Exploring The Anti Atlas

Magnificent views from the high ridge of Jebel Lekst - 2359m




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Holiday Overview


  • Magnificent views from the high ridge of Jebel Lekst - 2359m
  • Hike through the spectacular Tazayoute and Tagdichte Gorges
  • Walk through mountains which are home to the shy Cuvier gazelles
  • Trek across the Tizi n Tikki Pass (1300m) and camp at an oasis

South of the High Atlas, the long chain of the Anti-Atlas is characterised by rugged rock formations, striking fortified Kasbahs, terraced valleys and hidden oases. Relatively few trekkers make it to this part of Morocco and it's usual to have the trails to ourselves, as we penetrate to the heart of this red granite massif. Sunsets are simply sensational, as the rocks reflect the light, changing from orange to red to violet. We visit Berber villages and have the chance to meet the proud inhabitants of this ancient and arid land, whose tenuous survival depends on their herding of sheep and goats. Often in commanding positions, the village-fortresses of the Anti Atlas are dry-stone built and feature impressive doors and porches often with finely carved detail. Our superb 5-day trek leads through palm-filled gorges and across high passes and at our high point on the airy ridge of Jebel Lekst (2359m), the views extend northwards to the snow-capped summits around Mount Toubkal. The Anti Atlas provides a superb destination for mountain walking in winter, suitable both for first-time trekkers and for the more experienced in search of new horizons.

Is this holiday for you?

This trekking holiday is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness. The underfoot conditions encountered on this trip will vary from well-established trails between villages, to steeper and sometimes rocky slopes. You should be comfortable with trekking for between 5 and 7 hours each day with ascents of up to 350m. / 1150ft. (750m. / 2,500ft. on the summit day of Jebel Lekst).

Brief Itinerary

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  • Arrive Agadir and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to explore Agadir.
  • Drive 120 km to Ait Lhaj. After lunch trek to our camp amongst the palms at the oasis of Ait Moussa.
  • Trek via the Tazayoute Gorge and over the Tizi n'Timsguida Pass to the oasis of Targa n'Touchka.
  • Explore Targa n'Touchka before hiking through Berber villages to our camp near Imzie (670m).
  • Trek via the Tagdichte Gorge and over the Tizi n' Tikki Pass (1300m) to our camp at Ait Iften (1500m).
  • Trek to the summit of Jebel Lekst (2359m). A long descent via Anergui to our final camp at Anamer.
  • Trek to Tafraoute for lunch. Drive to our hotel in Agadir (2 hrs). Final evening celebratory meal.
  • After breakfast we transfer to the airport for the flight home.
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group hotel in Agadir. The most convenient airport for transfers to the group hotel is Agadir airport, approximately 30-40 minutes drive away. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' and 'Flights' sections in the trip 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 Agadir. These include Easyjet who have flights from London & Manchester and Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester & Birmingham. 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

  • point
  • peaks
  • trip direction
  • airport
  • transfer
  • trek

Holiday Itinerary

  • Arrive Agadir and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to explore Agadir.

    On arrival in Agadir you will be met by a 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. Agadir is a modern city most famous for its fine crescent shaped beach of golden sand where you will find just about every watersport and beach activity is catered for. KE Land Only services begin
    with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The trip leader will give a briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Drive 120 km to Ait Lhaj. After lunch trek to our camp amongst the palms at the oasis of Ait Moussa.

    We have an early morning departure for the approximately 120 km drive to the oasis of Aït Moussa. The road climbs gradually above the city of Ait Melloul to cross the Ait Baha plateaux and we pass through a succession of small villages giving panoramic views over the oasis of Bouikhssaine. We stop here for lunch which is prepared by our trek crew who are travelling with us. Afterwards we start the trek following a mule track mostly downhill for approximately 2½ hours to our first camp among the trees.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek via the Tazayoute Gorge and over the Tizi n'Timsguida Pass to the oasis of Targa n'Touchka.

    After breakfast we start the day’s trek with a gradual ascent of around one hour to reach two villages which are perfectly representative of the local architecture. Located in commanding positions, these village-fortresses are dry-stone built without any mortar and contain impressive doors and porches often with finely carved detail. We now descend into the Tazayoute Gorge, which is inhabited by wild boars. We travel through the gorge and then climb to cross the col of the Tizi n’Timsguida, then descend to the river again for lunch. After our traditional Berber lunch we have a further walk of around 1½ hours to reach tonight’s excellent camp at the picturesque oasis of Touchka (479m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 660m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 440m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Explore Targa n'Touchka before hiking through Berber villages to our camp near Imzie (670m).

