The Three Valleys and Toubkal Summit
This trek combines TREK H (Three Valleys) and TREK J (Toubkal Summit). You have time to acclimatise before tackling Toubkal and the third night is spent in the typical Berber village of Aremd with the opportunity to use the village hamman.
It is is a trek which combines the easier walking of the Three Valleys with the more demanding uphill climb to the Toubkal refuge and on the last day the challenge of the ascent of Toubkal.
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Tacheddirt –Tinerhourhine
Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil then depart towards Tacheddirt passing by Tamatert. Lunch on the col of Tizi n'Tamatert. After lunch continue to Ouanesekra-Tamguist. Arrive at Tinerhourhine for the night. 5 hours walking time.
Day 2: Tinerhourine – Matate – Ait Aissa –
Depart Tinerhourhine along the valley passing by Ikkiss. Then Tizi
n'Aguersioual. Lunch at Matate. Continue passing by Tizi n'Oudite towards Aït
Aïssa to spend the night. 5 to 6 hours walking time.
Day 3: Ait Aissa – Tizi Mzik – Aremd –
Depart Aït Aïssa towards Tizi Oussem passing by Tizi Mzik, the village of Mzik to arrive Aremd village 1900 m stay in comfortable guest house, with the option using the village hamman.
Day 4: Aremd – Sidi Chamarouch – Toubkal Refuge –
We set off up the trail towards Sidi Chamarouch, (2500m) the site of a shrine (closed to non – Muslims), but the shops and cafes are open to all. Here we will have a picnic lunch, before continuing up the mule trail to the Toubkal refuge (3200m) – a total climb of 1500m from Imlil and about 6 hours walking. Here we stay in dormitories in the refuge or camp outside (depending on the season)
Day 5: Toubkal Refuge – Toubkal Summit – Imlil –
After an early breakfast, around 5am, we set off for the summit of Toubkal, nearly 1000m above us. Technically this is not a difficult ascent, but it is demanding with sections of scrambling and loose scree – depending on fitness a climb of 3 or 4 hours. However, it is worth the effort! The views from the top are stupendous, north over the plain of Marrakech and south to the Sahara. We look down on many other peaks in the High Atlas and the village of Imlil – our starting point – is tiny below us. After time for a snack and photos at the top, we start to retrace our steps to the refuge where we arrive in time for a welcome lunch. After lunch we set off down the trail to Sidi Chamarouch and finally Imlil. The descent is not difficult but it is long and we arrive in Imlil late in the afternoon. Here our transport is waiting to take us 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.