6 Days Villages, Valleys & Climbing Toubkal Mountain in Morocco

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Hi everyone, I’m Radouane I was born and grew up in a small valley in the high Atlas Mountains called Imlil. Imlil makes a good base for attempting to the summit of Toubkal, the highest peak in the north of Africa. I’m a mountain guide here in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, I love to guide people from different countries in the world with different cultures and sharing with them everything I know about my country and helping them to discover it and sharing our culture and life and much more… Join me for this amazing trip which collect between the Berber villages and the highest peak in the north of Africa!! 🗺️ Let me talk to you over the itinerary We will spend 6 days hiking in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The unspoiled beauty of the Ousertek Valley, which is home to the famous Berber tribes of Africa, is best-explored on-foot. Your trail will lead you through Walnut groves, terraced fields, and thundering waterfalls, you will stop amidst the beautiful scenery to enjoy picnics in a Berber village. Get a better insight into the local culture as you stay in a Moroccan-style Berber home in the village of Glitz and in Tachdirth, see women at work, groves of almond and walnut trees, and centuries-old terraced irrigated fields. Brace yourself for a steep climb to the highest peak in the Maghreb from where you can enjoy splendid views of the Atlas Mountains. This exhilarating tour shows you a side of Morocco that many tourists never see. Trip Highlights : 1. Get a kick out of climbing the highest summit in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. 2. Discover the Berber villages and their wonderful houses on the slopes of the mountains and their warm hospitality. So, what is included in the price 💰 1. Expert, Berber, English-speaking mountain guides 2. Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage. Porters for luggage from snowline to the mountain huts ( Winter months) 3. Berber Cook 4. All meals on the hike 5. Accommodation in a Mountain Hut ( winter) or camping if preferred on summer months. 6. Round-trip Transportation between the trek and your accommodation in Marrakesh . 7. Camping Materiel ( Tents & Mattress) for summer treks. Does not include : Travel insurance. Soft/alcoholic drinks Tips and personal expanses During this trekking adventure, you will discover extremely beautiful valleys in the hearth of the mountains in Morocco. Feel something is not clear? Feel free to drop a question below, and I will make sure to answer them as soon as possible! Looking forward to meeting you all.
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1

Marrakesh

Day 1
The first day you walk through 3 nice Berber valleys. First we will pick you up in the Marrakesh city from your hotel/riad or the Marrakech airport. And take you to the mountains in ca. 1h15. At the altitude of 2.600m.
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Oukaimeden

Day 1
You start the trekking in the tiny sky resort and azib (summer “village”) of Oukaïmeden. Here the mule men and their mules are waiting for you. And there you go. Walking into the remote valley of Ousertek. Passing by small and isolated Berber villages. The first day your path is mainly going down. Taking you to the valley of Imenane. There you end up in the cozy village of Imsker. Just one more pass with a beautiful view is waiting for you. And then there is Imi Oughlad in the valley of Mizane . Walking 5 – 6 hrs. Overnight stay: (very simple) Berber guesthouse. Imi Oughlad Alt. 1400m. / 4593 ft.
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Imi Oughlad

Day 1-2
Next will be trekking Imi Oughlad (1400m.) – Tizi Oussem (1850m.) First, there is the pass of Tizi-n-Tacht (2.000m). Providing a splendid view over the valley of Mizane and the valley of Ouïssaden (pronounced as Azaden). After the pass there is a small descent followed by a long but easy walk up to the remote village of Tizi Oussem (1850m.). Walking ca. 5,5 hrs. Overnight stay: Berber guesthouse. Tizi Oussem Alt. 1850m. / 6070 ft.
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Tizi Oussem

