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Trekking Around Toubkal

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The Atlas Mountains

The mountains are divided into additional and separate ranges, including the Middle Atlas, High Atlas, and Anti-Atlas. The highest peak is Jbel Toubkal, with an elevation of 13,671 ft in southwest Morocco.

The High Atlas in central Morocco rises in the west at the Atlantic coast and stretches in an eastern direction to the Moroccan-Algerian border. At the Atlantic and to the southwest the range drops abruptly and makes an impressive transition to the coast and the Anti-Atlas range. To the north, in the direction of Marrakech, the range descends less abruptly.

The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is perhaps the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. It has retained a remoteness which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries.

Berbers

Berbers are the indigenous peoples of North Africa west of the Nile Valley. They are discontinuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis, in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River. Historically they spoke various Berber languages, which together form a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Today many of them speak Arabic. Between 14 and 25 million Berber-speakers live within this region, most densely in Algeria and Morocco.

 

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Trekking in the High Atlas Mountains from Toubkal

The Responsible Tourism Awards 2004 - Kasbah du Toubkal Winner: Best in a Mountain Environment

Outsiders to the mountains are constantly surprised when they encounter the friendliness and openness of the villagers, as they go about their everyday tasks. Hiking in the High Atlas is one of the best possible experiences in Morocco. Feasible exploration of stunning natural beauty, and of a rigidly individual world regardless of levels of fitness this area is accessible to all.

There is a wide range of trekking possibilities, from a short ramble through the villages that surround the Kasbah, to more demanding multi-day treks. Mule support can be arranged for bags and people, which opens up more opportunities. The mule trails around the valleys are well contoured and kept in excellent condition. In what follows are a few examples of possible treks.

Hajj Maurice is a qualified and long experienced Mountain Guide. He and the Kasbah staff are happy to discuss possibilities with you and arrange full accompanied trekking support.

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Atlas Mountains Village

Moderate Trekking

Half Day Walking Tour

"a mountain retreat with the best rooftop views in North Africa". Condé Nast Magazine.

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Moderate Difficulty Half Day Walking Tours

Duration: 4 hrs Walking Time

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Tizi 'n' Tamert, South East of the Kasbah

- Walk up to the col (pass) of Tizi 'n' Tamert (2200m) visible from the Kasbah. Pass through the village of Tamatert and picnic at the col. From here one can view the two valleys, down into the Imane Valley and back down to the Ait Mizane valley. Stunning.

Sidi Chamharouch, North of the Kasbah

- Trek up to the cool waters by the Sanctuary of Sidi Chamharouch, taking the route towards Toubkal. Follow the course of the Reraya river, passing the village of Aremdt and crossing over and up to the other side of the Ait Mizane valley. Picnic on arrival or on route -

 

Moderate Difficulty Full Day Walking Tours

Aguersiwal, South of the Kasbah

- After trekking up to the Tizi 'n' Tamatert col, descend into the stunning Imane valley. Walk by the village of Tinhourine and around to the village of Aguersiwal, follow river courses, cross seguias and rivulets, past terraces and through walnut groves. Picnic on route.

Azzaden, West of the Kasbah

- Trek up to the col of Tizi 'n' Mzig. Descend to the village of Tizi Oussem (possible to stay the night in a house here) and return via the village of Malat. Picnic on route.

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Camel Excursions

1 & 2 Day Options

Leave Marrakech behind as you join a day trip to Ourika Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation in the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains about 30km drive.

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1 Day Camel Excursions

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Full Day Camel Excursion (Day only)

Day 1.
08.00hrs - Depart from Marrakech or the Kasbah du Toubkal early morning. Approx 1 hour drive to nearby village (Amzmiz or Tahanout)

Spend a full day trekking with Camels. Lunch provided.

16.00 hrs to 17.00hrs  - Return to Marrakech or Kasbah du Toubkal

Price:                          150€pp.
(Based on minimum 2 persons)

Children over and above first 2 pax:
With own camel:            75€per child
Sharing camel:              25€per child

Single Supplement :    59 €pp.

 

Full Day and 1 night Camel Excursion

Day 1.
Depart from Marrakech or the Kasbah du Toubkal.
Approx 1 hour drive.

Spend a full day trekking with Camels. Lunch provided.

