Toubkal, Oukaimeden & Lake Ifni Trek

Explore the wider Toubkal National Park

About Toubkal, Oukaimeden & Lake Ifni Trek

Summary

A fabulous trek "off the beaten track" taking in Oukaimeden, the beautiful Ourika Valley, the stunning Lake Ifni and Mount Toubkal. It offers plenty of superb walking and acclimatisation to the terrain and altitude prior to attempting North Africa's highest peak.

Activity code: ITCTTM10m

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: 11 Days Trek ONLY / 14 Days Holiday version

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

This itinerary is our recommended trek for a longer visit to the Toubkal National Park; there is some good acclimatisation and fantastic scenery. Something very different from the basic "up and down" option for Jbel Toubkal; a great route which begins in the beautiful Ourika Valley, heads up to Oukaimeden (Morocco's ski resort) and then detours south off the beaten track taking in the stunning Lake Ifni and offering plenty of superb walking. Finally we have chosen the less travelled Tizi Aghelzim route back to Imlil.

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. The route been fully thought through and is 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 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

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 - IMI OURHLAD - IMSKER - ARG.

    Early morning departure from Marrakech for a pleasant drive up into the foothills of the Western High Atlas ranges to arrive at the trailhead in the Berber village of Imi Ourhlad (1430m). From here you begin today's 5 hour hike, meeting up with the mules and Berber muleteer crew - always a fun part of hiking in the High Atlas. With paths branching out all around set out up along a trail across the Assif Imlil to cross the Tizi n'Imsker (1708m). Once over the hump your guide will prepare your picnic on the banks of the Assif Imenane near the Berber village of Imsker. The afternoon's hike goes along the river's side until you reach the remarkable terraced village of Arg (1780m) - where Sir Winston Churchill loved to paint - to set up camp, or stop in a Berber family's home - the choice is yours. Whilst dinner is being prepared, you might like to take a stroll around this delightful village and surrounding countryside.

    • Trekking Time: 5 hours
    • Overnight in Berber family home in Arg (1780m)
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 2: ARG - OUSSERTEK - OUKAIMEDEN PLATEAU.

    After breakfast strike out for today's 6.5 hour hike up between nut trees and through several Berber hamlets and villages, including those of Tidili and Gueliz until you reach the village of Oussertek (2406m), where you'll take a break and picnic in a private garden in the village centre. The afternoon hike takes you up through the Tizi n'Oukaimeden (2668m) and then down to the campsite and dinner for the night. The option exists for you to stay in the Refuge on this high plateau.

    • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
    • Overnight at Refuge or camping in Oukaimeden (2500m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: OUKAIMEDEN PLATEAU - AGOUNSA - TIMICHI - TIVIRDIVI.

    Once breakfasted your guide will lead you, on the start of a 7 hours hike, along a piste and further up along an adjoining winding mule trail through the Tizi n'Ouattar (2994m). From here you have a long winding descent through the rocks until you reach the village of Agounsa where your guide will prepare a welcome picnic. The afternoon is spent in gradual descent along the Assif Timichi, passing through the Berber village of Tamgisste and Timichi until your campsite and dinner for the night outside the village of Tivirdivi (2006m). Again, there's the option of over-nighting in a Berber family's house.

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Overnight at Berber family home or camping in Tivirdivi (2000m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 4: TIVIRDIVI - TIZI N'TAMATERT - ASSAKA.

    Breakfast, and another 7 hours of fascinating scenery await you; hike down to the river and on through the villages of Anfli and Tadrarte, then up the trail taking you through the Tizi n'Tamatert (2508m) to the village of Tamatert where you'll stop for a picnic. The afternoon's 2 hour hike takes you up to Assaka and down through the forest where your support team will set up camp (1900m) or you could opt to stay in a Berber family's home.

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Overnight at Berber family home or camping in Assaka (1900m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 5: ASSAKA - TIZI N'OUMCHICHKA - AAZIB N'OUADOUZ.

    Today, there is an 8 hour hike; firstly, through the village of Amenzal and then along the river to arrive, after 2 hours, at the upper foothills of the Tizi n'Oumchichka (2520m) for your picnic near a spring. The afternoon is spent hiking down along rocky trails trodden in by mule caravans for a couple of hours and then down along winding mule trails to the Aazib n'Ouadouz (1980m), for dinner and overnight camp.

