Agoudal, the high Atlas village
The village of Agoudal is perched in the High Atlas, where roads and tracks join arriving from the gorges of Todra and Dadès, after having made an amazing journey on these gorges and crossed splendid passes. Nestled at an altitude of 2,300 m, Agoudal is recognized as the highest inhabited village in Morocco.
Being at a crucial crossroads in the region, Agoudal is ideal for mountain trekking departures. A serene place of rest for nature lovers and a pleasant stop on the way to the Imilchil moussem which, for 3 days between late August and early September, attracts more and more visitors.
Agoudal was founded in the 17th century. After incessant struggles between Aït Hadidou tribes and the powerful Aït Atta clans of the djebel Sagho, the Aït Hadidou finally obtained the right to set up their camps in the high valley of Assif Melloul.
For this, many agreements were signed between the different tribes, Aït Moghad of Goulmima, Aït Hadidou and Aït Atta in order to concretize reciprocal rights for the passage of the various herds of pastures and transhumance on lands henceforth shared.
The assif (river) Melloul takes its source in the enigmatic cave of Akhiam, irrigating abundantly this magnificent valley where the Aït Hadidou settled down thus founding the village.
The Douar d’Agoudal shelters some hotel infrastructures which allow the travellers to visit this beautiful valley of the assif Melloul and join Imilchil, Rich or Goulmima in all serenity in these sumptuous landscapes of the High Atlas.
7 kilometres from Agoudal, in the direction of the Dades valley, the Akhiam cave remains preserved from the great tourist flows. To reach it we cross the small village, towards the west, once the school passed a track runs along vast plains surrounded by mountainous peaks.
From the Akhiam cave, at an altitude of 2,690 m, some legends are born. Its cascade, while bathing there would fight against the female sterility, would remove the spell of a bewitched person and would cancel the influence of the magic. But only if you know how to capture its magnetism…
Centuries ago, after a violent summer storm, the Akhiam spring overflowed and destroyed seven tents of the Aït Hadidou camp which guarded the herds. Since the cave takes the name of Akhiam which comes from the Berber Takhamt, meaning the tent.
On foot, by bicycle, by car or by donkey, all means of transport will be possible to reach the cave.
Todra – From 79 €
Imlil, Toubkal – From 20 €
Imlil, Toubkal – From 25 €
Marirha, Ouirgane – From 70 €
Imlil, Toubkal – From 23 €
Imlil, Toubkal – From 60 €