Imlil Day Hike 2

The Magnificent Jbel Toubkal and Sisters

About Imlil Day Hike 2

Summary

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.

Activity code: ITCTdsRAK02

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 boots are recommended. Suitable for anyone who leads a reasonably active life. NB. Hiking always involves some effort.

Duration: 1 Day

This hike is designed to start by walking directly from your accommodation in Imlil, e.g. Douar Samra. All hikes include a guide, picnic lunch and full back up if required. All hikes are tailor-made so can be arranged for any number of people on any start date.

What's included:

  • 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 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

  • 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.

Prices

Imlil Day Hike no.2 - The Magnificient Jbel Toubkal and Sisters

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

Circular Day Hike on Toubkal Path - available between 01/12/2015 and 31/10/2016

1 person2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 12 people
£ 59£ 34£ 27£ 22£ 20£ 18

All prices are per person

Reviews

"The two walks were very good - our guide managed to find interesting routes staying out of the worst of the snow. Even so, it was quite difficult as in places the snow was a foot deep and we weren't really equipped for it. The sun shone though and it was amazing scenery all round. We had lunch in his house on the first day and met his family which was fun. The second day we walked up to the shrine and lunched in the sun and snow. We had a traditional hamam on our last evening which was a whole new experience and very welcome."

C Haynes, March 2016

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