6 day Trek – Ourika valley to Toubkal

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6 Days

6 day Trek – Ourika valley to Toubkal

  • 6 Days
  • Group : 1-12 People

Discover the breathtaking Atlas Mountains of Morocco on an epic 6-day hiking adventure. Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Ourika Valley, home to the legendary Berber tribes of Africa, as you explore on foot. Traverse through picturesque olive groves, terraced fields, and magnificent waterfalls while taking breaks to indulge in delicious Berber village picnics amidst the stunning scenery.

Experience the local culture firsthand with a stay at a traditional Moroccan-style Berber home in the charming village of Timichi and Tinoughar. Witness women hard at work, explore groves of almond and walnut trees, and marvel at the ancient terraced irrigated fields.

Get ready for an exhilarating climb to the highest peak in the Maghreb, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. This unforgettable tour offers a glimpse into the authentic side of Morocco, often unseen by tourists. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime in the Ourika Valley and Toubkal Climb.

  • Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Ourika Valley
  • Traverse through olive groves, terraced fields, and waterfalls
  • Enjoy delicious Berber village picnics amidst stunning scenery
  • Stay at a traditional Moroccan-style Berber home in Timichi and Tinoughar
  • Witness local culture and explore almond and walnut trees
  • Climb to the highest peak in the Maghreb for panoramic views
  • Experience the authentic side of Morocco often unseen by tourists

Price Includes

  • Expert, Berber, English-speaking mountain guides
  • Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage
  • Berber Cook
  • All meals on the hike
  • Accommodation in a Berber village (gite)
  • Round-trip Transportation between the trek and your accommodation in Marrakech .
  • Camping Materiels ( Tents & Mattress) for summer treks.

Price Excludes

  • Soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal expanses
Tour Prices
1 Person
2-3 People
390€ / person
4 - 7 People
330€ / person
8 - 12 People
280€ / person

Day 1Marrakech - Ourika Valley - Setti Fatma - Agadir N'Ait Boulmane - Timichchi

Embark on a thrilling adventure as we kick off Day 1 of our hiking expedition from Marrakech to the stunning Ourika Valley. Meet our expert mountain guide and muleteers in the quaint village of Setti Fatma and embark on a scenic hike through the lush 100-year-old walnut trees to the magnificent cascades of Setti Fatma, comprising of six to seven cascades. Take in the stunning surroundings before heading back to the first waterfall and continuing on our journey towards the west along the Adrar n’Oukaïmeden and Jbel Angour.

Our 5 to 6-hour trek leads us through charming hillside villages such as Isghouarne, Agadir n’Aït Boulmane, Tadrart, Tiourdiou, and Izouggaghene, where we’ll witness local life in action, including cornfields, terraced irrigated plots, and groves of orange and olive trees. We’ll stop for a scenic picnic in the village of Zaouia Mohammed before continuing our journey towards the picturesque village of Timichchi, nestled amongst ancient walnut trees.

Experience true Berber hospitality as we enjoy a traditional Berber dinner and accommodation for the night in the home of a Berber family. Immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the stunning scenery during this unforgettable journey.

Day 2Timichchi - Iaabassene - Tacheddirt

On Day 2, wake up early for a hearty breakfast before embarking on a breathtaking 2-hour hike towards the west along well-defined mule trails in the lush upper valley to the charming Berber village of Iaabassene (2,030m), nestled beside a spring. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscapes before continuing on our journey to traverse the rocky lower levels of the Tizi n’Tacheddirt (3,200m) of the mighty Jbel Angour range (3,616m).

The panoramic views of Adrar n’Ineghmar (3,892m), Jbels Bou Iguenouane (3,882m), and Aksouâl (3,842m) are a sight to behold, and we’ll stop for a field picnic after about 2.5 hours of incredible hiking. From here, we’ll continue our journey for another 2 hours down to the quaint and oldest Berber village in the Toubkal Massif, Tacheddirt (2,291m), which is surrounded by terraced, irrigated fields carved out over the centuries from the surrounding mountainside.

Relax and unwind after a long day of hiking in a Berber gîte d’étape, situated amidst some awe-inspiring countryside. Enjoy a delicious dinner and comfortable accommodation before retiring for the night. With a total of 6 to 7 hours of walking, Day 2 will be an unforgettable adventure through the Atlas Mountains.

Day 3Tacheddirt - Imenane Valley - Agersioual - Imlil

After a satisfying breakfast, we start our descent down the Assif Imnane Valley, passing through charming Berber hamlets along the way. Our journey takes us up to the Tizi n’Ageursiwal pass (2,000m) before descending on winding mule tracks towards the picturesque village of Agersioual, where we will stop for a delicious lunch. Afterward, we continue our hike along the river bed of Imlil, taking in the stunning scenery as we make our way up the valley to the village of Imlil. This leg of the journey takes approximately 6 hours of walking, and the beautiful landscapes make it well worth the effort.

Day 4Imlil - Tizi M'zzik - Aazib Tamsoult

Today, we embark on a 6-hour trek that begins with a climb up long and winding mule tracks to Tizi Mzik (2,664m), offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Imlil Valley and the majestic Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). After descending from the pass, we stop for a picnic by a stream in Aazib n’Tamsoult (2,145m). We then continue our journey up to the Tamsoult Cascade, also known as the Irhoulidene Cascade (2,200m), before returning down for dinner and an overnight stay in a basic refuge. Get ready for a day of adventure, breathtaking views, and natural beauty that will leave you spellbound.

Day 5Âazib Tamsoult - TiziI Aguelzim - Toubkal Refuge

On Day 5, we’ll embark on a moderate hike up the winding mule tracks towards the Tizi Aguelzim (3,104m) after breakfast. We’ll take a break en route for a picnic and continue our journey for about 3 hours towards the south-east direction to reach the Toubkal Refuge (ex Neltner). This is where the spring snowline begins at 3,207m and we’ll have our dinner at the Cafe Refuge. Expect to walk for about 6 to 7 hours in total.

Day 6Toubkal Refuge - Summit Jbel Toubkal - Aremd - Imlil - Marrakech

On Day 6, we will rise early to embark on our ascent to the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our journey begins by crossing the stream above the Toubkal Refuge and ascending the south cirque, crossing one of the mountain’s many scree fields, which will require us to navigate a seemingly endless expanse of boulders and rocks. Though the altitude and scree will pose some difficulty, the breathtaking views make the trek worth it. Upon reaching the ridgeline, we will find ourselves on the plateau, where a short walk will take us to the summit. At the summit, we will be rewarded with unrestricted views in all directions, from the Marrakesh Plain to the north to the Anti-Atlas and Sahara to the south. After taking enough pictures and having a bite to eat, we will begin our descent back to the refuge for lunch before continuing on towards Imlil. We will then meet our transportation for the return journey to our accommodations in Marrakech. This will be a full day, lasting 9 to 10 hours.

Please note that the itinerary provided is intended as a guideline and may be subject to change depending on local conditions. This is to ensure that your trek is safe and enjoyable, and that you have the best possible experience during your time in the Atlas Mountains. Your guide will always prioritize your safety and well-being and will make adjustments as necessary.


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.

  • Experienced, knowledgeable Berber mountain guides who speak English
  • Mules and skilled muleteers to carry your luggage and equipment
  • Expert Berber cook to prepare delicious meals for you throughout the hike
  • All meals provided during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Comfortable accommodations in a traditional Berber village (gite)
  • Round-trip transportation between your accommodation in Marrakech and the starting point of the trek
  • Quality camping equipment provided for your comfort and convenience