Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £495 (land only) - from €695 (land only) - from $845 (land only)
By: Jane Rhodes, Cumbria, UK
Wonderful Mustapha. Has a very pleasantly friendly and competent approach. Always good humoured, knowledgeable and happy to share his knowledge with us. This is a very experienced guide, happy in what he does and very good at it. All very smooth. Our muleteers and cook were hardworking, always cheerful and willing. I think they enjoyed themselves as much as we did (despite their hard work)
Didn't want to come home. At the end of the trek, we just wanted a hot shower, change of clothes and to turn round and do it all again.
By: Christopher Paton, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hassan our guide was really good -- always looking out for us but giving us space as well. And lots of extra information and lessons were a nice touch.
Really enjoyed it -- would definitely consider another KE trip in the future.
By: Andrew Reed, UK
We are just back from our trek and extension. Thank you for your help in choosing our booking. We very much enjoyed the trip and suited what we wanted exactly. My wife is already asking about another one, which is quite surprising for someone who likes her comforts when on holiday. On the extension the Ryad Petite Prince is beautiful, like an oasis in a rather non touristy area of the Medina. The chef and service was of a very high standard in this Ryad as well.
Hamid (the guide) and his crew were really good on the trek as well. Such a cheerful, friendly and open hearted bunch. The crew for me was a lot of the pleasure in the holiday as they were really good fun. Examples would be; The sight of Mohamed, a tall dark Saharan African looking man, appearing in the mess tent late each evening with the tea made it almost feel like a safari as well. The sound of all the crew quietly laughing and singing after dinner sending me off to sleep. Hamid, a peaceful but certainly in control Berber leader, being perplexed and in giggles with our English humour. The surprise of an endless supply of hot donuts and quality honey being ready from the cook on arrival from a very long day in the mountains. The big smile of the fun loving Abdula. It was all a very special experience that I was not expecting.
By: Sue Sands, Sheffield, UK
It was not the trip I had intended to do I had opted for an easier trip to the Bougmez Valley. It looked as if it may not run so my husband persuaded me to try the Jebel Sirwa. I was very nervous about this trip and my capabilities. It was great and I felt a great sense of achievement. Wonderful experience would not of missed any of it even waking up in a blizzard. I thought it would be a much tougher trek. It was tough enough for me and some days I found the climbs realy challenging. It surprised and pleased me that I was able to do it with alot of encouragement from the guides and fellow trekers. Travelled with you last year for the first time and enjoyed the trip to Kerela. I also like the fact that I can call in to talk to a person in your office or on the phone or by email. Thankyou.
By: Gill Lambie, Buckinghamshire, England
We really enjoyed this trek which felt remote yet could be reached so quickly from Marrakech.
By: Andy Hosking, Yorkshire, UK
The views of Morocco east of the Atlas were stunning. The food was very good indeed and the guide extremely good company.I have known about KE since it started - third time I've been with KE. KE are the only company offering the Jebel Sirwa trek.
By: Christine Laidlow, Cumbria, UK
The food created by our trek cook was outstanding. How he created such excellent food with limited facilities was amazing. Mustapha is an excellent guide. He was kind, considerate and encouraging. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He made the trip very enjoyable. I enjoyed this holiday because it was in a remote and spectacular part of Morrocco away from other trekking areas.
By: James Eccles, Liverpool, UK
The ascent of Jebel Sirwa was really enjoyable. It was a pleasure to meet the Berber people again. The cold night and wet days at the end did not detract from the trek. Mustapha is a star and one of the best leaders I have met. I would be happy to travel with him again. The meals on this trek were among the best I have had on many treks. It was a surprise to have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday !
By: Elaine Finkle, Washington, USA
I have really enjoyed my first experience of a trekking holiday and would highly recommend KE Adventure Travel to anyone. I cannot recommend Mustapha, the trip leader, highly enough. His leading skills, sense of humour, patience and explanation each evening of the following day's trek were excellent. Also his Arabic/Berber teaching lessons along route were good!! The whole experience was great. I did enjoy moving through both open country and going through villages. Also enjoyed the splendid lunches, so well prepared by the cook, and taken leisurely.
By: Geoff Brunskill, Cumbria, UK
A well paced short trek. Most enjoyed the varied scenic contrasts between arid and fertile landscapes
By: Timothy Young, Keighley, UK
Cannot speak too highly of the guides. Most importantly, their pacing was slow and steady which avoided the group fragmenting as there were many walkers of different abilities.
They were incredible during the final summit scramble, working to make sure everyone who wanted to was able to get onto the peak.
Superb trip, in the process of booking a return Morocco trip...
Did not expect to enjoy the treks through the villages as much, they are a fascinating look at a culture a million miles away from our own.
By: John Sands, Sheffield, UK
Always good to talk directly with someone in the KE office with the experience needed. I felt that I had a great experience and look forward to my next trip. Hassan (the guide) was a good leader who encouraged some members of the group over odd 'bad patches' in a friendly positive manner
By: Sarah Reed, Hampshire, UK
Food was excellent and healthy. A couple of us really like the trail mix for "elevenses". Support crew were happy doing their job, discreet with trekkers and made the trip fun. Worked very well as a team.
Hamid (our guide) was excellent with our group, support crew and hotel staff etc. We all felt he was very experienced and made us all as comfortable and relaxed out of our comfort zones. We all learned a lot about the environment and culture and any questions we answered knowledgably. It is clear Hamid enjoys his work and made the trip memorable and fun for all of us.
I admit I was apprehensive before going due to the potential cold weather, hygiene, toilet facilities etc. The holiday far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to others and hope to try another KE Adventure holiday in the future. Thanks to all the staff that made this such a pleasure, and so memorable.
By: Stephen Munn, Sheffield, UK
Mustapha was excellent. He put up with my constant questions on non-trek related subjects (obscure points of history) and knew the answers. This was my beast Morocco trek so far as it had the most variety.
Most enjoyed - As I said the variety. High Mountains, lots of villages, green valleys. I also very much like Moroccan food and tea.
By: Mark Slee, Essex, UK
Good accommodation throughout the trip. Food also excellent and plentiful. I did try to loose weight but failed!!! Support crew really good, everything done well also very friendly. Very well paced trek no rush or pressure. Logistics worked well.
Mustapha was excellent, not only did he care for the group he also helped out the support crew who appreciated his help and this showed in their interactions with him and us, which made for a really pleasant trip. Mustapha was really approachable and knowlegdable. He was willing to go the extra mile to make sure everything went well.
I really enjoyed the holiday, it was well thought out, well lead. The walking pace was also good, not a route march so plenty of opportunity to take photo's and catch up