Walking the Valley of Roses
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £445 (land only) - from €600 (land only) - from $780 (land only)
Morocco's Secret Garden - Absolutely Blooming Wonderful!
Our perfectly timed April and May departures means you get to walk through the hidden rose valleys and meet the friendly floral farmers of undiscovered Morocco!
- Walking holiday through Morocco`s Valley of the Roses
- Hike in the foothills and pretty valleys of the High Atlas
- Meet the Berbers and learn the process of rose oil production
- Explore the heart and colourful souks of magical Marrakech
- Great value - gites, homestays, transfers and all meals included
Our fragrant week of walking follows ancient trade routes across Damascena rose filled valleys, through timeless villages and across the lower slopes of the High Atlas. Departing from Marrakech we take a panoramic drive over the Tizi n' Tichka High Atlas pass via the desert town of Ouarzazte and alight at the ‘Valley of the Roses'. Introduced by the pilgrims of Damascus, it also said that in ancient times roses were lay at the feet of victorious warriors. In modern day, this hidden region of Morocco, has become the centre for Morocco's valuable and sacred rose-oil industry. Each year between March and May, mountain gardens transform into lush, colourful patchworks of pink roses and poppies which provide a beautiful contrast to the arid peaks of the Atlas. Depending on the time of year, our straightforward hike heads through flower filled valleys and through groves of walnut trees and dates palms to reach wonderful panoramas of the lush valleys. Leading onto the lower slopes of Morocco's second highest mountain, Mgoun (4068m) our well-paced walk reaches the friendly mountain side settlement of Aguerd Zega where we may meet Berber shepherds tending their flocks. Staying each night in family run lodges and gites, we learn the local way of life as our guide interprets tales from our Berber hosts. Returning via Mgoun Gorge and riverside walk, we round our week off with a visit to a rose-oil production centre. A florally wonderful experience, this is one of best hidden secrets of Morocco.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not high (2260m). This means that no-one should have any difficulty with acclimatisation to the altitude. However, the trek does involve a fair amount of ascent and descent and most days are approximately 5 to 6 hours walking. At the time of our visit, the weather is ideal for trekking, not too hot. For most of the route, we are following well-established routes between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for walkers.