Morocco - Bougmez Valley Walking Week
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £495 (land only) - from €695 (land only) - from $845 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. Depending on your arrival time you may have time to explore the old souk and streets of Marrakech. KE Land Only package begins with the evening meal.
Day 2: This morning we leave the hustle of Marrakech and drive towards the Bougmez Valley, passing traditional farms and villages. After a picnic lunch, we stretch our legs with an afternoon of `Happy Valley` walking towards the charming Touda Eco-lodge. On arrival we'll be rewarded with a welcome drink, before enjoying a relaxing stroll in our immediiate surroundings before dinner.
Day 3: The charming Touda Berber Lodge is fantastically located, surrounded by a labyrinth of walking trails and stunning scenery. Over the next three days there will be a series of superb guided day walks, direct from the lodge, offering plenty of opportunities to meet the local shepherds and inhabitants. Each walk will be between 4 - 5 hours taking us into the heart of the `Happy Valley.`
Day 4: One walk option is to Lake Izourar located below Jebel Azourki in an ancient glacial valley. This wonderful arid landscape provides grazing for nomadic Ait Atta herdsmen and their livestock. Hopefully we'll have the chance to meet them and learn about their lifestyle. A second option is through oak forests to the summit of Ait Ourit (2920m) which offers splendid views over the valley.
Day 5: No visit to Bougmez would be complete without a walk through the `Happy Valley` to the market town of Tabant. Our route follows a trial which meanders through fields, farmland and walnut groves. A highlight of the town is the fortified grain store, complete with turrets and majestically perched on a hill. Tabant is a great place to people watch whilst enjoying some Moroccan tea.
Day 6: Today sees us leave the tranquility of the Berber lodge as we head back to Marrakech via an unforgetable visit to the picturesque waterfalls at Ouzoud. Cascading over ochre rocks and 110m high, the falls get their name from the Berber word for olives - Ouzoud. After our arrival in Marrakech, we'll visit the colourful Djemma-el-Fna before enjoying a group dinner in the town.
Day 7: A day at leisure to enjoy Marrakech. The magical souk is a fantastic place to wander and soak up the atmosphere before shopping for local souvenirs. Whilst the exquisite Marjorelle, designed by Yves St. Laurent, is one of many gardens in Marrakech well worth a visit. Late afternoon we will rendezvous for our final group dinner to round off a wonderful week.
Day 8: KE Land Only services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients departing on this day.