Imlil and Atlas Mountains

Overview

Atlas mountains and Imlil day trip is one of the most spectacular day trips from Marrakech if you desire to get out of the city and delve in the authentic and rural side of Morocco. We will start our day trip to Imlil at 09am from Marrakech by a 4WD or minivan. We will head south, gaining altitude towards Tahnaout and Moulay Brahim Gorges. Furthermore, we will cross the Berber village of Asni, very popular for its weekly market every Saturday, which we can stop to visit if you happen to take this trip on a Saturday. We will then continue our route towards Imlil in a narrow paved road twirling in the middle of the trees, small water sources and perched houses. Once In Imlil, we will meet our local guide and the muleteers, after the introductions, you will be assisted to hope on the mules, settle in to enjoy a wonderful hike throughout the hills, fields and rocky pathways. The local house where you will have lunch is situated in Aroumd village (1900 m above sea level), with beautiful views and scenery from its terrace.

In warm days, you can enjoy your tea and lunch on the terrace to fully appreciate the vibrant scenery, in colder days, there is a dining saloon that is kept warm.

 

Why choose Imlil over Ourika?

One might ask, what's the difference between Ourika valley and Imlil day trip, and it is a good question, so here is your answer: Ourika is a very touristic attraction among travel agencies, foreigners accustomed to Morocco, and locals, you would struggle to find a parking spot in Ourika during hot days and maybe wait in line at each difficult hike or restaurant. In contrast, Imlil is a less touristic attraction and is usually the destination for professional mountain hikers who take Imlil as a starting point for longer hikes of the mighty Toubkal mountain. In addition to the less touristic aspect, the mule ride and the traditional house lunch, makes Imlil a special experience that can never be matched by Ourika.

However, to be fair to Ourika valley, if you prefer to do a quick hike then sit on the riverside with your feet close or even in the water, and you don't mind eating restaurant food, then yes, Ourika can be a good alternative

Feeling fit and would like a challenge ?

If you are feeling the desire to challenge yourself a little, you can. Instead of mules, we can arrange for an English-speaking guide that can walk you up to Aroumd village, the hike takes 1h30 to 2h depending on your pace. And it is breathtaking, both literally and figuratively, because nothing matches walking to fully immerse yourself in the surrounding nature.

PS : The choice of doing a hike on foot should be communicated during the booking because it needs a different arrangement (Guide instead of mules).

PS : if you can only do the trip one way, it is possible, please continue reading the vehicle part below

Can't ride the mules / Hike on foot only one way ?

We are aware that many clients are not able or prefer not to ride the mules (Health, Age, or other personal reasons). And therefore we offer alternatives, Just let us know in advance, so we can provide a 4x4 Toyota Land-cruiser for your tour, it can reach Aroumd village via a somewhat difficult path that is not reachable by minivans.

So whether you prefer not ride the mules, or opt for a one way hike on foot with the guide and want to travel the distance by car, it is doable. All you have to do is share your requirements and we will be more than delighted to accommodate.


Included

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • A/C 4×4 Toyota Land-cruiser or a spacious minivan for groups
  • English-speaking driver and host
  • Lunch in a Berber house in Aroumd village
  • Mule for each person.
  • Possibility to have a hiking guide instead of the mules.
  • Possibility to get to Aroumd by car when necessary.
  • Flexible pauses and photo breaks
  • Visit of Asni's market on market days

Not Included
  • Extra drinks on lunch