During this tour you can rely on two great fellow travellers: Lachen, an experienced local guide, and Paolo, expert trekker and manager of the Riad.
You can chose 2/3 day trekking tours, according to your training.
1 Day : Marrakech – Imlil – Toubkal refuge – 2 hours by car – 4/5 hour trekking – 10 Km – 1.467m. rise.
You leave the Riad at 8 a.m. with Paolo and arrive in Imlil at 10 a.m.
Imlil was chosen in 1996 by Marting Scorsese for some scenes of “Kundun”.
Snow-capped summits of Atlas substituted Himalayas peaks; the Kasbah on the hill was turned into a Tibetan Buddhist temple with hundreds of monks. In the Kasbah of Toubkal you can still admire the gigantic wheel of prayers.
At the beginning, the pathway is not particularly impervious but climbs steadily, so you need at least some previous training to face it. During the first stretch you cross Sidi Chamharouch, a 2.310m.u.s.l. little village where you can visit the homonymous sanctuary.
A huge white painted rock by the sanctuary is told to have fallen from the mountains burying Sidi Chamharouch, widely considered to be the “King of the Djinn”, a spiritual being recognized by the most animist Berber people.
By tradition, Sidi Chamharouch used to wander in the mountains, in a dog shape, during the day and to come back home in Aroumd, in human shape, during the night. His followers visit this place hoping to be cured of diseases such as epilepsy or various mental illnesses.
In the afternoon you arrive at Toubkal Refuge. You can catch sight of the refuge more or less one hour before your arrival there.
Packed dinner and overnight stay.
2 Day: Toubkal Refuge – Toubkal Summit – Imlil – 6 hour trekking – 12 km – 960m. rise and drop to Imlil
You leave Toubkal refuge in the first hours of the dawn to reach Tizi n’Toubkal (3.940 m.). From the pass, the path turns left (North-East) and follows the ridge up to the summit (4.167 m.). If hot temperatures do not lift the haze, you can enjoy a wonderful sight on all Atlas.
From the summit you drop towards Imlil.
In Imlil, traditional Berber lunch with Lachen and his family.
In the evening, back in Marrakech in Riad Golfame.
If participants are not particularly trained, this tour can be extended to 3 days, that means that from Toubkal summit you stop for another dinner and night stay in Toubkal refuge. The following day you move further to Imlil.
High mountain outfit, with good trekking boots.
Rucksack, sticks, and anything you need (change of clothes, toilette kit etc.)
Optional: air bed, sleeping bag, tent.
Fee: € 150,00 per person (min. 2 persons)
Included in the fee:
– Round trip Marrakech/Imlil – Imlil/Marrakech
– Overnight stay in the refuge
– Dinners and water
– Lunch by Lachen, beverage included (water and mint tea).
Not included: anything not described in the trip plan. Other beverage you need should be bought in Imlil, before starting the excursion with your guides.
In you want to prolong the tour (with 2 dinners and 2 overnight stays) or you want to experience this tour alone with our guides (no other participant(s) by the tour) please talk with Paolo in order to define additional fee.