8 oclock the pick up from your riad
we depart marrakech after breakfast and force to imlil thru asni. imlil is the main trailhead for walkers, and a hectic marketplace city. there’s a regular motion of human beings coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of interest from the ones approximately to embark on their journey. we meet our mule team and as soon as all our tools is loaded we start on foot alongside the valley toward tacheddirt, a few 8kms beyond imlil. quickly the path begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at tizi n’tamatert (2,279m). we then descend to the pretty village of ouaneskra and maintain, for a similarly half of-hour or so, to tacheddirt (three,000m), wherein we usually camp close to the river. meals covered: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.
crossing the valley we start an extended, sluggish ascent to the pass at tizi likemt (three,555m). the going is quite tough as there may be a large amount of free scree at the ground. on the top we enjoy our first nice view of the toubkal massif before a protracted downhill descent to the village of azib likemt, wherein we camp for the night.
this lengthy, however distinctly clean, day takes us thru a spread of contrasting landscapes. from tizi n’ououraine (three,120m) we experience similarly perspectives of the toubkal massif, inclusive of the summit, the east face and the ifni dome (three,876m). the path leads on closer to amsouzert, one of the maximum striking villages within the area, in which we spend the night – dormitory-fashion – in a simple village gite.
west of amsouzert are several small villages, which we discover as we make our manner in the direction of ifni lake, the simplest lake within the massif. it is a memorable sight, surrounded with the aid of rocky mountains and large hundreds of rubble, and is surprisingly deep. we assume to reach with the aid of lunchtime and spend the afternoon enjoyable on the shore. we camp tonight on this vicinity.
by way of now we ought to be each in shape and acclimatised, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. we make our manner along a steep direction that leads up a reputedly countless scree slope. at length we attain the skip at tizi n’ouanoums (three,664m), a narrow ledge among two shafts of rock. from here it is a long zigzag descent to nelter hut, a mountain refuge in which we spend the night (or rather camp outdoor).
we go away earlier than dawn, following a well-worn direction to the summit. if situations are properly it ought to take no more than 2-three hours to reach the summit, in which we revel in expansive perspectives of the complete atlas variety and the marrakech plains beyond. returning to base, we then descend fairly unexpectedly to the villages of sidi chamharouch and aremd, before following the mizane river, along a well-forested path, to the trailhead at imlil. if you are staying in marrakech, you’ll be taken there by using car at the stop of the day.