Berber Villages Trek

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Daily Tour 4 Days & 3 Nights Availability: July 1, 2019
Atlas Atlas Mountains, Imlil

Atlas Mountains and Berber villages

For 4 days let´s forget the worries of everyday life, leave behind the TV, news and traffic jams and enjoy the slow flow of time in traditional Berber villages. You will admire the simple but pretty architecture of these villages that perfectly fit the area, feel the warmth and hospitality of locals and again and again be astonished by the stunning views that open in front of you

This track is a great alternative to the mountaineering oriented Toubkal tracks as it focuses more on the village life and rural area. Most of the time we will hike at an altitude of approx. 2000 m. However, avoiding Jebel Toubkal does not mean avoiding beautiful panorama and views. On the contrary, we will climb up to several passes, walk the valleys, have a rest at river banks and admire waterfalls.

You will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced guide. The tour is technically not difficult and you don´t need to have any previous mountaineering experience


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Your Place in Marrakech (Google Map)

DEPARTURE TIME
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INCLUDED
  • Departure from your hotel or Riad
  • Driver speaking English
  • Transportation
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Tents and mattresses ( only Summer and if you ask for it )
  • All meals during the hike
  • The services of muleteers, a mule for two hikers
  • Cook

NOT INCLUDED
  • The drinks
  • Insurance repatriation
  • Traditional Tips
  • Services not mentioned.

What to Expect

The option of lodging with a Berber family for the night. By choosing rural tourism, you support the local economy, through generating incomes for the inhabitants

  • Be aware that you will be hiking for 7 hours every day if you choose this trek!
  • Weather conditions: Under extreme weather conditions the Castle mountain is not possible to visit
  • With lots of rain, the path to the falls is full of water.
  • A big part of the trails are between 1000 m and 1300 m and have almost no shadow! Lots of sunscreens and a good hat!
  • Climate: From 15 to 25 during the day & from 10 to 15 at night.
  • Period: End of March to November
  • Walking hours: 5H to 8
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

 

What to Bring

  • Walking boots or very good shoes ( preferable waterproof )
  • Sandals ( for the nights )
  • Sweater ( for the fresh or almost cold winter nights 14-18 degrees )
  • Rain jacket
  • Medium backpack ( for your own gear + some small food supplies for lunch )
  • Sunscreen ! ! !
  • Hat ! ! !
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • Water bottle ( we drink the very clean water of the rivers )

Price

  • Group 1 person:  On request
  • Group 2 – 3 people: 250€/person
  • Group 4 – 7 people: 200€/person
  • Group 8 – 12 people: 160€/person

 

Atlas mountains and Berber Villages Trek

Day 1: Marrakech (Hotel/riad) – Imi Oughlad – Tizian

Early morning departure from Marrakech for a pleasant drive 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 oughlad Village (1450m).

After an introduction to the accompanying local support team, we start our trek in a north-west direction, pass cornfields and woods of pine and junipers. We climb to the Tiz n’tachete (2000m), where we shall stop for a while to look back down on the  Berber village of Imlil and Oussaden valleys.

Then carry on for another half hour to Imi n’ifri where we take our picnic lunch. After enjoying the well-deserved refreshment we walk for about 2,5 hours down on a rural path to Assif n’ azzaden and to the red colour terraced village of Tiziana ( 1750 m ).

Here we stop and spent the night in a local refuge or alternatively in a tent camp if this is agreed before. This trek is a great alternative to the mountaineering oriented Toubkal treks as it focuses more on the berber village life and rural area.

Most of the time we will hike at an altitude of approx. 2000 m. However, avoiding Jebel Toubkal does not mean avoiding beautiful panorama and views. On the contrary, we will climb up to several passes, walk the valleys, have a rest at river banks and admire waterfalls… 5-6 hours walking

>500 m uphill | 600 m downhill
>4-6 hours | 10 km
>1 h 10 min on a rough rocky trail

Day 2: Tizian – Tizi n’taghrhourte – D’kent

After breakfast we now set off on our hike up along the assif n’ait ouzzaden valley, passing through the walnuts groves, up to tizi n’taghrhourte (1995m )and through to a rare almost flat stretch to arrive at assaka spring, where we will stop for our field picnic amidst and awesome silence after some 2 and half hours relatively easy walking.

our afternoon’s hike takes us down along the edges of the forest until we reach the Berber village of D’knt (1870m) or agouns n Assoul where we will have our dinner and spent the in a bivouac or gite

>700 m uphill | 800 m downhill
>5-7 hours | 14 km
>1 h 10 min on a rough rocky trail

Day 3: D’kent Village – Tizi Tagdalt – Tizi Oussem ( 1850m)

to join in on the daily life of the Berber people, your day will start early in the morning. This is when the Berber’s start to work the land, milk the cows, make bread amongst various other activities that make Berber life what it is.

The trek will start by Oussol before picking up the trail that leads to the top of the amazing Azzenden Valley. Tizi Oussem is your destination where you can use the local steam bath (Hamam) and stay in a local house.

The day is approx. 7 hours from start to finish.

>850 m uphill | 600 m downhill
>6-8 hours | 14 km
>2h 00 min on rocky trail
>1 steep descent

 

Day 4: Tizi oussem – Tamsoult summer village – Imlil – Marrakech

The last day is around 5-7 hours of walking. This will take you via the largest waterfalls in the High Atlas mountains. After visiting the falls, you will join the path that takes you up the Ait Mizan Valley via Tizi Mzzik, which is at 2500m and gives you the opportunity to view the villages of Imlil and the Atlas mountain range.

The final leg of the journey will be descending back down to Imlil, where you will have a Berber mint tea break before heading back to Marrakech with your driver. Mount Toubkal Trek

>650m uphill | 500 m downhill
>4-5 hours | 10 km
>1 steep descent

The Atlas Mountains This coast is located in the middle of Morocco, which even overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the southwestern side and reaches the eastern side in its borders with Algeria, where it reaches the highest summit of these mountains as we mentioned is the Toubkal Summit which is southwest of Morocco, and the Atlas Mountains are distinguished The large one is at the height of its peaks; This leads to the reservation of two climates from each other, which is the humid climate coming from the Atlantic Ocean, and the dry desert climate coming from the Great Desert in the south. This mountain was called the ancient mountain of life because of the diversity of life on this sedate, where many types of animals such as lion, deer, The tiger, the bear, the elephant, the barbarian deer and the species facing extinction, and the plant cover varies in them such as cedars, pines, and oak, and these are perennial trees that adorn the forests of the High Atlas.

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