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Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

1. Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in North Africa in 2 days. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. You will trek with a local English-speaking guide, a local cook, and mules to carry your luggage. This is a challenging walk rather than a climb, and anybody in good physical condition can reach the top. Make sure you bring your camera; the views from the summit are spectacular. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing but may involve walking in crampons or holding an ice axe for security (November to April). The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but does involve some easy scrambling and snow slopes. After the first day spent trekking, you will stay at the refuge where you will spend the night, and enjoy Berber hospitality. After an early breakfast the next day, set off and reach the summit as the sun rises, rewarding you with amazing views. The views from the summit are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. During the ascent you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys, and Berber Villages.

Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

2. Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

Your 2-day adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech and heads towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya, and Asni. Throughout the drive, admire stunning views of the surrounding landscapes as well as a glimpse of local villages along the valley. Arrive at Imlil and meet your trekking crew for the trip, then enjoy a refreshing mint tea to set you up for a day of exploring. With your guides, head out towards Azzaden Valley via the Tizi Mzik pass where you can marvel at panoramic views over the valley as well as several neighboring Atlas peaks. Lunch is served at the top of the pass, so you can admire the views while you eat, then continue down the valley through the Juniper Forest to arrive at Tizi Oussem village. Spend the night at this traditional Berber site, meet the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. Enjoy a delicious and authentic tagine dinner surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the mountains. After breakfast on day 2, soak up the sunshine that lights up this colorful valley before heading out towards Id Issa village. Spend some time exploring then trek to Tizi Oudid mountain pass walking through Matat village along the way. Arrive at a walnut grove and enjoy a relaxing lunch next to the river. Finally, return to Marrakech around 5pm.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

3. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

From Marrakech: High Atlas Berber Cooking Class

4. From Marrakech: High Atlas Berber Cooking Class

Experience the rich culture of Morocco through its cuisine on this half-day tour. After pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head off into the Atlas mountains to a traditional Berber household. Under the guidance of members of the household, you and your group of up to 6 people will prepare a sumptuous meal of appetizers, a main course, and desert, helping your group discover the secrets of a subtle and succulent cuisine. Immerse yourself in the Morocco’s rich culture as you spend a half day with the family, with your guide at hand to translate and offer further insight into Berber and Moroccan culture. After dining on the fruits of your labor, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

5. Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

Your day will begin when you meet with your driver at 8:30AM by the Cafe of Hotel Ali, situated near the post office at Jamaa Elfna Square. From here, you will drive towards the Toubkal National Park. At 10:00AM, you will meet with your mountain guide and have some mint tea before heading out to walk. At 10:30AM, your walk will start from the center of Imlil up to the Ait Souka Village. Here you will discover nice views towards Mount Toubkal, which at 4,167-meters is the highest peak in North Africa and considered one of the best trekking locations in Morocco. The walk will then continue, crossing the villages of Tamaterte, Targa Imoula and Achain. The trail will reach its highest point in Imlil (2,000 meters), from where you will receive a fantastic view over all of the Imlil villages. At 1:30PM, you will be welcomed into a Berber local family to have your lunch on a beautiful roof terrace with nice views over the mountains and farms of walnuts, cherries and apples. At 2:00PM you will set off for the rest of the walk so as to complete the circle of the Imlil center. Following this walk at 3:00PM, you will meet your driver and drive back to Marrakech, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation or the airport depending on your wishes.

From Marrakech: Private Day Trip to Atlas Mountains

6. From Marrakech: Private Day Trip to Atlas Mountains

This is a shared trip to Imlil from Marrakech which starts around at 9:00 AM with the pick-up from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech. It takes 1.5 hours to reach Imlil park. You will visit Imlil which is situated approximately 64 kilometers south of Marrakesh and it can be reached by road through the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Imlil is the end of the tarmac road, it is a good starting point for a trekking holiday or for climbing Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa (4167 meters). On Saturdays, you can visit the Asni Berber market, walk up to the Kasbah and explore the surrounding trails and enjoy superb views along the valley of Riraya. At this point in the mountains, you will enter true Berber country, meet your english skeaping guide and walk through the small High Atlas Mountain village of Aremd. You will be back at your hotel in Marrakech around 06:00 PM.

