Morocco Bougmez Valley Family Adventure

A week of exploration with the Berbers of the `Happy Valley`







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Holiday Overview


  • Easy walking for the family this beautiful and tranquil valley
  • Experience the vibe of Marrakech and the peace of the mountains
  • Experience a 2-day walking adventure and overnight camping
  • Overnight in a 4 star hotel in Marrakech

This family adventure holiday in Morocco takes us on some easy walks for a few days in a remote corner of the Atlas mountains combined with a couple of days in the vibrant town of Marrakech. Hidden away amongst the high ridges of Morocco's Central Atlas, the stunningly beautiful Bougmez Valley has managed to preserve a traditional Berber way of life that closely follows the seasons and is based on agriculture and the herding of livestock. Just 4 hours drive from Marrakech, it is the perfect place for a family adventure and an easy introduction to walking for the children. Accommodation in the valley is in a traditional gite with modern facilities in the attractive Berber village of Agouti. Starting out with an easy orientation walk through the 'Happy Valley', we then have a 2-day adventure with an overnight camp in the mountains exploring amongst the vibrant green fields, dry-stone villages and sparkling streams of the Central Atlas. Including 2 nights in Marrakech staying at a 4 star hotel with swimming pool, this is a great addition to our programme of Moroccan family holidays.

Explore InternationalExplore International. Some of our departures for this holiday are run in conjunction with our friends at Allibert Trekking in France. This gives the holiday an international flavour and enables the children to make new friends across the channel. All guides speak both English and French.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6yrs old

This family holiday is a perfect introduction to Berber culture in a quiet valley. There are three walking days where for the most part, we will follow good trails between villages and high grazing pastures. There is much to interest youngsters along the way and the pace of the walks is designed with small legs in mind. However, all the family should be comfortable with walking for up to 4 or 5 hours each day at a leisurely pace. At the end of the holiday while exploring the fascinating sights of Marrakech, the family can relax in comfort at a 4 star hotel with swimming pool.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Agouti (1780m) in the Central Atlas, for next 2 nights. Short pm walk to Sidi Little Chita.
  • Exploration walk in the Bougmez Valley, up to Aguerd Ouzou and the market village of Tabant.
  • Start of mini-trek with mules carrying the kit, walk to high meadows of Ikkis (2500m) to camp.
  • Return from our little trek to the base at Agouti. Walk through the gorge and village of Ait Said.
  • Transfer back to Marrakech passing by the Ouzoud waterfalls for a visit and lunch.
  • A free day in Marrakech for sightseeing and exploring this fascinating and fun town.
  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester & Birmingham and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a local KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only package services begin with overnight in the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

  • Transfer to Agouti (1780m) in the Central Atlas, for next 2 nights. Short pm walk to Sidi Little Chita.

    After breakfast in the hotel we load our bags onto the transport and begin the journey to the Central Atlas. In a short time we’re beyond the Marrakech hustle and bustle and travelling on good tarmac roads through the farmlands of the Moroccan countryside. After approximately 4 hours we reach the crest of the pass, Tizi n'Tirghsit (2629m) overlooking the fertile Bougmez Valley. Making our way up the valley, we check into the comfortable but simple gite at Agouti village (1780m) where we will spend 3 nights. After a late lunch at the gite we have a short (2 hour) walk up to the viewpoint of Sidi Little Chita to survey our surroundings and enjoy the valley panorama. Afterwards we return to the gite for a Moroccan dinner.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 hours

  • Exploration walk in the Bougmez Valley, up to Aguerd Ouzou and the market village of Tabant.

    A full day of exploration in Bougmez which is known as 'Happy Valley' for the friendliness of the local people. Meandering through walnut groves and passing traditional village houses we take the path to Aguerd Ouzou, from where we can see fields of irrigated crops along the Bougmez River. We will visit rocks containing dinosaur prints and climb up to the fortress-like granary at Sidi Moussa. Perched on top of a low hill, this fortified granary takes the form of a circular tower with four look-out turrets. A spiral staircase inside gives access to the upper floors as well as the roof. Inside the granary is also the tomb of a holy man said to have performed miracles. Today villagers will go to Sidi Moussa to pray and leave offerings at the shrine. Arriving in Tabant we will have some free time to look around the markets and perhaps take some refreshing Moroccan tea before travelling back to the lodge by taxi.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Start of mini-trek with mules carrying the kit, walk to high meadows of Ikkis (2500m) to camp.

    The muleteers arrive in the morning and load our bags and camping equipment onto the pack animals for our 2-day adventure. When everyone is ready, we follow the mule train, ascending the Arrous gorge, following Berber shepherd’s paths up into the mountains. Small villages cling to the mountainside, hidden by rocky outcrops and trees. Eventually we reach the high meadows of Ikkis at 2500m where there are some sheepfolds used by Berber families for summer grazing. We set up camp and enjoy dinner.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Return from our little trek to the base at Agouti. Walk through the gorge and village of Ait Said.

    After breakfast we set off on the second leg of our trek. We walk through a gorge and stop for refreshment in the village of Ait Said. We then continue our descent back into the Bougmez Valley passing the village of Tighza before arriving at our gite in Agouti.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hours

  • Transfer back to Marrakech passing by the Ouzoud waterfalls for a visit and lunch.

