Situated in the heart of the Toubkal National Park, Imlil is the principal trailhead village for treks up the highest peaks in North Africa. The village offers good infrastructure for people wanting a pleasant mountain base for a few days, but is also an excellent place to start and/or finish longer, more linear, hikes. Its accessibility to Marrakech (under an hour and a half by road) makes it an excellent choice to get a good feel for how rural Moroccans live their lives, and much of the surrounding area is home to a landscape of snow-capped mountains (in season), verdant valleys and earth-brick villages where life has changed little in centuries.

WHERE TO STAY

> KASBAH DU TOUBKAL

Overlooking the village of Imlil itself, this superb accommodation is well integrated into the local community: from its original restoration by local craftsmen using local resources to its current support for community charitable and environmental projects. It boasts panoramic views of the High Atlas mountains from its terraces, balconies and traditionally-decorated rooms and will provide you with an eco-friendly, cosy and restful retreat. Prices start at around…

> DOUAR SAMRA

From the sunny roof terraces to the cosy, lantern-lit rooms, this traditional Berber home lovingly restored by Jacqueline, is a peaceful and relaxing hideaway. Its elevated location provides its guests with breath-taking views of the Imlil valley. Pack your bags on the mule and arrive for your stay in the delightful main house or the tranquil privacy of the Treehouse. Rooms start at £40 for a double.

> KASBAH TAMADOT

Located in the foothills of the Atlas mountains on the approach to the Imlil valley, this award-winning hotel offers it all: a luxury retreat set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by stunning views of stone-built Berber villages crouching in the verdant hillsides. The truly excellent team will welcome you as you rest and relax in the magical surroundings. Rooms from £360 for a double.

WHAT TO DO

> MOUNTAIN BIKING

With mile upon mile of trails around the valley and across the High Atlas mountains (often trodden in by the region’s hardworking mules and their owners), this area is just perfect for a mountain-biking adventure. There are some challenging climbs swiftly followed by thrilling descents through some of the best mountain scenery in Morocco. You will be well looked after by our guides and enjoy a refreshing cup of mint tea and delicious local cuisine as you rest to take in the amazing views.

> HIKING

Hike around the Berber villages both in the lush Imlil valley and into neighbouring valley systems, or take on the challenge of North Africa’s highest peak, Toubkal. There are limitless possibilities for trekking in this region to suit all experience and fitness levels, from a day’s gentle valley walk to the physically challenging (though non-technical) mountain ascent. Our experienced guides will lead you through an ever-changing scenery that never fails to inspire with its beauty.

HIGH ATLAS IMLIL

Best time to visit : year round
Population : 10,000
Temperature range : 10-30°C
Infrastructure : range of accommodation
Environment : high mountains
Journey Time : 1hr 30 from M’kech

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