A 6 day circular route taking in high passes, peaks, valleys, Berber villages, a mountain lake and for those who wish: Mount Toubkal summit. This is a summer trek with camping for some of the nights and mountain gites for the others. Fully supported with mules and muleteers to carry gear and cook delicious hearty meals. This is a long trek and although it does not require technical skills, it does require a good level of fitness as several days are spent above 3000 metres and altitude sickness needs to be watched for.
Day 1: Marrakech - Imlil - Tizi n´Tamatert - Ouaneskra - Tacheddirt
You will be collected in Marrakech at 8.am and driven to Imlil in the High Atlas; the start point for most Toubkal treks. Your guide and team will be waiting for you there, your gear will be stowed on the mules and after a welcome mint tea, your trek will start. An 8 km climb over Tizi n´Tamatert pass, down to Ouaneskra village and on to Tacheddirt at 2314m, where the muleteers will prepare a campsite by the river. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 2: Tacheddirt - Tizi Likemt - Azib Likemt
After a hearty breakfast the morning starts with a long slow ascent across the valley and up to the pass of Tizi Likemt 3555m. It is fairly tough going with some loose scree on the ground. From the pass, there is an amazing view of Toubkal and its sister peaks. After a lunch break you have a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt 2600m, where the team will set up camp for the night. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 3: Azib Likemt - Tizi n'Ououraine - Amsourzerte
Today’s trek takes you through varying mountain landscapes with more incredible vistas across the peaks to Toubkal and the Ifni Dome from Tizi n’Ououraine which is at 3120m; a great lunch stop. From the pass the trek continues to Amsourzerte at 1797m, where you’ll spend the night in a simple village Gite. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 4: Amsourzerte - Ifni Lake
After breakfast we leave Amsourzerte, trekking west and passing through several small villages on your way towards Ifni Lake at 2392m: the only lake in the High Atlas Mountains. Ifni Lake is surrounded by towering peaks, scree and loose rock and is a pleasant place to set up a campsite and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 5: Ifni Lake - Neltner Hut
After yesterday’s gentle day, you will be rested for today’s tough climb. The route heads up a long steep path and up a scree slope towards the pass of Tizi n'Ouanoums at 3684m; a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long switchback descent down a precipitously steep scree slope to the Neltner Hut at 3207m; a mountain refuge where you’ll spend the night. Weather permitting a camp will be set up here to avoid the overcrowded dormitories inside the refuge. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 6: Toubkal Refuge - Toubkal Summit - Imlil
Today you will be up early for the ascent of Toubkal (4,167m). A 5 am breakfast with a 5.30 start to be on the top before it gets too hot and crowded. It’s a challenging trek to the peak; the vistas of the surrounding peaks and the distant Sahara desert make it all worth it. After the glory of the summit, you will retrace your steps to the Refuge for some lunch and then follow the well-trodden track down to Imlil, passing the site of Sidi Chamharouch. Once you arrive in Imlil, you will have a welcome tea break and a debriefing with your guide. 10 to 12 hours walking. If you wish to return to Marrakech please inform us or if you prefer to spend the night locally we can also arrange it.