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High Atlas Challenge 8 Days
During this trek you will spend 6 days with berbers, see their lifestyle and spend nights in their welcoming houses. Experience the beauty of the ancient Berber villages and valleys of the Atlas Mountain in the Toubkal region with varied and picturesque scenery, lofty passes, non-technical peaks and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people.
Day 1: Marrakech.
It doesn’t matter at what time you arrive; we will be waiting for you at the airport in Marrakech. We then transfer you to the hotel in the center of the city. While all the participants arrive, you can spend the afternoon visiting Marrakech.
Day 2: Marrakech – Imlil – Tacheddirt
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’Tamaterte (2279m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouanskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3000m), where we generally camp near the river.
Day 3: Tacheddirt – Azib Likkemt
Crossing the valley we begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likkemt (3555m). The going is quite tough as there is a considerable amount of loose scree on the ground. At the top we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal massif before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likkemt, where we camp for the night.
Day 4: Azib Likkemt – Tizi n’Ourai – Amsouzart
This long, but relatively easy, day takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine (3120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3876m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night – dormitory-style – in a simple village Gite.
Day 5: Amsouzart – Ifni Lake
West of Amsouzert is several small villages, which we explore as we make our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by Rocky Mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. We camp tonight in this area.
Day 6: Ifni Lake – Nelter Hut
By now we should be both fit and acclimatized, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass at Tizi n’Ouanoums (3664m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night (or alternatively camp outside).
Day 7: Mt. Toubkal Summit – Imlil – Marrakech
We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit. If conditions are good it should take no more than 2-3 hours to reach the summit, where we enjoy expansive views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. Returning to base, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Armed, before following the Maizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil.
Day 8: Transfer to airport.
According to your flight times you will be transferred to the airport by your guide, who will also assist you with the paper work formalities before you board your flight out. Fly back to your destination with sweet memories of Morocco!