Villages of Toubkal

Trekking holiday in the foothills of the highest peak in Morocco




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Holiday Overview


  • Walking and gite overnights in the beautiful Azaden Valley
  • Spectacular mountain views from the Tizi n’Zik Pass
  • Experience Berber hospitality in traditional mountain villages
  • Explore magical Marrakech and the colourful UNESCO Djemaa el Fna

On the west side of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco lie the tributary valleys above the River Nfis, described as the most attractive and fertile in the High Atlas and home of the welcoming Berber.  Traversing these foothills from the south, this relaxed paced 5-day trekking holiday crosses several 2000 metre passes taking us to the traditional mountain villages of Amslam and Tisgui, surrounded by terraced fields and groves of almonds and figs.  Upon reaching the delightful Azaden Valley, reckoned to be the most beautiful in the region because of it's watermills and traditional houses, we camp at Tizi Oussem.  From here we'll visit the waterfalls at Irgholiden before climbing through juniper woodland to cross the Tizi n'Zik where we're rewarded with stunning mountain views.  After a final night at our gite in Ait Souka, we return to Marrakech with time to explore this magical city.  A perfect introduction to the delights of trekking and Moroccan hospitality! 

Is this holiday for you?

This is not a difficult or sustained trekking holiday in Morocco. The passes crossed en route are relatively moderate in altitude and for the most part, the route follows good trails between villages. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day at a moderate pace. This holiday should be well within the capabilities of anyone of average fitness.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Taghbart. Walk to the village of Tararouriste perched above a pretty gorge.
  • Walk to the village of Amslam via the passes of Tizi n'Tfourikhte (2100m) and Tizi n'Guidi (2000m).
  • Walk through the charming valley of Tkent and juniper forests to the village of Tiziana (1500m).
  • Walk through Azaden Valley and Berber villages to Oussem. Afternoon walk to Irgholiden waterfall.
  • Walk across the Tizi N`Zik (2490m) and descend to the village of Ait Souka.
  • Short trek to Imlil and transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon guided tour of Marrakech city.
  • Departure day. Transfer to Marrakech Airports are provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trip direction
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The trip leader will give a briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to Taghbart. Walk to the village of Tararouriste perched above a pretty gorge.

    In the morning, we transfer by private minibus to the foothills of the High Atlas. Travelling south from Marrakech we journey via Asni and Ouirgane to Ijoukak where we turn off the main road and climb to the village of Taghbart. Here we meet the muleteers who will load our baggage while we take lunch in the shade of olive trees. After lunch we stretch our legs with a steady ascent to reach the village of Tararouriste (1600m),
    perched above a gorge where we check into our gite.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 300m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Walk to the village of Amslam via the passes of Tizi n'Tfourikhte (2100m) and Tizi n'Guidi (2000m).

    We will probably feel the altitude today as we climb across the Tizi n'Tfourikhte (2100m) and the tizi n'Guidi (2000m), which offer spectacular views of the High Atlas. We descend into the Valley of Fis and enter the village of Amslam (1800m) through groves of walnut, almond and fig trees.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Walk through the charming valley of Tkent and juniper forests to the village of Tiziana (1500m).

    We cross the Col d'Amslam and descend to the valley of Tkent and the large village of Tizgui (1930m). In this valley daily life continues much as it has for the last century with the inhabitants tending terraced crops, and
    orchards of walnut and apple. We continue through a charmingly rugged landscape of hillsides clothed in Juniper forest valley to reach the village of Tiziana (1500m) and our overnight lodging.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Walk through Azaden Valley and Berber villages to Oussem. Afternoon walk to Irgholiden waterfall.

    We now ascend the Azaden valley passing through several typical Berber villages of red and ochre adobe houses set against the emerald terraces of crops, and each with its distinctive mosque where villagers are busy
    around food crops. We pass through groves of walnut and forests of juniper and along the river there are several water mills, grinding wheat and corn between ponderously turning stones in time honoured fashion.
    Arriving at our comfortable lodging in Oussem we can check in before setting off to climb to the Irgholiden waterfalls (2300m) located in a beautiful forest of juniper. These are the highest falls in the area measuring 15 metres in height. Returning to the picturesque Berber
    village of Oussem we take our evening meal at the pleasant gite, which has a hamman and hot showers.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Walk across the Tizi N`Zik (2490m) and descend to the village of Ait Souka.

