Jebel Sahro Winter Sunshine Trekking

Sensational mountain walking in Morocco on the edge of the Sahara




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Holiday Overview


  • Trek to remote kasbahs and oases of the Jebel Sahro
  • Trekking in the land of nomadic Berber herdsmen
  • A winter sunshine trekking holiday in Morocco
  • Exotic Marrakech and the colourful Djemaa-el-Fna

Wonderful winter sun trekking adventure holiday amongst the remote mountains of the Jebel Sahro in Morocco.  Sandwiched between the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the Sahara, the beautiful mountain region of Jebel Sahro is the perfect destination for winter sunshine trekking. Our 10-day walking adventure holiday in Morocco takes us from magical Marrakech to explore the heart of the Jebel Sahro.  We'll be trekking amongst rocky peaks, hidden valleys and green oases, where we'll find the traditional villages of the welcoming Berber people.  Walking along quiet trails through a variety of spectacular Jebel Sahro scenery, we'll trek to the summit of the highest peak in the Jebel Sahro range, Amalou n'Mansour (2712m).  With warm days and crystal clear visibility, the walking conditions are ideal and the vistas are superb, with the views northwards from the Jebel Sahro over to the sparkling snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains.  An exciting drive across the High Atlas Mountains sees us back in UNESCO Marrakech.  Here we have a free day to explore the bustling Djemaa-el-Fna and souk, which provides a fitting end this spectacular tekking holiday in the undiscovered Jebel Sahro!  

Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not high and we will not be camping much above 2050 metres/6726 feet. 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 (especially if you opt to climb the viewpoint peaks on our route) and a couple of the days are quite long. 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 trekkers. On the ascent of the several optional peaks which we have included in the itinerary, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree and some easy scrambling. Because this is a short trip, and at low altitude, we have only given it the MODERATE grade.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
  • Spectacular transfer across the Western High Atlas and the Tizi n’Tichka to the village of N’Kob.
  • Trek northwards to the foothills of the Jebel Sahro range, passing villages and farms to Tiguiza.
  • Trek to the village of Tagra passing incredible rock formations and monoliths.
  • Optional ascent of Jebel Amlal (2450m) offering a spectacular panorama and stunning views.
  • Trek to the Tadaout ‘n Tablah grazing plateau used by the semi-nomadic Ait Atta Berber people.
  • A relaxed day of trekking from desert landscapes into fertile valleys and date palms.
  • Morning trek through traditional hamlets to Tadawt Tazgart. Afternoon of hiking in the local area.
  • Trek over passes and ridges as we pass the ruins of an old French fortress to the base of Bou Gafer.
  • Ascend to the summit of Bou Gafer (1978m) through some of the Sahr`s most striking scenery.
  • Trek out of the Oulili Valley and through fertile valleys to the settlement of Tanemlalt.
  • Trek to the summit of Amalou n’Mansour (2712m), the highest peak in the Jebel Sahro Massif.
  • Transfer to Marrakech via the `valley of the one thousand kasbahs.`
  • Day at leisure in Marrakech.
  • Departure Day. Complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport are 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, Bristol & Glasgow 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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  • trip direction
  • peaks
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. A complimentary airport transfer is provided. 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 services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Spectacular transfer across the Western High Atlas and the Tizi n’Tichka to the village of N’Kob.

    We will take an early breakfast ahead of a full day of driving to cross the Western High Atlas. From Marrakech we drive southeast across the Haouz Plain before reaching the switchback road through the mountains. Passing Berber villages en route we cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) - the highest road pass in Morocco - then gently down alongside the Assif Imini, through the ‘Beau Geste’ city of Ouarzazate. From Ouarzazate we set off on a 2 hour drive through the Draa Valley. This part of the world has been a popular choice for movie-makers, with block-busters such as Lawrence of Arabia being filmed here. Our route takes us through an area of striking rock formations (folded strata and brightly striped) in the vicinity of Agdz and then we cross the Draa River to take a side road to the village of N’Kob. We spend our first night in the warmth and comfort of 'The Kasbah'; a traditional mud brick building; pleasantly set within a large walled compound.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Trek northwards to the foothills of the Jebel Sahro range, passing villages and farms to Tiguiza.

