The Secrets of the Valleys: Best 2-Day Ouirgane-Imlil Trek

2 Days

One of our favourite trails leads you through Morocco’s Atlas Mountain valleys. Starting from Ouirgane in the Azzaden Valley, it wends through captivating landscapes and Berber villages. The 2-day trek ends in Imlil. This is the trailhead for the many hikers wishing to summit Mount Toubkal. The peak is famous for being the highest mountain in North Africa. Our trail, however, follows quieter trails with fewer steep climbs, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy hiking.

We begin with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech. On arrival in Ouirgane, you will meet your local Berber guide. He will accompany you and take care of all the logistics. You will also meet your muleteer and the trusty mule that will carry your main bags!

Later, we will explore traditional Berber villages and stop at scenic spots like the Ighouliden Waterfalls, before reaching our final destination in the Imlil Valley. Your guide will adjust the pace to your needs so that you have plenty of time to savour the spectacular views.

Our 2-day valley trek ends with your return to Marrakech, once again by private taxi. It is an excellent way to explore Morocco’s breathtaking Atlas Mountains and get a glimpse into traditional Berber culture.

Ouirgane to Imlil Valley Trip Highlights

  • A 2-day hike through the valleys of Ait Mizan and Azzaden.
  • The services of an experienced local mountain guide.
  • Intermediate trekking, but adjustable to your personal preferences and needs.
  • A rest at the Ighouliden Waterfalls with great views of Mount Toubkal.
  • Explore traditional Berber villages and eat home-cooked meals with villagers.
  • One night’s homestay with a local Berber family.
  • A mule, led by a local muleteer, to carry your main bags.

Please note: it is possible to start this trek from Imlil and finish in Ouirgane. It can also be combined with one of our popular Mount Toubkal ascents. Additionally, you can extend your time in the valleys by booking one of our longer valley routes.

Itinerary

Ouirgane to Imlil Trek

A taxi will pick you up from your hotel in Marrakesh and bring you to the village of Ouirgane, the starting point of this trekking. From here, we enter the Toubkal National Park, passing beautiful gardens, agriculture terraces, and walnut trees.
After a lunch picnic in which we will prepare you a tajine, we will continue our hike to Tizi Oussem. It’s an intermediate climb to our destination of this day. After arriving, there will be enough time to explore the village before having dinner and spending the night in a Berber house.

5 hours
Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in the local family home.

2 Day Trek Ouirgane Valley to Imlil traverse

After breakfast with homemade bread, we leave the Berber village and steadily climb to Tizi Mzik. From there, we descend to village Imlil, our final hike destination. We will arrive here after 5 to 6 hours of hiking. In Imlil, we will meet with the driver that will bring you back to your accommodation in
Marrakesh.

Breakfast, Lunch

The Trip Cost Includes

  • A local guide.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food.
  • Mule for luggage.
  • Transportation.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Airport transfers.
  • Soft drinks
  • Mineral water.
  • Tips.
  • Sleeping bags.
What should I bring?

The temperatures are typically cold in the mornings/evenings (bring some warm clothes ), but can be very hot during the middle of the day ( shoes suitable for walking, and do not forget to bring sunglasses and sunscreen with you).

What is the accommodation like?

You’ll stay within a Berber homestay and the accommodation will be quite basic.

How much tip to expect?

For the guides, you can tip between 30£ to 50£ for the whole trip.
For porters, you may expect 10 to 15£ per porter.
For the cook around 15£
For drivers 10£.

NB: these amounts are approx but it is up to your satisfaction.

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The Secrets of the Valleys: Best 2-Day Ouirgane-Imlil Trek