Spend the night in a nearby village in Berber village if possible or tent. Evening meal and Breakfast provided.

Day 2.
After Breakfast - Return to Marrakech or Kasbah du Toubkal

Price:                           175€pp
(Based on minimum 2 persons)

Children over and above first 2 pax:
With own camel:            85€per child
Sharing camel:              35€per child

Single Supplement :    69 €pp

Mule

Overnight Treks

April - October

Toubkal needs to be taken seriously (you will well supported by the Kasbah team) is wonderful, it is achievable by the moderately fit or the  enthusiastic/determined/able (barring altitude sickness. The key is to keep the pace very slow but steady; if you are getting out of breath, (there is a bit less Oxygen at this altitude) slow down even more, rather than stopping.) to reach a major 4,000 metre summit and experience the euphoria that goes with it.

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2 Days - Ascension of Mount Toubkal (one night at base)

A beautiful, unforgettable 5hr trek to base camp (3106m) via Sidi Chamarouch, picnic by the river on route.  On arrival rest, eat and spend the night – camping (we bring our cook and many of the Kasbah’s comforts, set up by an advance party)  Up early next morning, following a hearty breakfast, begin the ascension of the Summit (4167m )  Back down to base for lunch, before setting back to the Kasbah where the Hammam will be fired up and ready for your return.

3 Days Tinhourine or Ouaneskra

Break the journey to Agersiwal with an evening meal and a night spent at Tinhourine or Ouaneskra.  Stay in a Berber house.  A night like this will stay with you forever.

Day 1.
Depart Imlil towards Tachadirt passing by Tamatert. Lunch on the Hill of Tizi n’ Tamatert. After lunch continue to Ouanskra-Tamguist. Arrive at Tinghrine for the night. 5 hours walking.

Day 2.
Depart Tinghrine towards the Vallée d’Azzader passing by Ikiss. Then Tizi n’ongressiural. Lunch at Matat. Continue passing by Tizi n’Oudid towards Idissa to spend the night. 5-6 hours walking.

Day3.
Depart Idissa towards Tizi Oussem passing by Tizi Mzzik, le village of Mzzik to arrive back at Imlil. 4 to 5 hours walking

 

4 Days – 3 Nights to include Mount Toubkal

Day 1.
Depart from Marrakech towards Ouikmeden – the point of departure for this trek to meet our team at 2660 m. Then visit the prehistoric rock carvings of the High Atlas. In the afternoon depart towards Tachadirt passing by Tizi Nadi 2920m to arrive at the valley. Spending the night at the home of one of the inhabitants of Tachadirt or camp in bivouac.    5 hours walking

Day 2.
Depart from Tachadirt towards Imlil or in Aremd. passing by Tizi n Tamatert 2279m. Lunch at the pass and then descend towards the Valley of Imlil.  5 hours walking.

Day 3 & 4 Ascension of Mount Toubkal (one night at base)
A beautiful, unforgettable 5hr trek to base camp (3106m) via Sidi Chamarouch, picnic by the river on route.  On arrival rest, eat and spend the night – camping (we bring our cook and many of the Kasbah’s comforts, set up by an advance party)  Up early next morning, following a hearty breakfast, begin the ascension of the Summit (4167m )  Back down to base for lunch, before setting back to the Kasbah where the Hammam will be fired up and ready for your return. 8 hours walking.

 

4 Days – 3 Nights from Kasbah to Setti Fatma

Day 1.
Depart the Kasbah head towards the valley of Tachadirt passing by Tizi n’ Tamatarte 2279m to arrive at the village of Oinskera in the valley of Tachdirte which we spend the night in Berber gite or bivouac. 5 hours walking.

Day 2.
From Oinskera towards Ouikmaden ski station passing by Tizi n’adis 2920m then after ouikmaden spend the night in the refuge or bivouac. 5 to 6 hours walking.

