BERBER VILLAGES TREKKING & TOUBKAL MOUNT ASCENT
BERBER VILLAGES & TOUBKAL SUMMIT 5 DAYS TREK
BERBER VILLAGES & TOUBKAL SUMMIT HIKE ITINERARY:
Day: 1- MARRAKECH - IMI OUGHALD - TIZI N'TACHTE - TIZIANE –
We leave Marrakech early in the morning for our 5 days Berber villages trekking to Toubkal summit. We take a pleasant drive south through the curvy road up to Moulay Brahim gorge and the upper valleys, and eventually arrive at the higher foothills of the Western high Atlas Mountains. Our trailhead of Imi Oughlad will pass by Jbel Toubkal, which peak is the highest in North Africa (4167m), Aglzim (3650m) and (Aksoual) 3847m, peaks of all these mountains will be looming before us as we climb our way up. Upon our arrival, we alight from our vehicle and meet your guides and the Berber muleteer crew. We carefully picked the best guides in the area, their local knowledge of the area will make the 5 day trek around the Berber villages much more interesting and worthwhile. We will then take a 2 hour acclimatization hike upwards in the Notrth East direction, then we switch back to hike along mule tracks. Our path will lead us through barley corn fields, forest of pine and juniper trees, to the Tiz n’Tachete (2000m). We will take a short stop to look back down on Imlil and Ait Oussaden valleys, and enjoy the view of Berber villages beautifully scattered all around the mountains, carefully pushed onto the slops. Then we continue for another half an hour to Imi n’Ifri where we will have our picnic on the plateau. After that, we take a slow hike for about 2 and half hours south-west down along a dirt track, up through Assif n’Ait Oussaden to the ancient red clay terraced village of Tiziane (1750m). Overnight in a guest house.
Day: 2- TIZIANE - TIZI N'TAGHRGHOUTE - T'KINT
We start our day with an early breakfast and then we set off our hike slowly up to the Assif n’Ait Oussaden Valley. We will pass through walnuts groves up to Tizi N’taghrhourte (1995m) and arrive at Assaka spring. Here we will be awarded with an astounding panoramic sight of the surrounding mountains and vistas. We will take advantage of the beautiful peaceful nature and have our field picnic, enjoying the silence of the wilderness. Our afternoon’s hike will take us down along the edges of the forest until we reach the berber village of D’knt (1870m) or agouns n Assoul, where we will have our dinner Overnight in Guest house
Day: 3- T'KNT - TIZI N'TAGDALTE - AZIB TAMSOULT HUT
We start with an early breakfast to fuel our bodies with the necessary strength for our morning’s 3 hour hike upwards, through groves of walnut trees and fields of corn. Along the way we will pass by sheep and goat herders, as we wave to them, we will lay our eyes on a group of women and children bent over with 20kg loads of faggots and dried herbs loaded on their backs. As we pass across the Tizi n’Tagdalte, we continue our hike downhill the juniper trees, until we reach a small spring set amongst the trees. We will take a break to enjoy a field picnic. Once refreshed, we are off down winding tracks of upper slopes for some 3 hours, to come to a small river at the beginning of the valley of assif n’ait oussaden . From here we enter the village of tizi oussem (1850m) then up to the summer village Of Tamsoult Overnight in a hut.
Day: 4- AZIB TAMSOULT HUT - TIZI AGUELZIM - TOUBKAL HUT
After breakfast, we now set out eastwards on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3550m). we will then take a further 3 hours hike south-east to the Toubkal Refuge, which marks the spring snowline at 3207m, where we shall have our dinner, Overnight in Toubkal Hut.
Day: 5- TOUBKAL HUT - SUMMIT JBEL TOUBKAL - IMLIL - MARRAKECH
We will wake up a bit earlier today as we are keen on to avoid the heated sun- as long as possible- while climbing the Toubkal Mount. After a 3 hour steep climb, we will reach the top of the highest peak in North Africa- at 4167m. The panorama from here is simply stunning and will make any physical pain you’re feeling worth it! Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward - 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'isougane N'ouagounss, towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, There is a pilgrimage 'Marabout' shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. Another 2 hours downhill will allow getting to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start, prior to take the taxi back to Marrakech.