Inspirational Imlil

Trekking Imlil, Morocco

Get elevated in Inspirational Imlil. Find your magical Morocco mojo near the base of Jebel Toubkal - in this small village that is the centre of Moroccan mountain adventures. Enjoy walnuts, apples and cherries with their attendant blossoms in this uniquely beautiful locale. Discover the awesome ambience of the mountains with fabulous small hotels, and great local cafes and restaurants. Sip a sweet mint tea as you watch the sun play amongst the peaks and crags of the High Atlas.

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Climb Mount Toubkal & Moroccan Desert Mixed Adventures

Deserts and camels. Mountains and shanks'-pony. Walk, drive and ride your way into a magical Morrocan adventure. Scale the heights of North Africa and the Arab World as you reach the top of Jebel Toubkal. Be amazed by unlimited vistas as you stand upon the highest peak for 2000 kilometres. Sail over the sand on the ships of the desert as you explore the dunes of Erg Chebbi and eat under the stars in a Berber tented community.

Enjoy comfortable guest houses, camping and refuges.

Day 1 Marrakech - Toubkal Refuge
After a transfer to the little village of Imlil we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains 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. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toubkal Refuge (3206m), where we stop for the night. Approx. 4 to 5hrs walking.

Day 2 Summit of Jebel Toukbal
Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the summit you will see that the vistas 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. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil. We spend the night in a local guesthouse in Imlil.

Day 3 Moroccan Desert
Today drive towards the Moroccan desert. First, we cross the spectacular Tizi nTichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. You will pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, riverside oasis and barren hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch, we drive further to Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades valley, valley of a thousand kasbahs. Overnight in Dades.

Day 4 Camels and Dunes
After breakfast we drive to Todra Gorge and after a short stop there we drive on to “Auberge du Sud” at the dunes of Erg Chebbi. On arrival, you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night in Berber tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner.

Day 5 Marrakech
After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the campsite you will ride the camels back to the Auberge. From there it will be a long day driving back to Marrakech, again via Tichka pass.

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Mgoun trek Marrakech valleys Central High Atlas  Trekking

Step back into history - trek through the mountains of the Central High Atlas. Enter into the heart of the High Atlas and the hearts of the Berber people. Discover the timeless traditions of the local Berber people as you explore their walled cities clinging to the mountains that have hardly changed in thousands of years. Remote, wild and with far fewer tourists this is the true High Atlas little changed in centuries. Ascend the majestic and sacred Mgoun peak at 4068 metres only a little less than the more famous Toubkal.

Enjoy a comfortable guest house and mountain camping.

Day 1 Marrakech - Agouti
Drive from Marrakech to Agouti in the morning by minibus. Arriving in the guesthouse by late afternoon, enjoying time to relax in the guesthouse.

Day 2 Agouti - Arous
Agouti to Arous where we camp overnight.

Day 3 Tardekit Plateau
Trek to Tardekit Plateau. We trek up through some wild landscape before crossing the Aghouri Pass at 3450metres and then go down to the wind eroded and snow-covered plateau of Tarkedit at 2900metres, After lunch in the hut up on the plateau, we climb up the southern side and make camp at 3400metres, right below M’goun West at 3978metres. 7-8 hours trekking. Camp.

Day 4 Djebel M’goun
Ascent of Djebel M’goun at 4068metres to Oulilmt. The climb follows a long ridge of at least 4000metres, usually taking 4-5 hours depending on weather/snow conditions. From the summit, there are astounding views across the Draa Valley and towards the Sahara Desert to the south. We then descend down to Azib Izabine. 8-9 hours. Camp.

Day 5 Tighermet N Ait Ahmed
Today we trek down the valley to Ain Aflafal and onwards to Tighermet N Ait Ahmed. 5 hours trekking. Camp

Day 6 Marrakech
Today we climb Tizi N’ait Imi at 2960metres, followed by a long descent down to the Ait Bougemez valley where our trek ends and a minibus will be waiting to take us back to Marrakech .

