Tassa Ouirgane National Park to Mount Toubkal Trek

Off the beaten track route from the west.

About Tassa Ouirgane National Park to Mount Toubkal Trek

Summary

One of our most popular longer treks; offering a fantastic variety of scenery from the Tassa Ouirgane National Park in the west, across valleys, passes and Berber Villages en route to Mount Toubkal.

Activity code: ITCTTM14m

Difficulty: GRADE TWO - Between easy and moderate, hiking mostly along zig-zagging mules tracks at upper valley levels for about 6 hours each day. The actual summit climb is non-technical but can be hard going. Good boots are essential. Suitable for anyone who leads a reasonably active life as hiking always involves some effort. Full support team.

Duration: 7 Days Trek ONLY / 10 Days Holiday version

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

This route is a wonderful traverse through the variety of landscape the High Atlas has to offer, from the stunning new lake at Ouirgane, through the Tassa Ouirgane National Park and across remote valleys towards Mount Toubkal. This trek also includes the incredible path through the Tizi n'Tadat prior to arriving at the Toubkal Refuge.

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 has 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 Ouirgane 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 - OUIRGANE - AZERZEANE - TIZZIANE.

    Departure from Marrakech at 8am for a pleasing 2 hour drive south over the Moulay Brahim Gorges and upper valleys way up into the foothills of the Western High Atlas ranges, passing through Asni, where, to the left, you'll get your first real sight of mighty Jbel Toubkal (4167m) and her sisters Aguelzim (3547m) and Aksoual (3847m). Continue on to the Berber village of Ouirgane, often called the oasis in the High Atlas, with its lemon, lime and grapefruit orchards, date palms and thousands of rose bushes, to meet up with the muleteers at the Hotel La Bergerie and the start of a 6 hour hike. All ready, set out to the village of Touroud to take the piste which leads up to the Tassa Ouirgane National Park.

    At the village of Tassa Ouir (meaning the centre of flowers) hike up between juniper and redwoods to stop for a picnic in the midst of walnut trees near the forest in the Valley of the Assif Azerzeane. Once refreshed, set off up the slopes, passing through Berber hamlets, their pise homes shaded by walnut and apple trees and past well-tended plots of barley and corn, through the village of Ikoubline until you reach the pretty village of Tizziane (1600m) for dinner and overnight accommodation in a Berber Gite d'etape.

    • Trekking Time: 6 hours
    • overnight at Berber Gite in Tizziane (1600m)
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 2: TIZZIANE - ASSAKA - AAZIB ASSOUAL.

    After a typical Moroccan breakfast strike out on a 6 hour hike up through groves of walnut and almond trees, through stands of holm oak and red pine to traverse the Tizi n'Touati (2100m) and into the Assaka Plateau where your guide will prepare today's field picnic. Afterwards the route is up and down the higher slopes, passing by the Aazib n'Assaka and down to the Valley of the Assif D'Knt and the Berber village of D'Knt (1800m), before continuing up through fields of potato and barley to a welcoming dinner and campsite in the Aazib n'Assoual.

    • Trekking Time: 6 hours
    • Camp on the Aazib n'Assoual (2200m)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: AAZIB ASSOUAL - TIZI N'TAGHOUDALALTE TIZI OUSSEM.

    Breakfast over and camp struck, set off for today's 5 hour hike towards the south, up goat trails and stark winding slopes to traverse the Tizi n'Taghoudalalte (2700m), where you will take in some impressive vistas of mountains and valleys. Next, descend amidst the juniper trees to a picnic site by a small stream, surrounded by an almost alpine atmosphere of mountains, wild flowers, poppies, a multitude of herbs and terraced fields. From here your guide will lead you down to the head of the Valley of the n'Ait Ouissa'dane, crossing the river to hike alongside irrigation ditches and small mills towards the last village in this valley - Tizi Oussem (1850m), the Jbels Tasghimout (2004m) to your left, Aguelzim (3547m) and Tazaghart (3843m) to the south, where your campsite will be ready and dinner prepared.

