We propose to combine the three Berber Valleys in the high Atlas of Morocco by walking through beautiful many Berber villages, crossing the passes over 2300 m and over 3200 m, from Ait Maizane valley to the Imenan Valley, and closing our trip by Ourika Valley.
This trek leads you through a string of enchanting villages and below some of the highest peaks of the Atlas Mountains that tower over the valley.
The beautiful Ourika Valley, typical of many in the High Atlas, is renowned for its greenery throughout the year.
Total Days :
Trek Days :
Trip Nature : Trekking & walking
Lodging : Guest house - Gite
Min. Altitude : ( 1700 m )
Max. Altitude : (
3172 m )
Overal walking : 5 / 7 hrs P/D
Difficulty : Easy
Group Size : + 2 person
Best Time -This trek is available from June to November. You can start the trek on any date you wish
Day 01: Marrakech - Imlil - Tachedirt
Day 02: Tachdirth – Iaabbassen – Timichi
Day 03: Timichi – Tiwerdiwe – Tadrarte – Agadir N’Ait Boulmane – Setti Fadma - Marrakech
- Private Transport to and from Marrakech
- Qualified English speaking guide
- Mules to carry the baggage and food
- Accommodation in Guest house, Gite
- All food during the trek
- Cook to prepare all meals
What's Not Included
- Personal Insurance
- Trekking equipment such as ( sleeping bags, crampons, ice axe .....)
Day 01: Marrakech - Imlil - Tachedirt
We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil (1740m) via the bustling market town of Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for trekkers in the Toubkal Region. This is where we meet our mule team. Once all our gear is loaded we begin walking through a side valley that heads eastwards towards Tacheddirt some 8 km away.
At first the trail rises as we climb up to the pass of Tizi n’Tamatert (2279m) after which we descend on the far side to the pretty village of Ouaneskra (2200m) in the Imenane Valley. We then continue gently upriver for a further half-hour or so to Tacheddirt (2300m), where we set up camp near the riverside.1.5 hours transfer and 5 hours walking, approximately.
Day 02: Tachedirt - Timichi
We climb steeply out of Tacheddirt up to Tizi n’Tacheddirt (3172m) gaining lovely views back to the Imenane Valley. From the pass we descend through the village of Iabbassene to reach Timichchi (2000m) near the head of the Ourika Valley. Here we spend the night in a Berber gîte. 7 hours walking, approximately.
Day 03: Timichi - Setti Fadma - Marrakech
Today we enjoy a gentle walk from Timichchi to Setti Fadma (1700m). Along the way we pass through a string of Berber villages that line the banks of the Ourika Valley: first Tiourdiou, then Anfli and afterwards Tadrart. After lunch we continue via Agadir n’Aït Boulmane and on to the centre of Setti Fadma. If there is enough time we will visit a charming waterfall above Setti Fadma before returning to Marrakech. 4 to 5 hours walking and 1.5 hours transfer, approximately.
For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.
Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:
| Good walking boots and socks
|| 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
| Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
|| Walking stick
| Trekking pants
|| Day sack/backpack
| Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
|| Headtorch / headlamp
|| Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
| Long johns
|| Ice axe and crampons (winter)
|| Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
| Fleece jacket or warm jumper
|| Penknife (useful)
| Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
| Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)
| Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
| Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
| Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
| Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
| Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
| Trail snacks
| Zip-Up bags for camera
| Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)