Imlil to Setti Fadma
3 day Traverse Trek from Imlil to Setti Fadma
Known as ‘Little Chamonix’ because of its winter skiing, Imlil is the starting point for this 3-day adventure. You will depart Imlil and travel to the beautiful Ourika valley, known for its 7 waterfalls, and then over the first pass at Tamerterte (2300m) from where you can see the Imnan valley and the river that runs through it. The villages Tachdirt, Ouanskra and Tamguist are built on the river. They make for a beautiful spectacle and can be seen along with the Likmt Pass (3555m) and the Oukaimden Peak, which is popular with skiers in the winter months
Upon reaching the second pass, at Tizi Tachdirt (3200m), you will be able to survey the Ourika valley and rest. You can then spend the night here, in one of the gites or local houses owned by the people of the village
DAY 1: Imlil, Tizi n Tamatere (2279m), Ouanskra, Tachdirth
From Imlil , we set out along a piste for a 1 hour and 45 minutes hike towards the east up to the Tizi nï Tamaterte (2279m) and on through fields of Barley and orchards of Walnuts , Apple and Cherry treees until we reach the village of Tamaterte. Once through the village we shall take a path which leads us up though pine and juniper woods and we stop at the tizi to admire the Imlil and Imnane valleys. The latter has many berber villages tucked precariously onto the slopes stretching around us. We carry on along the upper valley slopes for another hour or so to the villages of Ouanskra and then Amagdoul set amidst terraced plots of land carved from the hard slopes where we shall stop for our field picnic on the plateau which is used in summer, as a favoured bivouac site. Our afternoon will be spent hiking for some 2 hours up through the valley along the mule trails until we reach the pretty and the oldest Berber in the Toubkal massif ( Tachdirth 2291m). This is set amongst terraced plots clawed from the surrounding craggy slopes, where we will overnight in gite dï etape .
DAY 2: Tachdirth, Iaabbassen, Timichi
After an early breakfast, we start our 6 hours hike south-eastwards to the terraced village of Timichi (1850m), at the western offshoot head of Ourika valley . For 2 and a half hours we hike slowly up to the tizi n tachdirth (3200m), which affords us a stunning panoramic view of jbel Aksoual (3842m) and Bouignouane (3882m) on one side and Angour on the other, with the beginning of the luscious nature of beautiful, Verdant valley stretching out way below us. We shall traverse the pass and continue on down through the rocks north-eastwards for a further 2 hours until we reach the Berber village of Iaabbassen (2030m), where we will stop for our welcome field picnic next to a spring just outside of the village. The afternoon we take a 2 hours hike up further to the northeast down the valley to the old village of Timichi, a charming terraced piste conglomeration of homes set amongst ancient nut trees , where we will have our dinner and overnight in a berber family home.
DAY 3: Timichi, Tiwerdiwe, Tadrarte, Agadir nï, Ait Boulmane, Setti Fadma
After breakfast we set out for a 4 to 5 hours hike eastwards down along the valley full of cornfields and walnuts groves, with many streams flowing down from the upper slopes. We pass through the villages of Anfli and Tadrart to arrive at the end of beautiful Ourika valley proper and the renowned Berber village of Setti Fadma ,with its ancient nut trees and waterfalls. We shall stop for our picnic just outside of the village , before hiking for another half hour to get to the vehicle.