Ski touring in morocco
What a stark contrast from Marrakech where you find the chain on the horizon of the High Atlas. If the proximity of the Sahara’s hard to make us imagine a country of mountains and snow, Morocco is the most mountainous countries of North Africa. Since the high peaks, where the view is superb, steep slopes and corridors received,the field is well suited to the practice of ski touring in morocco
Itinerary for ski touring in morocco
Day 1: MARRAKECH – IMLIL – M’ZIK (1800 M) 2 hours of walking
Arrival at the airport, reception and transfer to the village of Imlil and MZik, 1800 m above sea level. Dinner and overnight lodging .
Day 2: M’ZIK (1800 M) – AZIB TAMSOULT (2100 M) – lEPINEY REFUGE (3000 M) Elevation: +1624 m – 364 m 6-7 hours.
From the village of M’zik to reach the Tizi Mzik (2464 m) passing through pine forests, juniper and pine of Aleppo. Lunch in the mountains, then a cross on the mountainside, we will join the folds of Azib Tamsoult (2100 m) then the Epiney refuge at 3000 m. The comfort of the shelter is fairly rudimentary, but the site is superb as the peaks of Ouanoukrim and Tazarhart to over 4000 m. This is surely the most beautiful mountain huts !
Day 3: REFUGE lEPINEY (3000 M) – BIGUINOUSSÈNE (4000 M) Approximately 7-8 hours of walking.
Mounted on top of Biguinoussène to 4002 m in the valley of Timler, then a little steep valley to the summit. Descent is by the row Tadat either by the same route. Many routes are from the refuge and we will choose the best according to the shape of the participants and their level of skiing .
Day 4: TIZI MELLOUL (3800 M) – TIZI’OUANOUKRIM (3965 M) – NELTNER REFUGE (3207 M) Elevation: 1500 + m – 1250 m. Time: 7 to 8hours
From the hut, climb to Tizi Melloul to 3800 m. It will cross a small lock with skis on the bag, then put together a beautiful valley dominated by the jagged peaks of AFEL, the Akioud, and Ouanoukrim. Southern slopes downhill to the valley of Ouanoukrim, then increased back to the wild valley to Tizi n’Ouanoukrim 3965 m.The neck is a beautiful lookout on the summit of Toubkal and its satellites as well as the Anti-Atlas in the south. A beautiful valley will take us back to the Neltner refuge to 3207 m after a ski descent of beauty .
Day 5: ASCENT TOUBKAL (4167 M) – SIDI CHAMKAROUCH (2310 M) – IMLIL – TACHDIRTE Altitude: + 960 m – 1857 m
Ascent of Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa, at 4167 m. We go up the first steep climb with crampons, and depending on the quality of the snow, we will finish the climb on skis. The summit ridge is the skis back on the bag. Still a magnificent panorama of the peaks of the Atlas. To the north there is the Middle Atlas and Moulouya south, the Anti-Atlas and the desert to the dune Merzouga. Descend the north ridge with crampons or skis, for very good skiers, and then we go down the pass leading to the beautiful valley under the Neltner refuge. 1000 m of turns of beauty! Descent Sidi Chamharouch (2310 m) and back to Imlil. A local shuttle vehicle will take us by the new road to the village of Tachdirte where the lodging.Tachdirte night .
Day 6: TACHDIRTE – IGUENOUANE (3882 M) – TACHDIRTE Gradients combined: + 1 600 m – 2000 m 8/9H00 .
Another beautiful day of ski touring in morocco, as we climb to Tizi Likemt to 3555 m. The valley is dominated by the rocky ridges of towering peaks of the Aksoual. The ski descent to the village of Tachedirt (2310 m) is no particular difficulty. In the village, we find our transport back to Imlil. Change of vehicle to return to Marrakech. Overnight at the Riad in the Medina .
Day 7: TACHDIRTE – TIZI LIKEMT (3555 M) – IMLIL – MARRAKECH Altitude: 1600 m – 1600 m 6 to 7 hours
Early morning we leave for the summit of which rises to Iguenouane 3882 m, probably one of the best races of the ski area. The rise is in a groove a little narrow and steep at first, then the valley opens to make way for large slopes superb.Panoramic Ifraouane and chain Adrar n’Darn . Descent by the beautiful valley north and return to the village of Tachdirte. Night at the inhabitant .
Day 8: MARRAKECH
Free Breakfast and visit the city and transfer to airport for departure .
Cancellation / Prepayment
- English speaking guide and cook
- Muleteers and mules for luggage
- Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea
- Accommodation in a Berber village (gite)
- Ground transfers by minibuses/taxis: hotel – trek – hotel
- Travel insurance.
- Soft/alcoholic drinks
- Tips and personal expenses
- Essential Equipment & Clothing:
- Good hiking boots or trainers and good socks
- Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
- Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/rain-pants
- Ice axe and crampons (winter)
- 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Day sack/backpack
Practicable between: end of November and April
8 days/7 night
Medium to hard