Big Traverse of the High Atlas
Beginning in the High Atlas Mountains, at the foot of M’Goun (the second highest summit in the Toubkal region), your trek across the Atlas mountain range will take you through the Happy Valley, the Tassout Gorges, the Yagour Plateau, the Ourika Valley, Telouat, Oukaimden, Ait Mizan, the Toubkal Peak itself and finally through to the Occidental High Atlas.
- Encounter the famous 7 waterfalls in the valleys
- Ascend mountain peaks over 4000m
Along the way you will encounter alpine meadows spread out across plateaus, the famous 7 waterfalls in the valleys, mountain peaks over 4000m above sea level and of course, the ancient Berber people, the friendly indigenous tribes of the mountains. You will be in the mountains for 22 days and your adventure will take you to many areas and towns that are not included in many of the other treks. This is a journey into the wilderness.
What to expect?
Day One: Marrakech
Upon your arrival in Marrakech, your team will meet you from the airport. You can then check in and rest at your lodgings.
Day Two: Marrakech – Ouzod – Azilal – Oughbar – Ait Abbes – Ait Bouguemmaz – Agouti – Azib n’Ikkis
Your day will begin in Marrakech and end at the camp in Ikkis. You will pass through many different places, some on your 5 and a half hour drive and the rest on your 3 hours of walking to get to your first camp.
Day Three: Azib n'Ikkis - Tarkeddit Pass - Tarkeddit Plateau
Beginning from Ikkis, you and your guides and team will trek through the Tarkeddit Pass at 3450m before arriving at your camp, on the Tarkeddit Plateau at around 2900m. It should take around 5 hours and 30 minutes to get to the camp.
Day Four: Tarkeddit Plateau - M'goun - Tarkeddit Plateau
An 8-9 hour day will see you ascend to the summit of M’Goun, the second highest peak in the Atlas range at 4068m. The views from the peak are amazing and make the ascent well worth the effort. When you descend, you will stay the night in the same camp.
Day Five: Tarkeddit Plateau - Tassaoute - Sdremt Pass - Tazgaiwalt - Amezri - Imin Ikkis
From the Tarkeddit Plateau, you and your group can then strike out for 6 hours to arrive at Imin Ikkis, where you’ll make camp for the night. From the Plateau, at 2900m, your journey will take you up to 3200m at the Sdremt Pass and through the beautiful and wild North African countryside.
Day Six: Imin Ikkis- Ichebbaken - Ait Hamza - Ait Ali n' Itto
From Imin Ikkis, you’ll journey through more stunning wilderness to arrive at the Ait Ali n' Itto camp after about 6 hours of trekking.
Day Seven: Ait Ali n' Itto - Megdaz - Tagought- Tizin Fedghat
Another 6 hours of travelling and you will have risen 800m and descended 200m by the time you arrive at your next camp, Tizin Fedghat.
Day Eight: Tizin Fedghat – Tamzrit – Ineghmar - Lac Tamda - Azib Anfergal
The next stage of your adventure will take you up to Lac Tamda, a beautiful lake set into the mountains that you should arrive at about half way through your day. 6 hours of trekking will take you past the lake, the Ineghmar Pass and eventually through to Azib Anfergal, where you will make your camp, at 2600m above sea level.
Day Nine: Azib Anfergal - Tighza n'Ouaourikt - Tizin Telouat
Your adventure will then take you to toward Anemiter, and eventually your next camp at the foot of Tizin Telouat.
Day Ten: Tizi n'Telouat - Bergeries - Titoula - Taddert
6 hours of trekking in the beautiful wilderness of North Africa will bring you and your party to Taddert, where you can camp, rest and reflect on your day’s journey through Tizi n'Telouat ,Bergeries and Titoula.
Day Eleven: Taddert - Afra Plateau - Afra Village - Assif n’ Zat
On day 11, you’ll visit the village and the plateau of Afra on your 5 hour trek to the next camp near to Assif n’ Zat. Berber villages are welcoming places and full of history, culture and the ways of mountain life.
Day Twelve: Assif n’ Zat - Afra - Assats - Assif n Zat - Azgour
After the villages, you and the group will be taken along some beautiful North African gorges by the guides. You’ll ultimately camp at Azgour, at around 1800, after a 6 hour day of discovery.
Day Thirteen: Azgour - Ouarzast Villages - Yagour
To get to the camp at Yagour, you will need to traverse 6 hours of beautiful Berber countryside, past native bergeries (sheep-pens) and up to Yagour’s plateau.
Day Fourteen: Yagour - Ait Iguerane - Taddert n'Aghbalou - Setti Fadma
By the 14th day you will be deep into the North African countryside and landscape. Your adventure will continue for 6 hours until you arrive at Setti Fadma for a rest and some food. This will be your camp for night.
Day Fifteen: Agadir 'Ait Boulemane - Anefli - Kissaria - Azib n'likkemt
Today, your adventure will take you up to an altitude of 2500m above sea level. The journey will take you through some beautiful areas including the Kissaria Gorge, which does not appear on any of Brahim and Mohamed’s other treks. A day of 6 hours in the Moroccan countryside will see you making camp at Azib n'likkemt.
Day Sixteen: Azib n'likkemt – Tifni - Azib n Tifni - Taghbaloute
From an altitude of 2500m at Azib n'likkemt, you and your guides will ascend via the Tifni Pass to 2900m and on to your next camp at Taghbaloute. The entire day should bring you around 6 and a half hours of trekking and stunning wilderness.
Day Seventeen: Taghbaloute - Tissaldai - Amsouert - Ait Iguerane - Chez Balaid - Ifni
Your adventure will take you to another stunning mountain lake, equally as beautiful as the last, called Lake Ifni. Starting from Taghbaloute, you’ll head through Tissalda, Amsouert, Ait Iguerane and Chez Balaid to make camp on the shores of the lake at 2400m. The day’s trekking should be 5 hours and 30 minutes from start to finish.
Day Eighteen: Ifni - Ouanoums Pass - Toubkal
From the lake, you will then trek over to the summit of North Africa, the mighty Toubkal and make camp at the foot of the Atlas’ highest peak. You’ll cover 6 hours of beautiful terrain, including the Ouanoums Pass, and ascend to an altitude of 3700m.
Day Nineteen: Toubkal
From your camp at Toubkal, you and the group can then ascend to the roof of the North Africa's, Mount Toubkal, which is an epic 4167m above sea level. After you have made the 8 hour ascent, you will be treated to a view of Morocco that includes its deserts, cities and the High Atlas Mountains themselves.
Your camp will be the same as the previous night.
Day Twenty: Toubkal – Imlil – Asni - Marrakech
Today will see your adventure drawing to a close. From Imlil, you will be returned to Marrakech and your hotel base, where you can have a hot shower and breakfast.
Day Twenty One: Marrakech
Today, you are free to do as you please. You can relax in your hotel or riad, or perhaps take in some culture in Marrakech.
Day Twenty Two:
The end of your adventure.
Further discounts are available for group sizes over 10 people.
You can pay in €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.
This trek runs from May to September.
This trek has no confirmed dates. Please make an enquiry to arrange a booking.
- Transport to and from Marrakech
- Qualified English speaking guide
- Mules to carry the baggage and food
- Accommodation in local houses, tent or refuge
- All food during the trek
- Cook to prepare all meals
- Personal insurance