WALK THE AZZADEN VALLEY
High Atlas mountains, off-beat Berber villages & falls.
Views of Jebel Toubkal
Scenic Azzaden Valley
4-5 hours walking
See 9 Berber villages
Start Tizi Oussem
Picnic lunch en route
River gorge & falls
End Lake Ouirgane
This classic day walk follows ancient mule trails through the scenic and somewhat remote Azzaden Valley in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech. Walking for 4-5 hours from the top of the valley to the bottom we pass nine Berber villages and enjoy marvellous views far from the heavily trekked routes around Imlil. On our last recce of this walk we encountered just a single donkey and several locals!
First, we travel to the trailhead at Tizi Oussem by 4x4 and enjoy views of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal. After tea in a Berber home we start a 16 km walk along the valley. Our trail winds up and down both sides of the valley, following the Azzaden river on its journey towards the Atlantic. Nourished by High Atlas springs throughout the year, the valley has many orchards: we’ll see walnut and almond trees, olive groves and plentiful fruit trees including cherry, apple, peach, plum, apricots, quince, lemon and fig.
During our walk we enjoy a picnic lunch close to the river in a narrow gorge with waterfalls. We’ll also learn about day to day village life from our Berber guide. The final village we pass is Tassa Ouirgane. From here we walk through orchards and pass close to a local mosque before arriving back at Kasbah Africa. The pool awaits for a refreshing swim after a beautiful walk.
0830 Rendezvous with driver. Depart Kasbah Africa, drive via Asni.
0930 Arrive at Tizi Oussem village in Azzaden Valley; tea in Berber house.
1000 Start walking through Azzaden Valley – follow ancient mule trails.
1245 Picnic lunch en route (riverside at the gorge/falls depending on water level).
1330 Continue walking down the valley.
1600 Arrive Kasbah Africa.
Timings are approx. and may vary due to interests of the group, weather or seasons.
This trip operates daily through-out the year.
Take walking shoes/boots/sandals, swimwear plus sun protection.
PRICES PER PERSON
Pick-up from Kasbah Africa; private transfer to start of trek at Tizi Oussem; local mountain guide; picnic lunch.
Beverages and meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature.
Price for children 0 to 11 years old is £5 (60 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.