The wild Touchka trek: 5 nights / 6 days

The wild Touchka trek: 5 nights / 6 days

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Trek Grade: Strenuous

Explore the Western High Atlas starting at Ouled Berhil with amazing scenic ascents and descents, then cross the Touchka Plateau and Tizi n’Igourramene Pass and then down to Afensou to enjoy the hammam and a final night at the guest house.

 

Day 1: Taroudant - Tigouga - Targa - Jbel Askaoun base

1 hour drive on the main road from Taroudant to Ouled Berhil (40 km) then to Tigouga by an amazing ascending 4x4 track and along steep gorges. Possibility to walk part of the way (10 km in 3 hours, 500m ascent) to the village of Targa (1,900 m) after crossing forests of almond and walnut trees. 1 hour walk (100 m ascent) to a lovely wild camp site  in a riverside oasis, at the foot of Jbel Askaoun (3,100 m). Tajine dinner, fire.

Day 2: Jbel Askaoun base - Touchka Plateau

A steep climb on a mule path up to the pass over the Touchka plateau (900 m ascent in 3 hours). Panoramic picnic at the top (2,800 m), on the pass with a 360° view over the Souss valley, the high mountain valleys, the Touchka plateau and the High Atlas peaks. Walk down to the wild camping place (2,600 m), a grassy flat area by a stream. Afternoon: walking as you wish (from 2 to 5 hours) on the Touchka plateau, visiting waterfalls, sheepfolds and enjoying the quiet and expansive countryside, surrounded by high peaks. Barbecue and fire.

Day 3: Touchka Plateau - Tizi n’Igourramene Pass

Back to the pass (150m ascent) and down to Tigouga (descend 1,000 m) by the same scenic path in 3 hours. Simple local restaurant for lunch time if available. Walking to the Tizi n’Igourramene pass (6 km,  200m ascent in 1.5 hours), dominating the Tigouga high valley and a parallel valley (2,000 m).Wild camping on the pass near  goat pastures and still dominated by the High Atlas peaks.

Day 4: Tizi n’Igourramene Pass - Sidi Abdullah U Saïd

Walking down in the other mountain valley, in the shadow of Jbel Agelmoun (3,300 m)  descend 500m, 4 km, 1 hour. Easy walking down the valley, through narrow gorges: 9 km in 2 hours down to the picnic place (bathing possible). To Sidi Abdullah U Saïd until a ford (8 km in 2 hours). Wild camping close to the river with camp fire.

Day 5: Sidi Abdullah U Saïd - Zaouia Bouchnane - Afensou

Walking up to Zaouia Bouchnane whereas the rocks change colour continuously (6 km, 300m ascent in 2 hours). Descent to Imoulas by foot (7 km, 2 hours). Picnic under the olive trees along a river. Panoramic walk on the ridge to Assaka village (150 m ascent; 1.5 hours).Walking down the river by through palm grove gardens to Afensou (1.5 hours). Aperitif, hammam, dinner, B&B at the Berber guesthouse Les Terrasses de l’Atlas.

Day 6 : Afensou - Taroudant

Drive by 4x4 track down to Taroudant .

What’s included

Camping gear including sleeping bags and sheet liners;  transport of all luggage; good food; guiding;  4x4assistance; all non alcoholic drinks; hammam; transfers from and to Taroudant

Duration

5 Nights / 6 Days

Location

Taroudant

Waterfalls of Jbel Aoulime: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Trek Grade: Moderate

Trek through gorges and oasis gardens to Jbel Aoulime and explore any of a dozen waterfalls. Experience the panoramic views and dramatic landscapes as the trek takes you from the slopes of the peak down to Afensou to enjoy the hammam and a final night at the guest house.

Day 1: Taroudant - Afensou - Jbel Aoulime

1 hour drive by  4x4 from Taroudant to a village near Afensou. Starting from a panoramic pass, half an hour’s walk to a typical Berber village for a tea with a family. 3 km walk (100m ascent) to Afensou through a gorge and oasis gardens, with a stop for swimming.  Berber lunch at the guesthouse Les Terrasses de l’Atlas. Drive 4x4 track to Imoulas (30 min). Approx 5 km walk (300 m ascent) on a cliff track. 4x4 drive amongst almond trees and then walnut trees.  1 hour walk to the foot of Jbel Aoulime (3,550 m) up to some waterfalls (250 m ascent). Wild camping at 1,750 m by trees and an irrigation channel.  Barbecue and fire.

Day 2: Slopes of Jbel Aoulime

Walk back on the track past Berber villages (1 hour). Mule path to Iril (250 m ascent) for 1.5 hours to another Berber village on the slopes of Jbel Aoulime for a panoramic picnic. Walk down a narrow valley (1 hour) to the first waterfalls to a wild camp site. Exploration of any of a dozen of waterfalls. Tajine dinner and camp fire.

Day 3: Jbel Aoulime - Iril - Afensou

Walk back to Iril and downhill for 3 hours, descending  1000 m over 3 hours through a gorge and dramatic landscape. Picnic on the way, probably by a stream, then 7 km walk (about 1.5 hours)or drive if tired. Aperitif and hammam at the Berber guesthouse Les Terrasses de l’Atlas. Drive by 4x4 track down to Taroudant.

Aperitif, hammam, dinner, B&B at the Berber guesthouse Les Terrasses de l’Atlas.

Day 4: Afensou - Taroudant

Drive by 4x4 track down to Taroudant.

What’s included

Camping gear including sleeping bags and sheet liners;  transport of all luggage; good food; guiding;  4x4 assistance; all non alcoholic drinks; hammam; transfers from and to Taroudant.

Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days

Location

Taroudant

Panoramas of the High Atlas: 3 days / 2 nights

Trek Grade: Moderate

An introduction to the Western High Atlas, this trek takes you through argan forest, oases, barley fields and Berber villages; it offers lovely panoramic views and an insight into the flora and fauna of the region.

Day 1:  Taroudant to Jbel Tirissi

Depart Taroudant for a 20 minute drive to Tamaloukte for tea in an oasis below the old Kasbah. 3 hours walk (500 m ascent) via a gorge with interesting flora and fauna to an ancient forest house.  Panoramic picnic site on the pass.  Afternoon 10 km (2 hour) walk on a panoramic track on the Jbel Tirissi among argan trees. Wild camping amongst barley fields. Barbecue and camp fire.

Day 2:  Jbel Tirissi to Afensou

Berber breakfast. 3 hours walk on an ancient track made during the era of the French Protectorate, very scenic and winding. Picnic beside Jbel Aoulime (3,550 m) and the whole western part of the High Atlas, with a 360° panoramic view.  Afternoon:  walk down mule paths to the village of Afensou (2 hours) where investigating the old Berber village, bathing in the river and a walk up to the spring (30 mins) are possible.

Aperitif, hammam, dinner, B&B at the Berber guesthouse Les Terrasses de l’Atlas.

Day 3:  Afensou to Taroudant

Drive by 4x4 track down to Taroudant.

What’s included

Camping gear including sleeping bags and sheet liners;  transport of all luggage; good food; guiding;  4x4assistance; all non alcoholic drinks; hammam; transfers from and to Taroudant

Duration

2 Nights / 3 Days

Location

Taroudant 

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The wild Touchka trek: 5 nights / 6 days

The wild Touchka trek: 5 nights / 6 days

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