Mount Toubkal Ascent & Berber Vilages Trek 5Days

Description:
Berber Villages & Mt Toubkal Ascent Trek 5-days  will take you on a tour of Berber villages and Explore the Atlas Mountains around Marrakech before you ascend to the peak of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Over the 4 days, you will have chance to acclimatize to the altitude while spending time in the company of native Berbers and experiencing their culture. picnic in idyllic countryside and have your meals rustled up by your very own cook. During this trek the nights are spent in local houses, refuges or tents, maximizing your experience of the region.   This trek can easily be extended into a longer adventure that includes longer stays and can even be expanded into the desert with the addition of camels.

Day1 : Marrakech –imi oughlad –tizi n’tachte –Tiziane :
Early morning departure from marrakech for a pleasante drive south winding our way up through the moulay brahim gorge and upper valleys to arrive at the higher foothills of  high atlas mountains and our trailhead of imi oughlad. here we  meet up with berber muleteer crew . We set off up in north-westerly direction for a 2hour acclimatisation hike up switchback mule tracks, to the tiz n’tachete ,where we shall stop to look back down on the imlil and azzaden valleys before carrying on for another half hour to imi n’ifri and our field picnic .thence a slow hike for about 2 and half hours south-west down along a dirt track to assif n’ ait azzaden and the red clay terraced village of tiziane 1750 m
Day2 :Tizziane – tizi n’taghrhourte – D’knt :
After breakfast we now set off on our hike up along the assif n’ait oussaden valley , passing through the wallnuts groves , up to tizi n’taghrhourte (1995m )and through to a rare almost flat strecth to arrive at assaka spring, where we will stop for our field picnic amidst and awesome silence after some 2 and half hours relatively easy walking .our afternoon’s hike takes us down along the edges of the forest untill we reach the berber village of D’knt (1870m) or agouns n Assoul where we will have our dinner and spent the in a bivouac / gite.
Day3 : D’knt – Tizi n’tagdalte – Azib n Tamsoult:
We set off for our morning’s 3 hours hike up through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley to greet the many sheep and goatherders – and women bent over with 20kg loads of faggots and dried herbs. We traverse the tizi n’tagdalte to the descent amongst the juniper trees till we come to a small spring set amongst the trees , where we will stop for our picnic .once refreshed , we are off down winding tracks of upper slopes for some 3hours to come to a small river at the beginning of the valley of assif n azzaden . then up to the summer village Of Tamsoult for our camp
Day4 : Aazib Tamsoult - Tizi Aguilzime - Toubkal Refuge :
After breakfast, we now set out eastwards through  the beautiful waterfalls of Igholiden on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3550m) , thence a further 3 hours south-east to the Toubkal Refuge which marks the spring snowline at 3207m, where we shall have our dinner, in bivouac around the Refuge or stay in the of the mountain hut.
Day5 : Toubkal refuge - summit jbel Toubkal - Imlil - Marrakech :
A very early breakfast to set out around 5:30am, after a 3 hour steep climb, the highest peak in north africa (4167m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. Whenever you are ready, with your guide - 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Refuge for a picnic. After lunch We shall now set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n'Isouhouanem n'Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, There is a pilgrimage shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the taxi back to Marrakech.

Prices :

  • Group 1 person         :  On request
  • Group 2 - 3 people   : 322/person
  • Group 4 - 7 people   : 294/person
  • Group 8 - 12 people : 266/person

Included :

  • English speaking guide, and cook
  •  Muleteers and mules for luggages
  •  Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea
  • Accommodation in a berber villages (Gites)
  • Ground transfers by minibuses / taxis: ( hotel - trek - hotel )
  • Mess, cooking & toilet tents (camping option )

NB : Extra 20 Euros/person extra from Nov to April to cover porters & extra for mountain hut winter rates Not included :

  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal expanses

Grade :   Easy  Medium 

Hard

Availability & Confirmed Dates: This trek runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference. We usually have several treks departing each week that you may join , please get in Touch!!

Accommodation during the Trek: The accommodation will in berber villages gites & mountain huts, camping will be an option during the summer months NB : If accommodation is required in the Atlas Mountains either before or after the trek, we can always book you at our Place in Imlil

Essential Equipment & Clothing:

  • Good walking boots and socks / good trainers
  • Personnel First aid Kit
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
  • Day sack/backpack
  • Head torch / headlamp
  • Ice axe and crampons (winter)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Water bottle or camel back (recommended)