Leaving the chaos of Marrakech behind for a day and taking a one day Imlil day trip in the Atlas Mountains outside Marrakech is a brilliant way to spend some time in the great outdoors and see beyond the city limits. Spend a day in the Atlas Mountains trekking with a local guide and experience the beauty of life in the Berber villages nearby.
Imlil is the heart of the hiking area and a trekkers paradise and perfect for an Imlil day trip. Travel from your accommodation in Marrakech to the mountains in just 90 minutes. Once you arrive in Imlil, you will immediately feel the warmth of Berber hospitality. Wear some solid walking shoes and depart from the village to trek in the nearby trails to a village called Armed you will experience the beauty of Mount Toubkal from the valley below. Standing at 4170 m Mount Toubkal is a big attraction for day trips and serious trekkers alike.
Along the way you will interact with daily life in the Berber villages and learn about the Berber’s lifestyle in the valley. Visit Berber villages with traditional architecture, overlook the terraced fields built at the foot of high mountains and enjoy the magnificent panoramas over the surroundings mountains. Trek along trails through the beautiful forests and see waterfalls and fresh streams along the way. If you prefer to ride, we can happily arrange a mule (and muleteer) to guide you up to the village on a “Berber 4×4”.
As a day trip from Marrakech, this one can’t be beat. Fresh air, great food reaped from the local lands and cooked especially for you, enjoy fresh vegetables, flavorful tagine and the company of chatty residents who are eager to share their lifestyle with you.
Bring a pocket full of sweet treats or pencils for the kids you are bound to meet along the way!
Depart from Marrakech after breakfast and drive out of the city toward the High Atlas Mountains. Pass through the outskirts of Marrakech and on to Asni where you will head deeper into the mountain valley.
On arrival in Imlil you will meet your local guide who will escort you on a scenic hike in the local valley and on to a traditional gite in a small Berber village called Aroumd. Once there you will enjoy a lunch prepared fresh from local produce on the rooftop. Enjoy views of the valley and the looming Mt. Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak.
After lunch, take a different route to the base at Imlil and meet your for the return to Marrakech.
Mules are available to you on prior arrangement if you prefer not to hike.
Let us know if you would like to take an alternate route back to Marrakech. This will add some time to your day, so we will need to plan in advance to be sure you get the most from your day.