day to day
Arrive at Marrakech airport where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation, where your Berber Treks guide will give you a health and safety briefing in preparation for your trek.
Preparation and acclimatisation trek (4-5 hours trekking)
After breakfast you will shop at a supermarket in Marrakesh to buy all the provisions for your trek. After shopping you will be transferred to the village of Tachedirt (2200m), where you will have you first views of the High Atlas Mountains and enjoy a picnic lunch. As today is an acclimatisation day you will trek with day packs and have plenty of opportunity to get to grips with the Moroccan maps, terrain, and pathway markings. The terrain will take you uphill over sometimes rocky terrain up to Tizi n Addi 2900m and then gently down to Oukaimeden 2600m which is a small Moroccan ski resort. In Oukaimeiden you will prepare the groups kit and pack both your rucksack and small day pack. There is also the opportunity to write your route cards. Enjoy dinner cooked by the team of cooks.
Trek from Oukaimedan 2600m – Imsker 1800m
After breakfast you will start your trek which will take you downhill to Amsker 1800m via red ochre slopes, crossing small streams and past local mountain people tending to their livestock. The route continues along the river through many interesting Berber villages and then at Arg you will cross the river and have a picnic lunch under the shade of the trees. After lunch you will continue along the river following the track slightly uphill and then back downhill to the riverside camp in Imsker 1800m, where you will pitch your tent and cook your dinner.
Trek from Imsker 1800m to Azib Tamsoult 2600m
Today’s trek is a steady ascent up to the Tizi n Techt pass 2400m. The route takes you up through juniper trees and oak apples. Your hard work will be rewarded by spectacular views and lunch just after the top of the pass. In the afternoon you will trek on a wider track which takes you through Berber villages where you can see the multi coloured carpets hanging out to dry. You will also have a bird’s eye view of the river valley below you and the mountain panorama. You will also pass through the village of Tizi Oussem 1722 and watch the villagers go about their everyday lives. The path then continues to ascend to our campsite at Azib n Tamsoult, 2600m. You will prepare your own meals.
Trek from Azib Tamsoult 2600m to Aremd 1900m
We will make our way back down to the gite in Aremd 1900m next to the hamam via Sidi Chamharouch, a pre-Islamic saint’s mausoleum. There are a few shops here where you can buy a celebratory fizzy drink and have a warm shower in the gite next to the campsite. Celebrate over a lovely meal in the evening.
Trek from Aremd 1900m to Tachedirt 2200m
From Aremd you will trek on the opposite side of the river, where your route will take you steadily uphill along zigzagging pathways on the mountainside through thicker tree cover and the small village of Tametert. At the top of the pass Tizi n Tametert 2200m you will be able to see where you started your trek not far away in the distance. The path from here follows the main wider track but be sure to track some of the pedestrian short cuts. Once you have made it to the gite you will be able to rest and have a well-deserved shower. Enjoy a celebratory dinner cooked by the team of cooks.
Return to Marrakech
After a leisurely breakfast you will return to Marrakech by minibus. (1.5 hours). The rest of the day is free for you to explore the souks in Marrakech and barter for souvenirs. In the evening your group will have dinner together in a restaurant in the Medina where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the evening
Today you will be transferred to the airport 2 hours before your departure.
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