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Toubkal Circuit Via Lake Ifni (6 Days)

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Length: 6 days / 5 nights
Location: Toubkal Circuit Via Lake Ifni
Price: FROM £280 PP

Lake Ifni in Morocco is the mountain’s largest lake and one of the highest with an altitude of 2295 m. It is nearby to Tiguedal, Adrar Afilel and Tiougrar Aguerd n’Ifni. Lac d’Ifni is also close to Sidi n’Ifni, Assif n’ Moursaïne and Assif Tissili.

The range includes Jbel Toubkal, which at 4,167 m is the highest in the range and lies in Toubkal National Park. The range serves as a weather system barrier in Morocco running east-west and separating the Sahara’s climatic influences, which are particularly pronounced in the summer, from the more Mediterranean climate to the north, resulting in dramatic changes in temperature across the range. In the higher elevations in the range snow falls regularly, allowing winter sports. Snow lasts well into late spring in the High Atlas, mostly on the northern faces of the range.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Tacheddirt :

We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers, and a busy market town. There is a constant movement of people coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of activity from those about to embark on their adventure. We meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n’Tamatert (2,279m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (2,400m), where we generally camp near the river. 5H walking

Day 2: Tacheddirt – Azib Likemt :

Crossing the valley we begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3,555m). The going is quite tough as there is a considerable amount of loose scree on the ground. At the top we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal massif before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt, where we camp for the night. 6H walking

Day 3: Azib Likemt – Tizi n’Ourai – Amsouzert :

This long, but relatively easy, day takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine (3,120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3,876m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night – dormitory-style – in a simple village Gite. 7H walking

Day 4: Amsouzert – Ifni Lake :

West of Amsouzert are several small villages, which we explore as we make our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. We camp tonight in this area. 5H walking

Day 5: Ifni Lake – Nelter Hut :

By now we should be both fit and acclimatised, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass at Tizi n’Ouanoums (3,664m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night (or alternatively camp outside). 6H walking

Day 6: Mt. Toubkal Summit – Imlil – marrakech :

We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit. If conditions are good it should take no more than 3-4 hours to reach the summit, where we enjoy expansive views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. Returning to base, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before following the Mizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil. If you are staying in Marrakech, you will be taken there by car at the end of the day. 9H walking 1H30 drive
TRIP FACTS

Trek grade: Moderate
Group size: Min 2 and Max 15
Starts/Finish: marrakech city
Availability: may to october

PRICES:

Group 2-3: 270 £ Per person
Group 4-6: 260 £ Per person
Group 7-10: 250 £ Per person
One person: On request

what’s included:

*Private transport to and from marrakech

*Hotel pick up and drop off

*All meals during your 6 days trek + coffee and tea

*Accomodation in the tents

*Mountain guide

*Mules to carry your bags

what’s not included:

*Travel insurance

*Soft alcoholic drinks

*Drinks

*Tip

about the Price/Payment
The price quoted is per person and we quote in Euros (€), but you can pay in Sterling (£)/ US Dollars ($)/ Moroccan Dirham.

1 review for Toubkal Circuit Via Lake Ifni (6 Days)

  1. Jason

    Just back from a fantastically memorable 6-day Toubkal circuit trek in the Atlas mountains with Atlas Mountain trekking.

    From the outset the firm was helpful, efficient and reassuringly professional. Jamal helped me make the arrangements with minimal fuss – he was always quick to respond by e-mail to my initial enquiry and answering my subsequent questions about particulars of the trek. I had no reservations in booking with these guys and the fact that they were kind enough to waive the deposit (all money to be paid at the start of the trek instead) made things super-easy. Being just a pair, it was nice that they could organise a private trek for us because we wanted to be able to trek at a good pace without the lottery of fitness levels that can come with an unknown group.

    When trek-day arrived, our friendly driver Mohammed was waiting for us at the agreed time to transfer us to the town of Imlil (the trail-head for the mountains) in supreme comfort. In Imlil we sorted the fees with Jamal and he was very careful to check with us before we set off re: the equipment we’d packed and whether we had any specific dietary requirements. It was here that we met our guide – the cheerful, funny and friendly Hamed who, being local, had unrivalled knowledge of the area and seemed to know everyone … plus he spoke English exceptionally.

    By lunch time we’d met up with the rest of our crew – the 2 muleteer/cooks Omar and the legendary Mohammed ‘Booyek’. All 3 of them are a credit to the firm and made for fun and jovial company. The food which they prepared for us in at times the most primitive conditions was really quite remarkable; I certainly didn’t expect to be eating like kings on this trek but were treated to huge platters of fresh salads, tagines and meat sauces. Honestly, the food we enjoyed on the trek often rivaled anything else we ate anywhere in Morocco.

    Accommodation was also a very good mix of a couple nights camping (thick mattresses made this very comfy), private guest-house rooms and refuge dormitories. The firm made sure that we had advance reservations so our room was secured even if places were busy. Most days we would arrive into ‘camp’ fairly early which allowed ample time to relax in the sun and recuperate. We were also blessed with very good weather for the majority of the trek – clear skies, warm days and mild evenings.

    The landscapes and some of the camp settings are absolutely beautiful – highlights for me were the high-elevation lake of D’Ifni and of course the views on summit day – thanks to keeping a decent walking pace, Hamed agreed to lead us up the more challenging back route to the summit. Setting out at 5am under a starry moonlit night with headtorches, ascending in the twilight until the sunrise lit up the sky behind us was truly magical and a morning we’ll never forget. By the time we reached the summit the crowds had dispersed and we had the whole place to ourselves with 360 degree views.

    This company made sure that everything ran super-smoothly with a minimum of fuss – these guys have expert knowledge of organising these treks and all the staff really knew what they were doing. A brilliant trek which I’d recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure. Thanks so much guys for an unforgettable trip!

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