    • Trekking Time: 5 hours
    • Camp near Tizi Oussem (1850m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 4: TIZI OUSSEM AAZIB N'TAMSOULT TAZAGHART REFUGE.

    After breakfast head off with your guide on today's 4.5 hour trek to climb towards the end of the Ait Ouissa'dane Valley and the juniper trees on the slopes of the Aoirir n'Irg (3173m) until you reach the Aazib n'Tamsoult (2100m) and a close-up view of the snow-capped Jbel Toubkal. From here climb up to the Tamsoult Cascade (2300m), also known as the Irhoulidene Cascade, and continue up through the rocks to the final couloir in the valley to the Tazaghart Refuge (3000m) - formerly known as the Lepiney Refuge and essentially a rock-climbing base for the cliff face of Tazaghart (3843m). Your guide will prepare your field picnic on the ridge. Tonight's dinner and accommodation will be in the Refuge and there is ample opportunity this afternoon for a stroll around the starkly-beautiful upper slopes, or simply relax in some awesome surroundings, for tomorrow is going to be a long day.

    • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
    • overnight at Tazaghart Refuge (3000m).
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 5: TAZAGHART REFUGE - TIZI N'TADDATE - JBEL BIGNOUISSENE - TOUBKAL REFUGE.

    Breakfast tucked away strike out on a 7.5 hour trek up steep off-the-beaten tracks to traverse the remote and challenging Tizi n'Tadat (3700m) for a panorama that will simply take your breath away. Your guide will lead you along rarely trodden loose-pebbled goat trails to the Jbel Bignouissene (4009m) and up to the picnic spot on this beautiful summit with sight of tomorrow's challenge: Jbel Toubkal. When ready, set off down the slopes to the Toubkal Refuge which, at 3207m, marks the spring snowline. Here you shall have dinner and then overnight accommodation in the Refuge and time to rest up from the hard day's trek.

    • Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
    • overnight in the Toubkal Refuge (3200m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 6: TOUBKAL REFUGE - JBEL TOUBKAL SUMMIT - TIZI N'OUNOUMS - TOUBKAL REFUGE.

    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).

    This afternoon, your guide will take you on a gentle hike south-eastwards for a couple of hours up to the head of the Assif Ait Mizane Valley and Tizi n'Ounoums (3664m) which, from this high point, gives a tremendous view of the trail you've covered and of the distant cobalt green outline of Lake Ifni. When ready, return to the area of the Toubkal Refuge for a welcome dinner and overnight accommodation in the Refuge.

    • Trekking Time: 6-9 hours
    • overnight in the Toubkal Refuge (3200m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 7: TOUBKAL REFUGE SIDI CHAMHAROUCH AROUMD IMLIL - MARRAKECH.

    Breakfasted and ready, time to set off towards the north along steeply descending, zig-zagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n'Isouhouanem n'Ouagounss towards the Berber village of Sidi Chamharouch (3106m). Before entering the village your guide will draw your attention to a special tree, sacred to the local Berbers, on which they hang strips of coloured cloth and pile up stones around the trunk. After a brief stop here to relax, particularly welcome on a hot day, descend high above the valley of the Assif Ait Mizane, down zig-zagging trails around granite and basalt grey rocks for about 8km to the village of Aroumd (1840m), commanding one of the more fertile valleys of the High Atlas mountains with terraced, irrigated plots and fields of maize, onions and fruit trees on all sides.

    Here your guide will prepare a final picnic prior to continuing on along the floor of the valley, then up a well-defined mule track zig-zagging above the river for some 4km to arrive, at around 2 to 3 in the afternoon back at the Berber village of Imlil and a welcome glass, or two, of mint tea in the home of our senior guide prior to your return to Marrakech and arrival around 5pm.

    • Trekking Time: 5-6 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 9 - on trek as per itinerary above.

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

    Day 10 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Prices

Tassa Ouirgane National Park to Mount Toubkal TREK

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
£ 765£ 732£ 691

Trek ONLY version

2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 10 people
£ 542£ 519£ 474£ 464£ 411£ 403

All prices are per person

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