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Atlas Mountains Guided Trek

Experience the very best of north Africa's highest mountain range

As someone who feels most at home in the hills & mountains the greater ranges in other continents of the world have always held a certain mystique. I first visited Morocco with my family back in 2014, on a sight-seeing road trip to get a flavour of the vibrant and cultural land. We passed through the Atlas Mountains on our way to the Sahara Desert, we travelled from Marrakesh from the warm arid plains through this imposing barrier of impressive rock, stunning geological formations, sun burnt slopes with pockets of lush terrain. I knew I had to return, on foot, with my hiking gear!

Therefore, after my initial visit in 2014, I decided to plan a group trek with a group of lovely ladies in autumn 2018. We were not disappointed, after a couple of customary nights in Marrakesh, we headed for the mountains to trek through this impressive landscape of colour and culture.

itinéraire

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakesh

Early evening welcome & initial briefing. Pick up at the Marrakesh airport by members of our team and transferred to your hotel in our minibus. Then you will enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and team as we have dinner together. After dinner, you will be offered a briefing for the next day to ensure you are prepared.

Hébergement

Riad, private room, breakfast & dinner

Day 2: Free day to explore Marrakesh

Free day to explore Marrakesh, the city is crowded and chaotic yet utterly charming. Colourful souks, stunning architecture, intimate gardens and bustling marketplaces, Marrakesh is unforgettable. Spend your days exploring the quiet courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina, walking through the serene Jardin Majorelle or taking in the beauty of the city’s mosques. A city tour will be arranged so you can make the most of your time in this vibrant city.

Hébergement

Riad, private room, breakfast & dinner

Day 3: Marrakesh – Oukaimeden – Tizi n Addi – Tachdirth

We start with a short climb to cross Addi pass, with a magnificent view of Oustik valley and distant peaks of Toubkal, by passing the mountain of Okaimden (3700m). We will have lunch shortly after the highest ski station in North Africa. Then we join the beautiful valley, Tachddir, in the High Atlas, with a splendid view of the mountain. Afterwards, an easy descent back to Tachdirth for the night

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Jeep drive: 90 mins
Trek duration: 6 hours

Hébergement

Guest house, twin room, breakfast, lunch, dinner (BLD)

Day 4: Tachdirth – Ikkis – Tizi n’aguersiwal – Aguersiwal – Matat

After breakfast, we set off down the
Assif Imnane valley, passing through several Berber hamlets. We then hike up to the Tizi n’ageursiwal (2000m). Once through the pass, we go down a winding mule tracks leading to the village of Aguersiwal where we will have lunch. After lunch, we set off up the valley of Matat, for about an hour.

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Trek duration: 5 hours

Hébergement

Guest house, private room, BLD

Day 5: Matat – Tizi Oudite – Azib n Tamsoult

From Matat, you will set off on a 6-hour trek out of the Matat Valley and into the Azzadene Valley. Along the way you will pass Tizi Oudite at 2,250m, the Ait Aissa Village, Tizi oussm Village and into Azib n’Tansoult. We will overnight in the Azib n Tamsoult mountain refuge at 2300m.

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Trek duration: 6 hours

Hébergement

Guest house, private room, BLD

Day 6: Azib n Tamsoult – Tizi Agelzim – Toubkal Refuge

Today involves a fairly stiff climb through Ighouliden waterfalls out of the Azzadene Valley to the Toubkal Refuge over the Aguelzim Mountain pass at 3,560m. Lunch will be taken with spectacular views over the Atlas Mountain Range. Overnight in the Toubkal Refuge (Niltner Hut) where you’ll likely be sharing a bunk room with other trekkers all tackling Toubkal early the next morning.

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Trek duration: 6 hours

Hébergement

Refuge, dormitory BLD

Day 7: Toubkal refuge – Toubkal Summit – Toubkal Refuge

Today, depending on weather conditions, we make an very early start for the optional attempt for the summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4167m). This is a fairly strenuous, though non- technical ascent, involving some scrambling over steep scree slopes. The views from the high ridge are superb. Once we have gained the summit of Jebel Toubkal, we will return by the same path to our base near the Toubkal refuge.

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Trek duration: 5 hours

Hébergement

Refuge, dormitory BLD

Day 8: Toubkal refuge - Ouanoukrim Summit - Imlil

We have built in an additional day to allow us the best opportunity weather-wise to summit Toubkal and Ouanoukrim. We can be flexible on which day we do both neighbouring peaks. During the afternoon we will make the long descent to Imlil.

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Trek duration: 9 hours

Hébergement

Riad, private room, BLD

Day 9: Toubkal Refuge – Imlil – Marrakech

We will have the morning to explore Imlil, the Chamonix of the Altlas Mountains, then drive back to Marrakesh. Upon arrival, we have some more free time to explore the city’s colourful souks and perhaps take a stroll around its celebrated Djemma El Fna Square.

Statistiques quotidiennes:

Jeep drive: 90 mins

Hébergement

Riad, private room, BD

Day 10: Departure

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