Mgoun Traverse - High Atlas Trek
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £495 (land only) - from €695 (land only) - from $820 (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 wish to explore the heart of Marrakech and the magical UNESCO Djemaa-el-Fna, plus surrounding souk. KE Land Only package begins with the evening meal.
Day 2: The day starts with a drive towards the starkly beautiful Bougamez Valley, via the town of Azilal where we stop for lunch. After reaching Agouti at 1780m, we pick up our muleteers and the start of our trekking trail, taking us through poppy fields and lush farmland. On reaching Arous, we set up camp outside the village and prepare for our first night under canvas. Walk distance approx: 3 hrs.
Day 3: The morning starts with a steadily rising traverse towards the Tizi-m-Oumskiyg (2910m). We are now entering the Central Atlas and are rewarded with fantastic views of Aghouixni Est (3400m). We then descend on trails leading towards the stunningly beautiful Tilibiyt N'Tarkeddit Plateau. Tonight we camp beside a mountain hut at 2900m surrounded by spectacular scenery. Walk distance approx: 6 hrs
Day 4: A pre-dawn start is necessary today as we head towards the lower slopes of M'Goun. Initially we find ourselves on Mgoun Oest - 3978m and the Mgoun ridge before finally reaching the cairned peak of Mgoun - 4068m, where we are rewarded with stupendous views of the High Atlas and Jebel Sahro. After enjoying the summit we descend to our camp at Tiguitime (2702m). Walk distance approx: 8 hrs.
Day 5: A superbly varied day as we follow a river course away from the mountains and towards fertile farmland. The route takes us by an impressive kasbah before arriving in the village of Ameskar El Fougani. Today we see beautiful rushing waterfalls and use stepping stones to cross the river before reaching camp at the entrance of the Ameskar Gorge (1950m). Walk distance approx: 7 hrs
Day 6: We begin our day by walking through a narrow gorge with sides rising several metres above our heads. Our trail continues on through pretty villages, following paths lined with fruit trees and herbs before we enjoy lunch by the river. We finish this superb Mgoun trek at Boutaghar, where we stay overnight in a welcoming and comfortable gite. Walk distance approx: 6 hrs.
Day 7: After breakfast we board our transport and head out of the Dades Valley, joining the famous `kasbah route.` via Ouarzazate. After arriving in Marrakech, we check into our hotel, where the rest of the afternoon is left free for a spot of sightseeing and souvenir shopping . Early evening we'll regroup for a celebratory final group dinner, the perfect end to the week.
Day 8: KE Land Only package ends after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients departing on this day.
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.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.