Day Trip to Imlil and Atlas Mountains from Marrakech
Day Trip to Imlil Atlas Mountains from Marrakech
Day Trip to Imlil Atlas Mountains from Marrakech, Challenge the hikes and enjoy the real Berber hospitality where the original native still embrace their traditions and culture. start an adventure through the palm fields and the rivers of Asni before meeting again your driver guide and continue your explorative journey towards Imlil Valley. Once in Imlil, you will meet your local mountain guide who will lead you in guided hiking and walking tour to explore the hidden Berber villages and visit the Kasbah Toubkal one of the wonders of the area or ride mules to explore the surroundings of High atlas and the foothills of Toubkal massif.
The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range in the Maghreb. It separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. It stretches around 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The range’s highest peak is Toubkal, which is in southwestern Morocco, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft). The Atlas mountains are primarily inhabited by Berber populations. The terms for ‘mountain’ are Adrar and Adras in some Berber languages. These terms are believed to be cognates of the toponym Atlas. The mountains are also home to a number of animals and plants which are mostly found within Africa but some of which can be found in Europe. Many of these species are endangered and a few are already extinct.
Imlil is a small village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) above sea level. A portrait of Imlil and the problems and prospects of Morocco’s mountain populations appeared in 1984 in the book by James A. Miller called Imlil and published by Westview Press. It is close to the mountain Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Imlil makes a good base for attempting to summit Toubkal as it lies at the end of the tarmac road, and is a natural place to hire mountain guides and mules for the onward trek. Imlil is the center of mountain tourism in Morocco due to its unique position. From here, 90% of visitors head up to Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco.
Imlil is connected to Asni and Ikkiss by road, and shared taxis and minibusses provide services to them both. Asni is the closest town to Imlil and is where the weekly Saturday market is held.
Imlil is a village is a relatively new creation. It was created to cater to the number of tourists pouring through en route to Toubkal. The original communities still exist in the valleys around Tamatert, Ait Souka, Tagadirt, Tacheddirt, Acheim, Taourirt n’Ait Mizane, Mzikene, and Arhrene.
Before the advent of mountain tourism, the Imlil area was well known for its walnuts, apples, and cherry production. While these are still important to the local economy, these have been eclipsed by tourism. Both mountain tourists and Moroccans come to Imlil seeking cool relief from the heat of the Haouz.
The Film ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ was partly filmed in the village.
On 17 December 2018, two trekkers, from Denmark and Norway, were murdered near the village by Islamic terrorists who had pledged allegiance to ISIS. At least one victim was beheaded, with the murders videoed and posted to social media.
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JornVennekens wrote a review Aug 2020
I and my girlfriend went for a two-day trip with Marrakech Tour Company at the end of October. It was the ‘Four Majestic Kasbahs and Two Oases’ tour. Our driver was Hassan, who immediately turned out to be a great guide. Friendly, talkative about the region -and- caring about our wellbeing. From the first until the last moment, we felt safe and taken care of with him. The car, a Toyota Hilux 4×4, was incredibly comfortable and clean.
Our tour went from Marrakech through the Atlas mountain, via Aid ben Haddou, up to a lodge in Skoura on the first day. The next day, we visited the Skoura oasis, Ouarzazate, and the Atlas Movies Studio. On a personal note: I am a movie fan, but wouldn’t recommend visiting the studios as they were a bit disappointing. In general, the tour was a very quick and well-planned visit to the biggest highlights of the region, although Dessert Majesty went beyond the “tourist basics” by visiting slightly lesser-known places such as the Kasbah Amridil and. Ali also made sure to break up long drives by letting us walk a short distance and thus stretch our legs every now and then, picking us up with the car further on.
I should add that the first day of the tour was also my birthday. Even though Hassan only learned about it that morning, he secretly arranged a birthday cake and a band of musicians for a small party at the lodge that night. It was a great birthday!
The only downside I would want to mention is that some of the restaurants we visited weren’t great. Specifically, the first on our way into the mountains and the last on our way back to Marrakech. But it was only a minor detail that doesn’t weigh up to all the other great aspects. Hence our full five-star review – when we visit Morocco again, we’ll definitely plan a new tour with Marrakech Tour Company
Tania A wrote a review (Mar 2020)
A perfect experience from start to finish. We made the desert of Merzouga; The trip is 3 days and 2 nights by 4×4 car to get there, but thanks to Hassan (our guide) the trip was more enjoyable, he was attentive to all our requests and even anticipated our needs. The truth is that the walk, the night in the desert and what you see until you get there are worth it if you have a few days to have a first contact with the desert. Thanks to Said who organized everything with great patience from the beginning since we were 3 people and at all times he was watching us before, during and after the excursion, although he could not come with us. Thank you for this experience that we will always remember!
