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Trek the High Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas Mountains, which dominate the skyline to the south of Marrakech, have always played an important role for the city, not least with regard to commerce. Whilst Marrakech is in itself a fascinating city, a whole new experience awaits those who venture south into the mountains.
With several peaks above 4000 metres, the Western High Atlas is part of a larger chain of mountains that spreads from the Atlantic Coast in the west to Tunisia in the east. The mountains are home to the indigenous Berber people who have inhabited Morocco for at least 5000 years. The Berbers live in small clusters of earthen adobe houses which cling precipitously to mountainsides and are often only accessible by mule or foot.
Our treks take us from the village of Imlil along footpaths and mule tracks which mount through the lush, irrigated terraces, apple orchards and walnut groves to other villages where you will have a glimpse into a way of life that has barely changed for centuries, and where traditional values and hospitality have been largely unaffected by the outside world.
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The building of the Kasbah has allowed people to stay in Imlil without foregoing the creature comforts that we increasingly take for granted and enjoy all the more after being out in the fresh mountain air. Until now trekking further out and staying overnight in the Toubkal Massif has meant either camping or staying in a local house which whilst a wonderful experience is not for everyone.
The first of The Toubkal Lodges has been built in the village of Id Issa in the Azzaden valley and is a half/full days trek (depending on route) from the Kasbah du Toubkal. The valley of Azzaden is truly spectacular and very traditional. The Lodge is very comfortable offering similar levels of facilities to the Kasbah’s Garden House and now allows guests to stay right in the heart of the spectacular Atlas Mountain without having to compromise on accommodation. Its architectural style is such that it complements the environment of the surrounding villages which welcomes its presence in their valley.
- 4 En-suite Bedrooms with spectacular views.
- Traditional wooden ceilings, wooden carved doors and other traditional features.
- Under floor heating (solar powered)
- Spectacular terrace looking up to the snow capped peaks of the Toubkal Massif
- Lounge with picture windows, wood burning stove, music etc
In keeping with our sustainable standards, we have already formed a Village Association to carry out Community projects in the area. Many local villagers were involved during the building of this lodge and it is a very welcomed development in the valley. Whilst it is envisaged that the majority of guests will hike in/out of the valley there are many possible variations as the lodge can also be reached by an 18km dirt road so it can make a very special hideaway for those not wishing to trek in/out but perhaps stay for a few days, relax and do shorter walks in the surrounding area. Options include a range of treks and circular routes using The Toubkal Lodge either as a stopover or as a base for day hikes. It is even possible (by special arrangement) to use mountain bikes or horses to access this wonderfully peaceful and beautiful location.
Private transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport or your accommodation in Marrakech to Imlil (approximately 90 minutes) where you will meet your personal mountain guide and have the opportunity to discuss your preferences for walks and treks. Depending on your arrival time, there will be the option of an introductory walk in the area. Dinner and luxury accommodation at Dar Imlil will be provided.
A day to relax and enjoy free time in the Imlil area, or a chance to explore the Imlil valley with your personal mountain guide. This can be separate morning and afternoon walks or one full day walk. Alternatively, you may wish to venture further afield to an outlying valley. A picnic lunch will be provided if required or lunch will be served at Dar Imlil. Dinner and luxury accommodation at Dar Imlil.
A supported trek of 3-4 hours’ duration* with guide, mule and muleteer to our remote trekking lodge in the Azzaden Valley, a beautiful setting barely touched by the modern way of life. A picnic lunch en route with dinner and luxury accommodation at Azzaden Trekking Lodge is provided. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing hammam (steam bath) on arrival.* longer routes available
After breakfast, a day to explore the stunning Azzaden Valley with your personal mountain guide. There are several treks of varying lengths to choose from. You may choose a moderate walk amongst the villages of the Azzaden Valley or a taxing 7-hour circular route passing the Lepiney refuge hut and the Tizi n’Tzikert col at 2930 metres, or indeed anything in between. Other options of a similar length include the slightly easier and very beautiful 7-hour circular walk passing the cols Tizi n’Teouti at 2450 metres and Tizi n’Tougdalt at 2700 metres. A picnic lunch en route will be provided on full day walks, otherwise lunch will be served at the lodge. Dinner and luxury accommodation at Azzaden Trekking Lodge.
After breakfast, depart Azzaden Trekking Lodge and trek back to Imlil via a route of your choice with your personal mountain guide. A picnic lunch en route will be provided. Dinner and luxury accommodation at Dar Imlil.
After breakfast, depart Imlil and return by private transfer to Marrakech Menara Airport or to your accommodation in Marrakech.
Location & Access
60km from Marrakech. Follow the road out of Marrakech towards the Tizi n’Test Pass and Taroudant and just beyond the town of Asni turn left following the sign to Imlil (17km). Stop at the village car park and go to the Kasbah reception in the village who will arrange for luggage to be transferred by mule. Kasbah du Toubkal can arrange transfers from Marrakech or elsewhere in Morocco.
Return journey from Marrakech to Imlil by private transfer for two people sharing a room on a full board basis throughout the five-night trip (excluding flights and insurance):
888 euro per person
571 euro single supplement.
Included in the price…
- Private transfer from Marrakech to Imlil and return journey on day of departure.
- The services of a qualified guide and muleteer for the duration of your stay in the mountains.
- All food and soft drinks on a full board basis, commencing with lunch or evening meal on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 6. (Please feel free to bring your own alcoholic drinks if you wish.)
- The use of a private hammam when staying at all accommodation in the mountains.
- All taxes include a 5% levy to the Village Association (further details on request).
- An upgrade to Kasbah du Toubkal may be available in lieu of accommodation at Dar Imlil
(further details on request).
- All accommodation approximately 1800 metres above sea level.