3 day Traverse Trek from Imlil to Setti Fadma

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3 Days

3 day Traverse Trek from Imlil to Setti Fadma

  • 3 Days
  • Group : 2-15 People
  • Guided Backpacking

Embark on an easy-to-medium 3-day linear trek from Imlil to Setti Fatma in the Atlas Mountains. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, with plenty of opportunities to explore traditional Berber villages along the way. Highlights include ascending towards Tizi n’Tamatert and Tizi n’Tagharat, high mountain passes with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. On the final day, descend towards Setti Fatma through the stunning gorges of Ourika valley before being transferred back to Marrakech. This trekking adventure is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the Atlas Mountains and gain an insight into the local Berber way of life.

  • Beautiful scenery with cherry, walnut, and apple orchards and Berber villages precariously tucked onto slopes
  • Panoramic view of Bouignouane and Jbel Aksoual mountains from Tizi’n’Tachdirth
  • Ancient Berber village stay in Tachdirth and Timichi
  • Rocky pass hike with beautiful nature in Verdant Valley
  • Traditional Berber family house accommodation
  • Picturesque Ourika Valley with corn fields and walnut groves
  • Picnic close to the famous Setti Fadma village
  • 4-5 hour hike with stunning views of the valley

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.
  • Berber Cook
  • Meals and mineral water (Full board).
  • Accommodation in a Mountain Hut ( winter) or camping if preferred on summer months.
  • Camping Materiels ( Tents & Mattress) for summer treks.

Price Excludes

  • Hiking equipment ( our guides will assist you rent any equipment needed in Imlil Village)
  • Personal expenses.
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 - 3 People
215€ / person
4 - 7 People
170€ / person
8 - 12 People
160€ / person

Day 1Hiking from Imlil to Tachdirth via Tizi'n'Tamaterte and Wanskra

The first day of our trek starts from Imlil, with a 1 hour and 45 minute hike upwards in an eastern direction towards Tizi’n’Tamaterte (2279m). The path leads through barley fields and orchards of cherry, walnut, and apple trees to Tamaterte village. After passing the village, we follow the pathway leading us up through the forest of pine and juniper trees. In Tizi, we have a short stop to enjoy the beautiful Imlil and Imnane Valleys with Berber villages precariously tucked onto the slopes. We continue for another hour until we reach Wanskra and Amagdoul villages. Here, on the plateau, we have our field picnic. In the afternoon, we spend around 2 hours hiking along mule trails up through the valley to an ancient Berber village. We spend the night in a gite d’etape in Tachdirth (2291m).

Day 2Trekking from Tachdirth to Timichi via Tizi'n'Tachdirth and Iaabbassen

We start with an early breakfast to gain strength for the following 6-hour hike in the southeast direction to Timichi village (1850m). For the next 2.5 hours, the trek continues slowly up to Tizi’n’Tachdirth (3200m). Here we are awarded with an astonishing panoramic view of Bouignouane (3882m) and JbelAksoual (3842m) on one side and Angour on the other. We can also enjoy the beautiful nature of the Verdant Valley stretching out below us. For the next 2 hours, we follow a rocky pass in the northeast direction until we reach Iaabbassen village (2030m). Here, next to the spring just outside the village, we enjoy our field picnic. In the afternoon, we have a 2-hour hike in the northeast direction down the valley to the Timichi village – an ancient multi-layered terraced village surrounded by old nut trees. Here, dinner awaits us, and we spend the night in a traditional Berber family house.

Day 3Hiking from Timichi to SettiFadma via Tiwerdiwe, Tadrarte, and Agadir N'Ait Boulmane

In the morning, we have breakfast and then start our 4-5 hour hike through beautiful corn fields and walnut groves down the valley in an eastward direction. We pass through Tadrart and Anfli villages and arrive at the picturesque Ourika Valley. We have our picnic close to the famous Setti Fadma village. After another half an hour hike, we reach our vehicle that will bring us back.


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.