Trekking in Morocco : ourika valley and toubkal summit trek - Mule treks
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6days/5nights Ourika valley and Toubkal summit Trek


Departure from Marrakech at 8 in the morning for a pleasant  2-hour drive south towards the beautiful, sinuous Ourika Valley, passing through Souq Tnine de L’Ourika with its Monday souq,  passing through a series of hamlets, lush terraced fields, steep-sided gorges, palmeraies, groves of apple, orange, olive and peach trees towards the little riverside village of Setti Fadma, nestling at the end of this valley, dominated by the stark, overwhelming Jbels of Tidili (3844m) and n’Tarourt (4001m).
Here we alight from our vehicle to meet up with our mountain guide and muleteers to strike out upon the far side of the river, through 100-year-old walnut trees for some 30 minutes to visit the six, sometimes seven cascades. Returning via the first of these waterfalls, we swing back via Setti Fadma’s twin village of Zaouia Mohammed to take our picnic in the village. Suitably refreshed, we now start the serious part of our hike of between 5 and 6 hours towards the west along the western branch of the valley, the Adrar n’Oukaïmeden and Jbel Angour in front of us, drawing us like a magnet past streams flowing from the upper slopes, through the tiny hillside villages of Isghouarne, Agadir n’Aït Boulmane, Tadrart, Tiourdiou and Izouggaghene with their cornfields, terraced irrigated plots and groves of orange and olive trees, to finally arrive at the village of Timichchi, set amongst ancient walnut trees, where we shall have our Berber dinner and accommodation for the night in the home of a Berber family.

After an early breakfast we start our morning’s superb 2 hour hike towards the west along well-defined mule trails in the lush upper valley to the Berber village of Iaabassene (2030m), set beside a spring. From here we traverse the rocky lower levels of the Tizi n’Tacheddirt (3200m) of mighty Jbel Angour range (3616m), the stunning panorama of Adrar n’Ineghmar (3892m), Jbels Bou Iguenouane (3882m) and Aksouâl (3842m) in all their immense glory before us. We’ll stop for our field picnic after some 2½ hours incredible hiking before setting out once more for a further 2 hours down to the terraced village of pisé homes called Tacheddirt (2291m), set amongst terraced, irrigated fields clawed out over the centuries from the surrounding mountainside. Tacheddirt is easily the oldest and quaintest of all the Berber villages in the Toubkal Massif. Tonight we’ll relax and enjoy our dinner and accommodation in a Berber Gîte d’étape set amidst some awesome countryside.

DAY 3: TACHEDDIRT – IMENANE VALLEY – Tamguist – Ikkis – Agersioual - IMLIL
After breakfast , we set off down the assif imnane valley , passing throught several berber hamlets and thence up to the tizi n’ageursiwal (2000m).once through the col we shall now go down more winding mule tracks leading to the village of aguersiwal (lunch spot ) set off in river bed of imlil , allow another hour to get up the valley to imlil . 6 hours walking.

Day .4 : Imlil – Tizi M'zzik 2450m - Aazib Tamsoult
start of a 6 hour trek up via long, winding mule tracks to Tizi Mzik (2664m) giving an awesome panorama of the Imlil Valley and of Jebel Toubkal (4167m). From here you descend to Aazib n'Tamsoult (2145m) for a picnic by a stream. Thence, on up to the Tamsoult Cascade, also known as the Irhoulidene Cascade (2200m) and return down for dinner and overnight in a basic refuge.


After breakfast, we now set out eastwards on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3104m) with our picnic taken en route, thence a further 3 hours south-east to the Toubkal (ex Neltner) Refuge which marks the spring snowline at 3207m, where we shall have our dinner the Caf Refuge.


Early this morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the
highest peak in Northern Africa. 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 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. After taking enough pictures and had some food we then turn back to the hut for lunch  then head back towards Imlil where we will meet with the car prior to drive back to Marrakech



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5 to 8

9 to 12




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1.       Dates & Prices :

·          This trek is available throughout the year. You can start at any date you wish

·          The price changes depending of the season : Winter & Summer

·          The Trekking route  can be adjusted due to snow condition, flood, …

2.       What is included :

·          Fully escorted: fully escorted by local mountain guide, muleteers and cook.

·          Accommodation in Gites, Mountain hut, Berber homes & Bivouac

·          All Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

·          Mules for luggage

·          Bivouac & Kitchen Materiel.


3.       What is not Included :

·          Travel & Accident Insurance

·          Drinks and items of a personal nature

·          Tips

·          Personnel Equipment

·          Anything else not mentioned on (section what’s included).


4.       Extra :

·          Transport prices: the transfers between places can be done either by Local taxis (Mercedes) or by Tourism transport as: mini-bus, 4x4…


Tourism transport

Local taxi

Marrakech Airport to Medina



Marrakech – Imlil, Ouirgane, Ourika



Marrakech -Essaouirra



Marrakech - Mgoun



N.B: Those are average prices so may change depending of the vehicle, get right ones during the booking time!

·          Trekking Equipment: All personnel gear such as Sleeping bags, walking boots, We do have and equipment shop where you can be able to rent most of the equipment

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Mohamed Aztat

Mountain & desert tour Guide

Imlil - Atlas Mountains - Morocco

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