Summit, valleys & berber villages of the western High Atlas

During this trek, you and your party will spend 12 days in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa crossing mountain passes, traversing the valleys and visiting the isolated Berber villages of the stunning Ourika Valley. The first week or so is designed for you to acclimatize to the altitude, before you head to the summit of Mount Toubkal and North Africa, at a graceful 4167m above sea level.

Itinerary

Day One: Marrakech

On your first day, you’ll arrive from the flight and be met by your team at Marrakech airport. You can then check in at your hotel and find somewhere to eat and spend your evening as you please.

Day Two: Marrakech – Oukaimden – Tiferguine – Ouhattar

In the morning, a minibus will take you to the skiing resort of Oukaimden, at 2600m, to meet your team, including mule handlers and the mules themselves. After lunch, you’ll head to Tiferguine, known for its sheep pens and carry on to the foot of Ouhattar at 3000m, where you will all bivouac for the night. The day contains around 1 hour and 30 minutes of walking and 1 hour and 45 minutes of driving.

Day Three: Ouhattar – Agouns – Tinoummer – Ourika – Tamguist - Anfli - Tiourdiou

The 3rd day will take you through plenty of local Berber villages, over the course of a 6 hour trek. You’ll cross the pass and descend past Agouns and Tinoummer to reach the Ourika Valley, a beautiful place to be. When you reach Tiourdiou, you will bivouac for the night.

Day Four: Ourika – Tamater - Assif N’Oufra

When you reach the end of the stunning Ourika Valley, you and your team will start to climb up to the Tamater Pass, eventually reaching 2200m before starting down to the Assif N’Oufra and setting up your bivouacs near the river. The day’s activities should be around 6 hours in total.

Day Five: Assif N’Oufra – Amenzel - Tizi Oumchichki – Tinnizer River

You’ll head down a twisting track that takes you and your group to Amenzel, after which the track broadens out with the valley. In the valley, there are water torrents hurtling down into deep basins and above them, the beautiful scenery that North Africa is known for.

When you reach the afternoon, you’ll cross the Tizi Oumchichki at around 2981m, which will afford you an amazing view of the region and a place that you can see the snow tipped pinnacle of the famous Mount Toubkal, the roof of North Africa.

After over 6 hours of walking and trekking, you’ll set up your bivouacs for the night, and settle down on the banks of the Tinnizer River, 2200m above sea level.

Day Six: Tinnizer River - Assif Ouraï – Tizi Pass - Amzouzart

The Tinnizer River bivouac marks the middle of your adventure. By the end of the day, you will have cleared around 7-8 hours of trekking and will be 3120m above sea level . You’ll travel through more high passes and another village before you can settle down for the night at Amzouzart.

Day Seven: Amzouzart – Ifni - Amzouzart

Today you will spend the majority of day swimming in Lake Ifni, a mountain lake, nestled in the North African Mountains. An ascent of 3 hours and 30 minutes is all that is needed to get you there. You can then spend the remainder of the day resting , relaxing and swimming in the natural surrounds of the stunning High Atlas.

Day Eight: Amzouzart – Ouanoums Pass - Toubkal

After the relaxing day in the mountain lake, you’ll start back on the trail to Mount Toubkal, which is 6 hours trek from Amzouzart. You’ll head out to Ouanoums Pass, a point at which you will be at an altitude of 3660m and from which you will able to take in the magnificent scenery with ease. Bivouac camp can be made at 3300m, at the point where the pass meets the foot of Mount Toubkal.

Day Nine: Toubkal Ascent

Today you will ascend Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the North African High Atlas mountain range. At 4167m, the peak should take you over 4 hours to complete. It has no overly technical aspects and puts you in a position to gaze out over the city of Marrakech, the desert plain and of course, the imposing High Atlas themselves. When you are finished, you can descend and stay in the same bivouac that night.

Day Ten: Toubkal – Ouankrim - Assif ‘N’ Issoubouane - Sidi Chamarouche - Armed

As you are in the area, you can also ascend the second highest peak in the High Atlas with ease. Mount Ouankrim is around 4089m above sea level and should take you the morning to complete. After lunch, you can trek down to the Assif ‘N’ Issoubouane, stopping at Sidi Chamarouche, a destination for pilgrims and a holy site. After 4 hours of walking in total, you can rest and sleep at Armed.

Day Eleven: Armed - Tizi N’Tzikert - Tamzoult

On your second to last day in the Atlas mountains, your guides will take you along a beautiful route; an ascent to the 3000m high Tizi N’Tzikert mountain pass that boasts a magnificent view over the corridors of Tazzarart. Eventually, your descent will take you to your bivouac in Tamzoult, via its famous sheep pens. After the day’s 4-5 hour walk, you can rest for the night.

Day Twelve: Tamzoult

From Tamzoult, you’ll descend for 5 hours and 30 minutes through a plethora of Berber villages, full of High Atlas culture, to arrive at your bivouac on the riverbank at 1350m.

Day Thirteen: Tamzoult – Ouirgane - Marrakech

Your descent will continue until you reach your minibus at Ouirgane, languishing at 810m. The minibus will return you to Marrakech after breakfast and from there you are free to do as you please.

Day Fourteen:

Today is a free day, so you can relax and rest, explore the city, eat and soak up some culture or simply enjoy the hot showers and comfort of your lodgings.

Day 15:

Today is a free day, so you spend more time in the city or even head back out into the wild with Mohamed and Brahim.

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