 
Day 3.
Depart Ouikmaden towards Timichi passing by the Tifrguin labourers then Tizi n’Oater 3100m after the col Atar we cross several villages of Ourika Agounes,  Tamgist,  Timichi.  We spend the night in a bivouac or berber gite. 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 4
Depart Timichi towards Setti Fatma all along the journey there are Berber villages of the valley for example Tiourdiou, Anfles, Tadrat, Chiker. After lunch  to Agadire Nboulman and the centre of Setti Fatma. Then return to Marrakech or visit

5 Days – 4 Nights to the Azaden Valley

Day 1.
Depart Imlil towards Tachadirt passing by the Tizi n Tamatert pass (2297m) This stage allows us to visit numerous villages of the Massif Nimnane to discover the agricultural traditions of the Mountain Berbers, the irrigated terraces reaching up high along the banks of the valley. The major canal lies between the brown of the mountains and the green of the cultivation. The villages are built above this so that they do not lose any fertile land. Night spent in bivouac or Berber Gite if possible.
4 to 5 Hours walking.

Day 2.
Descend the valley of Tachadirt crossing some traditional Berber villages, arriving at midday at the village of Argue. Continuing after lunch to reach the village of Imsker (1600m). Night spent in bivouac.
4 to 5 Hours walking.

Day 3.
Depart village of Imsker towards the Azaden Valley passing by the Imsker Pass (1900m). Descend towards Imiouglad then climb back up the Tizi n Tachte Pass (2672m). Lunch just after this pass in order to go back down to the village of Tizian. Night spent in gite.
4 to 5 Hours walking.

Day 4.
Depart the village of Tizian towards the village of Tizioussem whilst passing by several villages of the Azaden Valley. In the afternoon visit the Cascade of Aourwiz. Return to the village of Tizioussem. Night spent in bivouac or gite.
2.5 hours walking AM
3 hours walking PM

Day 5.
Depart village of Tizioussem towards Imlil passing by the Tizi Mzek pass. Lunch at the village of Mzek, then continue towards Imlil.
5 Hours walking.

4 Days – 3 Nights to the Azaden Valley

Day 1.
Depart Imlil towards Tachadirt passing by the Tizi n Tamatert pass (2297m) This stage allows us to visit numerous villages of the Massif Nimnane to discover the agricultural traditions of the Mountain Berbers, the irrigated terraces reaching up high along the banks of the valley. The major canal lies between the brown of the mountains and the green of the cultivation. The villages are built above this so that they do not lose any fertile land. Night spent in bivouac or berber Gite if possible.
4 to 5 Hours walking.

Day 2.
Descend the valley of Tachadirt crossing some traditional Berber villages, arriving at midday at the village of Argue. Continuing after lunch to reach the village of Imsker (1600m). Night spent in bivouac.
4 to 5 Hours walking.

Day 3.
Depart village of Imsker towards the Azaden Valley passing by the Imsker Pass (1900m). Descend towards Imiouglad then climb back up the Tizi n Tachte Pass (2672m). Lunch just after this Pass in order to go back down towards the Azaden Valley to reach the village of Idaissa. Night spent in bivouac or gite if possible.
4 to 5 Hours walking.

Day 4.
Depart the village of Idaissa towards the village of Tizioussem passing by the Tizi Mzek pass. Lunch at the village of Mzek, then continue towards Imlil.

5 hours walking.

6 Days – 5 Nights from Kasbah to Mont Mgoun Massif

Day 1.
Transfer from Imlil to AIt Bougmmaz (340kmNight) in Berber Gite or in Berber village house if possible (Agouti or Guerssif).
5 Hours driving.

Day 2.
Depart Agouti towards the valley Ait Bouelli crossing the cluster of villages in this valley (Aguerssif, Iglouane. Night spent at the village of Rouglet. 6 Hours walking.

 
Day 3.
Depart Rouglet to go up the Tizi n’Rouglet pass (2800m) From the col there is a clear view of the valley of Tassawt then descending to the foot of the plateau of Tarkddit. Night spent near to the village of Amzri. 7 Hours walking.

Day 4
Descend whilst passing the villages of the Tassawt valley (Amzri, Imi Nikiss, Ichbbaken, Ait Ali Nitto. Night spent in gite.
5 to 6 Hours walking.

Day 5
Depart Ait Ali Nitto heading towards the villages of Megdaz, Ifoulou, toufghine. Night spent at Ait Tamllilt. 6 Hours walking.

Day 6
Leave Ait Tamllilt head towards Demnat to stop at the village of Imi Nifri. 3 to 4 Hours walking. From Imi Nifri Return Transfer to the Kasbah or Marrakech. 2 to 3 Hours driving.

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