Berber Village Experience
During the Berber Village Experience you will spend 4 days with the Berber people of the Atlas Mountains. Your journey will start in the beautiful Imnan Valley, with its terraces and small towns set into the hillsides.
The Berber people are a very ancient people that predate the arrival of the Arabs and Islam. Their lifestyles have grown in harmony with their beautiful, but severe environment. Berber food has kept them strong for the mountains: it consists of breads, soups and barley products in the main - and only the Berbers themselves can make it. Many Berbers make their homes from pise, which is a combination of stone and mud, for their families, which tend to be large. Their marriage celebrations can last up to 7 days and they invite villagers from miles around.
While following the gorges to the Tacht Pass (220m) you will go through the red villages of Imsker, eventually reaching the wonderful Azzenden Valley, covered with snow and facing the mighty Atlas Mountain chain. The amazing Tamsoult waterfall will give you a photo opportunity, should you want it, on your way to the Imlil Valley, where you will stay the night in local gites (if it is summer or warm enough, you may spend the night in a tent).
Remember that you can alter your trek to suit your needs by contacting Brahim and Mohamed and discussing the options available.
The Berber Village Experience is highly recommended for families.
Day One: Imlil – Tizi n’Tamaterte – Tachdirt
The first day of the Berber Village Experience Trek can be up to 6 hours long. The starting point is Imlil and you will start by heading toward the Imnan Valley, eventually arriving at Tizi N’tamater at 2300m, to have lunch, before you pick up the trail again to get to Tachdirt, where you can spend the night in a guest house.
Day Two: Tachdirt - Imsker
Setting off in the morning from Tachdirt, you and your group will head to the red village at Imsker, passing many other settlements on your way through the Imnan Valley. The night will be spent in gites (a French term for houses owned by the locals) and the major portion of day should be about 5-6 hours trekking.
Day Three: Imsker - Tizi Oussem via Tizi n' Libour Pass
6-7 ours of trekking through the mountains will take you across the Imlil Valley and all the way up the Tizi N’Tacht (2100m) from where you will see the amazing Azzenden Valley. Here you will have lunch, followed by continuing your trek toward Tizi Oussem where you will spend the night in gites. Tizi Oussem also has hamam, a local variety of steam bath which you can use if you like.
Day Four: Tizi Oussem - Imlil
On the final day, your trek will last around 5-6 hours. You will head toward Imlil via the largest most beautiful waterfall in the region, before meeting your supply mule in Tizi Mizzik at 2500m. After lunch, you will trek down to the Imlil where your journey will end.
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Suzannevisited on 19th April 2017
We opted for a four day trek around the High Atlas through the valleys and it was excellent. Like one of the other reviewers, the cost was less than other trekking companies and as far as I know, did not leave out anything. In fact, for €230 per person we had a guide, a mule, a chef, 3 nights in guest accommodation with hot showers each night (even a hammam for 20 Dirham pp was available on the last night) - in comparison to other treks that I've done (showers?!!) this felt like luxury. (We were quoted £295 pp from a UK based company for I think pretty much the same thing)
The food was fantastic, thanks to Mohammed our fabulous chef, Jacqueline the mule carried all our stuff and Idriss our guide was polite, friendly, informative - we had a lot of fun. On average we walked 5-6 hours per day (although longest was 7.5 - we opted to go further to see a waterfall). Generally I would describe the route as moderate (although, of course, that all depends on fitness etc).
Anyway - I would thoroughly recommend Toudaoui Brahim & Mohamed, a local Imlil based company, for your trek in the Atlas.