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If you are keen to discover Morocco at its best, then this tour is perfect for you. Walking through the native villages of the Berber people and encountering their warm hospitality and indiginous way of life, you will undoubtedly see more than you bargained for with the added bonus of experiencing some spectacular views.
During the 5 days you will hike amongst cool vegetation with juniper and pine trees for perfect shade breaks, across deep gorges, gushing river streams and groves of cherry and walnut trees. You guide will explain the culture and history behind the different areas you trek through, spending time in many different Berber villages along the way.
For Trekking Atlas Mountains 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:
Our tour today will take 5-6 hours and will start from Marrakech. We will take you to Imi Oughlad (340m), where you will meet your guide, cook, and mule. At the beginning of your trek, you will pass huge forests of juniper, pine, and oak as you head toward Tinzert. Tinzert has a beautiful view of the Ouirgan Valley. You will spend the night in gites here.
After spending the night in the village, your guide will take you along the Azzaden Valley, with its beautiful gorges and villages. You will finally arrive at the Tizian village where you will stay in a local house
As you leave the Azzenden Valley through its walnut forests to the Dkent Valley, you will stop at Tizi Taghrhourt. Here you will have a chance to enjoy the incredible view of the Azzenden Valley, from 1990m. You will then travel to Tizgui village, where you will spend the night in a local house. This day should take approximately 7 hours to complete.
To join in on the daily life of the Berber people, your day will start early in the morning. This is when the Berber’s start to work the land, milk the cows, make bread, amongst various other activities that make Berber life what it is. The trek will start through Oussol, before picking up the trail that leads to the top of the amazing Azzenden Valley. Tizi Oussem is today’s destination, where you can use the local steam bath (hamam) and stay in a local house. The day is approx. 7 hours from start to finish.
The last day is around 5-7 hours walking. This will take you via the largest waterfalls in the Toubkal National Park. After visiting the falls, you will join the path that takes you up the Ait Mizan Valley via Tizi Mzzik, which is at 2500m and gives you the opportunity to view the villages of Imlil and the Atlas mountain range. The final leg of the journey will be descending back down to Imlil, here you will have a Berber mint tea break before heading back to Marrakech with your driver.