    An easy start to the trip, as we meet up with our muleteers and set off northwards into what are effectively the foothills of the Jebel Sahro range of peaks. We trek through a number of small villages and farms in the Hanedour Valley, following the course of the stream upwards to an area of spectacular rock pinnacles. We set up camp 30 minutes outside of the village of Tiguiza (1210m). In contrast to the dry brown hills surrounding the village, the small local farms in this area have carefully irrigated plots of land, which grow wheat, clover, carrots, tomatoes, chillies and orchards of almond trees.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the village of Tagra passing incredible rock formations and monoliths.

    Today we trek out of the valley and cross to the village of Tagra which is our base for the optional ascent of Jebel Amlal. The walk today takes us past strange rock formations and monoliths similar to those found in the southwest US. The dirt roads in this area are still used as trade routes with the Sahara. Tagra (also known as Bar’Kou to the Berbers) sits in a small, beautiful gorge with good views of the surrounding peaks.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Optional ascent of Jebel Amlal (2450m) offering a spectacular panorama and stunning views.

    This 2450 metre-high peak presents a reasonably tough challenge at this stage of the trek, offering as it does a more than 1000 metre climb across high pasture and then scree. However, the views from the summit are reward enough for our efforts - we can see the peaks of the Atlas to the north and west and these should be spectacularly snow-covered at this season. Jebel Mgoun (4068m) is the nearest of the big Atlas peaks. Away to the south a series of ridges marks the northern edge of the Sahara.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 9 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Tadaout ‘n Tablah grazing plateau used by the semi-nomadic Ait Atta Berber people.

    This is one of the longest days of the trip, but surely one of the best day’s walking in Morocco. Today’s trek takes us up onto the high plateau-land of the Tadaout ‘n Tablah. This is one of the high grazing areas used by the semi-nomadic Ait Atta Berber people, whose summer base is away to the north in the high valleys of the Atlas. In this area, remarkable rock ridges, comprising ‘organ pipe’ pillars and eroded spires, rise above the level of the plateau and individual formations have names such as ‘Elephants Head’ and ‘Camels Head’. One of the most impressive rock formations in the Jebel Sahro is Bab n’Ali (Ali’s Gate) and our trek today leads to the foot of this pair of 60 metre-high monoliths where we take lunch. This part of the Sahro is reminiscent of Monument Valley in the American south west, with level plateaux, flat-topped mesas, buttes and towering rock pinnacles. We drop down to a riverside campsite at Akebash. Walk distance approx: 8 to 9 hours.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • A relaxed day of trekking from desert landscapes into fertile valleys and date palms.

    After two big hiking days, today’s easier walk offers a nice break. From camp it is an almost entirely flat walk, with only a short 15 minute climb just before reaching our overnight camping place, which is on a large plateau just beyond the village of Taoulauat. Today’s walk takes us from the desert-like environment with its unusual rock formations into a more mountainous area of craggy peaks, as we follow a fertile valley, passing a number of villages with their irrigated greenery and date palms.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Morning trek through traditional hamlets to Tadawt Tazgart. Afternoon of hiking in the local area.

    A short day, as our route now skirts the south-eastern corner of the Sahro, heading towards the Bou Gafer group of summits. We pass several small hamlets as we climb to our camp at the place called Tadawt Tazgart. We will take lunch at camp today and then have the afternoon to hike up one or two of the surrounding ridges near camp, do some washing, or just relax. 3 to 4 hours trekking.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek over passes and ridges as we pass the ruins of an old French fortress to the base of Bou Gafer.

    A longer day, as we start with a climb from camp up to a pass at 2050m. From here, we continue, with distant views of Berber villages and the odd isolated house. Crossing a couple of high ridges, we have excellent views of the nearing Bou Gaffer group of peaks. After lunch, we climb up to another high ridge and find, in a most unforgiving location, the ruins of an old French Fortress. From here, there are even better views of the Bou Gafer area. After a steep descent to an open grazing valley, we camp at the base of the main Bou Gafer peak.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Ascend to the summit of Bou Gafer (1978m) through some of the Sahr`s most striking scenery.

    The Bou Gafer group probably contains some of the Sahro’s most striking scenery, even if its highest peak is only 1978m. It also has some of the most fascinating history, as in this area in the 1930's the Ait Atta Berbers made a defiant last stand against the French. Today, as we climb up the main Bou Gafer peak to admire the rest of the range, keep an eye out for pieces of shrapnel etc., evidence of that long ago battle. Also, to the west, we have good view of our final day's objective, Amalou n' Mansour. Descending by a different route, we pass our campsite of the previous night and enter new terrain, following a mountain stream through green valleys and deep gorges. After lunch, we climb over a rise and drop down into the more open Oulili Valley, where we set up camp beyond Oulili Village.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek out of the Oulili Valley and through fertile valleys to the settlement of Tanemlalt.

