BERBER VILLAGES & MOUNTAIN TREKS
It’s time to get out of the city and up into the HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS that run in a sweeping arc to the south. Their snowcapped peaks are an impressive enough sight from Marrakesh; up close, they’re nothing short of spectacular. Within two hours (some 50km on the R203 to Asni, then another 15km on the R2003 from there), you can be at the trekking trailhead of IMLIL, under the shadow of the Toubkal Massif, ready to follow ancient mule tracks to remote Berber villages that appear frozen in time.
Some villages have no electricity at all. Local children roam far from home as they shepherd their goats through isolated valleys. Berber women dressed in flowing headscarves tend their crops of barley and corn on gravity-defying terraces. It’s a world away from Marrakesh and a fantastic chance for your kids to experience a very different way of life.
Hire a guide from your hotel, or from Aztat Treks in Imlil itself, and head off on a fairly easy walk south to the precipitous village of AROUMD, where the mud houses are stacked on top of each other like oversized earthy Jenga blocks, or on a tougher climb up to the pass of Tizi n’ Tamatert for breathtaking views across the IMANE VALLEY. More strenuous all-day treks head west over the steep Tizi n’Mzik and down into the glorious AZZADENE VALLEY. Your guide will determine your exact route and destination depending on the age (and fortitude) of your children, and on most walks you can hire a mule to carry your provisions; en route, you’ll cross gurgling streams and picnic under almond trees.
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