    Leaving the Azaden valley we climb to the tizi n'Zik (2490m) where we are treated to extensive views of Imlil and Jebel Oukaïmedem. The contrast between these arid mountains and the green valleys below is striking. We now descend to the valley of Ait Mizan and the village of Ait Souka. Here we are close to the village of Imlil and almost back on the tourist trail. One advantage of this is a night in a tourist guest house with hot showers!

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 550m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Short trek to Imlil and transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon guided tour of Marrakech city.

    After breakfast we have a brief walk to meet our transfer back to Marrakech. Arriving before lunchtime we check in to the group hotel and join an English speaking guide for a sightseeing tour of Marrakech. There is plenty of time for shopping in the souks. In the early evening we
    will certainly want to check out the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances. This evening we will have a celebratory dinner in our hotel or a nearby restaurant.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfer to Marrakech Airports are provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for the return flight.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English-speaking local guide
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on Day 1 & 8 only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Half day guided sightseeing tour of Mareakech
  • A full service on trek including baggage animals

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 8 of the itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you intend to make your own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport, taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petit taxi" should be no more than £6 though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes

A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call. After breakfast, during which the muleteers are given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken at a shady spot after 3 or 4 hours walking, and on some days this stop will be extended into a long break of up to 2-2½ hours to avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. The afternoon session tends to be shorter than the morning and we will usually reach our overnight stop with plenty of time to explore before dusk. On most days we will be walking for 5 to 6 hours at a liesurely pace which allows time for stops and to take pictures. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the gite or local village home where we stay. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. Most people in the rural areas turn in quite early and we will have plenty of time to recharge the batteries ready for the next day's walk.

During this trip the group will spend two nights at a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While there are several more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday. Accommodation in Marrakech is on twin share basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For these 2 hotel nights in Marrakech, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. This trek visits valleys and villages off the beaten track where tourist facilities are not highly developed. We will stay each night of the trek in simple gites and local houses. Here the accommodation will be dormitory style with shared access to washing facilities. Almost all nights you will have access to showers, sometimes hot. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are available if you wish to extend your holiday (see section on riads at the end of the dossier). For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The restaurants in Marrakech offer a wide variety of international as well as local cuisines. On trek, breakfasts and dinners are provided by the accommodation. Breakfasts are usually continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and/or cheese. Dinner normally starts off with soup and bread, followed by a main course which will normally include rice, pasta, potatoes or cous-cous, and a vegetable stew (or tagine). There will also be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous cous, with a freshly prepared salad. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This amount will cover tips for the trek crew, soft drinks, snacks, and also lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash or travellers cheques. (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged, but note that it can be difficult to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high). Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local guide throughout the trip. We will have the assistance of mules and their drivers to carry our equipment.

It is important to remember tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give tips as a group rather than from individual group members and suggest you decide together on a level of tips that suits everyone. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around £30 per group member to a 'pool' should provide an appropriate level of tips.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your main bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

No visa is required for travel to Morocco by the holders of the following passports: United Kingdom, United States of America or Australia. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to Morocco and that this entitles you to stay in the country for up to three months. Holders of passports not on the above list should contact the Kingdom of Morocco visa information service to see if a visa is required. (Most people will find that no visa is required).

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • Shirts or T-shirts (at least 1 long-sleeved with collar)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (eg. fleece or wool)
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 1800 cu in
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • 3 season sleeping bag (comfortable to 5°C / 40°F)*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite)

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for evening wear
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Warm jacket (recommended for late November – April)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Shorts (please be culturally sensitive when wearing shorts. Do not wear in villages)
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes


  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This trip is not particularly strenuous but you do need to be comfortable with walking up to 5 or 6 hours each day. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime and that leading up to departure, you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It is very hot in Marrakech in the summer months, particularly in August when temperatures can reach 40ºC. Outside of the hottest months of July and August, daytime temperatures in Marrakech will be in the low to mid thirties, dropping to around 25ºC at night. Once we are on trek and we start to gain height, we can expect the temperatures to be rather lower, with daytime temperatures around 20 to 25ºC. At night, it may be chilly enough to need a warm jacket. The weather is usually fine at the time of our scheduled departures. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for extremes of climate. Departures from late November to April may encounter snow at the highest points of the trek.

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Toubkal & Marrakech. Orientazion. 1: 50,000

Detailed, water-resistant trekking map of Toubkal and surroundings, with a plan of Marrakech on the reverse. Topographic detail includes contours at 20m intervals, hill-shading, woodland and scrub areas, springs, creeks, rivers and dry riverbeds. Road detail includes tracks and footpaths. The street plan of Marrakech on the reverse is at approximately 1:8,700 scale.

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