After about 30 minutes the path will take a left turn that zigzags up a ravine. This is the steepest part of the walk, but it is not long. After 10 or 15 minutes, the path turns right and flattens out. As the path flattens out completely (and the peak you have been leaving on the left disappears) the main path continues to curve forward to your right. Ignore this and turn left, walk up a slight slope of only 20 to 30m and you will come to a chair between the hilltops (marked 2 on the map).
OPTIONAL PATH. A small peak is a 10 minute walk south along a gentle ridge rise. Small landmarks mark the way. The summit is marked by a large landmark and has excellent views of Tinghir and the surrounding area.
From the saddle and continue eastward along a shallow ravine keeping a dry river bed close by on your right. After about 5 minutes the path turns right, crosses the dry river bed, passes through a circular walled enclosure before climbing up the other side. It then bends counter-clockwise through a nomadic settlement where tents may be present. (There will be caves).
Because the nomads have cut some roads themselves, it’s a little difficult to know which one to follow. But basically, having crossed the settlement, climb to the top of the ridge from where you can see the path you want as it disappears down the valley (use maps.me to guide you if you find this difficult part).
The path now heads east and descends slowly, with a couple of zigzags, before reaching a small flattened area from which a path descends to the northeast on the left side of a steep valley. This is a path that flattens out and then follows a dry riverbed as it descends towards the city.
Pass through the houses, find one of the temporary bridges that the villagers put over the river, cross over and make your way through the northern part of the Tinghir Oasis to the road on the other side. Turn left on the road and follow the Todra Gorge before you reach the car park again.
What to take on the walk
1- First of all, and as a tip, it is better to do the walk early to avoid the hottest hours (especially in spring, summer and autumn). Therefore, provide a jacket for the time until you get warm. Clothes should be comfortable (not rubbing) and a cap or, more in the local style, a turban is essential for protection from the sun. Also take a light raincoat just in case.
2- The conditions of the trail on this hike are relatively simple, no stretch is technically difficult with a pair of sneakers or trekking shoes will be sufficient. You will see the nomads climb up and down in flip-flops or shoes but this is their way, they are used to it.
3- It is essential that you are well hydrated before going and that you carry at least one litre of water per person for the walk. Drinks are available in the cafes in Todra Gorge towards the end of the trek, but you will need to drink before.
4- Download this map to carry on your phone (just in case…).
5- Although there are several cafes in the gorge, it is best to bring a snack.
6- If you have a good camera, you will not regret carrying it.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN THE VALLEY OF THE TODRA
There are many options for sleeping. For the more adventurous, you should know that camping in nature (not to the liking of the locals).
– Hotel Amazir
– Hotel Restaurant Yasmina
– Hotel Les Roches
– Hotel Etoile des Gorges and Hotel el-Mansour
– Auberge-Camping Le Festival
– At Le Soleil Campsite