tizi Taghdalt (1998m) and descend amongst juniper and pine trees until you arrive at a small spring set amongst the trees, where your guide will prepare your picnic.

    Once refreshed, it's off down winding tracks for some 3 hours to come to a small river at the beginning of the Valley of the Assif Ouissadene. From here enter the village of Tissi Oussem (1850m) for your dinner and overnight accommodation in a mountain Refuge.

    • Trekking Time: 6 hours
    • overnight at Berber Gite in Tizi Oussem (1850m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 4: TISSI OUSSEM - TIZI M'ZIK - IMLIL - MARRAKECH.

    Once breakfast is over strike out up through pine and juniper trees to traverse the Tizi M'Zik and descend slowly to the foot of the col just before the hamlet of M'Zik (1806m). Here your guide will prepare your picnic amidst orchards of cherry, apple and nut trees and the surrounding peaks.

    This afternoon, set off down to the Berber trailhead village of Imlil, where you are able to take a welcome hot shower in the gite d'etape of our Head Guide and a glass - or three - of mint tea prior to rejoining your transport to take you to Marrakech back via passes and alongside gorges, arriving around 7 in the evening.

    • Trekking Time: 4-5 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 6 - on trek as per itinerary above.

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

    Day 7 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Prices

Hiking Below 2500m

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

1 person2 people3 people4 people
£ 803£ 521£ 487£ 464

Trek ONLY version

1 person2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 10 people
£ 405£ 316£ 294£ 266£ 256£ 224£ 216

All prices are per person

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