Lidia wrote a review (Feb. 2020)
It has been a journey that has certainly exceeded all of our expectations. Guided by Hassan, with his fun conversations, he discovered a magical Morocco, from Marrakech to Fez, and passing through the desert, we have been learning a little more about its culture, religion, customs, …
Between crazy and funny anecdotes lived together with Moha, we have lived 3 unforgettable days.
Without a doubt, we will repeat to discover new corners and take our little ones to the great desert adventure so that they can make sandboards with us and that Hassan explains to them at night that so magical sky that can only be seen between the dunes.
Hassan !! Now you can prepare to put up with our 5 children.
Celia H wrote a review (Feb. 2020)
An incredible experience, all super nice and attentive. Even the 6-hour trip was enjoyable with the great songs that our super guide Hassan gave us. The dromedary ride was also an incredible experience watching the sunset and sunrise. And the tents were better equipped than many hotels I’ve been to. It was beautiful to contemplate all the stars since there was no light practically all were visible. A 100% recommendable experience, everyone made us feel at home.
Iosune wrote a review (Feb. 2020)
We have just arrived in Morocco. Some friends recommended the agency to us and especially Hassan, and although we only contacted Marrakech Tour Company to spend the night in the Erg Chebbi desert and finally we were unable to meet Hassan as a guide, it was quite a success to contact them. The impeccable organization and Said and his companions some ten guides: friendly, attentive to any need, and creating a good atmosphere at all times. I read very good comments about the agency and I certainly confirm them. Thank you for your good work.
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What’s the best time to travel to Morocco?
actually, Morocco is perfect for travel all year. the best time to visit the Sahara desert is The spring season that runs from March to May it is the best time to visit the desert of Morocco so that this period is characterized by moderate and beautiful weather, and Morocco knows calm rains and warm weather and is comfortable for tourism and enjoy its beauty, in this period you can visit all the cities of Morocco from the north To the south, especially in the month of May, which gives you the freedom to choose the region you want to spend the holiday. in the summer the weather is very hot in the Desert of Morocco, so you will want warm weather here on the Atlantic coast.
What Gifts and Memories can you return from morocco?
As soon as you start walking in Morocco, you will think about which souvenir to buy for yourself or for the people you love. The worry, believe it, you will be spoiled for choice. Here are some tips to help you.
Handcrafted terracotta pottery
Wherever you go in the country, there will be shops selling handcrafted pottery items. Moroccans still use it today: they prepare their food in tagines, on terracotta braziers, and think that a real Moroccan couscous can only be served in a clay dish. You will find ashtrays, tagines-salad bowls-salt shakers, etc. There will be all sizes but the smallest are the most practical and often more affordable, The best pottery in the country comes from the city of Safi.
Clothes, hairstyles, and slippers.
Moroccan clothes are original and distinguished, Sellers usually wear them, You will be offered djellabas-Trousers-tunics of different cuts and fabrics, embroidered or without patterns. You’ll notice that the style differs from region to region. The gandouras would be a better option: there are for men and women, take the color that speaks to you, it is elegant, comfortable, and light. Don’t forget to take the slippers that go with it, you can always use them as slippers at home. Typical Moroccan slippers are made entirely of leather, so avoid those with plastic soles.
what is the currency of Morocco?
The official currency in circulation, which is used in the Kingdom of Morocco, is the currency of the Moroccan dirham, and it can be abbreviated as (MAD), and it is also the currency that is circulated in the Western Sahara region, and one dirham is made of one hundred divisions of the denomination of sub-denomination of sub The responsibility for the issuance and circulation of the currency in Morocco with its different classes and varieties (paper and metal) by the Moroccan Central Bank, and given the Moroccan currency price against the dollar, the US dollar is equivalent to the value of 9.6560 of the dirham for one dirham, according to the exchange rate for the dirham Two thousand and nineteen.
are the lunches included in Our private Tour?
the lunches don’t include in all our tours, There will be plenty of cafes on the way to the Sahara desert where to stop for lunch. Please feel free to choose on your own, or follow your driver’s recommendation if you wish.
Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
yes, Morocco is one of the safest countries in the world, you won’t afraid about anything Morocco will make you happy.
what kind of clothes are in Morocco?
Moroccan traditional dress is the group of traditional and popular garments that Moroccans have preserved and still preserved for centuries, as it is evident that they cling to various traditional garments, especially in weddings and religious occasions, whether old or young, male or female. There is no doubt that the traditional costume is an integral part of the heritage, and heritage is one of the essential elements for the construction of civilization, it is necessary for the development of civilization, as the traditional costume is a tool for defining nations and a symbol for their distinctiveness and uniqueness and is the best witness to the degree of their awareness and the diversity of successive civilizations.
Can I customize my trip?
yes, you can do it, Contact us and tell us where will you start and end, Our team will help you with your request.
What are popular dishes in Morocco?
The Kingdom of Morocco, like other countries in the region, is characterized by many of its popular dishes or those that were the product of pollination of some civilizations whose name has long been associated with the Kingdom’s name. In this report, we will know the most prominent of these dishes that Moroccans excelled in cooking.
Couscous … the food that is not missing from the table
Morocco is famous for its barbarian couscous food, which dates back to the time of BC. Couscous is divided into two types in the kingdom: couscous with vegetables or “seven vegetables” as Moroccans like to call it, while the second type is couscous “with raisins” or “with enough” depending on the region, and is considered Couscous is the main dish on Friday, and you can only find it on the lunch table.
“Tangia” .. Marrakech food
No one can visit the city of “Marrakech” unless it is eaten from the “Tangia” dish of the famous Jamaâ El Fna Square. This dish, which the city of “Red City” is famous for, consists of veal, ghee, olive oil, and free saffron filaments, in addition to spices. Moroccan and water.
It is the most famous traditional Moroccan dish besides couscous, which comes from the Arab Maghreb and especially Morocco, and this dish is also very common in Algeria and Tunisia, but according to many studies it is of Berber origin.
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Day Trip to Imlil Atlas Mountains from Marrakech Highlighs
+ Guided one & half hour hike from Imlil to see waterfalls and Berber hamlets
+ Visit the Kasbah Toubkal on the wonders of the area (optional)
+ Imlil and Atlas Mountains day trip from Marrakech
+ Ascend the Atlas foothills past Berber villages, walnut groves, and lush valleys
+ Visit an argan oil co-operative and Berber market (Saturdays only)
+ Traditional Berber lunch at a Berber family home, local restaurant, or Toubkal kasbah
+ depends on your choice.
Itinerary day trip from Marrakech via Atlas Mountains to Imlil
We will pick up you at 9:00 from your hotel in Marrakech or at the meeting point(if you stay in Medina), then start the exciting day trip to Imlil valley & Atlas Mountains. First and foremost, it is always about experiencing the people, life, and culture of the Berber mountain villages you’ll visit. I want you to leave not just with photos, but with stories and memories of personal encounters with the individuals you’ll meet during the day you spend with us in the hills of the High Atlas mountains. While driving enjoys the panoramic view over the green valley of olive trees and ancient Berber villages in Tahanaout. We took the opportunity of visiting the Argan oil cooperative of local women in Tahanaout during our trip to Imlil. After that, you can visit the weekly market (on Tuesdays)then head up south the Moulay Brahim Gorges, and the Berber village of Asni where you can visit the weekly market on Saturday only) then drive up to Imlil valley the drive will be by the green river with many different trees and water head down. This picturesque valley offers the everyday landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, now reach Imlil valley the starting point for much multi-day trekking in the National Park, and to the second-highest mountain in Africa, the Jebel Toubkal here you will start your walk up through the Berber village and waterfall, here you will have the opportunity learning about the Berber hospitalities and activates during each day and see terrace fields of barley, corn, and vegetables, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees. Alternatively, enjoy splendid views across the valley.
After the walk, with your local guide for 2 to 3 hours, then, you will enjoy your lunch 3-course meal on the terrace with the best view of the high atlas in a Berber home near Imlil center. Moreover, you can relax or head back down to Marrakech. Depending on the time, there may be time to explore the Berber villages more before heading back to Marrakech. End of your Marrakech day trip to Imlil.
+ Pick-up & Drop off at your hotel, riad, or accommodation in Marrakech
+ Transportation in a private car with a professional driver
+ English speaking driver
+ Mountain walking guide.
What's not included:
+ Lunch + Drinks
+ Entrance fees to monuments.
+ All extras not mentioned in the program.