High Atlas Berber Villages
The Atlas Mountains is a mountain range across a northern stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The highest peak is Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) in south western Morocco. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. The population of the Atlas Mountains are mainly Berbers. The terms for ‘mountain’ in some Berber languages are Adrar and Adras, believed to be cognate with the toponym.
Day 1: Arrive Marrakech and rendezvous at the group hotel in the heart of the Medina, opposite the world famous Djeema El Fna.
Day2:Transfer to the beautiful Ourika Valley. After loading the mules with baggage and supplies the walk begins with an ascent to the tiny village of Iabbassene.
Day 3:An early start to cross a high mountain pass that reveals spectacular views in all directions. Descend into the upper Imenane Valley to the village of Tacheddirt.
Day 4: Follow the Imenane Valley for a while and then ascend out following a zig-zagging trail that leads to the Tizi Tamatert. Admire the mountain panorama and descend into the Mizane Valley to join the main Toubkal trail to reach Aremd.
Day 5:A steady ascent along the standard trail to “Toubkal Base Camp” passing the sacred shrine of Sidi Chamharouch along the way.
Day 6: The ascent of Toubkal begins from the overnight refuge. Initially steep and seemingly endless boulder and scree before the gradient eases and a final ridge leads to the summit and stunning 360 degree views. Descend to Aremd. A long and tough day.
Day 7: A short walk to the road head at Imlil and transfer to Marrakech, with plenty of time to explore the labyrinth of souks and bazaars.
Day 8 : Depart from Marrakech.