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The Atlas Mountain is always generous to its guests, offering them the best treks under its highest mountains’ snow-capped peaks. Therefore, we offer you an Imlil to Ourika 3 days trekking in the Atlas Mountains, in which we will conquer the secrets of the hills and valleys of the High Atlas. Furthermore, Ourika Valley trekking to Imlil is a perfect get-away vacation from the hectic lifestyle of Marrakech, as it is only a 1-hour drive from Marrakech Imlil Valley, where every trekking program kicks off.
Imlil to Ourika 3 days trekking in the Atlas Mountains is a beautiful multi-day trip to experience the wilderness of the High Atlas and the Berber culture. You will hike through fantastic trek routes across the valleys of the High Atlas Mountains while admiring panoramic views of the Toubkal national park.
We designed our treks to suit those whose primary objective is enjoying in the first place. Hence, our itinerary is light (typically 5-6 hours hike per day max). We also avoid rugged passes, and we usually stay under 3000m. After the Ourika Valley trekking to Imlil, you will feel nature’s peace flowing into your heart, and the wilderness will lead you to self-discovery.
After breakfast in Marrakech, we hit the road toward Imlil, the starting point of a beautiful network of walking trails in the Atlas Mountains. We will meet our guides and mules to carry our gear in Imlil. After you are introduced to your guide and all equipment is loaded, we start our hike in the direction of Tizi n’Tamaterte. Our hike will always be eastward, and our path will be through fields of cherry, walnut, and apple trees. We will take a short pause and enjoy the gorgeous Imnane valley behind which Berber Villages are beautifully scattered before continuing for an additional hour trek to Wanskra. We will then carry on with our hike upriver for half an hour or so until we reach Tacheddirt, where we will spend the night.(6 Hours Walk)
We wake up early and bright for our day 2. After breakfast, we prepare for 6-hour hike south-east headed for Timichi Village. As we climb steeply to Tizi n’Tacheddirt, our eyes will simultaneously ponder on the astounding views along the way. Then, we continue a 2-hour hike downhill a rocky pass until reaching Laabbassen village, where we will enjoy some time and leave the wind blow its fresh air into our soul, and enjoy the quietness and the silence of nature. Next, we will go northeast, down the valley, straight to Timichi village, where we will spend the night.(6 Hours Walk)
Our final destination for day 3 is Setti Fadma. We will launch our 4-5h eastward hike after breakfast. On our way to our endpoint, we will pass through a line of Berber villages neighboring the banks of Ourika Valley. The first village to cross will be Tiourdiou, then Anfli, and finally Tadrart. After we have lunch, we will head to Setti Fadma passing Agadir n’Ait Boulmane. After spending some time in Setti Fadma, we head back to Marrakech.(6 Hours Walk)
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Unlike many trekking destinations in the world, hiking in Morocco can be enjoyed all year long. However, in the snowy winter season, minimum trekking skills are required.
Hiring a registered local trekking guide to hike Mount Toubkal is now compulsory. There is a checkpoint in Aroumd Village where everyone climbing Jbel Toubkal needs to be registered, and you will not be allowed to go beyond that checkpoint unless a local guide is leading your way. So do not forget to bring your ID for registration purposes.
Most people who are in good shape can climb Mount Toubkal easily. However, the snowy winter season requires a minimum of hiking skills.
The temperature in the winter can plummet below freezing falling as low as -20 Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit)
Crampons Ice axes Sports sunglasses (Cat.3 or 4, 100% UVA/UVB. ) Ski goggles Wool hat Sun hat Buff Thick gloves
In general, it is safe to trek in Morocco. However, hiking alone can be dangerous. You will need a local registered guide's advice to choose the routes and safe camping arrangements.
I would recommend Marrakech Desert Trips for your guided treks. With a guide, a cook (mule driver also), and two nights' lodging included in the price, it was excellent value for money. We had delicious meals. Our guide was really entertaining and knowledgeable. We had no prior experience at these heights or distances, but the guide kept us moving at a rate that was adequate for our physical level.
We went trekking with Marrakech Desert Trips because we wanted to support a local company rather than one located in the UK and pay more. We are glad we did. Nidal at the office was fantastic in the weeks leading up to our trek, responding quickly to my numerous queries. They arranged our fantastic guide Hassan, cook and muleteer Ali for our incredible 3-day hike across the Atlas Mountains. We couldn't have hoped for a better experience.
Marrakech Desert Trips took us on a fantastic 3-day hike in the Atlas Mountains. Mohamed was a patient and knowledgeable guide, and Ali prepared delicious lunches for us during the trip — we are vegetarians, and this created no issues. We were given route options, but the one we chose was ideal for our level of fitness and expertise (around 6hrs a day). The evenings at the various huts were pleasant, and we arrived in Marrakech feeling completely rejuvenated!