    We will drive back to Marrakech by way of the Ouzoud waterfalls above the village of Tanaghmeilt. The falls are accessed by a pleasant path which wends its way through olive groves (Ouzoud is the Berber word for olives). The falls which are 110 metres high are quite spectacular, dropping in a series of separate cascades over ochre rock into a verdant gorge. There should be time for a quick swim before we take our lunch at a small restaurant at the top of the falls. After lunch we continue to Marrakech

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • A free day in Marrakech for sightseeing and exploring this fascinating and fun town.

    A day to explore and enjoy this famous North African city. A must-do is to wander through the labyrinthine complex of the ‘souk’, the biggest such market in Morocco. Here, amongst veiled women, laden donkeys, vibrant colour and pungent aromas you can browse and barter with the stallholders. Each type of goods has its own quarter, with alleys and squares devoted to copper beating, tanneries, slipper makers, spices, hand-woven rugs and many more. It is easy to spend a whole morning or afternoon here. For the brave, a visit to a 'hammam' (steam bath) is one of the most genuine of Moroccan cultural experiences. A relaxed way to get around the city is to take a ‘caleche’ or horsedrawn carriage. Marrakech has some interesting gardens, such as the Agdal, Majorelle (Yves St.Laurent) Gardens and the Menara Gardens and these are a great place for some relaxation and shade on a hot afternoon. In the late afternoon and early evening it is well worth visiting the central square of the Djemaa el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances which become more and more animated as the sun sets. Dozens of amazing food stalls spring up as if by magic in the centre of the square, illuminated by strings of electric lights and offering all manner of mouth-watering delicacies. Alternatively you can enjoy a day of family fun at the “Oasiria” water park just outside the city (a free shuttle service operates each day from the city).

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients departing on this day.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • While on trek a full trek crew including baggage animals and a cook team
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bags.

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients travelling to Marrakech Day 1 of the trip itinerary will be met at the airport by a local KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights.

Clients intending to make their own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport should note that taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petit taxi" should be no more than 50 dirham ($6) though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes.

We will have an early morning wake-up call at about 6 a.m. This is principally to allow us to complete most of the day’s walk while it is cool. After breakfast in the gite, we will set off walking at around 8 a.m.. We will walk for 2 to 3 hours at a very leisurely pace, with lots of stops for photographs and to round up the children. On the 2 day overnight trek, we will be accompanied by mules and there will be space for those with little tired legs to hitch a ride on the mules. Young children will not ride a mule on their own, but will have one of the Berber crew riding behind them. Anyone expecting to ride the mules should bring a cycling helmet on the trip. Note: Where the paths are steepest it may not be possible to ride. We may choose to stop off for a picnic lunch at about 11 a.m., and if we have found a shaded spot, the lunch stop may last a couple of hours. With just an hour or two’s easy walking after lunch, we will reach our overnight stop in the early afternoon, leaving the rest of the day free for resting or for exploration. Dinner is ready at around 6 p.m.. and is a 3-course meal, prepared by our trek cook and served in the dining area of our overnight accommodation. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

During this holiday the group will spend 3 nights at a comfortable 3-star family orientated hotel in Marrakech. While in the Bougmez Valley we will spend 3 nights in a comfortable but simple gite. Accommodation here is in 4 or 6 bed dormitories (or mattresses on the floor) with shared bathroom. Hot water for showers is available. The gite also has a comfortable lounge area and a roof terrace. We will also spend 1 night wild camping in 2-man tents.

In the Marrakech hotel, 3-person families will share a triple room, whilst 4-person families will have adjacent twin-bed rooms. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

At the gite and when in the mountains, the food is a mixture of local and international, all purchased locally and cooked for us by the gite staff or trek cooks. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a piece of fruit (apple, orange), together with Moroccan “trail mix” of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber specialty of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous cous, with a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip. green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. Desserts usually consist of fruit, some fresh but more likely tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. Moroccan tinned fruit is excellent quality. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks

All meals included except for in Marrakech where it is B&B.

Approximately £350 per family (mum, dad and 2 kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, tips for the crew, soft drinks and modest souvenirs. Marrakech is a great places for souvenir buying, and if you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly and you may wish to pay by credit card. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged).

The group will be accompanied by an English-speaking local leader. During the trek we will also have the services of a full trek crew including cooks and a team of porters or baggage animals and their handlers.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £100-150 for tipping for a family of 4.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single trek bag and a small daypack (large enough to carry your waterproofs, lunch, water and camera each day) for each person. There is no weight restriction as such other than that imposed by your international carrier but you will find travelling easier with lighter luggage. Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the gite.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

No visa is required for travel to Morocco by the holders of the following passports: United Kingdom, United States of America or Australia. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to Morocco and that this entitles you to stay in the country for up to three months. Holders of passports not on the above list should contact the Kingdom of Morocco visa information service to see if a visa is required. (Most people will find that no visa is required).

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Comfortable shoes or boots for hiking
  • Socks
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper (for evenings outside)
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sleeping bag (rated down to +5°)
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Daypack c.20 - 30 litres (depending on how much of the family’s gear you are carrying)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trekking towel
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Basic First Aid Kit:You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Sheet sleeping bag
  • Shorts
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Football / kite / pack of cards etc

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Your Child’s Health Abroad. Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications) Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet) Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco The Rough Guide to Morocco

1:1,000,000. Rough Guide Map

Topographic mapping with road detail and tourist information. Relief is presented by contours, spot heights and altitude tinting. Intermediate driving distances are marked as are railways and border crossings. Symbols show oases, wells, pyramids & other places of interest. Longitude & latitude lines are drawn at 1 degree intervals. Double-sided, with an index of place names.

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