4 Days / 3 Nights
4 days hike Atlas Mountains discovery: This 4 Day Trek, departing from Marrakech, travels to the spectacular High Atlas Mountains with its verdant valleys and ancient lifestyles and with its gentle local Amazigh hospitality.
You will cross four valleys from Imlil to the lush Ourika Valley ending in Setti Fatma.
Immerse yourself in the landscapes and culture.
You will stay in local houses in remote villages and spend a night wild camping.
Ultimately, you will go away refreshed, rewilded and reconnected with a new sense of purpose and a different aspect on what it is to be out in nature.
You can transfer from Marrakech either on Day 1, or the previous day with accommodation in Imlil.
Day 1Imi Oughlad - Tidli
The start point is Imi Oughlad at 1500m where we meet the Guide, the Muleteers and where the mules are packed. We cross the river and leave the Imlil valley as we trek up to Tizi el Bour, giving superb views across the Imlil Valley to the villages of Imi Oughlad and Ait Ali, and from the pass, views to the Imenane valley below. We descend to Imska village where we stop for a picnic lunch by the river. Fed and watered, we start the ascent zigzagging our way up through terraced villages and rocky trails to Tinoughar and on up to the high villages of Tidli. We will spend our first trek night either in one of these villages or in Agadir village a little higher at around 2400m. We will arrive around 16.00h, time for a welcome tea, change of clothes and relax.
Day 2Tidli - Oukaimeden
Fuelled from a hearty breakfast, we leave these remote picturesque villages; continue our ascent to Tizi n´Oukaimeden at 2600m. You will notice the landscape and flora changes as we near the pass and there are stunning views across to the high peaks of Toubkal and Ouankrim. We descend across the wild flower alpine fields to the ski resort of Oukaimeden where we will have a picnic lunch by the lake. After a local guide will show you the ancient rock art located on the opposite side of the road to the lake. We will continue our trek along the valley to a village called Azib Tiferguine where there are more petroglyphs to be seen, in particular a frieze of elephants. The rock art reflects the animals acient people saw, the weapons used and symbols. We will have a wild camp in this area for the night, sleeping under the stars in this ancient site. If the group is big enough then we may possibly be able to buy a sheep or goat from one of the shepherds which will be roasted in a traditional mechoui oven. A rare treat!
Day 3Oukaimeden - Timichchi
We leave the camp site and continue our trek, today we have a long ascent to 3130m to the pass of Tizi n´Ouhattar which is all always worth it for the views. We descend from the pass to the Ourika Valley and the villages of Agounss and Tinoummer and have a lunch break. Rested and well fed, we continue along the trail and the valley where we will spend the night in a local family homestay.
Day 4Timichchi - Ourika Valley - Setti Fatma
After breakfast, we pack up the mules and set off on the trail along the Ourika Valley. We pass quite a few Berber villages on the terraced mountainsides, so lots of amazing photo opportunities. We will arrive in the riverside village of Setti Fatma where we say goodbye to the Muleteers. We will have a late lunch in one of the riverside restaurants and relax. When we are ready to leave, the transfer vehicle will be waiting to take us to Marrakech.
4 Days / 3 Nights
- English speaking guide
- Muleteers and mules for luggage
- All the meals during the trek
- Mineral water + coffee and tea
- Transportation from and to Marrakech
- Sleeping bags if needed
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Soft/alcoholic drinks