Imlil Day Hikes (1-4)

Choice of guided walks in High Atlas Foothills

About Imlil Day Hikes (1-4)

Summary

Relatively challenging guided walks with lunch. Hidden valleys and Berber Villages to the east & west of Imlil and the Toubkal path to the south.

Activity code: ITCTdsRAK01 / 02 / 03 / 04

Difficulty: GRADE ONE - walking mostly on paths at lower levels, sometimes rocky, seldom flat, for about 4-6 hours each day. Good shoes would do but boots are recommended. 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 Imlil. They are designed to start by walking directly from your accommodation, e.g. Douar Samra or Kasbah du Toubkal. 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. High Atlas Country Hiking

A short circular walk to the east of Imlil; up to Tizi n'Tamatert (pass) and then return to Imlil via Berber hamlets of Tacheddirt, Ouaneskra and Tighourine.

  • 2. The Magnificent Jbel Toubkal and Sisters

A circular hike up to the beautiful and dramatic hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch along the Toubkal path and then return to Imlil via Berber village of Aroumd.

  • 3.  High Atlas backroads (Tizi Oussem)

A hike to the west up to Tizi M'Zik (pass) and then a circular walk via Berber village of Tizi Oussem and the Tamsoult Waterfall.

  • 4. Eastern High Atlas Valleys

A circular walk east of Imlil; up to Tizi n'Tamatert (pass), through Berber villages of Ikis and Amssakrou then up higher up to Tizi n'Aguerssioual and return to Imlil via Ait Souka.

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:

  • experienced, licensed, English-speaking mountain guide throughout
  • Picnic lunch (fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, tinned tuna fish*, bread, fruit); warm tagine in winter.
    • * 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 Imlil), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Imlil 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: IMLIL - TIZI n'TAMATERT - AMGHEDOUL - TACHEDDIRT - TIGHOURINE - IMLIL.

    Setting out along a piste for a hike towards the east up to the Tizi n'Tamatert (2272m) and on through fields of wheat and orchards of walnut, apple and cherry trees until you reach the village of Tamatert (1810m). Once through the village take a path which then leads up through pine and juniper woods; stop at the Tizi to admire the Imlil and Imenane Valleys, the latter with its many terraced Berber villages tucked precariously on to the slopes stretching around you. All along with Adrar n'Oukaimeden (3268m), almost as high as the Rockies, on the southern horizon, with the high peaks of the Tizi n'Eddi (2928m) and the Jbel Angour (3616m) also looming down.

    Continue the hike along the Tamatert Valley slopes until you reach the location for your field picnic at Amghedoul, surrounded now on all sides by the Toubkal Massif range. Once refreshed, set off back to the Douar Samra, first towards the oldest Berber village in this once-remote area, Tacheddirt, then via Ouaneskra and the other side of the Valley, passing through the villages of Tamegguist and Tinghourine with the stark Jbel Bou Iguenouane (3882m), Tizi n'Likemt (3615m), Aksoual (3842m) and the Azrou n'Tamadot (3664m) until a welcoming return to Jacqueline's Douar, a shower and a delicious Berber dinner before retiring for the night.

  • Hike no. 2: IMLIL - AROUMD - SIDI CHAMHAROUCH - IMLIL.

    Setting off towards the southwest skirting the Berber town of Imlil (1740m), set in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains of the Toubkal National Park. With streams and paths branching out in all directions, your guide will take you across the Tamatert Valley until you reach the hamlet of Achelm to strike out for some 4km towards the south towards the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd) (1843m), passing the hamlets of Taourirt, Targa, and Imoula, up and down the stark slopes, the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Jbel Toubkal Massif - at 4167m the highest peak in North Africa - before you, with her awe-inspiring sister peaks the Jbels Aguelzim (3547m), Aksoual (3847m) and the Adrar Adj (3122m) watching all the way.

    Stop at Aroumd in the Assif Ait Mizane Valley, built seemingly house upon house on a large moraine spur overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables and always surrounded by almond and walnut trees. From here carry on for another 8km to the equally-quaint village of Sidi Chamharouch, a Berber village set beside a waterfall and small stream, again with its pise homes seemingly built somewhat chaotically one into another. This village is a place of pilgrimage for devout Moslems and it is where there is a marabout [shrine] – forbidden to non-Moslems - said to be a relic of a pre-Islamic religious and naturalist cult.

