Trekking across the High Atlas

Morocco, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from $1,740 (land only)

Trek & Walk

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE group package services begin with an evening meeting at the group hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast drive to the start point of our trek in the picturesque Bou Guemez Valley. Stay overnight in the Berber village of Iskataffen at a family run Gite (1800m).

Day 3: Trek through valley and ascend the Arous River gorge. We pass through the village of Ayt Sayd and continue to the high grazing area of Azib Ikkis. Camp (2350m).

Day 4: Cross a series of passes, the Tizi n-Oumskiyk (2909m) and Tizi n-Tarkeddit (3250m) before dropping down to a pasture below Jebel Mgoun. Camp (2900m).

Day 5: Early start for those ascending Jebel Mgoun (4069m). The ridge to Mgoun is breathtaking and the summit affords splendid view towards the Sahara. Return to camp.

Day 6: At the western end of the plateau, climb over a pass (3216m) and descend into the Tessaout Valley. Camp at Tasgarnalte Village (2325m).

Day 7: We walk beside the river passing several villages including the small nomadic settlement of Azib n'Ikkis and Ichbbakane to reach our overnight halt in the village of Ait Ali Nitto. Overnight in gite.

Day 8: Leaving the Tessaout Valley we head south to the impressively located village of Megdaz. (2000m). We cross the Tizi Awrghiz (2450m. / 8038ft.). to reach Tagoukht (2020m). Camp.

Day 9: Cross the Tizi n'Fredoute (2800m. / 9186ft.) and the Tizi n-Tghaghayt (2838m. / 9311ft.) to reach the spectacularly located Lake Tamda. Camp.

Day 10: Optional ascent of Jebel Anghomar, then follow the Ounila Stream down to Tighza (1980m. / 6500ft.). Overnight in gite.

Day 11: Trek through groves of walnut and almond, and cross a small plateua before descending to village of Telouat (1900m) and adjacent Kasbah of the El Glaoui family. Continue to Ouzlime village. Camp

Day 12: Climb across a small pass (Mahboub 2400m) to cross the main Marrakech - Ouarzazate Road and join the Afra plateau. Camp on the plateau

Day 13: A days trekking from the Afra valley, with several villages on route, up to the Yagour plateau through sparse forest of evergreen oak and rock carvings. Good views up valley of Bou Oughiwl and Aghoujdid. Camp (2300m).

Day 14: Traverse to an excellent viewpoint of the High Atlas before descending into the Ourika Valley. Trek to Setti Fadma and continue upstream to Agadir n'Ait Boulmane (1400m). Camp.

Day 15: We climb through a gorge on a spectacular balcony path and pass through three Berber villages before reaching our overnight gite (2050m).

Day 16: Cross the Tizi n-Tacheddirt (3172m) into the Imenane Valley. Lunch at the pass before descending to Tacheddirt (2250m). Camp.

Day 17: Trek down Umnin valley, cross the Tizi n-Tamatert (2279m) and descend to Ait Souka. After lunch, ascend to Aremd. Camp close to river.

Day 18: Ascend via the small village and shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, to camp beside the Neltner refuge (3100m) where we have the option to ascend Ouanoukarrim (4088m), for those with enough steam left!

Day 19: Early start for those wanting to climb Jebel Toubkal (4167m), North Africa's highest peak. Descend to our camp near the Neltner refuge.

Day 20: Walking down the Mizan valley we pass through Sidi Chamharouch and Aroumd to reach Ait Souka (1700m). We then return to Marrakech. Overnight Marrakech.

Day 21: A full day in Marrakech to explore the UNESCO Djemaa-el-Fna marketplace, explore one of Marrakech's city gardens or watch Moroccan life from one of the many roof top cafes.

Day 22: KE group package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.

Altitude Advice

 


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