DAY 1: MARRAKECH – IMLIL
DAY 2: IMLIL – OURIKA
DAY 3: ATLAS MOUNTAIN
Having spent some time wandering the busy streets of the medina in Marrakesh, you may feel as though you would like to head off on an adventure into nature and go for a Moroccan trek. Morocco is home to some wild and awesome landscapes that are waiting for you to discover. It is now easier than ever to plan an excursion into the unknow lands of the Atlas Mountains. You may feel inspired to spend a few days trekking, walking the trails of the valleys and great peaks. To do this with the least amount of planning, your best bet is to book a tour with a professional guide. Someone who know the area and the ways of the local culture, someone who you can depend on for making the most out of your experience in Morocco.
To begin with, we will arrange for one of our professional and friendly guides to meet you in Marrakech, where your 3-day hiking tour of the Atlas Mountains will begin. From the city, you will be driven to the High Atlas range, a journey across the flatlands toward the looming ridges of the ever-nearing peaks. This tour will first take you towards Setti Fadma a village in the heart of the Ourika valley Marrakech. The Ourika valley is only 60km from Marrakesh and is the perfect place to begin the 3 days trekking tour. Your guide will lead you across the valley and through the mountain villages of the Berber people. The trails through the Ourika valley lead you through some beautiful landscapes, with walnuts, wiping willow and poplar trees, covering its mountains and rocks that varying in colour from red to green. The first days trekking will take around 5 hours finishing in the Tinichi village for an overnight stay with the local Berber family.
On the second day of the trek, following a traditional Berber breakfast, the trekking guide will lead you to the Tizi n’Tachdirte pass. Tizi-n-Tichka is one of the best-known passes, rising up to the altitude of 2260 m. The passage is about 100km in total length. At the village at the top you can buy a nice souvenir and enjoy the epic views of the Imnane valley. If you like crystals and minerals, take some time and admire the vast choice. You can negotiate a good price. Descending from the pass, you will move onward through the Atlas range to the village of Ibbassen. You can expect to be hiking for around 6 hours, ending with a tradition dinner at a Berber homestay in the village of Tachdirte.
The final day of you Atlas Mountain trekking, you will continue on over the pass of Tizi n’Tamaterte towards the mountain town of Imlil. This pass will take you up to 2279m and guide you down into the valley with spectacular views. The village of Imlil, 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) above sea level, is picturesque settlement that also offers stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. This final trek will take around 5 hours ending with your last over night stay at the Dar Achin.
Good to know before you go:
Trekking at a high altitude can be very tiring so it is recommended that you bring plenty of small snacks, nuts, dried fruit and maybe some chocolate of candy for an extra boost. Some of the terrain is fairly uneven so if you’re feeling you may need some additional support, trekking poles could be a good option for you. If you are planning to trek between December and February, you may need crampons but check the weather reports first to see if there has been heavy snow ice predicted.
What you need for trekking?
To be fully prepared for the 3 days trekking is it good that you pack a range of suitable clothing; light clothing for the days hike with long sleeves and long pants that are ideal for keeping the sun off. Warmer layers for in the evening and the morning as they temperature can be cooler. Good hiking shoes are highly recommended as the ground is generally quite uneven. Please make sure you bring adequate sun protection, sunscreen, sun hat, polarised sunglasses etc as you can be very exposed when you are outside hiking in the day. Also, some lip balm and moisturiser will be e benefit to help to keep your skin hydrated.
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Who will take care of you during the tour?
• English speaking guide / All the meals during the mountain trekking + mineral water, coffee and tea
• Muleteers and mules for luggage
• Accommodation and transport from and to Marrakech
What is not included during your trip
• Travel insurance
• Plane tickets