Amsouzert Area and Lac d'Ifni
Key information: Amsouzert Area and Lac d'Ifni
- Explore these superb examples of High Atlas irrigated valleys with their mud-brick semi-fortified traditional Berber villages.
- Walk up the beautiful valley toward the famous Lac d'Ifni trapped behind a vast wall of black lava blocks.
- This is rugged country, wildly broken in places, with varied and interesting flora and fauna.
- Walkopedia rating90
- Natural interest16
- Human interest12
- Negative points0
- Total rating90
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: 3,600m
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
At the heart of the High Atlas sits Jebel Toubkal, at 4167m (13,750 ft), North Africa's highest mountain, from which high ridges radiate toward the dry plains, nestling irrigated oasis-valleys with their mud-brick semi-fortified traditional Berber villages, fine examples being the superb valleys around Amsouzert to the south of the high range, which also provides excellent walking.
Walk up the beautiful valley toward the famous Lac d'Ifni. Ancient Berber hamlets sit timelessly among little terraces and walnut trees which give way abruptly, where the irrigation stops, to stark, barren hillsides. The top of the valley is blocked by a vast wall of black lava blocks, which bring the fertile orchards to an abrupt halt and are clearly the end of a not-so-ancient flow. Across an area of vast cracked boulders is the first, unforgettable view of the dark turquoise waters of the Lac d'Ifni, trapped far below between the cliffs of the valley side and the lava dump.
See William Mackesy's account of his walk to Lac d'IFni below.
From the lake, you can climb the long, rough path to the 3,600m Tizi n'Ouanoums col, and on to Imlil and the ascent of Jebel Toublak - see our Jebel Toubkal Circuit page.
Or you could head north up the Tisgui Valley, or north-east toward the Tizi n'Ououraine, both fine walks up classic valleys with irrigated terraces and Berber hamlets.
See William Mackesy's account of walking from Tizi n'Ououraine to Amsouzert below.
There are other walks you could make in the area, so it is worth spending at least a couple of nights here.
You can base yourself in various Berber villages, such as interesting Amsouzert.
This can be tough walking at some altitude. Come prepared.
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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Jebel Toubkal Area walk page.
WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk
(This walk was across the Tizi n'Ououraine down to Amsouzert, as part of a Jebel Toubkal Circuit, October 2004.)
The third day is memorably beautiful, a steady climb up a lovely valley to the Ououraine pass and a long descent into the superb Tisgui valley. We crawl out to a perfectly clear dawning sky and our standard jam-with-a-token-morsel-of-bread breakfast. After wheezing up above the entrance of a gorge – always a struggle first thing – we wind for 2 ½ hours up the valley, between immense slopes of brown scree topped.....READ MORE
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