Toubkal Circuit Via Ifni Lake - 6 days

OVERVIEW

About the trip

At the heart of the High Atlas sits Jebel Toubkal, at 4167m (13,750 ft), North Africa's highest mountain, from which high ridges radiate toward the dry plains, nestling irrigated oasis-valleys with their mud-brick semi-fortified traditional Berber villages, fine examples being the superb valleys around Amsouzert to the south of the high range, which also provides excellent walking. Walk up the beautiful valley toward the famous Lac d'Ifni. Ancient Berber hamlets sit timelessly among little terraces and walnut trees which give way abruptly, where the irrigation stops, to stark, barren hillsides. The top of the valley is blocked by a vast wall of black lava blocks, which bring the fertile orchards to an abrupt halt and are clearly the end of a not-so-ancient flow. Across an area of vast cracked boulders is the first, unforgettable view of the dark turquoise waters of the Lac d'Ifni, trapped far below between the cliffs of the valley side and the lava dump.

DAY 1

Marrakech - Imlil - Tacheddirt

Start from Your hotel in Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil via. Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers, . . We meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 10kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert (2,279m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3,000m), where we generally camp.

Approx 5-6 hours walking.

DAY 2

acheddirt - Azib Likemt

We begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3,555m). The going is quite tough as there is a considerable amount of loose scree on the ground. At the top we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal massif before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt, where we camp for the night.

Approx 5-6 hours walking.

DAY 3

Azib Likemt - Tizi n'Ourai - Amsouzert

This long, but relatively easy, day takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine (3,120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3,876m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night – dormitory-style - in a simple village Gite. `Guest house.

Approx 5-6 hours walking.

DAY 4

Amsouzert - Ifni Lake

West of Amsouzert are several small villages, which we explore as we make our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. We camp tonight in this area.

Approx. 4-5 hours walking.

DAY 5

Ifni Lake – toubkal’s refuge

By now we should be both fit and acclimatised, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass at Tizi n'Ouanoums (3,664m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night (or alternatively camp outside).

Approx. 5-6 hours walking.

DAY 6

Toubkal Summit - Imlil

We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit. If conditions are good it should take no more than 3-4 hours to reach the summit, where we enjoy expansive views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. Returning to base, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before following the Mizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil. If you are staying in Marrakech, you will be taken there by car at the end of the day.

Approx. 6-7 walking.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

• English French speaking guide, and cook

• Muleteers and mules for luggages

• Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea

• Ground transfers by minibuses / taxis: ( hotel - trek - hotel )

• Mess, cooking & toilet tents (camping option )

• accommodation in camping, gites or Mountain huts when available.

NOT INCLUDED

• Travel insurance

• Soft alcoholic drinks

• Tips and personal expanses

PRICE

Depends the number of travelers and their request, please contact us for a proposal.

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