Imlil valley short day trek

pathfinders treks - 1 day trek from marrakech to atlas mountains

Day Trip

1 day trek from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains: Imlil village sits at the head of a picturesque valley at the trailhead to North Africa´s highest peak Mount Toubkal. In summer it is a welcome retreat from the heat of Marrakech and in winter, the snow covered peaks add a magical air to the already stunning location. Once you arrive after a short drive from Marrakech, we propose various options like: Mule rides, cooking classes in a village house or a few hour or more walk in the woodlands and villages around Imlil with either a picnic lunch out in nature or in a secluded gite with a view to Toubkal. If you are interested in some trekking in the region, we can organise that for you too with accommodation, guides, mules and all meals. By late afternoon, we return to Marrakech and we will bring you to the place of your choice.


Departure on a private 4WD from Marrakech around 9am, and drive towards Imlil valley passing by Moulay Brahim Gorges, Asni center (well-known by its weekly Saturday Berber market). After 17km we arrive to Imlil (1,740m), a starting point of several trekking and walking options through the High Atlas valleys and Berber villages including Mount Toubkal (4167m) the highest summit in North Africa. Here you will leave our vehicle to take a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and meet your local guide prior to setting out for some 4km excursion (2 or 3 hours walk). Towards the south to the Berber village of Armed (2000m) passing the hamlets of Ait souka, Targa, Imoula and up to Armed village where you will enjoy a panoramic view over the surounding villages and the high Atlas Peaks such as Toubkal, Aguelzim summit, Adge, Tamatert pass, Mazzik pass…

A short visit through Armed with its narrow streets including a mint-tea in one of the local Berber houses, then walk through the irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables and always surrounded by almond and walnut trees. The trek then continues for another half an hour until the stop for lunch which will be served among a Berber familly in the village of M’zik. After lunch you set off back down the other side of the valley back to Imlil passing by the village of Arghen, and our Imlil valley short day trek ends in Marrakech.

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