    A short day, as we climb out of the Oulili Valley to gain a distant view of the High Atlas. Contouring towards the west, we enter another open and fertile valley, with patches of irrigated greenery. We establish our camp near the settlement of Tanemlalt. We have lunch in camp and have the afternoon free to relax or to walk up one of the nearby peaks.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the summit of Amalou n’Mansour (2712m), the highest peak in the Jebel Sahro Massif.

    The biggest peak in the Jebel Sahro Massif, Amalou n’Mansour (2712m), is an obvious (and entirely optional) finale to our trek. Climbing up its eastern slopes, we gain a summit which affords a superb panorama, including an overview of the entire trekking route. Descending from the peak, we reach the village of Iknioun (1970m), where we meet our vehicles. We say goodbye to our Berber trek staff and make the short transfer to the Kasbah Tizzarouine - another traditional mud-brick fortress situated on a hill giving Stunning views across the Dades valley. This is a great place to relax at the end of the trek. The décor of the hotel is positively palatial and it has a welcome swimming pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Marrakech via the `valley of the one thousand kasbahs.`

    Boarding our vehicles, we make an early start for the drive back to Marrakech, initially on a rough road, heading towards the snow-capped Atlas peaks. At Boumaine, we reach the main road through the Dades Valley. This is a simply spectacular valley, known as “the valley of the one thousand kasbahs.” Wonderful fortified villages line our route as we descend the valley towards Ouarzazate and there is lots of temptation to stop for photographs. From Ouarzazate, we climb across the Atlas mountains and reach Marrakech after about 7 hours driving. On arrival, we check in to the group hotel and have the late afternoon free for sightseeing. In this legendary city we will certainly want to check out the remarkable 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. We can take a snack from one of the dozens of amazing food stalls which spring up as if by magic in the centre of the square, illuminated by hurricane lamps and offering all manner of mouthwatering delicacies.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Day at leisure in Marrakech.

    A day for exploration in this enchanting city. We can have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then join our English speaking guide for a tour of the City. We will make another visit to the Djemaa-el-Fna. Even in the morning there’s a lot going on here – it is a major focus for taxis and for colourfully-painted horse-drawn open carriages. We will be able to escape the heat by walking into the adjacent souk area. The shaded passages, streets and hidden squares of the souks cover a huge area on the north side of the Djemaa-el-Fna and we will be able to explore some of the most interesting and accessible parts. Pottery, carpets and leather goods are amongst the most interesting souvenir options. Hard bargaining is the name of the game when looking to make a purchase. The starting prices for Moroccan rugs, in particular, are way over the top. It used to be the case that visitors to the souks of Marrakech could expect to be seriously hassled by vendors and by would-be guides. However, the Moroccan Government has recently imposed serious penalties for this sort of behaviour and the visitor can now stroll through the souks completely untroubled.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure Day. Complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. For those clients with evening flights, the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets, souks and colourful sights of Marrakech. A popular option is to simply sit and watch the world go by from one of the restaurants overlooking the Djemaa-el-Fna. Complimentary Airport transfers are provided.

    • Meals bld

Holiday Information

  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on day 1 & 15 only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • A half-day sightseeing tour of Marrakech with an English speaking guide

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights at a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While there are several more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday. In N'Kob and Boulmane, we will be staying at one of the characterful local Kasbah style hotels. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 9 nights camping. All 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 5 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 in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, 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. Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality 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 (tagine). There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). However, meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. Desserts usually consist of fruit, including tinned fruit. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 15 of the itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. 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. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you intend to make your own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport, 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 £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.

A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call. After a continental style breakfast (tea, coffee, orange juice, cereals, bread, jam, cheese and honey), during which camp will be struck and the muleteers given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is taken after 3 - 4 hours walking and usually takes about an hour or so. The afternoon session is usually shorter than the morning's walk and we aim to reach our overnight camp well before dusk. On some days we will only be walking for 3 to 5 hours in total, whilst on the longest days we can expect to be walking for 8 to 9 hours. In camp the crew will quickly have a kettle of tea on the boil and 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.

An English-speaking professional local leader will accompany the group throughout the holiday. In addition the group will be supported on trek by a team of cooks and camp staff, baggage animals and their handlers.

