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Imlil is a small village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) above sea level. A portrait of Imlil and the problems and prospects of Morocco’s mountain populations appeared in 1984 in the book by James A. Miller called Imlil and published by Westview Press. It is close to the mountain Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa.
Imlil makes a good base for attempting to summit Toubkal as it lies at the end of the tarmac road, and is a natural place to hire mountain guides and mules for the onward trek. Imlil is the center of mountain tourism in Morocco due to its unique position. From here, 90% of visitors head up to Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco.
Imlil is connected to Asni and Ikkiss by road, and shared taxis and minibusses provide services to them both. Assni is the closest town to Imlil and is where the weekly Saturday market is held.
Imlil as a village is a relatively new creation. It was created to cater to the number of tourists pouring through en route to Toubkal. The original communities still exist in the valleys around Tamatert, Ait Souka, Tagadirt, Tacheddirt, Acheim, Taourirt n’Ait Mizane, Mzikene, and Arhrene.
Before the advent of mountain tourism, the Imlil area was well known for its walnuts, apples, and cherry production. While these are still important to the local economy, they have been eclipsed by tourism. Both mountain tourists and Moroccans come to Imlil seeking cool relief from the heat of the Haouz.
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After breakfast at your hotel, depart Marrakech by 4×4 and head south toward Imlil. Imlil is a small, peaceful village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Due to its unique position this quaint town has become the center of mountain tourism. At 1800 meters above sea level, Imlil sits just below Djebel Toubkal the highest peak in Northern Africa.
After arrival at Imlil, just 1 hour outside the “red city” of Marrakech, the road narrows considerably after the turn-off from the market town of Asni, winding for 18 km up into the village. Once in Imlil, travel is on foot or by mule. (If it’s Saturday remind your host to stop at the Saturdaysouk in Asni and stock up on supplies prior to heading to the mountains- if you’re planning an extended stay).
A local guide will be there waiting for you and will take you on a hiking tour ( about 3 hours) of the village which is infertile in spring and summer with waterfalls surrounded by greenery. Explore the small shops selling Berber silver jewelry and local Moroccan goods that can be found along the tarmac road just before the dead-end that leads up to Toukbal.
After you finish the tour, your driver will take you to Enjoy lunch at Kasbah TAMADOT terrace with its magnificent views just a 10-minute from Imlil.
After a fantastic day trip in IMLIL, You will take the road back to Marrakech, drop off your accommodation, and end of service.