Berber villages Trek


Option 1 : Azzaden Valley Trek of 2 Days 

Travel from the red city of  Marrakech through many little hamlets and ancient Berber villages of the famous and stunning  High Atlas Mountains. Trek past the villages of Imlil, Arghen and M’zzik. Visit; a village in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley, overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of fruit trees and vegetables. Get over Tiz M’zzik Mountain pass (2450m) and descent through junipper trees down to Tizi Oussem villagea for the night . On day2, you Travel down to the Assif Azzaden Valley ( Assif Azzaden ), passing through several Berber hamlets and up to the Tizi Oudite pass and down to the village of Aguersiouâl.
Enjoy your lunch by the river before you set for another hour up the Imlil valley prior to get back to the village of imlil and transfer back to Marrakech .

Trek itinerary : 

Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil/ High Atlas Mountains (1740m)– Tizi Mzik (2684m)-Tamsoulte waterfalls (2300m) Tizi Oussem village (1850m).

After breakfast in Marrakech, pick up & drive towards the high Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya & Asni, enjoy the stunning view of the villages along the valet. Arrival to Imlil (65km from Marrakech), meet the guide & multeer andthen start the trek & climb Tizi Mzik pass (2684m), spectacular view over Imlil valley & Toubkal Summit, continue to Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains (100m of hight), down the Azzaden valley through juniper forest to get to Tizi Oussem village. Overnight at the Guest house in the village. 6hrs walking.

Day 2: Tizi Oussem (1850m) – Id Issa village (1800m) – Tizi Oudid (2000m) – Mattat – Agersioual – Marrakech

After breakfast, enjoy the sunshine on this colorful valley & its marvelous typical Berber villages, leave Tizi Oussem & continue down to Id Issa village, before heading up to Tizi Oudid mountain pass (2000m), cross matat village after a wild thurifer juniper forest, get lunch under walnut groves and relax near the river. On the afternoon transfer back to Marrakech ( arrive approx 17h) 5hrs

Note : Itinerary is just a guideline and subject to change to suit local condition.

Option 2 : Dkent Valley and Toubkal Trek of 5 Days 

At only  3 hours flight from the UK, The High Atlas Mountains near Marrakech offer some of the finest trekking in the world. This a stunning five day trek in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We trek through a variety of landscapes from lush valleys to barren rock. The route takes us through colourful Berber villages, over nice mountain passes slowly ascending to our highest point at 4,167m at the top of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain..
The trek will be supported by a berber team ; Mountain guide, cook and muleteers & mules for luggages.
The nights will be spend in the gites ( berber homes) & mountain huts on the last 2 days.

Trek Itinerary

1. day : Marrakech –imi oughlad –tizi n’tachte –Tiziane :

Early morning departure from marrakech for a pleasante drive south winding our way up through the moulay brahim gorge and upper valleys to arrive at the higher foothills of the western high atlas mountains and our trailhead of imi oughlad (1450m) with the jbel toubkal , at 4167m the highest peak in north africa , aglzim 3650m and aksoual 38847m ,looming before us . here we alight from our vehicle and meet up with berber muleteer crew . We set off up in north-westerly direction for a 2hour acclimatisation hike up switchback mule tracks , passing by cornfields woods pine and juniper to the tiz n’tachete (2000m),where we shall stop to look back down on the imlil and ait oussaden valleys before carrying on for another half hour to imi n’ifri and our field picnic .thence a slow hike for about 2 and half hours south-west down along a dirt track to assif n’ ait oussaden and the red clay terraced village of tiziane ( 1750 m )for our accommodation in our bivouac / gite

2. day :Tizziane – tizi n’taghrhourte – D’knt :

after breakfast we now set off on our hike up along the assif n’ait oussaden valley , passing through the wallnuts groves , up to tizi n’taghrhourte (1995m )and through to a rare almost flat strecth to arrive at assaka spring, where we will stop for our field picnic amidst and awesome silence after some 2 and half hours relatively easy walking .our afternoon’s hike takes us down along the edges of the forest untill we reach the berber village of D’knt (1870m) or agouns n Assoul where we will have our dinner and spent the in a bivouac / gite..

