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Pedestrian and equestrian hiking in Toubkal Loop Ouaneskra - Imlil 10 days / 07 days of walking

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Jbel Toubkal National Park contains the highest peak in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal, and the 5th highest on the continent of Africa at 4,167m/ 13,671ft.  Jbel Toubkal National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Morocco having been established in 1948 and covering some 500,000 hectares.  There is a wide variety of plants and animals in and around the park including Junipers, Poppies, Golden Eagles, Bearded Vultures, Foxes, Partridges, Squirrels, Monkeys, and Barbary Goats

Nearly all of North Africa’s highest peaks are within the boundaries of the park: Jbel Toubkal, 4,167m; Jbel Ouainkrim, 4,065m; Bou Igenouaine, 3,882m, Jbel Aksoual, 3,842m;  Jbel Aguelzim, 3,547m, and many others.  Jbel Toubkal National Park is extraordinarily diverse.  The summers are cool and beautiful providing a necessary escape from the stifling hot air of Marrakech, winters bring up to 2 meters of snow or more and are excellent for winter mountain activities.

D1: Arrival at Marrakech airport.

Welcoming at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.

 

D2: Early morning minibus drive to Oukaimeden (2600m) (3h).

Meeting with our mules' caravan and gentle climb on shepherd's trails to Eddi col (2928m), then descend to the green and lively valley. Camp in Ouaneskra (2200m) (5h).

 

D3: Ouaneskra-Imskar (1381m) (5h30).

We descend the slopes of Adrar n’Oukamedein, passing by several villages settled along the river, tilled fields, and red juniper forests. Campsite by the river, where you can swim.

D4: Imkar-Ait Assa (1700m) (6h30).

We cross the village among colorful corn and barley fields, bordered by palm trees and cactus. Trek through Tizi el Bour (1700m) and Tizi nest (2100) cols until we reach the green Azzadane valley.

D5: Ait Assa-Aroumd (1900m) (5h30).

We continue along a beautiful trail across juniper and walnut-tree forests towards Tizi Mzik col (2489m), then down Azib Mzikene where we stop for a picnic. Easy hike to the village of Aroumd in Imlil valley.

D6: Aroumd-Nelter hut (3106 m) (6h).

Long ascent trek passing by the Sidi Chamharouch marabout, the Devil's King. This small mausoleum is a religious place, and it is believed that the saint can heal mental diseases. Camp at Neltner hut.

D7: We leave the hut very early in the morning to ascend mount Toubkal (4167m) (4h).

The highest peak is in northern Africa. All along the way, we enjoy a wonderful view over the Atlas Mountains.

Note: The Toubkal ascent is optional since that day we return to the same hut. You even may hike as much as you like and stop for rest till the rest of the group descends. This is a tiring but very rewarding experience.

D8: We descend to Imlil (3h30) and drive to Marrakech. The rest of the day is free.

 

D9: Free day in Marrakech, hotel.

D10: Departure.

Breakfast and transfer to airport (02 hours before departure).

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Pedestrian and equestrian hiking in Toubkal Loop Ouaneskra - Imlil 10 days / 07 days of walking

Pedestrian and equestrian hiking in Toubkal Loop Ouaneskra - Imlil 10 days / 07 days of walking

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