Day 2-3
What comes next? Trekking Tizi Oussem (1850m) – Imlil (1850m.) Over the pass Tizi Mezzik (2490m.). Optional in the morning you can walk to the cascades of Irhoulidine (2600m.). If you arrive early then in the afternoon there is the possibility to explore the small villages around (Targa Imoula, Tagadirt, Achein, Imlil). Or you can have a good relax or try the local ‘hammam’ (Moroccan bathing house). Walking ca. 4,5 hrs. Overnight stay: Berber guesthouse Imlil / Mezzik Alt. 1850 m. / 5840 ft.
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Imlil

Day 3-4
Then, trekking Imlil/Mezzik (1850m) – refuge du Toubkal (3200m.) Today it’s only going up. The path is clear and easy to walk. On the road, we pass by the sacred pilgrimage spot of Sidi Chamharouch. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mausoleum. After a refreshing lunch, there is still a long walk to go to the mountain hut at Toubkal base camp. But finally, you will see the mountain hut from far. Walking about 5 hours. Overnight stay: Neltner mountain hut ‘Toubkal’ Alt. 3200m./ 10.499 ft.
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Refuge du Toubkal (French Alpine Club / section Casablanca)

Day 4-5
Next will be the Toubkal base camp / Refuge du Toubkal (3200m.) to the summit (4.167m. / 13.671 ft). Today is the day. You will start very early in the morning (< 06h00). This makes the chance for great views the best. In the beginning, the path is steep. Later on, it is getting easier but then you will feel the altitude. Breathtaking. Sometimes causing some headaches or nausea. You can take some ‘paracetamol’ with you. At the level of Tizi Toubkal (almost 4.000m.), you might have a small setback. Please note that altitude can make you less interested too. So, just take a 5 minutes break – with 2 paracetamol if you like – and give it a restart! And the most important advice: just walk slowly. This is by far the best way to acclimatize. Walk just a little bit slower than you normally like. In this way, you can walk ‘for hours’. And walking up to the summit will take you – at least – 4 hours.
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Toubkal

Day 5
Now, Toubkal summit - Toubkal base camp : Going down will be a lot quicker – ca. 2,5 hrs depending on your skills and experience in going down a mountain. Please do it carefully. NOTE: in WINTER when there is snow on the mountain, you might need crampons to cross the icy parts to prevent you from slipping down. Crampons can be hired in Imlil. The crampons can be adapted to the size of your shoes and are attached wth straps. So you do not need the heaviest mountain shoes. (Category B/C is fine). Walking ca. 6,5 hrs. Overnight stay Neltner mountain hut ‘Toubkal’ Alt. 3200m./ 10.499 ft. For walkers with an ‘easy way of going down,’ there is the possibility of going down to Imlil/Aremd (1900m) on the same day. Total walking ca. 8 to 10 hours!
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Refuge du Toubkal (French Alpine Club / section Casablanca)

Day 5-6
Next, the toubkal base camp - Imlil: Descent to Imlil (1740m.) – transfer back to Marrakech. If you like you can make an extra climb in the morning to the high pass Tizi Ouanoums (3.685m.). For a nice view of the remote mountain lake “Lac d’Ifni”, far below. Extra: about 2,5 hrs up and 1 hour down. If you do not need this extra exercise it will be just relaxing in going down. The path is easy and your memories of your success in summiting the highest mountain in North Africa will be sweet. In Imlil, your transport is waiting to bring you back to Marrakech (alt. 450m. / 1467 ft). Walking ca. 5 hours. Transfer 1h.15min.
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Imlil

Day 6
Later on, Imlil - Marrakech: The trekking will end here in Imlil, the transport and the driver is waiting for you here to get you back to Marrakech city after a 1h30min drive, if you like we can make stops for pictures or coffee.
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Marrakesh

Day 6
Finally, We are in Marrakech again where we start our trekking from, You will normally be dropped off at around 5.00pm in Marrakech in your riad or hotel or Marrakech airport. " Come As Strangers Leave As Friends " End of the trip!
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Accommodation
Hotel & Bed & Breakfast & Hostel
6 days trip
Marrakesh, Oukaimeden & 8 more
Transportation
Car, Trekking
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