At a Glance
- Just four rooms
- Azzaden is about a 4-7 hour trek from Imlil
- A good jumping-off point for a more challenging ascent of Mount Toubkal
- Can you accessed through the Ouirgane Valley too
There are just four en-suite rooms at the Azzaden Trekking Lodge. They feature traditional wooden ceilings and even have underfloor heating in the bathrooms, made possible through solar power. Upstairs, you find a fantastic terrace with incredible views over the High Atlas Mountains. Downstairs is the Lounge, where meals are served, and you can look out through the picture windows at the view. You also have a small hammam – a perfect reward after a day of trekking.
We love the fact that Kasbah De Toubkal, who also set up Azzaden, built it with sustainable credentials in mind, really involving the local community.
It is possible to mountain bike to the lodge, drive and even ride there. Some guests spend two nights here and spend a second day on a day trek in the surrounding area.
A great way to get to the Azzaden Trekking Lodge is to walk up from the Ourigane Valley, which takes the best part of a day, and then continue to Kasbah De Toubkal in Imlil the next day. The more adventurous walker can also make the ascent of Mount Toubkal. From Azzaden, you walk towards the village Lepiney and stay in a traditional hut. Following this, you cross the Tizi n’Ougelzim pass at 3,500m before descending to Neltner Refuge. The ascent takes place the next morning, and you can then walk back to Imlil. If you want to take an easier route, you head back to Imlil for the night and stay at the Kasbah before walking to the Neltner Refuge the next day.
Millis Potter Insight
Firstly, If you truly want to get away from the tourists, then absolutely consider the Azzaden Trekking Lodge. It’s simple, yet remote and gives you a true insight into the delights of the Atlas Mountains. Secondly, here you have a comfortable bed, a hot shower and amazing food. Above all, even just a night at this trekking lodge allows you to truly immersive yourself in Berber culture.