Ouirgane Hike 4 - N'Fis Valley

Tassa Ouirgane Park to the Tin Mal Mosque

About Ouirgane Hike 4 - N'Fis Valley

Summary

This is a great itinerary which combines a hike in the Tassa Ouirgane National Park with the opportunity to also enjoy the countryside around Tinmal and Ijoukak which is, to a large extent, "off the beaten track".

Activity code: ITCTtoRAK09

Difficulty: GRADE ONE to TWO - between easy and moderate. Boots recommended. You need to be reasonably confident of your fitness, preferably having had some previous experience of trekking.

Duration: 2 Days

This hike is designed to start by walking directly from your accommodation in Ouirgane, e.g. Chez Momo or Marigha, e.g. Kasbah Tatfi. All hikes include a guide, picnic lunch and full back up if required; this one also includes return transport. All hikes are individual, tailor-made reservations so can be arranged for any number of people on any start date.

What's included:

  • experienced, licensed, English-speaking mountain guide throughout,
  • Private round trip transportation from Ijoukak via Tin Mal Mosque to Ouirgane
  • Tents and undermats (or night in Berber house / gite)
  • Cook and equipment
  • Meals as detailed*.
    • * If vegetarian or vegan, please pre-advise.

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.

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 Ouirgane), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Ouirgane / Marigha or Marrakech (hotels and riads) as well as flights from your preferred airport.

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

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: OUIRGANE - TASSA OUIRGANE - IMIGDAL - TARGA - TISGUI.

    Set off at 8:30am with your Moroccan Mountain Guide towards the south through the Oued N'Fis Valley, passing by the terraced Berber villages of Tagadir n'Bour and Emesguine amongst others, until you reach the mouth of the Assif Imigdal Valley. Here your guide will stop and prepare your field picnic by a spring after some 2 hours hiking, with wonderful views of the sometimes stark mountains and lush valleys full of fields of corn and flowers.

    Once refreshed, set off from here towards the south-east for some 6 hours, following the winding river's course along the valley formed by the Adrar Takherkhourte and the Jbel Tafengha (2163m), up and down small rises dotted with red juniper, passing by isolated Berber hamlets and the villages of Azzemour, Tawil, Targa and Igherm until you reach the trailhead village of Adrar Iwzag-Ner (3490m).

    Your guide and team will set up camp for the night and arrange for you to dine by a spring just outside the village. You'll doubtless see the Berber people riding their donkeys or mules from village to village, or get to see Berber women gathering wood, herbs and fodder for their livestock.

  • DAY 2: TISGUI - TIZI AMESLANE - AMSGHOUNI VALLEY - ALLA n'MZEGHNI - IJOUKAK - TIN MAL - OUIRGANE.

    After a Berber breakfast, break camp and set off towards the west on a 7 hour hike along mule trails through the village of Ameslane, on to and up at a steady pace through the Tizi n'Ameslane (2095m), with views of the distant Adrar Oukaimeden and Jbel Toubkal (at 4167m, the highest peak in the Maghreb). At this point your guide will prepare your field picnic before setting off, downhill through fields of corn and stands of olive, peach and almond trees into the Amsghouni Valley until you reach a cluster of small villages around Idsiat. From here strike out towards the west, now along well-trodden trails until you reach the village of Alla n'Mzeghn at the side of the Oued N'Fis. Now it's towards the south alongside the winding Oued down to the small town of Ijoukak at the crossroads of the Agoundis and N'fis Valleys.

    From here, due to time available, your guide will rendezvous with your transport down to the Mosque at Tin-Mal. This small, remote stronghold settlement high up on the opposite bank of the river is set amidst brown slopes, green shrubbery and seasonally snow-capped mountains. Here your guide will take you to visit the fortress (and one-time state treasury) with its high walls and strong towers, the sole survivor of the once holy 12th century city built by the founder of the Almohad (Unitarian) dynasty, Mehdi Ibn Toumarte. This is the only mosque in Morocco - other than the mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca - into which a non-Muslim may enter - except on Fridays. You may enter the mosque, built by Abd el Moumen between 1153/54 (and sacked in 1276) through a small, sturdy door in the corner of the main tower. Now roofless, deep shadows thrown by the surviving bas relief pise columns and carefully restored arcades and horseshoe arches contrast with the large sunbaked wall. Intact amongst the ruins witness the fine examples of the ancient, intricate and variety in Almohad decor of rosette, scallop and palmette. Cedar from Azrou is now used for the ceilings; a special lime has been imported from Spain; no cement or concrete is used and the several cupolas have been restored in some areas with richly decorated stalactite plaster work.

    In the actual village there is another small kasbah in ruins, a Medersa and an old water tank which produces a regular supply of the French gastronomic delight - edible frogs. And you might buy a litre of Tin-Mal olive oil from the olive press and mill down towards the river. Having tipped the watchman some 10 Dirhams apiece for his 'permission' to enter, rejoin your vehicle for the long drive back up the delightful Oued N'fis valley to Ouirgane [or Marigha].

Prices

Ouirgane to Tinmal Hike [2 days]

Two Day Hike from Ouirgane to Tinmal with English-speaking guide and support team, starting from your accommodation in Ouirgane or Marigha. Also includes accommodation, all meals and private transportation.

Ouirgane & Tinmal Hike - available between 01/12/2015 and 31/10/2016

1 person2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 12 people
£ 305£ 196£ 192£ 160£ 149£ 134£ 128

All prices are per person

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