    Here your guide will prepare your field picnic, within full view of Jbel Toubkal, prior to setting off back down the other side of the valley at a gentle pace back to the delightful Douar Samra where you bid farewell - 'bissalaama' - to your mountain guide.

  • Hike no. 3: IMLIL - TIZI M'ZIK - TIZI OUSSEM - TAMSOULT WATERFALL - TIZI M'ZIK - IMLIL.

    With the mighty Jbel Toubkal - at 4167m the highest peak in the Maghreb – and her sisters Aguelzim (3547m) and Aksoual (3847m) almost within touching distance, set off on your private, guided hike towards the west up through almond, walnut and apple groves. For most of the time you have a panoramic vista of the beautiful valley of Imlil and of the Berber hamlets of Tanghourt, Fimlil and of M’Zik, with its red ochre minaret all seeming to cling precariously to the mountain slopes. The majority of the villages on this hike are built of pise, dug from the earth of the surrounding slopes.

    The piste route takes you through a couloir of red and bluish rocks until reaching the Tizi M'Zik (2664m) where you can stop to admire the Jbel Oukaimeden range, the high plateau of Tazaghart and the beginning of the renowned Valley of the Assif Ait n'Ouissedene with its numerous palmeraies. It has taken some 2.5 hours to reach this point and it is time to start the descent for a further 1.5 hours through woods of juniper and pine in the valley created by the Jbel Tasghimout (2664m) and the Adrar Adj (3729m) to the Tamsoult Cascade (2204m). Here, your guide will prepare your field picnic lunch (bring your swimming gear with you during the late spring to early autumn for an invigorating splash !)

    When you feel up to it, stroll back via the same route, but by different paths via the Tizi M'Zik and on to a welcoming return to Jacqueline's Douar for a shower and an excellent dinner before retiring for the night.

  • Hike no. 4: IMLIL - TIZI n'TAMATERT - TINERHOURHINE - IKISS - AMSSAKROU - TIZI N'AGUERSSIOUAL - TADDART - AIT SOUKA - IMLIL.

    With the mighty Jbel Toubkal - at 4167m the highest peak in the Maghreb - almost within touching distance, set off on your private, guided hike towards the east along the Tamatert Valley and then turning north after some 50 minutes up into and through the Tizi n’Tamatert (2272m) and down via the Berber village of Tinerhourhine into the Valley of the Oued Imenane.

    Follow this Valley north, with the Jbel Oukaimeden (3268m) to your right, along winding mule trails through almond, walnut and apple groves and terraced Berber hamlets, all seeming to cling precariously to the mountain slopes. The majority of the villages you shall see on this hike are built of pise, dug from the earth of the surrounding slopes. The piste takes you to the village of Ikiss and up to the village of Amssakrou where, after some 3 hours hiking, your guide will prepare you field picnic surrounded by the mountains of the Jbel Oukaimeden, Tizi n'Ou Arg (2258m) and the Tizi n'Tiratene (2268m).

    Once refreshed, turn towards the west along mule trails and alongside some naked escarpments up into and through the Tizi n'Aguerssioual (1767m) and through a couloir of grey and ochre rocks until reaching the main village of Aguerssioual in the Assif n'Ait Mizane Valley (2664m). From here set off south back up the valley towards the impressive peaks of Jbel Toubkal, Aguelzim and Aksoual until the village of Taddart then on to the last village in the Tamatert Valley - Ait Souka - where your guide will direct you back to the east for a welcoming return to Jacqueline's Douar for a shower and an excellent dinner before retiring for the night after a six hour slow ramble.

Prices

Imlil Day Hikes

Day Hike with English-speaking guide and lunch included, starting from your accommodation in Imlil (e.g. Douar Samra, Kasbah du Toubkal, etc.)

Day Hikes (1-4)

1 person2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 12 people
£ 61£ 35£ 27£ 23£ 20£ 19

All prices are per person

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