Imlil is a captivating village at the base of the Jebel Toubkal Mountain, which is the highest summit in North Africa. The mountain of Jebel Toubkal is just under 1800 metres above sea level and just over 60 metres from Marrakech. Untouched by modern life, this Berber village is the base from where enthusiastic mountain climbers eager to conquer the Toubkal begin their adventures. From here; guides can be hired along with mules and other equipment. As you can imagine there are stunning views of the mountain from the village and it’s well worth the journey here to see it.It’s a steady climb to the top, but you don’t have to climb Toubkal if you’d prefer not to, this picturesque village alone is worthy of exploration. From Imlil one can also visit the ski resort of Oukaimeden and Lake Ifni, both of which are easily accessible.
Life is fairly simple and authentic in Imlil;as life has changed little here despite the attraction of tourists; and it is quite different from the world below. The food is authentically Moroccan and there are restaurants and cafes available to the visitor on his travels. There are plenty of shops selling traditional craftwork that is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing. They are well made and worth the purchase, and certainly help the local economy. There is everything here from bags and carpets to silverjewellery and leatherwork.
Berber villagers will rise early and go about their daily business, some work as mountain guides; others work in the village, their lives are simple as they have been for centuries. Getting around this enchanting village is best by foot or mule where you take in this lovely village at your own pace, and absorb the scenery of walnut trees and red pink houses. The paths are slightly rocky and uneven so it would be wise for visitors to wear sensible shoes. It is also sensible to wear light weather proof clothing.
Visitors can climb the mountain of Jabal Tobkal and there are 3 day tours available, but trips are organised in the summer, as during the winter the weather can be unreliable. As you can imagine Imlil is an idea place to stock up on supplies before embarking on the mountain itself. Reaching the top is via a steady climb and is well worth the effort.
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