Spend 4 days exploring the Western High Atlas Mountains of Morocco on foot. This guided hike through the unwinding path that takes you across breathtaking natural scenery promises the adventure of a lifetime. A hike amidst cool vegetation of juniper and pine trees is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Go across deep gorges, gushing river streams and groves of almond and walnut trees, as your guide takes you on a roller-coaster ride uphill and downhill.
Day 1: Marrakech - Imi Ourghlad - Tizi n'tacht - Tizziane
You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 0900h (09:00 am). You will travel in a private car accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The route we take will be to the south, winding our way up through the Moulay Brahim Gorge and Upper Valleys to arrive at the higher foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains and our trailhead of Imi Ourghlad (1430m).
Here we alight from our vehicle and meet up with our Berber muleteer crew. We set off for a 2 hour acclimatisation hike up mule tracks, passing by cornfields woods of pine and juniper to the Tizi n'Tacht (2000m), where we shall stop to look back down on the Imlil and n'AÏt Ouissadene Valleys. From here we carry on for another 30 minutes to Imi n'lfri. A slow hike for about 3 hours south-west down along a dirt track will take us through Assif n'AÏt Ouissadene and the red clay terraced village of Tizziane (1730m) for our accommodation in a gîte d'étape.
Day 2: Tizziane - Tizi n'Tkhrkhourte - D'knt
Today we set off on our hike up along the Assif n'Ouissadene Valley, passing through almond groves and several Berber villages, up to the Tizi n'Tkhrhkhourte (1995m) and through to a rare almost flat stretch to arrive at the Assaka Spring. Our afternoon's hike takes us down along the edges of the forest until we reach the Berber village of D'Knt (1870m). We'll spend the night in a Berber family's home.
Day 3: D'knt - Tizi Taghdalt - Tissi Oussem
This morning’s 3 hour hike takes us through groves of almond and walnut trees, fields of corn and barley. We traverse the Tizi Taghdalt (1998m) to descend amongst juniper and pine trees until we come to a small spring set amongst the trees, where we'll stop for our field picnic. Once refreshed, we're off down winding tracks of the upper slopes for some 3 hours to a small river at the beginning of the Valley of the Assif Ouissadene. We enter the village of Tissi Oussem (1850m). Overnight accommodation in a mountain refuge.
Day 4: Tissi Oussem - Tizi M'zik – Imlil - Marrakech
We strike out up through pine and juniper trees to traverse the Tizi M'Zik and descend slowly to the hamlet of M'Zik (1806m). This afternoon, we set off down to the Berber trailhead village of Imlil, where we may take a welcome hot shower in the gîte d'étape of our senior guide, Mohamed AÏt Idar. The journey to Marrakech starts at around 1430h (2.30pm) via passes and alongside gorges.
Majestic, the country side was magnificent and the Berber villages were so quaint and friendly....Joseph D. Cameron
4 Days / 3 Nights
Start time: 0900h (09:00 am)
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Your hotel in Marrakech. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).
Your hotel in Marrakech
Please bring good trainers or walking boots; changes of socks, rucksack; sleeping bag (3-4 seasons) - as no camping is involved, should you prefer not to come all this way with your sleeping bag, we can provide extra blankets -; daypack; windcheaters or duvet jackets, slickers; hats, ski caps, gloves(seasonal); rambler pole; penknife – do not pack in hand baggage for flights; personal toiletries and towel; hygienic ‘Wipes’; small First Aid kit, insect repellent; thermal underwear (Dec-mid-April); LED headlamp or torch with batteries; filled water bottle; water purification drops - usually iodine; sunscreen, nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred. Cameras and extra toilet rolls could come in handy!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
Mountain equipment (hiking boots, waterproof clothes, sunglasses) are highly recommended, especially during the winter.
There is no minimum fitness or skill requirement for this tour however this trek will be most suited to people who have experience in mountain trekking, do not suffer from vertigo and should be fit for a 9 hour trek on day 2.
Those vegetarians or vegans amongst us need to pre-advise at time of reservation.
On all hikes over 24 hours hire of portaloo chemical toilet per day 275 Moroccan Dirham.
See the Cancellation policy for this product