Day 1: Drive from Marrakech to Imlil and trek to Toubkal Refuge via Aremd & the Mizane Valley
After an early breakfast at the hotel in Marrakech, our driver will pick you up and take you to the heart of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, leaving the city behind we drive south today, towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the Toubkal Massif. Crossing the Haouz Plain we pass through the tiny town of Asni, from where our road begins to climb towards the foothills of the Massif. Below us the valley of the Oued Rhirhaia stretches out into the distance and small villages cling to the sides of the steep hills as we meander our way towards the village of Imlil. Here you leave your vehicle and meet the team and your experienced local mountain guide who will accompany you during this amazing adventure, the muleteers will deal with your luggage, food & all other equipments that we usually provide for our clients, begin your trek from Imlil (1740m), a small Berber village located at 1740m above the sea level, at 67km on the south west of Marrakech, heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, gites and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. For generations the local Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing corn, potatoes and walnuts from the harsh landscape. Continuing east and crossing the flood plain our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself). The village sits besides a small waterfall, a jumbled cluster of houses that seem to melt together into an anarchic mass. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the
snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night.
- Approx 5hrs walking.
Day 2: Trek to summit of Jebel Toubkal(4165m); return to Imlil
After an Early this morning breakfast (4.30am), we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa, start the ascent via a step & zigzaging path up to above the basecamp, the guide will manage many breaks to acclimatize with the altitude & find a good pace, water & some nuts will be provided along the way. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading across one of the mountains numerous scree fields, where we will have to negotiable a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts, however, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. Cresting the ridgeline we find ourselves on the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Pliny, the great Roman scholar, once described the High Atlas Mountains as “the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa” and from our vantage point high above the valley it is easy to understand why. Retracing our steps we then return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil Prior To drive back to Marrakech.
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Group 1 person : €285 EUR / $325 USD / £210 GBP / Per person
Group 2 – 3 people: €170 EUR / $195 USD /£125 GBP / Per person
Group 4 – 7 people: €150 EUR / $170 USD / 110£/ Per person
Group 8 – 12 people: €130 EUR / $147 USD / 95£/ Per person
English speaking guide, and cooker
Muleteers and mules for luggages
Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea
Accommodation at Neltner Mountain hut
Ground transfers by minibuses / 4WD drive or taxis: ( hotel – trek – hotel )
Mess, cooking & toilet tents (camping option )
Porters for luggages from snow line to Mountain hut (Winter treks)
Tips and personal expanses
Prices quoted are per person, based on sharing a twin room/2 person tent (unless otherwise stated). Additional hotel or riad nights after trek from 25 EUR p.p. twin/35 EUR single.
Trek prices may vary depending of the season (High altitude Treks).
Payment: can be done in € / $ / £ or Moroccan Dirham.
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Availability & Confirmed Dates:
This trek runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference.
We usually have several treks departing each week that you may join , please get in Touch!
Accommodation during the Trek:
The Accommodation during this trek can either be in a mountain hut for the winter treks or on camping if preferred from June -October.
Essential Equipment & Clothing:
- Good walking boots and socks / good trainers
- Personnel First aid Kit
- 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
- Day sack/backpack
- Head torch / headlamp
- Ice axe and crampons (winter)
- Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
- Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
Most of those equipment can be rented locally from our equipment shop in Imlil.
NB: Extra €22 EUR / $24 USD / £15 GBP Per person extra from November to April to cover porters & extra for mountain hut winter rates.
If accommodation is required in the Atlas Mountains either before or after the trek, we can always book it for you in Imlil.
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