Mount Toubkal 4-Day Trek

7. Mount Toubkal 4-Day Trek

On the first day, after being picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 8:30 AM, drive towards Imlil valley where you will be met by a local guide. Check in at a guesthouse before your set off on an acclimatizing hike to Tizi Mzik pass Stop for lunch prepared by a cook then walk back down to your lodge in Imlil for an overnight stay.  After breakfast, hike along the Mizane Valley towards the village of Aremd. Continue east and cross the floodplain along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Cross the river until you eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. The village sits beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of houses. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the Toukbal Refuge for your stop for the night. On day 3, after an early breakfast, climb to the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. When you reach the plateau and the summit, take in the breathtaking unrestricted vistas across the Marrakesh Plain, the High Atlas Mountains in the North, and the Sahara in the South. Return down the mountain to base-camp for lunch and an overnight stay. On the last day, walk back down to Imil and stop for lunch at the lodge before you transfer back to Marrakech.

Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

8. Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to Toubkal Massif on a full-day trip into the Atlas Mountains. Visit a national park that’s characterized by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys. You’ll take in spectacular views of the highest summits in the Atlas mountain chain here as you make your way through the park. At the small village of Imlil you’ll leave the highway and arrive at the starting point for exploring the Toubkal area. Enjoy a hike of around 20 minutes in this stunning natural environment, stopping for lunch at a restaurant that faces Mount Toubkal. The massif, standing an impressive 13,700 feet, is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain rangem and one of the highest peaks in Africa.

Atlas mountains & Agafay Desert full day trip from Marrakech

9. Atlas mountains & Agafay Desert full day trip from Marrakech

After pick–up from your Marrakech hotel shortly before 9:00A M, drive to the small town of Asni, surrounded by fertile farmland and known for its lively weekly market held every Saturday. Enjoy bucolic scenery along the way as you wind through the Berber countryside, passing picturesque villages, citrus orchards, and rose gardens. On arrival, board your camel and enjoy a short ride through the mountains. After your camel ride, continue with your driver to the Imlil Valley at the foot of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco at 13,671 feet. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch at a local guesthouse before a short hike of approximately 1.5 hours through some Berber villages. Following your walk, depart for Marrakech. Your tour ends at your hotel in the evening. 

Atlas and Agafay Day Tour with Sunset Camel Ride

10. Atlas and Agafay Day Tour with Sunset Camel Ride

Start your day with pickup in Marrakesh at 9:00 AM. Your first stop is the Atlas Mountains. Visit a traditional Berber market on the way and an Argan oil co-op. From Marakkesh, you’ll arrive at Imlil. From there, you'll head to the highest and largest village in Imlil Valley, Armed. Either choose to walk to Armed, or you go by camel. See the waterfalls, as well as the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula. To add some more glamor to your journey, your tour guide will stop at Tamatert, so that you can enjoy the amazing view of ancient irrigation fields that are surrounded by cherry and walnut trees. From Tamatert, pass through the Ait Souka village on the way to the next stop at Kik Plateau. At Ait Souka, you’ll meet a berber family, and you’ll be welcomed with a nice guest meal in their home.  Your journey will also take you from the Kik Plateau to the edge of Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Take a tea break and see the gigantic dam that supplies Marrakesh with all its energy. Quad biking or jet skiing can also be locally arranged if you enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities. The last stop before you return to Marakkesh is the Agafay Desert. Through the stone desert, oasis, barren light brown plateaus, high hills, and Bedouin villages, you'll enjoy the beautiful sunset as your journey wraps up.

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What people are saying about Imlil

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6,151 reviews

Excellent. Both our guides, Saïd and his younger brother Rachid were great. It was Rachid’s first time but he was a real pro. We enjoyed everything about the trip and the lunch was delicious. My only criticism is that I found the walking route to the waterfall and then to the restaurant afterwards tiring and a little tricky in places. I admit that I’m not young, but I am quite fit and take regular exercise. Make sure you’re wearing trainers!

Said was a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable guide with a great sense of humour. The trip itself was great as we was able to go see the atlas mountins and the agafy desert. We loved riding the camals and visiting the berber village, it was a highlight of the trip with a fantastic lunch at the end of the hike. Thank you for a wonderful day Said.

Great tour. Got to visit a real amazigh (Berber) village by local Berber guides. Some part of the walk made me feel like I was in the Alps. Our guide was Rachid Mazik and it was his first tour (I think?). Great kid with still a lot of youthful playfulness. He made me feel like we had been friends for a while. Highly recommend.

I had an excellent trip! Coming from the USA, I found the price of this day trip to be amazing. It included a full day of activities/exploration + 2 excellent meals. I’ll recommend this trip to any of my friends who choose to visit Morocco!

It was really nice , I enjoyed every activity we did, and the tour guides were nice also the driver, the food was excellent overall I really enjoyed this experience