Explore the Moroccan past with this journey into the High Atlas Mountains outside of Marrakech. You'll follow ancient Berber trails from the valleys all the way up to the mountain summits. Discover the faces, smiles and traditional lifestyle of Morocco away from the typical tourist locations.
Your adventure starts with a departure by car from Marrakech around 9am from your hotel or riad. The 2-hour drive south will go up the Moulay Brahim Gorges, past the Asni weekly market and onwards to Imlil, set high in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains. For hiking lovers, there's a main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here you'll take a break with a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and to meet your local guide prior to setting out. The excursion will be ~4km towards the south to the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd). On the way, you'll pass the hamlets of ait souka, Targa, and Imoula; and go up and down the stark slopes with the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif towering before you. You'll stop at the village of Aroumd, a rather singular location in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley, built seemingly house upon house on a large moraine spur that overlooks ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables and always surrounded by almond and walnut trees. You'll then carry on for another 30 minutes to get to your lunch location, which will be served among a berber familly in the village of Achayn. After some rest and relaxation, it's time to set off back down the other side of the valley, back to Imlil, and to your return trip to Marrakech.