3. day : D’knt – Tizi n’tagdalte – Azib n Tamsoult:

we set off for our morning’s 3 hours hike up through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley to greet the many sheep and goatherders – and women and children bent over with 20kg loads of faggots and dried herbs. We traverse the tizi n’tagdalte to the descent amongst the juniper trees till we come to a small spring set amongst the trees , where we will stop for our picnic .once refreshed , we are off down winding tracks of upper slopes for some 3hours to come to a small river at the beginning of the valley of assif n’ait oussaden . from here we enter the village of tizi oussem (1850m) then up to the summer village Of Tamsoult for our camp / hut

4. day : ÂAZIB TAMSOULT -TIZI AGUELZIM – TOUBKAL REFUGE :

After breakfast, we now set out eastwards on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3550m) , thence a further 3 hours south-east to the Toubkal Refuge which marks the spring snowline at 3207m, where we shall have our dinner, in bivouac around the Refuge.

5. day : TOUBKAL REFUGE – SUMMIT JBEL TOUBKAL- SIDI CHAMHAROUCH – Imlil – Marrakech :

A very early breakfast to set out around 6am., to attain, after a three hour steep climb, the highest peak in the Maghreb (4167m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward – with your guide – 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Refuge for a picnic. After lunch We shall now set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n’Isouhouanem n’Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, There is a pilgrimage ‘marabout’ shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the taxi back to Marrakech.

Note : Itinerary is just a guideline and subject to change to suit local condition.

Option 3 :   Trek of 4 Days Explore Amizmiz Villages :

Nestled in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, just south of the city of Marrakech in Morocco, lies a town that is relatively unknown to visitors and seldom visited.
Amizmiz is a quaint and traditional town that seems to have been forgotten by time and passed over by modernization, yet is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes and adventures that Morocco has to offer.

Trek Itinerary :

Day 1 : Ait Zitoun to Ait Hamed :
Gentle walk up by the dray river to Tizgui and then continue through the small up down hells then continue on the road track, traversing in pinewoods where the team will stop for lunch in Tafgakht village.
Refill water bottles at a natural spring before starting up zigzags to join the small pass at 1450m) then continue along a forest track to Ait Hamed 1200m) overnight camp. Approx 6/7 hrs walking .

Day 2 : Ait Hamed – To- Tizi n-Ousoul :
Today its bit easy then first day,Trek through the Anggal valley our way always by the river and all must Ander the walnuts tree shade, passing through many villages such: Igourdan – Infagan –Imzayn, stop for lunch in Ait Merzoug Ander the walnuts tree shade by the river.
Refill water bottles from that village, there is a water tap, after lunch we continue walk head up the anggal valley continue to join Tizi n- Oussoul village 1800m) camp next to that village, There is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction at this point.
Today its bit easy then first day. Trek through the Anggal valley our way always by the river and all must Ander the walnuts tree shade, passing through many villages such: Igourdan – Infagan –Imzayn, stop for lunch in Ait Merzoug Ander the walnuts tree shade by the river.
Refill water bottles from that village, there is a water tap, after lunch we continue walk head up the anggal valley continue to join Tizi n- Oussoul village 1800m) camp next to that village, There is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction at this point.Aapprox 6/7 hrs walking .

Day 3 : Tizi N-Ousoul – to – Tnirt :
After breakfast we disassemble the tents, starting walk up passing from Tizi n- Ousoul village continue in the small gorge continuing in the single track to join Tizi N’Fourna pass at 2021m) there is an amazing view for Azgour mountain water break and some mixed nuts then continue down zigzagng to Tnirt valley 1800m) lunch and overnight by the Tnirt valley.
Approx 4/5 Hrs

Day 4 : Tnirt –to – Imi n-Tala :
After breakfast we disassemble the tents, starting walk alternative way in the road track passing through Tizi n- Tinfatin about 1900m) then continue down anther the pain tree head a gorge to join Imi n- Tala village lunch and overnight in the Berber local house. Hot shower its aviable and hammam traditional sauna! Approx 4/5Hrs

 

Trek infos :
  • Best time: September to June .
  • Departs from: Marrakech: 09:00am. Start time can be modified to suit your needs .
  • Departure times: Varied .
  • Driving time: 3hrs .
  • Starts & ends in Marrakech .
  • Duration : 3days / 2nights .
  • Type: Trekking .
  • Cost per Adult: 2 adults: €299 4 adults: €249, please contact us for group discount pricing.
  • Guides Speaking: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber .
  • Grade: Moderate .
  • Trip Level: 3230m .
  • Child Age Till -12 get  50% Discount .
  • Solo Travelers: On request .