Alpine terrain, deep valleys with terraced fields, stone villages and traditional way of life … to discover at the cicruit trek of the Atlas, and its ascent (4167 m). Good form is required for the crossing of several passes over 3500 meters and significant height differences. A sporty way to discover the Atlas Mountains & Toubkal.
We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers, and a busy market town. There is a constant movement of people coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of activity from those about to embark on their adventure. We meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n’Tamatert (2279m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3000m), where we generally camp near the river.
After breakfast, we leave for 3:30 of ascent to Tizi n’Likemt (3550m), where we stop to admire the view Tachdirt Valley and the surrounding mountains. After a short descent, we stop for lunch, then continue for an hour before reaching our camp near Aazib n’Likemt, where we meet nomadic shepherds with their flocks (goats, sheep). 6H walk.
A day’s walk from the high mountains pastures to reach the Tizi Ourai (3109 m). The descent to the valley Tinzar stop to have our lunch and enjoy the Berber villages architecture houses in this valley and we cross the ridge of the High Atlas to reach the southern slopes of the Atlas. Overnight in a berber lodge. Walking 5:30.
We descend into the valley of Islani through Ibrouane and villages Tisgouane Takatert reach Lake Ifni (2295 m), which is at the bottom of a valley surrounded by the peaks of Jebel Toubkal. We spend an awesome night at the lake. 5 hours walking.
We start the day with a nice climb slowly to the neck of Ouanoums (3670m). From the pass, we enjoy the view on the other 4000m peaks, then descend down to the shelter, meeting place for hikers and nature. Overnight in tents near the refuge. 6h walk.
Early departure for the summit of Toubkal (4167 m), the North African roof. We enjoyed the scenery on the other mountains and valleys around. Then the descent to the refuge for lunch, and then we go down to the village of Chamharouch and up Imlil where you will spend the night at a guesthouse.
Today take a three-hour private minibus journey to the coastal town of Tangier, a place of strategic importance to the Mediterranean and the gateway to Africa. Once a hotspot for artists, secret agents and millionaires, Tangier has been going through something of a renaissance of late thanks to the arrival of a new monarch in Morocco in 1999. Mohammed VI of Morocco and his forward-thinking ideas about commerce and tourism has suddenly woke up the community to the potential of this city. Today, the city’s medina and kasbah are well worth exploring, as are the cafes and patisseries around the Place de la France in the Ville Nouvelle. Perhaps visit the American Legation Museum, the former palace of Dar el-Makhzen or the Caves of Hercules. The recently reconstructed beach promenade is lined with great restaurants. Perhaps enjoy a fresh seafood dinner by the port, before boarding an overnight sleeper train bound for Marrakech.