Day Trip From Marrakech To atlas mountains Imlil Valley
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If you have already explored Marrakech and its famous Square of Djemmaa el Fana, it’s time to travel further afield to discover more of the magic of Morocco. Marrakech sits in the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. This day trip starts from Marrakech around 9 a.m with a drive south up the Moulay Brahim Gorges, Asni weekly market every saturday then to Imlil (1740m).
Imlil is a small village in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) above sea level. A portrait of Imlil and the problems and prospects of Morocco’s mountain populations appeared in 1984 in the book by James A. Miller called Imlil and published by Westview Press. It is close to the mountain Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Imlil makes a good base for attempting to summit Toubkal.
Imlil is the centre of mountain tourism in Morocco due to its unique position. From here, 90% of visitors head up to Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco. Imlil is the end of the tarmac road, and is a natural place to hire mountain guides and mules for the onward trek.
Imlil is connected to Asni and Ikkiss by tracks. Open-back trucks provide a bus service several times a week between these three villages.
Imlil as a village is a relatively new creation. It was created to cater for the number of tourists pouring through en route to Toubkal. The original communities still exist in the valleys around Tamatert, Ait Souka, Tagadirt, Tacheddirt, Acheim, Taourirt n’Ait Mizane, Mzikene and Arhrene.
Before the advent of mountain tourism, the Imlil area was well known for its walnuts, apples and cherry production. While these are still important to the local economy, these have been eclipsed by tourism. Both mountain tourists and Moroccans come to Imlil seeking a cool relief from the heat of the Haouz.
A 1 day private excursion to the Imlil valley mountain region. We depart Marrakech at 09:00hrs in Minibuses or 4×4 vehicles and head for the Atlas mountains. Our drive takes us into the Atlas mountains to view the wonderful views and surrounding terrain. Along the way, there are lots of sights to see and people to meet. about 4 hours guided tour around Berber villages with possibility to ride miles during the afternoon. During the day, we enjoy a traditional Berber lunch.
We return to Marrakech at around 17:00hrs.