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!
A traditional Berber lunch is included at a Berber lodge at the end of the walk, or if you prefer, at the Kasbah du Toubkal or Kasbah Tamadot (reservations required at both Kasbahs and the cost of lunch at these two Kasbahs is not included).