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Strolls and day treks from the Kasbah

The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is perhaps the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. It has retained a remoteness which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries.

Outsiders to the mountains are constantly surprised when they encounter the friendliness and openness of the villagers, as they go about their everyday tasks. Hiking in the High Atlas is one of the best possible experiences in Morocco – feasible exploration of stunning natural beauty, and of a rigidly individual world.

Regardless of levels of fitness this area is accessible to all. There is a wide range of trekking possibilities, from a short ramble through the villages that surround the Kasbah, to more demanding multi-day treks. Mule support can be arranged for bags and people, which opens up more opportunities. The mule trails around the valleys are well contoured and kept in excellent condition.

Here are a few examples of possible treks. Hajj Maurice is a qualified and long experienced Mountain Guide. He and the Kasbah staff are happy to discuss possibilities with you and arrange full accompanied trekking support. If you wish to walk around on your own this is always possible in the local area.

Strolls

Easy

Targa Imoula, east of the Kasbah
  • Visit the village of Targa Imoula, visible from the roof of the Kasbah, with shady orchards and walnut groves on route.
  • Depart Kasbah and return via Imlil village.
  • Duration: 45 minutes walking time (you may wish to take tea in one of the villages).
Mzik, west of the Kasbah
  • Walk through the village of Mzik, hidden away around to the West. The views of Imlil and the terraces are beautiful from here.
  • Depart Kasbah and return via Imlil village.
  • Duration: 45 minutes to one hour walking time.

Moderate

Tizi n’Tamatert, north east of the Kasbah
  • Walk up to the col (pass) of Tizi n’Tamatert (2279m) visible from the Kasbah. Pass through the village of Tamatert and picnic at the col. From here one can view the two valleys, down into the Imane Valley and back down to the Aït Mizane valley. Stunning.
  • Duration: 4 hours walking time.
Sidi Chamharouch, south of the Kasbah
  • Trek up to the cool waters by the Sanctuary of Sidi Chamharouch, taking the route towards Toubkal. Follow the course of the Reraya river, passing the village of Aremd and crossing over and up to the other side of the Aït Mizane valley. Picnic on arrival or on route.
  • Duration 4 hours return walking time

N.B. All day and half day treks can be arranged and paid for on arrival at the Kasbah.

Day treks

1-day treks (good level of fitness required)

Aguersioual, nouth of the Kasbah
  • After trekking up to the Tizi n’Tamatert col, descend into the stunning Imane valley. Walk by the village of Tinerhourhine and around to the village of Aguersioual, follow river courses, cross seguias (traditional irrigation canals) and rivulets, past terraces and through walnut groves. Picnic on route.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours walking time.
Azzaden, west of the Kasbah
  • Trek up to the col of Tizi Mzik (2489m). Descend to the village of Tizi Oussem (possible to stay the night in a house here) and return via the village of Malat. Picnic on route.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours walking time.

Full-day camel excursion

  • 08.00 hours: Depart from Marrakech or the Kasbah du Toubkal early morning. Approx 1 hour drive to nearby village (Amizmiz or Tahanoute). Spend a full day trekking with camels. Lunch provided.
  • 16.00 hours to 17.00 hours: Return to Marrakech or the Kasbah du Toubkal

Download “Day Treks & Strolls from the Kasbah du Toubkal” in PDF format

Download “Day Treks & Strolls from the Kasbah du Toubkal” in PDF format

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