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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.

Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

5. Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

Your full-day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains will start with a pick-up from your hotel or Riad. First, you will drive east towards the town of Tahannaout, where you will make the first stop. Admire a panoramic view of a mud-brick Berber village on top of a hill across the Ghighaya River. Then, continue to an Argan Oil artisanal factory run by local ladies. Sample local bread, Argan oil with min tea, and learn the process of extracting this liquid gold. If your day trip coincides with a Tuesday, visit the local weekly Berber Market in Tahannout or the one in Asni that runs every Saturday. Next, you will cross the canyons of Tibidrt with stunning views of the river and juniper forest on our way to Asni. From here, you will continue to Imlil Village, located at the foothills of Mt.Toubkal. Upon arrival at the Village center, meet your local Berber guide for an hour-long moderate hike in Toubkal National Park past various scattered Berber settlements to a small waterfall. Then, treat yourself to a delicious cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice while admiring the views before you continue to Aroumd village. Next, a well deserved three-course lunch home-made made lunch will be served at a Berber house. In the mid-afternoon, Descend back to Imlil center, where you will meet your driver. Continue to Kik Plateau across green valleys to Agafay Desert, then get ready for a 30-minute camel ride across the stone desert. Finally, you will drive towards the Lalla Takerkoust lake, which serves as a water reservoir supplying Marrakech. Your Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day trip from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or pre-set drop off points in the Medina.

Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

6. Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

Your day will begin when you meet with your driver at 9:00AM 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 10:30AM, you will meet with your mountain guide and have some mint tea before heading out to walk. At 11:00AM, 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 2:30PM, 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 3:00PM you will set off for the rest of the walk so as to complete the circle of the Imlil center. Following this walk at 3:30PM, 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 Marrakesh: Day Trip to Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert

7. From Marrakesh: Day Trip to Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert

Depart from Marrakesh on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains and the Agafay Desert. Visit the lands of Amanar, before heading to Imlil for an authentic Moroccan lunch. Climb Toubkal and watch the sunset in the desert of Agafay. Get picked up from your accommodations and start your journey towards the Atlas Mountains. Make a stop in the lands of Amanar and spend an hour and a half admiring its picturesque beauty or try thrilling activities like zip-lining. Arrive in the small village of Imlil, indulging in a delicious lunch at a restaurant with panoramic views of the valley. Try traditional Moroccan food, including tagine and seasonal fruits. Head out from Imlil into the Atlas Mountains, watching the jagged, giant rocks grow on the horizon. Climb Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco, with the assistance of an expert guide. Learn about your surroundings as you ascend, experiencing unbelievable views of the world below. Pass along an enchanting road through the town of My Brahim to reach the Agafay Desert. Refresh yourself with soothing mint tea as you watch the sunset over the stretching dunes.

From Marrakesh: 3‐Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

8. From Marrakesh: 3‐Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

On the first day, you will depart from Marrakesh around 9:00 AM in private transport. The journey takes about 1 and a half hours and passes south through the Moulay Brahim Gorges to Imlil. Imlil is a village set in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains, a main trail-head with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here, enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and meet your local guide prior to setting out for a four kilometre excursion. The purpose of the first day is to acclimatize to the high altitude of the region. Travel south to the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd), passing the hamlets of Ait Souka, Targa, and Imoula, situated along the slopes. Gaze upwards at the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif along the way. Once in Aroumd, watch over the ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables surrounded by almond and walnut trees. Travel onwards to lunch which will be served by a Berber family in the village of Ait Souka, where you will stay in a guest house for the night.  On the second day continue eastwards, crossing the flood plains as the route winds along mule tracks up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river you will arrive at Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline to the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), which is the stop for the second night. The second day comprises of about five hours of trekking. On the third and final day, rise early for the climb up Mount Toubkal. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil. At the summit of Mount Toubkal, catch wonderful views over the Atlas mountain range and the Sahara Desert. Then, make the long journey back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. Then be picked up by private transport to be taken back to Marrakesh, arriving back at approximately 5:00 PM.

Atlas and Agafay Day Tour with Sunset Camel Ride

9. 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.

Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

10. 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.

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What a fabulous 2day trekking! Sunny yet nice cool-breeze weather, beautiful view, and great exercise. Most importantly, this experience won't be possible without Marwan(who keep us safe) and Hussain(who feed us well). Marwan is friendly, welcoming, funny, protective, and engaging. Always checking up on us, making sure we are safe, and happy. Many life stories were exchanged and shared, learnt some basic dance moves, laughed a lot, ate walnut from the tree for energy booster...making the daily 6hr trekking fly by quickly. It felt we found new brother (from different mother). Lol.  Rest assured, you are on the safe hands if he is with you. All the best to you,Marwan and Hussain. Note: Bring rain coat for your trekking gear. We were lucky that the weather was nice since we weren't prepared. But may not be lucky if rain happens on your trekking day. Cheers!

We were picked up from our hotel on time by our wonderful guide Abderrahim. He spoke excellent English and explained clearly what the programme was for the day which was as advertised. We particularly enjoyed taking the mountain road from the Agafay Desert area up and over into the Asni valley and the National Park. Abderrahim was full of local knowledge and his passion for his home area was evident. He answered all of our questions with great enthusiasm. We would highly recommend him to other travelers.

My friend Sara and I had a great experience hiking up Mount Toubkal. It was our first time there and both our guide Abdell Z and our cook Mohammed made the experience wonderful. They were both very humble and we felt like we got a true sense of what Imlil valley culture is really like. Abdell was also very flexible and adapted the pace of the hiking to the group even offering to carry our bags if we were tired. We're definitely considering coming back in the winter to hike up in the snow.

Me and my partner thoroughly enjoyed this trek! Our guide was Rdouane Matat who was happy to share his vast knowledge of the mountains and was incredibly patient and caring of us, even offering to carry our bags and lending me his walking pole. Our cook, Mohamead, prepared fantastic traditional Moroccan cuisine, and was happy to cater for me as a vegetarian. This excursion was very well organised and we would definitely recommend it to anyone who is up for the challenge!

The pick up and drop off was on time, food was good, hike was not rushed, the whole experience was perfect. Our hiking guide Abdul Zinn was amazing, very helpful and even picked up my bag once I was very tired. He kept us entertained, learned out language and thought us his language.