Asni is the main market town in the Imlil Valley region of the High Atlas Mountains and the ridge behind it begs to be hiked along. The views from the ridge are outstanding and far reaching on both sides. You will find an interesting mix of geology along the walk and in spring, the most beautiful wildflowers. We start the walk in Asni and end in the holy village of Moulay Brahim where your transport can collect you and either return you to Marrakech or a nearby guesthouse. Lunch will be out in nature prepared by our team and we advise wearing a hat and clothing to protect from sun and wind burn as this is a very exposed location. Towards the end of the hike, we will show you some small yet interesting caves.
Transfer at 8 am by comfortable air conditioned minibus or 4x4 or local taxi to the market town of Asni, passing through verdant valleys, Berber Villages and lush landscapes full of fruit trees, surrounded by the breath-taking panoramic views of the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. Once in Asni, we will have some tea and meet our guide, then take the road for Ouirgane and follow the track through the woodlands to reach the pass. Here you will be straddling two amazing views that really have to be seen to be believed. As we hike up along the ridge, you may see falcons and other wild birds. The plateau is known as the bread basket of this area as it is usually ploughed and sown with wheat; traditional wooded ploughs and donkeys are still used to prepare the earth in wintertime. In spring, poppies and other wild flowers dash the landscape with swayths of colour; poppies are collected and used to dye wool and make cosmetics as well as dye for leather and ceramic paint. Along the top there is a limestone section which always reminds me of The Burren in County Clare, Ireland, with its peculiar rock shapes and colours. We descend and cross to another geological anomaly where, some 80 years or so ago, gypsum was mined from the mountains. It was processed into plaster for buildings. Now, the scars are still visible and quite interesting, however, more so are the caves.
We continue along the trail to reach the holy town of Moulay Brahim and after a walk down through this curious town, we meet our transport. The trek takes around 5-6 hours of walking. This can also b done in reverse.
This trek can be done using Marrakech as a base or, you can spend a night in a guesthouse in one of the nearby villages. At the end of the trek, you can return to Marrakech or choose from other locations to spend a night nearby. Just ask and we will offer suggestions.