We cannot recommend Jamel and Atlas Mountain Trekking enough!
We reached out to Jamel 24 hours before our ideal departure (after our original tour fell through). We were a little bit nervous as there wasn’t a lot of information online but he seemed genuine and the reviews were great so we decided to give it a go.
Honestly, this was the best decision we could have made. Jamel organised everything for us without hesitation including an extra night in a Berber lodge, sleeping bags, return journey to Agafay (instead of Marrakesh) and even borrowed us cash (because we forgot to bring enough for tips). Everything worked seamlessly, this is a very well oiled machine.
The hike itself was bucket list experience! After being picked up by our driver in Marrakesh we met Jamel in Imlil where he introduced us to our guide (@Imliltrekking) and held onto our luggage for us.
We started our trek from Imlil (stopping for a lunch break and lots of photos) and then arrived at the refuge. The refuge was better than expected. Bunk bed style rooms, power points, clean bathroom and fire.
After spending the night in the refuge we woke at 4am and hiked to the summit and back to Imlil.
There was lots of food (prepare by a chef that hiked with us), the guide was super knowledgeable and kind (and spoke good English) and the mule was very handy to help carry everything!
- bring a towel, earbuds (in case there is a snorer in your room) and eye mask
- bring lots of water
- bring cash (you will want to tip your guide/chef/driver etc. and buy snacks etc along the way)
- better if you are relatively fit but not essential