Key information: Imlil Area
- Imlil and the Kasbah de Toubkal, some half an hour's walk to the south, are excellent bases for a wide range of High Atlas walking, and easily accessed from Marrakech.
- Enjoy magnificent views along the spine of the Atlas and down toward the slumbering Sahara. This is rugged country, wildly broken in places, with varied and interesting flora and fauna.
- A huge variety of excellent walking, from the gentle(ish) to tough climbs towards Jebel Toubkal.
- Walkopedia rating90
- Natural interest16
- Human interest12
- Negative points0
- Total rating90
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: 4,167m
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
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.
Imlil and the Kasbah de Toubkal, some half an hour's walk to the south, are excellent bases for a wide range of High Atlas walking, and easily accessed from Marrakech.
Walks range from day-explorations of the nearby valleys and hillsides, to longer crossings into neighbouring valleys, for instance east over high peaks to the remoter, and spectacular, Imenane Valley. Hence you can circuit back to Imlil (in 3-4 days) or carry on eastward over a further high pass (3,172m) to Setti Fatma in 3 days, a fine trek providing a wide variety of experiences. And a 5-6 day walk south-west across the range (high pass at 2,095m - thus is a less strenuous trek) to Tin Mal.
See William Mackesy's account of his day walk eastward to the Tizi n'Tamatert.
You could also climb the Toubkal Refuge for a night, a tough slog with 1,467m of altitude gain but an increasingly gorgeous scenery, then make a return walk to the roadhead in the westerly Ouarzane valley. Start with a beautiful, gradual climb up the western side of the valley. At the Agazin pass, drink in a final view back up the valley to Toubkal. Then look across the Ouarzane valley to the sharp cliffs of the high Tazughart Plateau. A long descent down a huge scree slope, taking in 66 zig-zagged bends, gets you to a long, delightful walk down into rugged valleys, past a grand waterfall, through a belt of boulders and gnarled juniper trees, and past hamlets of shepherds? huts. A long traverse, as the river falls away into a deep gorge, gets you to the roadhead village of Irkoubeline, where you can stay. You can swing back to Imlil from here if you want.
See William Mackesy's account of the second day of this walk below.
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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Jebel Toubkal Area walk page.
WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk
(A walk eastward from Imlil on Day 2 of the Jebel Toubkal Circuit, October 2004)
Jebel Toubkal is, at 4167m (13,750 ft), North Africa’s highest mountain, and the five plus day circuit around the great ridges of its massif crosses three passes of over 3550m (approaching 12,000ft). The circuit starts in the mountain village of Imlil, which nestles among walnut groves beneath its kasbah (castle), now a thoughtfully restored little hotel, at the junction of two rushing streams. Directly up the valley, 2,400m (8,000ft).....READ MORE
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COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS
Posted on: 24/07/2015
From Active treks Morocco
Name: imlil Authentic Toubkal Lodge
Posted on: 24/02/2016
Welcome to Authentic Toubkal Lodge, Imlil. Explore the High Atlas Mountains and experience life with the warm-hearted people of Morocco Imlil is nestled at 1740 metres at the crossroads of three valleys, and is also the main base camp for the start of popular trekking and ski touring trips in the heart of the high atlas. Many people, tourists and locals, come to Imlil in the summer to take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings and refreshing climate, and in the winter you can marvel at the snow capped mountains too! Imlil Toubkal Authentic Lodge is a traditional Berber house perched above Imlil in the village of Arghen near the Mazike village. The situation of The Lodge provides you with excellent views and stunning sceneries on Imlil’s valley and towards the Toubkal summit. From the balcony, you can mentally prepare yourself for the day head whilst we provide an ample breakfast to fuel your adventures. Moreover, The Lodge is ideally located for hiking in the surrounding valleys and summiting mountain peaks including the famous Jebel Toubkal. We do not have sherpas in Morocco, but muleteers with their mules will take care of your heavy rucksacks and after your excursions The Lodge offers hot showers and we prepare you mint tea that will restore you. We have also more relaxing courses available if you would prefer something more crafty and creative. http://www.authentictoubkallodge.com/ 00212672845171
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