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Toubkal Ascent - 7 days Trekking

Scale the heights of North Africa and the Arab World as you reach the top of Jebel Toubkal. Be amazed by unlimited vistas as you stand upon the highest peak for 2000 kilometres. Make pilgrimage to the shrine at Sidi Chamarouch and feel the blessings of the High Atlas mountains. Explore the delightful Ourika Valley with the refreshing water of the Ourika River. All this and more as you spend 7 days immersed in the culture, geology, and magnificence of the High Atlas mountains.

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Day 1 Marrakech

Arrive Marrakech and rendezvous at the group hotel in the heart of the Medina, opposite the world famous Djeema El Fna.

Day 2 Marrakech – Ourika valley
Transfer to the beautiful Ourika Valley. After loading the mules with baggage and supplies the walk begins with an ascent to the tiny village of Iabbassene.

Day 3 Ourika – Tachdirte
An early start to cross a high mountain pass that reveals spectacular views in all directions. Descend into the upper Imenane Valley to the village of Tacheddirt.

Day 4 Tachdirte – Imlil (Armed)
Follow the Imenane Valley for a while and then ascend out following a zig-zagging trail that leads to the Tizi Tamatert. Admire the mountain panorama and descend into the Mizane Valley to join the main Toubkal trail to reach Aremd.

Day 5 Armed – Toubkal Refuge
A steady ascent along the standard trail to “Toubkal Base Camp” passing the sacred shrine of Sidi Chamharouch along the way.

Day 6 Mt Toubkal Ascent summit – Imlil village
Ascent of Toubkal begins from the overnight refuge. Initially steep and seemingly endless boulder and scree before the gradient eases and a final ridge leads to the summit and stunning 360-degree views. Descend to Aremd. A long, tough day.

Day 7 Marrakech
Return to Marrakech

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About the location

Accommodation

Enjoy the mountain ambience that pervades the small hotels and guest-houses of Imlil. Enjoy comfort and company in these fabulous accommodations or take it up a notch and stay in one of Morocco's premier mountain retreats. Or if you really love the mountains you can even pitch a tent in a grassy clearing beside the French Refuge. Accommodation can be limited during the high-season particularly April and October so do book ahead. When you book an overnight package with Toubkal Ascent accommodation will be provided.

Location

Keep calm and cool in Imlil - head 60 kilometres South from the heat of Marrakech to arrive in the pleasant cool foothills of Imlil. Nestled near the base of Jebel Toubkal enjoy the cooler temperatures, the leafy green foliage, and the springtime blossoms. Stride into the mountains, and highlands from Imlil the trailhead for anyone hoping to conquer Jebel Toubkal. If you wish to try something different then head North over the pass to Ikkiss and Tacheddirt for an equally spectacular journey. Most travellers heading to Imlil will be coming via Marrakech. You can make the 60-kilometre journey by bus or taxi. or even hitchhiking is possible.

Food

Enjoy the heartfelt hospitality of the Berber People - of which eating and drinking tea is a major contribution. Hear the cry of “Eesh Eesh” literally “eat eat” whenever you share a meal with these wonderful people. Of course, you have to sample some delightful Moroccan mint tea, be warned this will be fully flavoured, sugary sweet, and scalding hot. It is the responsibility of a host to feed their guests, and luckily for you, the food is fabulous. A fine blend of exotic spices including chilli, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, berries, turmeric and grains of paradise. Most food is spicy but not hot. Make sure you enjoy a Tajine whilst in the High Atlas region, various meats flavoured with fruit, olives, vegetables and wonderful spices. Slow cooked with steam in a Tajine pot. Vegetarians can also experience the joy of Tajine with a simple vegetarian Tajine made from vegetables, chickpeas and flower petals. If you want to try the local version of a pie, then make sure you try a pastilla, chicken or pigeon with almonds and spices wrapped in a filo pastry.

Activities

Trekking, Climbing, and Cycling in the High Atlas Mountains Trekking, Cycling and Camel Riding in the Moroccan Deserts including the Sahara. Historical and Cultural trips in the High Atlas Mountains and surrounds Packages tailored to your required activities and locations.

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