Demnate Day Hikes (1-4)

Choice of guided walks in High Atlas Foothills

Summary

Relatively easy guided walks with lunch. Imi nIfri Rock Bridge, waterfalls of Ouzoud, charming hidden valleys & Berber people.

 

Activity code: ITCTDEM01

Difficulty: GRADE ONE - walking mostly on paths at lower levels, sometimes rocky, seldom flat. Good shoes would do for this particular hike. 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 Demnate. They are designed to start directly from your accommodation in e.g. Kasbah Tizouit. 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.

Choice of Day Hikes:

  • 1. Panoramic views & A Cross Section of History

A full day's hiking whilst experiencing all apsects of traditional life from shrines to potteries to remnants of French colonial forts culminating in a stunning hillside location for a picnic lunch.

  • 2. Rural Life - Berber Souks, Villages & Forests

A full day's hiking in this fascinating landscape of traditional villages and agriculture. Your guide will also take you to experience the souk and historic parts of Demnate.

  • 3. Cascades d'Ouzoud

An excursion to the World-famous waterfalls - Cascades d'Ouzoud - hiking, swimming and traditional lunch - AN IDEAL FAMILY DAY OUT.

  • 4. Discover Dinosaur Footprints & the Natural Rock Bridge at Imi n'Ifri

A full day's hiking to the unique travertine bridge over the gorge at Imi n'Ifri. An easy day's walk in the beautiful off the beaten track countryside.

Additional Information

All hikes are individual, tailor-made reservations so can be arranged for any number of people on any start date. Please do not hesitate to contact us to book one of these hikes or to enquire further about the itineraries, locations and terrain.

We recommend you bring the following: walking boots or stout shoes suitable for walking, rambler pole (optional), hat, sunscreen, nibbles, hygienic wipes (or gel), filled water bottle(s).

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Based upon 4 persons travelling (pp).

Hike no.3 (Cascades d'Ouzoud)

4 people
£ 76

Hike no.4 (Dinosaurs)

4 people
£ 65

Hike nos. 1 & 2

4 people
£ 53

What's included on your Day Hike ?

  • Round trip transport
  • Experienced, licensed, English-speaking mountain guide throughout
  • Picnic lunch
  • All local taxes
  • 24hr local representative services

     

Itinerary

Tizouit - Ait Oumghar - Boughrart - Bouhlou - Tizouit

Starting at 9am depart the kasbah with your guide, descending through cultivated fields and olive groves to the marabout shrine of Sidi Boulbakht which according to locals contains a water source which has medicinal properties bringing good luck to visitors who bathe in the fresh water. Continue to the old stone built bridge of Ait-Oumghar which, in addition to its function of linking two riverbanks, also serves as a medium for the distribution of fresh water used to irrigate the land and splendid gardens of the villagers. In the shade of olive and pomegranate follow small streams to the potters’ village of Boutghart, where they produce a distinctive yellow-hued pottery, to meet the locals and gain an insight into Berber life in the Demnate region. 

Afterwards head on to the small village of Bouhlou with its Koranic school where it is possible to visit the mosque and meet the ‘Fkih’. Following this encounter it is time to climb the col Ighil n’Ait Addi, rising to 1400m, to enjoy a picnic lunch with panoramic views of the town of Demnate and its verdant surroundings. 

Refreshed for the descent, stop a freshwater source, where women can be found drawing water and transporting it by donkey or mule, and follow the course of the stream through Berber villages to arrive in a neighborhood known among the local officials as Imlil (not to be confused with the High Atlas trailhead). The name was inherited from the French colonial period when it was the local headquarters and houses the remains of a former military barracks - nine high towers - situated on a strategic point overlooking both the plain and the mountains. After a visit of the barracks, evidence of the period of the French protectorate, it is time to return to the kasbah by taxi.

  • Distance - 9 kms
  • Duration - 5/6 hours.

Tizouit - Tizi n'Oumalou - Ighoundra - Demnate - Tizouit

Starting at 9am follow the gentle descent from the Kasbah Tizouit along the north side of the Aghouri Mountain on a trail beautifully suited for lovers of walking. After 20 minutes there is an ascent to the Col of Tizi n’Oumalou which culminates at 1400m. From here, hike along a winding path, shaded by the large boughs of pine and juniper, in the heart of a forest of natural beauty that invites happiness and wellbeing. The climb is rewarded with a picnic at the top of Tizi-n’Oumalou with panoramic views.

After a relaxing lunch, descend by passing through the villages of Ait Elhindi and Ighoundra to join a taxi to take you into the heart of the town of Demnate. From the Tachelhit meaning ‘fertile land’ Demnate was an important regional centre, founded in 998, some 40 years before Marrakech. Traders form the Atlas and Sahara came to procure European imports and items made in the Moroccan urban centres, in exchange they traded animal skins, wool and dates. Here you can visit the souk and the historic Jewish Mellah before rejoining a taxi for the return journey to the Kasbah.

  • Distance - 7 kms
  • Duration - 4/5 hours.

Tizouit - Sour - Laaz - Tanant - Ouzoud - Tizouit

A Full Day excursion to the famous Cascades d’Ouzoud where the Oued Ouzoud drops 110m into the canyon of Oued el Abid in three-tiered falls. The falls are most dramatic from March to June.

Our day hike includes round trip transport, a traditional tagine lunch in a local cafe and a short walk downstream along the river to some small pools suitable for safe swimming.

Tizouit - Imi n'Ifri - Ait Bazi - Ait Nasar - Timdggha - Ait Boali - Iouaridene - Tizouit

Starting at 9am depart with your guide to hike through cultivated fields and olive groves to the famous natural travertine bridge at Imi N’Ifri (formed some 1.8 million years ago) spanning the gorge. A well-made stepped path descends the gorge to get fabulous close up views.

Afterwards, continue through picturesque Berber villages to reach the fascinating site at Iouaridene where you can see the Stegosaurus footprints which date from the mid-Jurassic period, about 170 million years ago. After a picnic lunch join a taxi to return to your Kasbah.

  • Distance - 10 kms
  • Duration - 5/6 hours.

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