Agriswal - Tiziane - Tamsoult - Aremd - Sid Chamarouch - Imlil
This 5 day trek is an ideal trek for walkers who do not want anything too demanding , but who want to experience the Berber way of life, see varied and magnificent scenery and includes a visit to the famous shrine of Sidi Chamarouch.
It is perfect at any time of the year, especially in the winter, when the summit of Toubkal is snow-capped and only climbable with crampons.
The itinerary can be adapted to suit your interests and the time you have available: for example, it can be shortened to 4 days.
In the summer you have the option of camping if you prefer: in the winter all accommodation is in Berber guest houses. All meals are freshly prepared.
The average walking is 6 hours a day - plenty of time to rest, admire the views and talk to your guide about the Berber way of life.
Day 1 : Agriswal - Tiziane
Pick up from your hotel/riad in Marrakech around 8.30am. Transfer to the Atlas mountains to start trekking from Agriswal (1660m). You climb up along mule tracks for about 3 hours to the Oudid Pass (2200m) where you have a picnic lunch. Then you descend along the Oussaden valley to the village of Tiziane where you spend the night in a guest house or camp.
Day 2 : Tiziane - D'Knt
You leave Tiziane and set off along the valley to the Assaka spring where you picnic. In the afternoon you continue to the village of D'Knt and Assoul for the night in a guest house or camp.
Day 3 : D'Knt - Tamsoult
You leave after breakfast and climb up over the Oussem pas (1850m) and after a picnic lunch arrive in the village of Tamsoult for the night in a guesthouse or camp.
Day 4 : Tamsoult - Aremd
You leave Tamsoult and climb over the Mzik pass (2287m) for a picnic lunch before descending to Aremd (1950m) where you spend the night in a guest house. In Aremd you have the option of using the village hamman.
Day 5 : Aremd - Sidi Chamarouch - Imlil
This is a day excursion from Aremd, further up the valley towards Toubkal. You go as far as Sidi Chamarouch which is a Muslim shrine. Here you picnic by a waterfall. The actual shrine is closed to non-Muslims but the area around is open to all and you can see Toubkal ahead of you. You then descend to Imlil, arriving late afternoon ready for transfer back to Marrakech.
About The Toubkal Region
This is the most popular area with trekkers : easily accessible from Marrakech, it is an area of stunning scenery, high mountains (including Toubkal, the highest mountain in north Africa at 4167m) and typical Berber villages.
The area is criss-crossed by mule tracks that cross high passes and descend into deep valleys, passing summer pastures and terraces of maize, potatoes and other crops and orchards of walnut, apple and cherry. Imlil is the main trailhead for the area.