3. Three Valleys Trek

When trekking the Three Valleys, you will begin in the Imnan Valley and finish in the valley of Ait Mizane. As you head through the visually stunning Azzaden Valley, full of colour and life, you will come to the Tazagahrt plateau, one of the more famous features in the High Atlas known for its amazing waterfalls. This area is also known for the beauty of the apple, cherry and walnut trees as you walk along the rough paths. In addition, the local Berber residents built their houses on a cliffside overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables. The rural and lush area is worth exploring in the following three-day hike.

The Tizi N’Tichka Pass — 2260 meters above sea level — is the main road between Marrakech and Ouarzazate

Day One: Hike up to the Tizi n’Tamatert Pass for lunch at 7,736 feet

The first day is 5-6 hours of walking and will take you from the base village of Imlil to Tizi n’Tamtert, a high mountain pass sitting at 7,736 feet (2300m) above sea level. Here you’ll find a Berber village, as well as views of the Imnan Valley below. There will be lunch on the pass after Tizi n’Tamaterte before you head to the last village, either Tachdirt or Tinghourine, in order to spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day Two: Pass multiple villages in this section of high-alpine hiking

The second day will be about six to seven hours of trekking in the High Atlas Mountains. The route takes you by multiple scenic villages and along the Oudit Pass standing at 7,217 feet (2200m) elevation. Starting from Tinghourine or Tachdirt, depending on where you stay, we’ll hike to Ikkis, Aguersiwal, then past the Matat villages before ending at Ait Aissa. In the evening in the Ait Aissa village, there is a local gite to stay in and a steam bath (hamam) for anyone looking to soothe their sore muscles or just relax.

Day Three: Visit the largest waterfalls in Toubkal National Park

The third day hiking in the Atlas Mountains is six hours total. The route will take us first to visit the biggest waterfalls in the Toubkal National Park. We’ll then join the path that goes over Mzik Pass offering fantastic views over the Ait Mizan valley. Our group will lunch in the Mzzik village and trek down to Imlil. Our team will then transfer your group back to Marrakech.

About the author

Mohamed Toudaoui

Mohamed Toudaoui

Mountain & Desert Guide and co-owner of Trekking in Morocco

Mohamad still lives in the same village he was born: Imlil, Morocco — AKA “Little Chamonix.” Now the co-owner of Trekking in Morocco with his brother Brahim, he’s a fully certified mountain guide with over 20 years experience in trekking and the High Atlas mountain range and desert. Together, they have been leading adventurers through Morocco’s most interesting places, while also supporting the small communities that rely on tourism.

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