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Imlil - Ourika Valley Trek Tour

Country: Morocco
City: Marrakesh
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Hiking Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech – Imlil – Imenane Valley - Tacheddirt

Departure from Marrakesh at 8am for a pleasing 2 hour drive over the Tizi n Techt way up into the foothills of Western High Atlas rangers to arrive at our trailhead in the Berber village of Imlil. With streams and paths branching out all around us we set out along a piste for 1 hour and 45 minutes hike towards the east up to the Tizi m’ Tamatert (2272m) and on through the fields of wheat and orchards of walnut, apple and cherry trees until we reach the village of Tamatert (1810m).

Once through the village we shall take a path which leads us up through pine and juniper woods we stop at the Tizi to admire the Imlil and Imenane Valleys , the latter with its many Berber villages tucked precariously onto the slopes stretching out around us, with Jbel Oukaîmeden (3268m) known locally as "Ouka" - and almost as high asthe Rockies - on the near horizon. We carry on along the upper valley slopes for another hour or so to the villages of first Ouaneskra and then Amghedoul (2130m) set amidst terraced plots of land carved from the hard slopes where we shall stop for our picnic on the plateau used, in summer, as a favored bivouac site. Our afternoon will be spent hiking for some 3 hours up through the valley along mule trails until we reach the pretty - and the oldest - Berber village in the Toubkal Massif - Tacheddirt (2291m), set amongst terraced plots clawed from the surrounding craggy slopes, where we'll stay overnight in a Gite d'Etape (Berber House with hot shower). Whilst dinner is being prepared, there's ample opportunity to visit the village and the always welcoming, hardy Berber villagers.

Day 2 Tacheddirt – Iaabassene - Timichi

After an early breakfast we start our 7hour hike southeastwards to the terraced village of Timichi (1860m), at the western offshoot head of the Ourika Valley. For 2 ½ hours we hike slowly up to the Tizi n'Tacheddirt (3200m), which affords us a stunning panoramic view of the Jebel Aksouâl (3842m) on one side and of Bou Iguenouane (3882m) and Angour (3616m) on the other. Here you will see the beginnings of the luscious nature of the beautiful, verdant Valley stretching out way down below us.

We shall traverse the pass and continue on down through the rocks north-eastwards for a further 2½ hours until we reach the Berber village of Iaabassene (2030m), where we'll stop for our welcome picnic next to a spring just outside the village. The afternoon's 2hour hike takes us up further to the northeast down the valley to the old village of Timichi, set amongst ancient nut trees, where we'll have our dinner and stay overnight in a Berber family home.

Day 3 Timichi – Isghouarne – Agadir n’ait Boulmane – Setti Fatma

After breakfast we set out for a 5 to 6-hour hike eastwards down along the valley full of cornfields and orange groves, with many streams flowing down from the upper slopes, passing through the villages of Isghouarne and Agadir n'Aït Boulmane to arrive at the end of the beautiful Ourika Valley proper and the renowned Berber village of Setti Fadma, with its ancient nut trees and waterfalls. We shall stop for our picnic just outside of the village, before hiking on for a further half an hour to rejoin our

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