6 Days Bird Watching tour itinerary for Imlil, Marrakech & Toubkal: Come For This Tubkal Mountain Trek
Imlil, Marrakech, Toubkal
Embark on this special trek in the High Atlas Mountains! With a number of fabulous passes, stunning campsites and of course the peak of Toubkal to contend with, this isn’t a trek for the light-hearted. Pass by Azib Likemt and Amsouzert villages during this tour.
marrakech - imlil - tacheddirt
Leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trail head for walkers, and a busy market town. There is a constant movement of people coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of activity from those about to embark on their adventure.
Meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded, we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8 km beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n’Tamatert (2,279 m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3,000 m), where we generally camp near the river.
tacheddirt - azib likemt
Cross the valley and begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3,555 m). The going is quite tough as there is a considerable amount of loose scree on the ground. At the top, enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal massif before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt, where we camp for the night.
azib likemt - tizi n'ououraine - amsoUzErt
This long, but relatively easy day which takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine (3,120 m), we enjoy further views of the Toubkal massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3,876 m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a Berber house.
AMSOUZERT - ifni LAKe
West of Amsouzert, there are several small villages, which we explore as we make our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore.
We camp tonight in this area.
ifni lake - neltner refuge
By now, we should be both fit and acclimatized, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length, we reach the pass at Tizi n’Ouanoums (3,664 m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here, it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night.
REFUGE TOUBKAL - TOUBKAL SUMMIT - MARRAKECH
Have a very early breakfast and set out around 6 am. Go for a three hour steep climb to the highest peak in the Maghreb (4167 m). The panorama from here is simply stunning.
Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward – with your guide – 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Refuge for a picnic.
After lunch, set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n’Isouhouanem n’Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, there is a pilgrimage ‘marabout’ shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims.
Another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the transport back to Marrakech.
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Imlil, Marrakech, Toubkal
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