Hiking in High Atlas
- Walking / Hiking
- Price from:
- 350 EUR /person
- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
- 4 days
- Location Start:
- Location Finish:
- Start time:
- 07.30 am
- End time:
- 04.30 pm
- We Speak:
- French, English
Last updated: 09/18/2007
The hiking is the sport of mountain the more exercised in Morocco, because it is well adapted to the natural and human potentialities of the Atlas.
MARRAKECH - IMLIL - M'ZIK -TIZI OUSSEM. Departure by car from Marrakech around 9 in the morning for exhilarating 2hour drive south up over the Moulay Brahim Gorges and Upper valleys - so hold on to your hats - to the Berber town of Imlil (1740m), known as Morocco's 'Little Chamonix', set in the upper level foothills of the High Atlas Toubkal Massif range, a main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here we shall leave our vehicle to take a welcome glass of mint tea in our gîte d'étape prior to setting out towards the west along winding mule trails to the village of M'Zik and on up to the Tizi M'Zik (2664m) for a welcome picnic in the woods, with the Imlil Valley and Adrars Algouli and El Hajj around us. Our afternoon is spent hiking down some little-trodden winding eastern trails between the Jbel Tasghimout and the Adrar Adj to arrive this evening at the Berber village of Tizi Oussem (1850m), with its ancient pisé homes tucked away in a delightful valley surrounded by stark mountains. Here we shall have dinner and overnight in a simple Berber family home.
TIZI OUSSEM - TIZI TAGHDALTE - N'AZZADENE VALLEY - TAZAGHART PLATEAU - AMMSLANE. After breakfast we strike out towards the west along the contours of the Assif n'Azzadene Valley and on up to a winding, difficult path to the Tizi Taghdalte (2550m), to take in a truly glorious panorama of the surrounding ranges and the valleys of Takhint and Azzadene. From here we hike down for an hour along narrow mule trails until we reach the Assif Takhint in a beautiful plateau, where we shall stop to picnic amidst a jumble of rocks and boulders and flowing waters. Once refreshed, we strike out for 2 hours across the Tazaghart - or Amsslane - Plateau until we reach the Berber hamlet of Amsslane, where we shall set up camp and have our Berber meal for the night.
AMSSLANE - TIZI N'IGUIDI - IJOUKAK. Today we set off on a hard hike up along sinuous tracks to the Tizi n'Iguidi (2640m). Once through the col, we'll enjoy a most enjoyable hike down through shade trees of walnut and almond, fig and holm oak, terraced irrigated fields and plots of potato, barley and corn to arrive at the quaint village of Ala Noumzorni where we'll take our picnic. This afternoon we continue our descent along the winding trail through gentle countryside of hills, small glades and groves of shade trees until we reach the village of Ijoukak at the crossroads of the Agoundis and Nfis Valleys, where we stop for our dinner and overnight accommodation in a small basic hotel.
IJOUKAK - KASBAH GOUNDAFI - OUED N'FIS - TIN-MAL - MARRAKECH. Once breakfast has been tucked away we set out down what can best be compared to a country lane, passing the Berber villages of Souq Ijoukak, Tagountafte, Ikhfe N'Boul until we arrive at the tribal kasbah of the Sultan Caïd Goundafi. The inner part of the palace-fortress still retains traces of its original Hispano-Arabesque decoration. seems to have been built either in the late 17th century or late in the 19th century, depending on who is telling the tale, and this feudal warrior of the old tradition constantly waged war with the neighbouring Glaoui clan.
We shall have our picnic here before setting out on an easy walk down the contours of the high valley of the Assif Nfiss amidst stands of olive, walnut and almond trees until we come across a hauntingly beautiful hidden valley with its stream of clear, cool slow-moving water full of trout, lined with hillside hamlets, orchards and ancient terraced irrigated fields. We arrive finally at the small, remote stronghold settlement of Tin-Mal high up on the opposite bank of the river, giving all the appearance of a Lhasa-in-Muslim miniature, set amidst brown slopes, green shrubbery and snow-capped mountains. We are here to visit the fortress of high walls and strong towers, the sole survivor of the once holy 12th century city built by the founder of the Almohad dynasty, Mehdi Ibn Toumarte, and the only mosque in Morocco - other than the new mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca - into which a non-Muslim may enter - except on Fridays.
- Inclusions -
- All accommodations
- Exclusions -
- mineral water.
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