September 17, 2002 – Marrakech – Imlil




After a late wake up, I will do som shopping for the next days. I intend to stay 3-4 days in the mountains but I am not really sure. I have my breakfast on Djemaa El Fna that is to say a few orange juice glasses.



I pack my bag to walk to the Grand Taxi station for Asni located near Bab er Rob where I ask a policemen more information. It is only 10am and I will have to wait one hour to fill the taxi.


30 minutes later we are in Asni and I don’t have the time to leave the cab that 6 people are around me to propose me trips, treks… but I decided to take time and I reach the main square where I ask people for the next departure for Imlil. One guy shows me a truck and I am the first one so I leave my bag in it and have a look to the village. Then we push the truck as a starter, we are now 10 waiting for the departure but we are still waiting for more people.


One mean of transportation in the mountains


Just after 2pm, we are ready to quit the village when I notice two backpackers walking towards us, here are Isabelle and Kevin, they made it earlier in the afternoon. At this moment we don’t know we will spend the next week together…


Sunrise in Imlil


In Imlil (1720m), we go to the Club Alpin Français refuge where with my guidebook we obtain 50% off the price. We put down the bags in the dormitory and we go outside where Lahcen, an official guide, gives us details on how we can organize a trek there in High Atlas. Isabelle and Kevin thought of a 6 days trip and they brought all the equipment for this trek (food, tent…) whereas I am here for a few days. Lahcen propose us to rent a mule to wear our bags but we have to discuss a bout it and I don’t want to bother them. But there is no problem and they are happy we can make the trek together so we bargain for an experienced muleteer who knows the region and the mountains. Kevin has a great guidebook which describes very well the paths of the trek (Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas de Richard Knight Ed. Trailblazer).


Finally we agreed on the price with Lahcen. The muleteer will go with us at the top of Djebel Toubkal and he knows French and the path for the 6 days trip. Lahcen will rent me a tent with a mattress and he will also rent us a small gaz bottle for the mint tea.



Then we go do some shopping because it will be hard to find something during the whole week. After this shopping we asked Lahcen to meet the muleteer and what a surprise, our guide will be Mohammed a Moroccan we met in the truck this afternoon. Together we buy some mint for the tea we will drink after many hours of walking.


Before going to sleep we go to the terrace of a restaurant to eat a Tajine fro Kev and Isabelle and an omelette berbère for me. Delicious!!!


Main expenses of the day :

Food for the trek (Marrakesh): 30 DH

Grand Taxi Marrakesh – Asni: 15 DH

Truck Asni – Imlil: 20 DH

Trek 6 days: 500 DH (including a tent and a mattress for 100 DH) so for 3 people 1200 DH (experienced muleteer)

Food for the trek (Imlil): 90 DH

Club Alpin Français refuge: 25 DH (50% off otherwise 50 DH)

Drinks (water, soft drinks, tea…) + evening meal : 25 DH




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