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Excursion from Marrakech to Imlil - 1 Days

Imlil Valley

Imlil is a small village in the High Atlas Mountains and is close to Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa and only about 1.5 hours drive away from Marrakesh. You can visit the Asni Berber market, walk up to the kasbah and explore the surrounding trails. Imlil is a pleasant destination to cool off from Marrakesh’s heat and dusty, bustling streets.

October, when the whole valley smells of apples and clear skies and sunshine dominate, trekking is a particularly enjoyable way to spend a day. There are numerous places to stop for lunch or buy walnuts and apples for your day trek. The snow and cold from December to February make this destination less attractive, but the rest of the year it is a treat and a retreat. The film “Seven years in Tibet” was part filmed in this village.


 
Imlil Valley

Trip Facts

Total Days : 1
Trek Days : 1
Trip Nature : Trekking & walking
Lodging : N / A
Min. Altitude : ( 1740 m )
Max. Altitude : ( 2200 m )
Overal walking :  4 / 5 hrs P/D    
Difficulty : Easy
Group Size :  + 1 person    
Best Time : This trek is available throughout the year. You can start the trek on any date you wish.
 

Intinerary

Day 01: Marrakech - Asni - Imlil - Marrakech

Services

What's Included
  • Private Transport to & from your Hotel
  • Lunch at Berber house or Kasbah du Toubkal
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Mule if needed
  • Drinks ( water )

What's Not Included
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tip
Day 01: Marrakech - Asni - Imlil - Marrakech

After meeting you at your hotel or riad with your personal driver at around 9.00am, we head south of Marrakech through the Plains of Haouz towards Asni at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.

If you can plan this trip for a Saturday then that’s a bonus as it’s when Asni’s weekly Berber market takes place – with plenty to choose from but without the Marrakech price tags!

We continue south, passing close to the Kasbah Tamadot (now a luxurious retreat and part of the Virgin empire) before reaching the village of Imlil at the end of the tarmac road, with the summit of Mount Toubkal – at 4167m the highest mountain in North Africa – towering ahead, the village has evolved as a popular springboard for mountaineering and trekking by foot or by mule and it is here that you will meet your guide for the day.

After a refreshing glass of mint tea, it’s time to venture into true Berber country as streams and paths criss-cross their way in front of you as you start to climb the trails and slopes ahead. This part of the tour covers around 4kms and takes us to Aremd, another Berber village, where more refreshments will be on hand.

During your trek you’ll get first hand experience of authentic Berber life and a genuine appreciation of how they live in harmony with nature in spite of the often-daunting landscape and environment. We head for the Kasbah of Toubkal where we enjoy lunch in spectacular scenery.

Your guide will assist with your descent to Imlil where you will meet up with your driver for the two-hour journey back to Marrakech and your riad or hotel accommodation.

 



For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.

Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:

Clothing Equipment
Good walking boots and socks 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse Walking stick
Trekking pants Day sack/backpack
Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants Headtorch / headlamp
Underwear Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
Long johns Ice axe and crampons (winter)
T-shirts Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
Fleece jacket or warm jumper Penknife (useful)
Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket  
Hat  
Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)  
Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves  
   
Other  
Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
Trail snacks
Zip-Up bags for camera
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
 

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