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Trekking with kids (12,10,8) Imlil to Setti Fatma

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Trekking with kids (12,10,8) Imlil to Setti Fatma

We're considering a 3 day walk with kids between Imlil/Tachdirrt and Setti Fatma in early October and searching for advice:

1. Will we need a guide for this walk? Seems unnecessary...

2. What accommodation needs to be arranged in advance? (we do not want to camp - basic gites fine)

3. How cold is it in early October at night?

4. Is transit back to Marrakesh from Setti Fatma easy to find on demand or via regular schedule?

Any other insights from those who have done this would be much appreciated!

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1. Re: Trekking with kids (12,10,8) Imlil to Setti Fatma

I've not done the route in its entirety but I've trekked the western end and done offroad motorbiking at the eastern end. No, you don't need a guide, the route is extremely easy to follow. Get a large scale map from the foyer of Hotel Ali on the edge of Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech.

Where a guide comes in handy is in arranging accommodation. I have no idea how to contact gites in the villages on the way, so if you go alone you'll have to take what's available.

The weather is extremely mild at altitude at the moment (night time lows of 12ºC with chill factor taken into account), but you should assume it will get colder than this and plan accordingly.

Grand taxis are the easiest way to get back from Setti Fatma.

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2. Re: Trekking with kids (12,10,8) Imlil to Setti Fatma

I have trekked this route with two teenage boys and agree with Tim's comments. The route is normally achieved in three days as follows:

Day 1 Trek from Imlil to Tacheddirt in about five hours

Day 2 Trek from Tacheddirt to Timichchi in about seven hours

Day 3 Trek from Timichchi to Setti Fatma in four to five hours.

There are well signposted gites in Tacheddirt, Timichchi and Setti Fatma and there should be no need to book ahead. As you will see, however, the second day is rather long and might be rather challenging for your younger children. You might, therefore, choose to end the day about an hour before Timichchi at Iabassene where there are two further gites. Please be aware that this second day requires you to cross Tizi n'Tacheddirt which, at 3230m, is quite a climb; you might consider taking a mule (and muleteer) along with you for your children to take turns in riding from time to time if the going gets too tough.

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3. Re: Trekking with kids (12,10,8) Imlil to Setti Fatma

How did it go? We are planning to do this in May 2014. Did you end up making gite arrangements before hand? Did you end up getting a guide after all? Thank you.

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