Only 50km from Marrakech along the road towards Taroudant sits the picturesque village of Asni, a Berber village that lies on the edge of the Toubkal National Park. Asni is known for its weekly souk which is held every Saturday.
Just after Asni a left turn in the road leads directly towards the mountains, and the village of Imlil. Approximately 5km along this road is Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot, a great option for lunch or coffee as you head out of the valley on your journey back to Marrakech.
Passing through the lush, fertile Mizzane valley along a narrow gently winding road, after 17km is the village of Imlil, nestled at the foot of the High Atlas mountain range. Imlil is the departure point for hikes in the Toubkal National Park, for visiting the Kasbah du Toubkal, and for climbing Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa.
Upon arrival in the village of Imlil you'll meet your local Berber Mountain Guide who will take you on a gentle one and a half hour walk through unspoilt landscapes - valleys, nature and small rural villages. You'll start by heading up to the Kasbah du Toubkal, along a path that climbs slowly at first, then more steeply through the walnut groves up to the Kasbah. Beyond the Kasbah you'll stop beside a magnificent waterfall, and then on to a local village, passing along the way several orchards, almond trees, irises and some stunning scenery. Don't forget your camera!
Lunch is available at a Berber lodge at the end of the walk, or at the Kasbah du Toubkal or Kasbah Tamadot (reservations required at both Kasbahs) according to your wishes.
09h00 Depart Marrakech on the Tizi 'n Test road with brief optional stop at Argan Oil women's cooperative and photo ops
10h45 Arrive in Berber village of Imlil. Mountain guide, explore, hike, visit Kasbah du Toubkal
13h00 Lunch in Imlil or return along route 25 minutes for lunch at Kasbah Tamadot
16h00 Depart Imlil or Kasbah Tamadot for Marrakech
17h30 Arrive back in Marrakech