That 6 day trek takes you through the Berber villages without a Toubkal ascent. It is a great way to be introduced to the authenticity of the preserved area of the natural park, meet with the local people, see cave paintings of Oukaimeden and of course enjoy views of the High Atlas range. The trek will include high passes, ascents and descents requiring a reasonable level of fitness and endurance.
Day 1: Marrakech - Asni - Imi Oughlad - Ait Aissa - Tizi n’Tachte (1950m)
We will begin our hike by discovering the ingenuity of Berber mountains. An easy path will take us towards the pass of Tachte (1950m). After a short descent, we will reach the village of Ait Aissa in a valley with many rich earth tones. Night in a homestay.
Day 2: Ait Aissa (1950m) - Tizi Oussem - Cascades Tamsoulte - Tizi Oussem
After breakfast, we will follow our way to Tizi Oussem and Tamsoulte (2400m). After lunch and a snooze in the sun under the spray of the waterfall, we will continue to descend the same path back to Tizi Oussem. Overnight in a local lodge.
5 hours of walking.
Day 3: Tizi Oussem - Mzik Pass (2450m) - Aremd (1900m)
We will follow a trail at the foot of the Toubkal Mountain with several views of Azzadene Valley. After 2,5 hours of walking, we will reach the Mzik pass (2450m). We will descend towards the Imlil valley and its green valley landscape of the terraced orchards will take us to the village of Aremd where you will stay in a lodge. 5 hours of walking.
Day 4: Aremd - Tamatert Pass (2200m) - Tinghrine - Ouaneskra (2050m)
After a good rest and a hearty breakfast, the day’s adventure will start with a hike through the local villages before starting the ascent. Following a paved road alternated by a narrow path (sometimes in the shade of walnut trees and Aleppo pines) we will reach Tizi n'Tamatert (2200m) with superb views of the Imenane Valley. Once over the pass, Tacheddirt, Ouaneskra and Tamguist villages with their stone houses nested within each other will welcome us. 5 hours of walking, night in a local guesthouse.
Day 5: Ouanesekra (2050m) - Tizi n´Addi (2900m) - Oukaimeden - Oussertek
Our day starts with a challenging ascent, so make sure to have good breakfast. We will take the path that leads to Tizi n'Addi mountain pass (2900m) with splendid panoramic views of the villages and passes we crossed in the previous days. Lunch will be prepared near a spring, then a chance to visit the rock carvings of Oukaimeden. We follow a path over the Tizi n´Oukaimeden pass lined with juniper trees towards the valley of Oussertek. 5,30 hours of walking, overnight in a homestay.
Day 6: Oussertek - Imsker - Imi Oughlad - Asni - Marrakech
We descend in the morning passing by the village of Imsker in the Imenane Valley. The pass of el Bour will lead us along a mule trail in a juniper forest to Imi Oughlad (1400m). Lunch by the river. (If you wish to extend this a little further, you can continue from Imsker all the way to Asni). 4,30 hours of walking and 1h30 drive to Marrakech.