Mgoun Traverse - High Atlas Trek
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £495 (land only) - from €620 (land only) - from $865 (land only)
- Off the beaten trail to a 4000m peak in the Atlas Mountains
- Away from the Mount Toubkal crowds
- Complete traverse of Mgoun, the 3rd highest peak of the Atlas
- The charming and starkly beautiful Bougamez Valley
- The Dades Valley and Ouarzazate
A new and challenging walking adventure holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, trekking to the summit of Mgoun and more! Our special trekking route takes us from north to south walking across the less visited central part of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, from the irrigated farmland of the Bou Guemmez Valley to the edge of the Sahara. During our walks, we experience the friendliness and hospitality of the Berber people, camp on high pastures used by nomadic shepherds and make the tough trek to the top of Mgoun, the fourth highest peak in Morocco. Here, the fabulous 360 degree panorama includes range upon range of the High Atlas Mountains and the endless desert expanse to the south. Dropping down via a high plateau, we explore the dramatic MGoun Gorge and walking through this, at times in the river bed, to reach the end of our trekking amongst a collection of pretty villages whose terraced fields and gardens are bordered by rose bushes. This superb trekking adventure holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco concludes with a drive back to Marrakech, through the spectacular Dades Valley and across the high pass of Tizi n'Tichka. On our return to exotic Marrakech, we have time to further explore the old Arab quarter of this fabulous city. The Marrakech souks (markets) and the quality of their handicrafts are celebrated the world over and to explore Marrakech on foot is a magical experience. The High Atlas Mountains of Morocco make the perfect choice for a walking adventure holiday and KE's ‘Mgoun Traverse Trek' offers both a brilliant trekking experience and a real taste of Morocco off the beaten track.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we do not spend any nights above 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. The summer months in the High Atlas can be hot with July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. On the traverse of M'Goun and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. Overall this is a leisurely paced walking holiday but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking on a variety of terrain including some steep ascents and descents, for up to 6 or 7 hours each day and for several days continuously.