2 Day Imlil to Ouirgane Traverse Trek

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2 Days

2 Day Imlil to Ouirgane Traverse Trek

  • 2 Days
  • Group : 1-12 People
  • Guided Backpacking

The journey begins with a scenic drive from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains. The destination is the charming village of Imlil, which is a popular starting point for many treks across the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival in Imlil, you will meet your Berber team, which includes a guide, a cook, and muleteers. The team will help you prepare for your two-day trek, which will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Morocco.

Your first day of trekking will take you in the direction of Tizi Mzzik pass, where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. After descending from the pass, you will make your way into the Azzaden valley, where you will spend the night in a simple Berber village. This will be a unique opportunity to experience the daily life of the Berbers, who have lived in the Atlas Mountains for centuries.

On the second day of your trek, you will continue your descent down the valley, making your way towards the final destination of Ouirgane. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to explore more scenic landscapes and encounter more Berber villages. The trek will end in Ouirgane, where you can relax and reflect on the amazing experience of the past two days. Overall, this two-day trek is an excellent option for anyone who wants to discover the beauty of the Atlas Mountains and the daily life of the Berbers.

  • Experienced team of guide and cook accompany you throughout the trek.
  • Spectacular five-hour trek from Imlil valley to Tizi Oussem, including Tizi M'zzik Mountain pass.
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Berber "gite" guest house in Tizi Oussem.
  • Optional side trip to nearby Ighouliden waterfalls to take in stunning scenery.
  • Trek through Berber villages, including Tiziane and Azerfsane, to observe local culture.
  • Route passes through a nature reserve with endangered Barbary sheep.
  • Scenic lunch spot along the way before arriving at Tassa Ouirgane, about 1.5 hours away.

Price Includes

  • Return transfer from Marrakech to Imlil (A/C modern vehicle).
  • Local licensed English/French speaking mountain guide.
  • Mules for luggage and meals transportation.
  • Accommodation in a Berber village (gite)
  • Meals and mineral water (Full board).

Price Excludes

  • Hiking equipment ( our guides will assist you rent any equipment needed in Imlil Village)
  • Personal expenses.
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 People
165€ / person
3 People
150€ / person
4 - 7 People
135€ / person
8 - 12 People
120€ / person

Day 1Trekking from Marrakech to Tizi Oussem via Tizi M'zzik

You will be picked up from Marrakech and driven to the village of Imlil, which is known as the starting point for many treks across the Atlas Mountains. Once you arrive in Imlil, you will meet your team which includes a guide and a cook. You will then start your trek from the Imlil valley towards Tizi Oussem.

The trek will take about five hours and will take you over the Tizi M’zzik Mountain pass which stands at an elevation of 2540 meters. From there, you will descend into the spectacular valley of Azzaden. You will spend the night in the village of Tizi Oussem, which has a guest house known as a “gite” where you can relax and recharge for the next day’s trek.

After lunch, you will have the option of taking a side trip to the Ighouliden waterfalls which are nearby. This is a great opportunity to take in the stunning scenery and witness the beauty of the waterfalls firsthand.

Day 2Tizi Oussem - Tiziane - Azerfsane - Tassa Ouirgane

After a hearty breakfast in Tizi Oussem, start your trek through the scenic landscape of the Atlas Mountains. The trail leads through Tiziane and Azerfsane villages, where you can observe the daily life of the Berber people and their traditional way of living. The route takes you through a nature reserve that is home to the endangered Barbary sheep.

Stop for a delicious lunch at a scenic spot along the way before continuing on to Tassa Ouirgane, which is approximately 1.5 hours away. The final stretch of the trek takes you through olive groves and several more Berber villages.

Arrive in the center of Ouirgane, where you can relax and take in the stunning surroundings. This marks the end of your 2-day trek through the Atlas Mountains.


When to hike in Morocco?

The best time to hike in Morocco is during the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November). During these months, the weather is typically mild, with comfortable temperatures during the day and cool nights. The landscapes are also more colorful during these seasons, as wildflowers bloom in the spring and the foliage changes color in the fall.

However, it’s still possible to hike in Morocco during the summer and winter months. Summer can be hot, but the higher elevations in the Atlas Mountains offer cooler temperatures. Winter can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, but there are still opportunities for winter hiking and skiing. It’s important to note that some trails and passes may be inaccessible during the winter months due to snow and ice.

Can I climb Toubkal without a guide?

It is technically possible to climb Toubkal without a guide, but it’s not recommended. The terrain can be challenging, especially for inexperienced hikers, and having a guide can provide added safety and support. A guide can also help with navigation, especially in areas where the trail may not be clearly marked.

In addition to safety concerns, climbing Toubkal without a guide may not be permitted. The Moroccan authorities require hikers to obtain a permit before climbing Toubkal, and our tour companie and guides are licensed to issue these permits. If you don’t have a permit or are caught climbing without one, you may be fined or even deported.

It’s also worth noting that climbing with us can enhance your overall experience. Our guide can provide insights into the local culture and history, and can help you appreciate the natural beauty of the area. We will also take care of logistics, such as arranging transport and accommodations, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your hike.

How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, but it’s generally considered a moderate to strenuous climb. The difficulty of the climb will depend on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous hiking experience, and the route you choose to take.

The standard route to the summit starts in the village of Imlil and involves hiking to the Toubkal Refuge, where climbers can rest for the night before making the final ascent to the summit the following day. The hike to the refuge is approximately 5-6 hours and involves a steady uphill climb.

The final ascent to the summit involves some steep and rocky terrain and can take 3-4 hours, depending on your pace. Altitude can also be a factor, as the summit of Toubkal is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimate properly to the altitude and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

That being said, the climb to Mount Toubkal is accessible to most hikers with a moderate level of fitness and previous hiking experience. It’s recommended to train and prepare for the climb in advance, with a focus on building endurance and stamina.

Overall, while climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, the stunning views from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience.

How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?

The temperature in the High Atlas Mountains can vary greatly depending on the season and altitude. In general, the higher you go, the colder it gets.

During the winter months (December to February), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can drop below freezing, especially at higher altitudes. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach -10°C (14°F) or colder at the summit of Mount Toubkal. It’s important to come prepared with warm clothing and gear if you plan to visit during the winter.

In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can be quite hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes, so it’s important to pack warm layers for evenings and early mornings.

Overall, it’s best to come prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting the High Atlas Mountains, as the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly.

What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?

Hiking Toubkal Mount in the winter can be challenging and requires proper equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are some essential items you should bring with you:

  1. Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.

  2. Warm clothing layers: You’ll need to dress in layers, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell, to stay warm and regulate your body temperature. Insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves are also necessary.

  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the snow, wind, and rain.

  4. Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.

  5. Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.

  6. Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.

  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.

Is it safe to trek in Morocco?

Morocco is generally considered a safe country for trekking, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take appropriate safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.

  2. Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.

  3. Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.

  4. Avoid hiking alone: It’s always safer to hike with a group or a guide, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding trekking experience in Morocco.