Takerkoust, Asni, Ourika Valley, Imlil, Berber villages – 1 day

 

This day’s outing has been designed to take you out of the bustle and noise of Marrakesh into the purer, cooler air of the High Atlas Mountains; an unforgettable and unique experience, especially welcome in the summer months. Berber life has little in common with the red city and is an essential part of any visit here – many claims this is the real Morocco – not just the Imperial Cities!

The first valley of the trip is at the Lalla Takerkoust reservoir, which supplies Marrakesh and the surrounding area with water from the snowmelt of the High Atlas. First photos of the wonderful Atlas scenery overlooking the lake can be taken here.

Next, we pass the mausoleum of Moulay Brahim, a well-known Moroccan Sufi saint who died in 1661. Enjoy tea with a local Berber family, who will show you the traditional hammam and bread ovens.

Reaching the Toubkal National Park we arrive in Asni, a small Berber town, well-known for its permanent as well as its weekly souks. Climbing higher along a narrow road and following a mountain stream, we arrive at the small village of Imlil, perched on the side of the mountain, overlooked by the peak of Toubkal itself, the highest peak in North Africa at 4,167 metres, and frequently snow-capped.

The descent takes us east from Asni to the Ourika valley bordered by gardens, fruit trees, small villages, summer houses, as well as cafés and restaurants. The Ourika river descends from the High Atlas, passing Asguine, Aghbalou, Oulmes and finally the village of Setti Fatma. The wildlife includes painted frogs, the Moorish gecko, falcons, the crimson winged finch, poplar trees and weeping willows.

This part of the High Atlas is ideal for hiking and can be organised with a local Berber guide.  Such a hike takes you further into this beautiful countryside affording a great idea of the mountain vegetation and local Berber life. It is a golden opportunity to experience the other side of Moroccan life and will remain a permanent mental image.

Prices per person

No Days Meals
1 Lunch
Total price
2 persons
75 € *
150 € *
3 persons
70 € *
210 € *
4 persons
55 € *
220 € *
5 persons
45 € *
225 € *
6 persons
45 € *
270 € *

There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old whilst we do not charge for children under 5.

The price for trips includes transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4 a Toyota Prado, and fuel, an experienced English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking driver/guide. Local guide and lunch.

Drinks and tips are not included.

These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate.

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