Ouirgane Hike 5 - Imlil to Setti Fadma

A Stroll Through the High Atlas Valleys

Summary

This is one of our most popular hikes in the whole High Atlas - a traverse from Imlil to Setti Fadma in the beautiful Ourika Valley.

Activity code: ITCTtoRAK12

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 take boots if you are used to them. Suitable for anyone who leads a reasonably active life. NB. Hiking always involves some effort.

Duration: 3 Days

This hike is a great introduction to the lower levels of the High Atlas and is available almost year round. You will meet the Berber people throughout this route which includes two nights in relatively remote villages. At the end of the trek, depending upon the weather, there is a wonderful opportunity to visit and possibly swim in the cascades near Setti Fadma.

This hike is designed to start directly from your accommodation in Ouirgane, e.g. Chez Momo or Marigha, e.g. Kasbah Tatfi. All hikes include one of our excellent English-speaking guides, picnic lunches and full back up if required; this one also includes round trip transport. All hikes are individual, tailor-made reservations so can be arranged for any number of people on any start date.

Additional Information

Exanple meals on our hikes:

  • 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.

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What's included on your hiking trip ?

  • Experienced, licensed, English-speaking mountain guide throughout
  • Private round trip transportation from Ouirgane to trailhead and return to Ouirgane
  • Tents and undermats (or 2x nights in Berber house / gite)
  • Cook and equipment
  • Meals as detailed (lunches on all three days, 2x dinner, 2x breakfast).

Itinerary

Departure from Ouirgane at 9am for a pleasant drive east to the small town of Asni, from here to turn south up the pleasant, winding and contrasting Mizane Valley into the foothills of the Western High Atlas ranges and the trailhead in the Berber village of Imlil (1740m). With paths branching out all around your guide will lead you out along a piste for a 1 hour, 45 minutes hike towards the east up to the Tizi n’Tamatert (2272m), on alongside fields of barley and orchards of walnut, apple and cherry trees until you reach the hamlet of Tamatert (1850m). Once through this tiny settlement take a path leading up though pine and juniper woods. Your guide will suggest a stop at the Tizi to admire the Imlil and Imenane Valleys, this latter with its many Berber hamlets ('Douars') tucked precariously on to the slopes stretching around you, with Jbel Oukaimeden (3268m) - in the area known locally as "Ouka" - and almost as high as the Rockies, on the near horizon.

Form here carry on along the upper valley slopes for another hour or so to the villages of first Ouaneskra and then Amghedoul (2130m), set amidst terraced plots of land carved from the hard slopes, where your guide will prepare your field picnic on the plateau used, in summer, as a favoured bivouac site. The afternoon will be spent hiking for some 3 hours up through the valley along mule trails until you reach the pretty – and the oldest - Berber village in the Toubkal Massif - Tacheddirt (2291m), set amongst terraced plots clawed from the surrounding craggy slopes, where your guide will arrange your overnight stay in a Gite d'etape.

Whilst dinner is being prepared, there's ample opportunity to visit the village and the always-welcoming hardy Berber villagers.

After an early breakfast set off for a 6 hour hike south-eastwards to the terraced village of Timichchi (1860m), at the western offshoot head of the Ourika Valley. For 2.5 hours hike slowly up to the Tizi n'Tacheddirt (3200m), which affords a stunning panoramic view of the Jebel Aksoual (3842m) and of Bou Iguenouane (3882m) on one side and Angour (3616m) on the other, with the beginning of the luscious nature of the beautiful, verdant Valley stretching out way below. Your route traverses the pass and continues on down through the rocks north-eastwards for a further 2 hours until it reaches the Berber village of Iaabassene (2030m), where your guide will prepare a welcome field picnic next to a spring just outside of the village.

The afternoon's 2 hour hike takes you up further to the northeast down the valley to the old village of Timichchi, a charming terraced pise conglomeration of homes set amongst ancient nut trees, where your dinner will be prepared and overnight in a Berber family’s home.

After breakfast set out for a 4 to 5 hour hike eastwards down along the valley full of cornfields and orange groves, with many streams flowing down from the upper slopes, passing through the villages of Isghouarne and Agadir n'Ait Boulmane to arrive at the end of the beautiful Ourika Valley proper and the renowned Berber village of Setti Fadma, with its ancient nut trees and waterfalls.

Your guide will stop here for you to enjoy your field picnic just outside of the village, before hiking up some 400m during a further hour to the waterfalls to see [hopefully] some of the area's Barbary apes before hiking back down the verdant Upper Valley for some 45 minutes to rejoin your transport at 3pm to take you back to Ouirgane, or on to Marrakech.

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