    • Trekking Time: 8 hours
    • Overnight camping at Aazib n'Ouadouz (1980m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 6: AAZIB N'OUADOUZ - TIZI TAGOROUAD - TIZI N'OURIE - TAGNITE - AMSOUZERT.

    From the aazib start up to the Tizi Tagorouad (2927m) and directly on to the Tizi n'Ourie (3109m) where your guide will prepare today's field picnic surrounded by peaks and valleys. This afternoon, slowly descend along zigzagging paths into the Ighir n'Tagnite until you arrive at the Berber village of Tagnite in the Tafnoute Valley. A brief stop before hiking down further until reaching the village of Amsouzert (1740m) where your dinner will be prepared in a Berber family's home.

    • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Overnight at Berber family home in Amsouzert (1740m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 7: AMSOUZERT - IMHILENE - LAKE IFNI.

    After breakfast, today's hike is shorter than the previous days', for tomorrow and the day after are reasonably tough going. With your guide, head south up the valley of the Assif Izli, through the villages of Abtraoui, Takaterte and Imhilene until you arrive at Lake Ifni, (2295m) after some 4 hours. Here your guide will prepare your picnic in the midst of quiet waters and steep slopes of the looming mountains. Later on the team will set up camp whilst you stroll around the lake shore or, according to the season, take a welcome swim whilst the evening's meal is being prepared.

    • Trekking Time: 4 hours
    • Overnight camping just below Lake Ifni (2200m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 8: LAKE IFNI - TIZI N'OUNOUMS - TOUBKAL REFUGE.

    Breakfasted and refreshed, set out towards the north west up to the difficult col of the Tizi n'Ounoums (2841m). Once through the pass stop for a picnic amongst awesome surroundings of the Toubkal Massif. From here, continue directly to the Toubkal Refuge (3207m) where you can either camp on the surrounding slopes or overnight in the Refuge. Whilst tonight's dinner is being prepared, there'll be ample opportunity to stroll around the area and look at tomorrow's challenge - the summit of the highest peak in the Maghreb.

    • Trekking Time: 6 hours
    • Overnight at Toubkal Refuge (3207m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 9: TOUBKAL SUMMIT.

    A very early breakfast today as you and your guide set out around 6am to attain, after a three hour, non-technical but steep climb, the highest peak in the Maghreb (4167m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. This remarkable climb and view is what you have come so far for. Whenever you are ready, your guide will lead you on the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward 2 to 3 hour descent back to the area near the Refuge for a picnic (this descent can be steep in places and the route is covered with many loose stones so we would recommend a walking pole for this section for anyone with aching joints or who is not 100% sure footed). Return to the Toubkal Refuge for a welcome dinner and overnight accommodation.

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Overnight at Toubkal Refuge (3207m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 10: TOUBKAL REFUGE - TIZI N'AGUELZIM - AZIB TAMSOULT.

    Breakfasted and off on a 7 hour hike towards Tamsoult. Up towards Tizi n'Aguelzim (3560m) and a magnificent view of the Arzedene Valley whilst you have your day's picnic. Then it's on for some 3 to 4 hours down some 72 hairpin tracks - only recently opened - passing by the Tamsoult Cascade, also known as the Irhoulidene Cascade (2204m) down to the bivvy site and dinner for the night at the Aazib Tizikert (2145m).

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Overnight camping at Aazib Tizikert (2145m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 11: AAZIB TAMSOULT - TIZI M'ZIK - IMLIL - MARRAKECH.

    With Jbel Toubkal behind you, set off for 2 hours to the north up to Tizi M'zik (2664m) where you'll stop for a picnic near the Berber village of M'zik and an awesome panorama of the Imlil Valley and of the Adrars Algouli and El Hajj. From Mzik head east and down for 3 hours along winding mule tracks to the trailhead village of Imlil (1740m) and your awaiting transport back to Marrakech by around 3pm.

    • 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 13 - on trek as per itinerary above.

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

    Day 14 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Prices

Toubkal, Oukaimeden & Lake Ifni Trek - 11 Days

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
£ 1043£ 968£ 928

Trek ONLY version

2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 10 people
£ 783£ 774£ 681£ 672£ 589£ 581

All prices are per person

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