Approximately £150 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £50 tips for your trek crew. This should also be sufficient to cover soft drinks, snacks, and lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day. Marrakech is a great place for souvenir buying and all major credit cards are accepted. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. 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 or travellers cheques. (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged but note that travellers cheques are more difficult to exchange and attract a higher rate of commission). 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 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 crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We will provide guidelines on how much to tip the local staff along with your joining instructions but it should be remembered that this is your ‘thank-you’ to the crew and the final amount should be decided by the group. We estimate that approximately £50 per group member should provide an appropriate level of tips. However, for the KE leader, we leave the tipping amount totally at your own discretion.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your main bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

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.

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.

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:

  • Hiking boots
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece glovesSocks
    Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or jumper
    Base layer shirts (short sleeve & long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts (wicking)
  • Trekking trousers / pants
    Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Sunhat
    Warm hat
    Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2) 3-season sleeping bag (4-season March and December)*
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Daypack c.25 litres
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite)

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag liner
    Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Duvet (down) jacket (especially March and December)
  • Gaiters (useful when walking through thorny sections)Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts**
  • Camera, media, spare batteriesPocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes
  • Wet wipes – biodegradable (note that water for washing can sometimes be scarce)


  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel.
  • **As this is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full-length trousers/skirts are recommended. Knee-length shorts are OK once on trek.

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.

Visa Morocco

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Morocco is the Dhiram.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday, 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 capable for walking for 5 - 7 hours each day for several days continuously and with a couple of longer days along the way. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime building up to departure. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as jogging, squash and swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Whatever your excersise regime, 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: 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.

The region of the Jebel Sahro is extremely hot in the summer months. However, from late October through to mid April we can expect to find very pleasant temperatures for trekking. Daytime temperatures will be around 20 to 25°C, dropping close to freezing point at night at our highest camps. This part of the world receives very little rainfall and we can anticipate fine weather. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur.

Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. Classic Treks – Bill Birkett. (David & Charles pubs.)

Carte Du Maroc. 1:100,000 Series.

A good map series although not generally available outside of Morocco. The following 3 sheets cover the trek area: Tazzarine - covers part of the 1st day's trek from N'Kob; Boumaine - covers most of the trek except Bou Gafer peak and Alnif - covers Bou Gafer peak.

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From $91 per room per night Located in the heart of the historic medina and just a short walk from the Djema El Fna, Riad Villa Harmonie is a beautifully restored riad. Built around 2 patios, with palm and orange trees, banana plants and roof-top terrace, this is the ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to explore the souks and medina on foot. Rooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style with modern comforts and private bathrooms. There are 3 different grades of room available depending on size, facilities and location.

Riad Slitine

From $157 per room per night Riad Slitine is in the heart of the medina, close to the Bahia and Badi Palaces, the Tombs of the Saadian Kings. The building dates back to the 17th century and has been recently refurbished in style. The house, built around four patios, has a swimming pool ideal for cooling off in the heat of the Moroccan summer. Complete with hammam, beauty treatments and jacuzzi, the Riad Slitine is truly luxurious. Riad Slitine has 16 luxury, air-conditioned rooms and suites, all with modern comforts including mini-bar, hair-dryers and wifi. Prices are reflective of room size, location and facilities.

Riad Petit Prince

From $113 per room per night Situated in the heart of Marrakech between the central Djema el-Fna and the new town of Gueliz, this family-run riad offers a serene and cosy atmosphere in the middle of bustling Marrakech. Riad du Petit Prince is comfortable and stylish with its leafy terraced seating areas and refreshing plunge pool in the shade of the courtyard. The restaurant serves both Moroccan and European meals. One advantage of staying here is that you are just as close to the shops, restaurants and clubs of the modern French quarters as you are to the Djema el Fna Square. There are 3 grades of room available. Massages are available (additional cost).

Riad Aladdin

From $122 per room per night Backing on to the Badi Palace in the medina, Riad Aladdin consists of three riads linked by a beautiful terrace where you can watch storks gliding to their nests in the Palace ramparts. With its terraces and comfortable lounges, there are many inviting nooks and crannies to escape the busy day. The 17 rooms are spread around the patios, each with its own Moroccan style. In summer you will appreciate the cool of the patio with its shady shutters, and in winter, the warmth of the hammam and the gentle breeze on the terrace. All rooms have air-conditioning and there are 3 different grades available.

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