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Embark on an exciting adventure through the rural landscapes of Morocco with our unforgettable trekking experience. This immersive journey takes you deep into the heart of the Atlas Mountains, exploring untouched regions and gaining an authentic insight into the traditional mountain community culture.
As you journey through the rugged terrain beyond the reach of vehicles, our team of expert guides and mules will be on hand to assist you every step of the way. You’ll be transported to a world far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life, enveloping yourself in the real Morocco and immersing yourself in its natural beauty.
You’ll explore the stunning Bougmez valley, with its impressive gorges and rock formations, taking in breathtaking views along the way. The highlight of your trekking adventure will be the opportunity to climb Jebel Mgoun, the second-highest peak in the Atlas Mountains at 4068m. From the summit, you’ll be treated to a spectacular panorama of sweeping views across the entire mountain range, making for an unforgettable experience.
To complete your journey, you’ll spend a night in a traditional Berber village, experiencing the way of life of this ancient community and enjoying their warm hospitality. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for the natural and cultural wonders of Morocco.
On Day 1, the plan is to embark on a road trip from Marrakech towards Agouti via Azilal. This journey promises to be scenic and filled with lots of interesting sights to behold. Along the way, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains, which is sure to be a breathtaking sight.
After a long and exciting drive, you’ll finally arrive at the village of Agouti, where you’ll be staying for the night. The accommodation for the night will be at a comfortable and cozy gite in the village. The gite offers a perfect setting to rest, relax and rejuvenate after a long day of travel. With comfortable beds, warm blankets, and a homely atmosphere, you’re sure to have a restful night’s sleep before continuing on your adventure the next day.
Day 2 will involve a 6 to 7 hour trek from Agouti to Rougoult covering a distance of 17km and an ascent and descent of 326m. Starting off from Agouti, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Ait Bou Goumez Valley as you walk along the road. The valley is also known as the Happy Valley, and the reason for its name will become apparent as you soak in the beauty around you.
After an hour and a half of leisurely walking, a piste will lead off to the left from the road. From there, you have the option of following the piste or taking a steeper, shorter path that zigzags down into the valley. The shorter path rejoins the piste at the village of Agerssif, which should take you under three hours to reach from Agouti. Agerssif is located at the confluence of the Lakhdar and Bou Goumez Rivers and boasts a bridge. The river here provides an ideal spot for resting and camping.
As you continue along the Lakhdar Valley, the piste climbs the south side of the gorge, and the valley narrows. After around half an hour upstream, you’ll come across the charming village of Taghoulit surrounded by juniper trees and offering a simple gi^te for a comfortable stay. The piste carries on up the gorge, leading into the more fertile upper valley until it reaches Sebt Ai”t Bou Wlli, a sizable village above the river. The village has a school marked by flags and a Saturday market.
At Sebt Ait Bou Wlli, the piste heads left, south, and the valley becomes increasingly stunning as it winds up above fields of wheat and barley, juniper, wild fig, and almond trees. Tazouggart, a village on the opposite side of the valley, marks the halfway point between Sebt Ait Bou Wlli and the day’s end. From here, the landscape becomes more and more breathtaking, with hints of Shangri-la, until you finally reach Rougoult after two to two and a half hours. Rougoult sits at an altitude of 1893m and offers an excellent camping spot just below the village beside the Tifra River.
On Day 3, you will begin your six to seven-hour hike from Rougoult to Amezri, covering a distance of 14km with a 600m descent and 970m ascent. The first two hours of the hike will follow the Tifra River, with a stony path crossing it at several points. The valley is filled with terraces for cultivating crops, but in some places, it is too narrow for agriculture. As you climb, the landscape becomes more barren. The mule path, well-trodden and occasionally forced to climb above gorges, roughly follows the course of the river in a southerly direction.
The source of the Tifra is just below the Tizi n’Rougoult pass, which is at an altitude of 2860m. At this point, even the juniper trees are below you, and only alpine plants and bushes grow above. From the broad saddle beneath the pass, a path leads east to a ridge that climbs to over 3500m, while the Rougoult pass lies straight ahead. You’ll get to see the summit of Ighil M’Goun, which is just under 100m lower than Jebel Toubkal, due east from the pass. The views from the pass are stunning, with long vistas across the southern M’Goun Massif and the Tessaout River showing vast, primordial scenes that look newly formed.
The mule path from the Rougoult pass is well-marked and winds down the mountainside for two hours before reaching the first village, Tasgaiwalt. From there, keeping the river on your left, you will have a gentle 40-minute walk along the track to the village of Amezri, where you will spend the night.
On Day 4, the trail takes you on a leisurely 6-hour walk covering 18km with a descent of 427m and an ascent of 150m. You’ll be following the Tessaout River, and the valley is surrounded by magnificent cliffs, including the Ichbbakene escarpment, which rises 1000m above the river.
Although the river has little or no fish, it irrigates some exceptionally fertile farmland, which the Berbers of the Ait Atta tribe use to grow a range of seasonal crops. The Tessaout flows due west in this part of its course and is fed by several smaller streams that bring melted snow off the higher mountains. In spring, the valleys are carpeted with wildflowers, and the fruit and nut trees add their blossom to the spectacle.
You’ll cross the river at various points along the walk. In spring, the river may be too high to hop over stones, and you may have to wade through it, as at the village of Imi n’Ikkis, around 5km from Amezri. At Ichbbakene, a larger village, you’ll see the Hotel Edare, a significant building constructed by a villager who worked in France.
Further downstream, the path narrows and passes beneath the stone and mud houses of the village of Ait Hamza, where you’ll find a working water mill that’s used to grind the annual wheat crop. Another hour of delightful walking leads to the village of Ait Ali n’Ito.
If you have time, consider taking a side trip to the village of Magdaz, a three-hour round trip to the south of Ait Ali n’Ito. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in the Atlas Mountains, and its extraordinary architecture is worth checking out. Tower-houses have been built in steps using stone and wood, a technique only known here, in Fakhour (see tomorrow’s walk), Yemen and Afghanistan.
On Day 5, you’ll follow a dirt road that runs alongside the river and takes you on a leisurely walk to the end of your trek. Though the path does ascend at times, it eventually leads you to the charming village of Fakhour, which is known for its agadir, a fortified granary that can be visited for free, but it’s customary to tip the gardien around Dh10.
After spending less than an hour beyond Fakhour, you’ll reach the village of Ifoulou, situated on a bend of the river and the road. It’s typically quiet during the week, with only a drinks stand open, but on Mondays, the village comes alive with a bustling souq, where locals from nearby valleys come to trade and socialize. Thirty minutes further along the road, you’ll arrive at the main Demnate-Skoura road, where the piste joins by a new bridge over the Tessaout River. Ait Alla village is below, where your transport will be waiting to take you to Marrakech via Ait Tamlil and Demnate.
If you have more time, you may want to extend your trek to visit the picturesque village of Magdaz, which is a three-hour round trip south of Ait Ali n’Ito. The itinerary provided is a rough guide and subject to change depending on local conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.
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.
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.
Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.
Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.
Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.
Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.
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:
Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.
Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.
Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.
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.