Asni Village, Atlas Mountains
Town in High Atlas Mountains (Western)
Asni is a village right on the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. The setting is quite dramatic, with good views to the Toubkal Mountain, the highest in North Africa. Asni is not really a village, more than a cluster of villages spread around the river valley of Moulay Brahim.
The weekly Saturday souk in this village is a must-see, with a wide variety of local produce, livestock, and services such as dentistry and barbering all in one place. You may even come across a large group of mules with colorful saddles. It’s a great opportunity to buy supplies for your next trek at an affordable price, but be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds of tourists visiting for the day. The Kik Plateau, located above the village, is also a great place for a hike, especially in spring when the alpine flowers are in bloom. However, be aware that you may encounter persistent touts while in the village.
Tribal rules still have a great impact on lives here, and even if people are free to walk around the whole valley, social contacts, and marriage is never done without thinking about who you are and who you deal with. Asni can be cold in winter, and a pleasant hideout in summer, and it also serves as a possible starting point for trekking in the mountains. But the real place to start doing this, is Imlil, 40 km south.