Long distance hike in the High Atlas Mountains
Summit Mount Toubkal and explore lost valleys and Berber villages
Join us on a High Atlas Mountain adventure! On this trip, you will see several different sides of the diverse Moroccan culture, including the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, the popular Berber mountain village of Imlil, remote mountain valleys and passes, and best of all, a spectacular sunrise from the roof of North Africa; the summit of Mount Toubkal. Explore Toubkal National Park at a slower pace, and soak up the remote Berber village life and rugged nature of the mountains.
Day 1: Marrakech
We will meet you in the vibrant city of Marrakech (at the airport, bus station, or a place of your choice), where we will take you to your beautiful traditional riad in the bustling medina. We will take you on a walking tour of the must-see sites in the city, and local resturants unknown to most tourists. You will have time alone to relax and site see, before a filling dinner and rest.
Day 2: Marrakech - Imlil - Imlil village hike - Imlil
You will be picked up from your riad, and we will embark on a 1.5hour drive up winding roads to the High Atlas, where you will get your first taste of Berber mountain life in Imlil. Although remote, Imlil is now the gateway to Toubkal National Park, and the village centre is alive with restaurants, guesthouses and local artisans selling their handmade goods. After dropping your stuff at your comfortable guesthouse, you will have a filling lunch on the stunning rooftop terrace with some of the best views across the Imlil valley. We will take you on a hike around the surrounding villages, where the signs of tourism drop away and you will gain an insight into the traditional Berber way of life. Already, the heat and stress of Marrakech will leave you, as the pace of life becomes slower. Eat, rest and sleep at the guesthouse. Driving time 1.5hours, walking time approximately 4hours.
Day 3: Imlil - Tizi Tamaterit - Tizi Aguersioual - Imlil
We will again enjoy the surroundings of Imlil, preparing our legs for the tougher ascent of Toubkal whilst visiting wonderful Berber villages built of mud and straw. After breakfast, we begin by a steady uphill to Tizi Tamaterit mountain pass, where you will be stunned by the views of the adjacent valley. We will descend, and have lunch at the Berber village of Ikiss. Making a loop, we will head to the mountain pass Tizi Aguersioual, after which we descend and arrive back to Imlil, where we will relax for the evening. Total walking time approximately 6hours.
Day 4: Imlil - Tizi Mzik - Tamsoult Refuge
Today we will leave civilisation, and begin our wilderness adventure. We start with a continuous but gentle uphill to the Tizi Mzik mountain pass, where you will be rewarded with stunning views back down to Imlil and on the other side, Ouarzane valley; our next destination. We begin the gentle descend, where you will enjoy the changing colours of the soil and rocks, and views of the distant villages scattered along the valley floor. We will arrive at the raw and remote Tamsoult Refuge where we will spend the night in comfortable tents and mattresses. Your expedition cook will prepare a delicious meal to fill your bellies before a peaceful sleep under the stars.
Day 5: Tamsoult Refuge - (Aguelzim or Buidoudan Peak) - Nelter Refuge
Walk up to Aguelzim with a possible summit of Aguelzim or Buidoudan. Descend to camp at Nelter Refuge.
6Climb South Cwm of Toubkal. Possibly descend North Cwm. Camp at Nelter Refuge.
7Optional Climb Ras & Timesguida Ouanoukrim. Lunch at Nelter. Descend to Stay in Imlil.
8Drive to Marrakech. Drive to airport
Our treks and climbs in the Atlas mountains are led by a qualified and experienced local mountain guide and supported by a team of experienced staff. This includes logistical backup in the village of Imlil and local muleteers and an expedition cook who is also an experienced guide. All are from the local communities and each has a lifetime of experience of life and travel in this part of the Atlas mountains. We have built up a very close working relationship with our Moroccan staff over the course of many expeditions. Some trips will also be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable UK leader.
8 days - 7 nights
Availability and dates
Food on the tour
You will eat delicious, fresh, local meals cooked by your guides or in the accommodation. And do not forget about the litres mint tea! Example meals include:
Let us know in advance, and we are more than happy to cater for your specific dietry needs.
Start and end point
You will be picked up in private, air-conditioned vehicle directly to and from your accommodation in Marrakech. Want to spend another night in the mountains? No problem! We can cater to that.
How to book and pay?
We accept payments in Moroccan dirham, euros, dollars, or British pounds. Payment in cash, or by bank transfer. If you wish to pay in another currency, get in touch! Together we will figure it out.
Rural Moroccans still live a traditional way of life. So it is advised to dress a little more conservative than you are used to. For women, this means that shoulder, chest and knees are covered, and for men, shoulders and knees. It will also protect you from the hot sun, and help you to stay cooler.
Your luggage for the trip will be carried my mules, to help take the weight off your shoulders. If you have some additional luggage you wish to keep in Imlil, we can arrange a secure place for you to store these items.
Looking for a different experience? Check out our other tours!
We offer numerous different ways to summit Mount Toubkal, the highest summit in North Africa. Ccheck out our 2 day, 3 day 4 day, 6 day, hikes, and winter trekking opportunities. Want an alternative to Toubkal? Read about our tours to Moroccos second highest peak, Jbel M'goun, or the beautiful Saghro Mountains. We also offer 2 day and 7 day hikes visiting remote Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains for a deeper cultural experience.
Or do you want a little more luxury in the mountains? With us it's possible!
We also offer various tours including camel trekking in the Sahara desert, walking tours of Moroccan cities, and bike tours.
What to pack?
Visitors are advised to prepare for mountain conditions. It is normally warm and exposed during the day, and cold in the evenings, and very cold on the summit! You will feel the raw power of the mountains. Note: there are opportunities to rent equipment. Let us know in advance.