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Ikkiss

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Ikkiss is a small village in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, in the Rhirhaia valley. It's just over 2000m above sea level and has a population of about 600 people. There is a small school for the children from the surrounding villages and a local mosque.

Get In[edit]

Open back trucks provides a 'bus' service to Ikkiss along the rutted tracks a couple of times a week from Asni and Imlil. The roads however are very prone to damage due to flooding washing them away. Walking to Ikkiss from Imlil is a reasonable alternative. It's about 5 or 6 miles from Imlil over a mountain pass (about 4 hours walking none-stop)

Note: The road/track only goes to Imlil over the pass, and not down the main valley (towards Asni). However, footpaths go between all the villages in the valley.

Get around[edit]

There is a rough track that goes part way into the village, but it's mainly just a collection of paths. On foot is the only way.

See[edit][add listing]

The green, cultivated, terraced fields all over the valley are amazing, as are the mountains.

Do[edit][add listing]

Hiking is the main activity. Either from here, or from Tacheddirt hiking into the mountains is very easy.

Buy, Eat and Drink[edit]

There may be a very small 'convenience store' (aka someone's house that sold a few things), but it may not be open often, or very permanent.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There probably isn't any accommodation here. The nearest Refuge is in Tacheddirt. The Berbers are friendly people though, and if you're in a pickle, will find a bit of floor for you to sleep on (for a price).

Get Out[edit]

The only road goes south, back towards Imlil. Paths go East to Tacheddirt and West down the valley towards Asni. It is possible to head West, then head over a pass further West (past the one for Imlil). From there a damp river crossing will get you onto the main road between Imlil and Asni, where hitching back to Asni is easy.



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