    Our walk today takes us through several small villages and we will make time with the guide to talk to the inhabitants and learn about their daily lives in this harsh environment. In the latter part of our walk the terrain is increasingly covered with almond trees, which are characteristics of this region and we also pass through a small olive grove as we climb to the village of Imzie. Here we can take tea at one of the local houses before continuing to our camp close to the village at an altitude of 670 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek via the Tagdichte Gorge and over the Tizi n' Tikki Pass (1300m) to our camp at Ait Iften (1500m).

    We trek into the heart of the wild Tagdichte Gorge, filled with palm trees and climb to the tizi n’ Tikki pass (1380m). From the col we descend to the village of Inzguérne which clings impressively to a high cliff and is accessed by a long stone staircase. We take our lunch by the river (896m) and afterwards trek for a further 2½ hours to reach Aït Iften, at 1500 metres, below the peaks of the Jebel Lekst.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1270m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the summit of Jebel Lekst (2359m). A long descent via Anergui to our final camp at Anamer.

    We follow a shepherds’ trail which is sometimes barely discernable over the rocky ground as we climb gradually to the summit of Jebel Lekst (2359m). From the top we have magnificent views over the Anti Atlas and extending north to the High Atlas including Toubkal, and south to Tafraoute and the desert. These mountains are home to Cuvier gazelles and though they are shy creatures we certainly have a chance of spotting one or two today. From the summit we have a long descent via Anergui to Anamer and our last camp of the trek at 900 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 760m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1360m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Tafraoute for lunch. Drive to our hotel in Agadir (2 hrs). Final evening celebratory meal.

    We have our last morning of trekking through a beautiful landscape of lofty crags, palm filled gorges and terraced hillsides, dotted with typical Berber mud-brick houses. After approximately 3 hours we reach the large village of Tafraoute in the Ameln valley. Tafraoute has a very relaxed feel and is a good place to buy local handicrafts. We will take our lunch here before boarding our tour bus and heading through the Ameln Valley and climbing to the Tizi Mlil. Having crossed this pass the road now turns north west around Jebel Lekst and descends to Aït Baha before levelling out for the final stretch into Agadir. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours. Arriving in Agadir we check into our hotel and have the chance for a welcome shower before a celebration dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • After breakfast we transfer to the airport for the flight home.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for the return flight.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English-speaking local guide
  • Agadir Airport transfers (on Day 1 & 8 only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Agadir
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights at a 3 star tourist class hotel in Agadir. There are 5 nights camping. All the accommodation is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 2 hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and international, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our 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 speciality of mint tea, followed by a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas, rice, pasta or cous cous added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Lunch whilst on trek in picnic style format. 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). 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. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 will be provided with a free of charge airport transfer. For these arrangements to be made, full flight details must be sent to the KE office.

For clients arriving or departing outside of these dates you will either need to make your own arrangements, or private transfers can be arranged through the KE office at an additional charge.

A typical day starts with a wake-up call. After breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the muleteers given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken after 2 or 3 hours of walking, and on some days this stop will be extended into a break of up to 2-2 hours to avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. We will usually reach our overnight camp by at least 4 p.m., i.e. well before dusk. On trekking days we will be walking for 5 to 7 hours. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English Speaking local guide throughout the trip. On trek we will also have the services of a professional cook and support vehicles and their drivers for baggage transfer.

Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This amount will cover tips for the trek crew, soft drinks, snacks, and also lunches in Agadir if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day.  It is not possible to obtain or exchange Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country.  You can withdraw money in local currency from ATMs in Agadir or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash or travellers cheques.  (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged, but note that it can be difficult to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high).  Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

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 30 for tipping your crew. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be provided with your confirmation of booking.

Your baggage whilst away on the trek is transfers by vehicles.  The packed weight of your main bag should be no more than 20 kg, but we recommend you don't take too much with you on the trek.  The group hotel can store clothes or unwanted items that you don't need whilst you are trekking but would like for your return to Agadir.  

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.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

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:

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Gaiters (useful when walking through thorny sections)
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Wet wipes (bio-degradable)
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes


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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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

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: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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.

It will generally be warm during the day even in the winter months of November through to April. At this time we can expect daytime temperatures to reach a pleasant 20 - 22C / 68 - 72F, dropping to 7 10C / 45 50F at night. While crossing high passes and during the ascent of Jebel Lekst, we can expect the temperatures to be in the range of 10 to 15C / 50 60F. Evenings are cooler and you will want a fleece jacket. However temperatures even at night are unlikely to be lower than 5C / 40F. It is likely to be dry during your visit but as in all mountain regions, short lived storms do occur and you should be prepared for some rain and even the odd downpour.

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Maps for this region are notoriously difficult to come by. The Russian Military have a good series of maps at 1:100,000 but these are expensive to buy and are in Cyrillic. The publisher EWP makes a series at 1: 160,000 based on the Russian military maps, with all cyrillic text replaced by Latin alphabet. You will need 2 sheets Agadir and Taroudant

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