- About the program
Jbel Ayachi is one of the highest mountains in North Africa, and anchors the Eastern High Atlas in central Morocco. Jbel Ayachi rises to 3747m above sea level.
Rather than denoting a single peak, Jbel Ayachi refers to a mountainous massif more than 20 kilometers in diameter. Conceptually a ring, the Ayachi region harbors a seasonal lake at its center and is surrounded by peaks and passes that often surpass 3000m in elevation.
During the 20th century, American climbers erected a large metal cone to mark the peak. Jbel Ayachi's second-highest peak is located in the southeast.
Despite its proximity to the Sahara Desert, the peaks of Ayachi remain snow-covered and cold late into the year. Snow remains on most of the peaks until late May or early June, and in a few sheltered spots may survive the entire summer.
Formerly forested, the landscape is now dominated by sparse brush, loose stony soil, and sharply defined wadis and ravines. Nomadic Berbers have inhabited the mountains for many years, raising sheep and goats and remaining largely isolated from the sedentary farmers and market towns of the plains. The nomads often come into conflict with government foresters over the use of natural resources, especially trees.
The heart of the nomadic community in Ayachi is the village of Tarhirat, which has no permanent dwellings but is centrally located and well-watered.
The government of Morocco published accurate topographical maps of the region in 1968, including contours, peaks, and some of the paths and springs. This can be purchased from the Division de Cartographie in major Moroccan cities. The Ayachi region is covered by the maps of the Midelt and Er-Rich districts.
-From Fes: at 08:00, departure by minibus or taxi via Ifrane, Azrou and Boumia, to reach Tounfite.
-From Marrakech:at 07:00, departure by minibus or taxi, road towards Blessed Mellal, then junction towards the mountain road, lunch at Boumia (of the roasted meat) then continuation towards Tounfite by a mountain road on the large plateau of Moulwiya just in front of Jebel Ayachi, our last walks before arriving at the camp which will be installed far from Tounfite city by the rivers of Ait Lahsen, Asengmir and Tourha N'Ait Moussa (1820m), not far from Jebel Maaskar (3200m).
Duration: 4h road from Fes.
Duration: 7h road from Marrakech.
Our first stage will start at 8:00, loading of our mules, direction the mountain of Talaat Seksou (2130m), a rise in the morning, followed by a descent towards the valley of Bou Isly which joined the valley of Tougha n'ait Bou Arbi, through a forest and a splendid landscape of mountain we join the village of Ait Cherrad, we follow the valley of Ait Bou Arbi, on our left we find the mountain of Jebel Tadrart 3235 m, our camp will be installed in the valley of Tasflalait. Duration: 5h30 of walk
A beautiful stage awaits us, discovery of the beautiful villages of Tasflalait valley, the broad plates of the well populated valley, irrigated, green.There, the inhabitants cultivate especially potatos, apple trees, walnut trees, in fact, it is a rich fertile ground, the Berbers live in particular of breeding. All the day we will walk in the valley through fields.Lunch will be next to the village of Massou(2020m)
Night near the Village of Mendaiwar (2100m).
Duration: 5h30 of walk
From the village of Mendaiwar, we follow the valley of Taarart, the last village is far of 2200m, village of Taarart, with 2 hours of walk the jebel Ayachi will be not far, the sheep-folds will replace the villages, it will be cold becausethe height-level is more than 2400m, we are then in a narrow wild valley between the 3747 m of Jebel Ayachi on the left and the 3400m of Jebel Maoutfoud on the right.Small stage of 4h30, lunch at the end of the stage, we leave the valley of Taarart to follow a peak which goes up by sheep-folds, we camp from our mules to approach the top since we will not have mules during the day ascension, we will be satisfied with picnic and cold meals. Duration: 4h30 of walk
as far as the height-level is concerned,it will be the most important day.We will not follow any mule track,an experience in the mountain is mandatory; the ascension at the top remains optional, it is a summit that requires a good physical condition, 3h30 to 4h30 to climb the summit,then we will have a great sight on the valleys of the northern slope. A small rest than we go down easily on a long peak without too much difficulty, we join our muleteers, tea will be served at the arrival, our camp will be installed next to the sheep-folds which are open in the summer and the autumn (in April, May, snow and the cold do not allow the installation of the transhumants).
Duration: 7:00 of walk
Early descent to Taarart valley then a local van will take us along Tasflalait valley to join Tagoudite valley where our taxi or minibus will await us to take us along via Tounfite, Boumia, Beni Mellal, Marrakech.
• Best time: February to April
• Departs from: Marrakech: 09:00am. Start time can be modified to suit your needs.
• Departure times: Varied
• Driving time: 3hrs
• Starts & ends in: Marrakech
• Duration: 8days/7nights
• Type: Skiing
• Cost per Adult: 2 adults: €799 4 adults: €679, please contact us for group discount pricing.
• Guides Speaking: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber,
• Grade: difficult
• Trip Level: 4167m
• Child Age Till 12= 50%Discount
• Solo Travelers: On request
- Hiking boots
- Trainers / sneakers (for use in the hut)
- Trekking trousers/pants
- Long johns (thermal underwear)
- Base layer shirts or T-shirts
- Fleece jacket
- Warm jacket (down)
- Sunhat or cap
- Fleece hat
- Eyewear – Sunglasses
- Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
- Sun protection (including total bloc for lips) Factor 20+
- Warm Inner ‘thermal’ gloves or mittens
- Waterproof over-mittens
- Wash bag and toiletries
- Small travel towel
- Antibacterial hand wash
- Head torch/headlamp with spare batteries
- Fully escorted by local mountain Skiing tour guide.
- Transfers to / from High Atlas.
- Gites, family’s homes; Refuge.
- Muleteer/Porters and cook
- All meals for 2 nights/3days in Berber valleys/villages
- Hotel/Raid 3/4*
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- International Flight
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and items of a personal nature
Price in € Euro P/P
2 adults: €799
4 adults: €679
Contact us for group discount pricing.
To book this trip we should get a 20% of deposit and the rest when you arrived in the country. The only possibility to send as a payment is by PayPal or bank transfer because we don’t accept credit cards, we are a small business company!
Once you have all the information you need and agree about the itinerary!!