Imlil – Tachedirrt –Timichi - Setti Fatma
This is a linear walk from Imlil to Setti Fatma with the option at the end of transfer back to Imlil or direct to Marrakech. It is ideal for less experienced trekkers with limited time who want to experience the Atlas mountains and Berber way of life – and who want to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
Day 1 : Marrakech – Imlil – Tacheddirt
We leave Marrakech after breakfast for the 11/2 hour drive to Imlil, which at 1740m is the main starting point for treks into the High Atlas. Here we meet our mule team and set out on a two hour uphill hike to the Tamerte Pass (2279). On the way we will see typical flat-roofed Berber villages surrounded by small terraced plots of land. We continue to climb gently until we reach the large village of Tacheddirt (2291m) where we stop for the night, in a village guest house or in tents outside the village.
Day 2 : Tachedirrt – Timichi
There is some climbing today but this is largely a day of descent as we head down the valley towards Timichi - a trek of about 6 hours. We start with a climb of about 2 hours up to 3200m before gradually descending for a further 2 hours towards Iabbassen (2030m), a favourite picnic spot. After lunch we continue along the valley to Timichi, an old Berber village where we spend the night in a Berber home. Along the way we will see typical Berber terraces and orchards as well as the high mountains to the south.
Day 3: Timichi – Setti Fatma
We set out after breakfast for a 4 to 5 hour descent to Setti Fatma. On the way we pass through terraced fields and orchards, irrigated by the many streams coming down from the mountains. Our trail takes us through the small Berber villages of Anfli and Tadrart before we stop for lunch just outside Setti Fatma. After lunch there is time to explore this well known Berber village or visit its waterfall before our transfer back to Marrakech or Imlil.
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.