• Trip duration
    8 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
    Atlas
  • Best period
    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Description

The Haut Atlas, in Morocco, offers amazing paths for trail running. Discover this beautiful sunny area during a rewarding week!

During April, the agricultural activity begins in the green valleys of the Haut Atlas. The Toubkal massif offers rich colours and landscapes. There is a cozy atmosphere in the valleys. Let’s discover the Berber culture during this trail running trip!

Our base will be 2 quite comfy base camps: Imlil (Moroccan Chamonix) and Oukaïmeden (one of the 2 stations of the kingdom). With this strategy we will benefit from the comfort of accommodation. We will also enjoy more the places where we are staying. In addition, we will be able to adjust easier to the snow conditions, and have a wide range of available routes. If conditions in the passes allow, we will further discover the Haut Atlas leaving from the accommodation during 2 days.

Nothing is standardized or fixed, there are no training plans. As an UIMLA mountain leader, I will adapt the trip to your needs and your abilities.

Does this trail running trip in the Moroccan Atlas sound interesting? Then please get in touch with me! I would love to take you there and share beautiful moments immersed in an incredible scenery.

Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech – Aremd

Arrival to the airport, then transfer to Imlil. Ascent by foot to Aremd. Around 1:30 hs by car and 40 min walking. Dinner and overnight in lodge.

Day 2

Aremd – Tizi Oussem – Aremd

After breakfast, the day starts with a short descent to Imlil by the valley’s right bank. We cross the small village of Tadarte until Aguersioual, where we shift to the left bank. The ascent begins with a nice track until Matat, with an ancient barite mine. Then, a zigzag path leads us to the Tizi Oudite pass (2200 m). There are beautiful views of the Azaden valley covered in berber villages. Afterwards we descend through junipers to a path that runs along the valley and will take us to Tizi Oussem, the last village of Azaden. From Tizi Oussem we take a steep mule track, surrounded by junipers until the Tizi Mzik pass (2489 m), dominating the Imlil cirque. Zigzag descent to a spring surrounded by walnut trees, then we join the trail to Aremd. Dinner and overnight in lodge.

Day 3

Aremd – Sidi Chamharouch – Aremd

We have breakfast and then start climbing through the trail for the ascent of Toubkal, until the intersection of two valleys: Ait Mizane and Taghrate. Here is the Sidi Chamharouch marabout, a traditional worship place. Upon arrival to the Toubkal refuge, we continue crossing the Aguelzim ridge (3550m). Then we descend to the Tamsoulte village, and on the way we visit the Ighoulouden waterfall. By a trail on the side of the mountain, we reach the Tizi Mzik pass (2489m) from where we return to Aremd. Dinner and overnight in lodge.

Day 4

Aremd – Aguersioual – Oukaimeden

After breakfast, we descend to Imlil and cross the Tadarte village to Aguersioual, from where we ascend to a pass (2000m). The descent to the Imnanen valley is much steeper, as is the ascent to the Amsakrou village, dominating beautiful cultivated terraces. Then we continue climbing with beautiful views of the landlocked Oussertek valley. We know we are about to reach the end of the ascent when the junipers disappear above 2500m. We arrive to Oukaimeden by a beautiful descent through sheepfolds that serve as shelters during the summer. Dinner and overnight in refuge.

Day 5

Oukaimeden – Agadir - Oukaimeden

Breakfast in the refuge. Today is a shorter day. We descend to Agadir, known for its ancient collective attic. Then we visit Gliz, with a typical architecture, and return to the refuge in Oukaimeden, where we have dinner.

Day 6

Oukaimeden – Timichi - Tachedirte

After breakfast, we start by a track that crosses the Adrar Attar ridge (2900m). Then a beautiful descent to the landlocked Timichi village. We go up the valley of Haute Ourika. The climb becomes steeper as we approach the Tizi n Tachedirte pass (3200m). In the background, the Meltsen summit dominates the Yagour plateau in the east. Then we descend to the foot of Angour, a mountain that looks volcanic, to reach Tachedirte, the highest permanent village in the Atlas. Dinner and overnight in lodge.

Day 7

Tachedirte – Oukaimeden - Marrakech

We have breakfast and start the last stage of this Berber adventure, ascending to the Tizi n Addi pass (2900m), at the foot of the impressive Angour. Then we return to Oukaimeden. Finally, transfer to Marrakech through the Ourika valley (around 1:30hs). Overnight in hotel.

Day 8

Marrakech

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Price per person

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Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip

Extras

Accommodation

Marrakech: 1 night in ALI hotel, BB. Aremd: 3 nights in lodge, half board. Tachedirte: 1 night in lodge, half board. Oukaimeden: 2 nights in the CAF chalet, half board.

More info

Group size: 3 to 12 people. Price per person for more than 8 people: - 9: 399€ - 10: 395€ - 11: 392€ - 12: 389€ Extended stay in Marrakech: Hotel Ali, 25€ per double room, 21€ per simple room.The exceptions to the included half board are: breakfast D1, dinner D7 and D8.