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Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa - Morocco

Morocco, Marrakech
6 reviews
Available Departures: Apr, Sep, Oct

8 days from

US$1,050

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

A richly cultural walking holiday to the undiscovered Jebel Sirwa in Morocco with time to explore Marrakech

Trip Code: JES
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Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
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Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa - Morocco

Highlights
  • Journey off the beaten track and walk through a beautiful volcanic landscape
  • Meet the Berber shepherds and see Morocco's magnificent saffron fields
  • Explore the colourful heart of Marrakech after camping under the stars
  • Breath-taking views from Guiliz Peak and the remote summit of Jebel Sirwa
  • Easily combined with Edge of the Sahara for a two week adventure

At a Glance
  • Group Size 5 to 12
  • 5 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 3305 metres
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS INCLUDED
  • Join In Marrakech

Accommodation & Meals
  • All meals included
  • 5 nights Camping
  • 2 nights Hotel
Overview

Wild, remote, stunningly beautiful and rich in culture, the Jebel Sirwa offers a rare opportunity to step back in time whilst experiencing a very remote region. Nestled between the High Atlas Mountains and the Anti-Atlas, the extinct volcanic region of the Jebel Sirwa has scenery like nowhere else in Morocco. Home to fields of saffron, flower-filled pastures, stone villages and breath-taking scenery, here you’ll also find the unique Ait Ouaouzguit Berber tribe. This culturally rich walking adventure follow trails which snake through an unknown region as you gain an insight into the tribe’s simple lifestyle. During the holiday you’ll camp close to Azib Tagrara shepherds who's nomadic lifestyle has remained unchanged for centuries. From the south side of the Jebel Sirwa range we hike to the top of Guilliz Peak before making our way through enchanting rock formations and, up to the peak of Jebel Sirwa (3305m). This remarkable region of Morocco combines beautiful landscapes, strong cultures, wonderful walking and time to explore Marrakech.


 A genuine small group experience - The Secret of Our Success in Morocco

We are proud to say that this holiday in Morocco is limited to a maximum group size of 12, ensuring we leave only our footprints on the trails whilst enjoying a genuine small group adventure.  We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide and a successful group adventure.  Those who are new to trekking in Morocco will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business.

This holiday is suitable for active walkers who are looking to walk for between 5 and 7 hours per day for several consecutive days. This holiday is not only a wonderful trekking adventure but a genuine cultural experience through a lesser known area of Morocco.

It is fully supported camping holiday meaning you will only need to carry your daypack. The maximum altitude is 3305m but we'll not be camping above 2500 metres so there should be no difficulty with acclimatisation.

For most of the trek, we are following well-established routes between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and straightforward underfoot. There is a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. On the ascent of the peaks, we will encounter rough conditions and zig-zag trails on scree whilst the final 30m ascent of Jebel Sirwa involves scrambling, with a short exposed section. However the summit of Jebel Sirwa is optional and will not take away your holiday enjoyment if you decide not to go up the final 30m.

Why KE?

Secure your place early on this fantastic adventure – a limited departures walking and cultural holiday. This exclusive walking journey takes you through a wild and remote Moroccan region.  The magical Sirwa region offers mesmerising landscapes, a lovely low-altitude peak to summit, and a window on the world of the little known Ait Ouaouzguit Berber tribe.

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Itinerary

Your holiday starts at the hotel in Marrakech. On arrival in Marrakech you'll met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel. Depending on your arrival time and after checking in you may wish to stretch your legs and explore. Marrakech is a colourful city with plenty to see. Most people make their way to the central square of the Djemaa el-Fna beneath the beautiful tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. The labyrinth that is the souk is perfect for wandering aimlessly, and soaking up the rich atmosphere is part of the Marrakech experience. Here you'll find wonderful lanterns of brass, colourful leather goods, and exotic spices. If you're looking for a peaceful garden to photograph then the enchanted desert garden of Jardin Majorelle was once owned by landscape artist Jacques Majorelle and fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Here you'll find rich greenery against a cobalt blue villa. In the evening there will be a briefing from the leader over dinner, which is generally taken in the hotel for ease and late arrival of a number of flights. If you would prefer to arrive a day or two earlier, please contact the KE office who can book you extra nights at the group hotel or we can offer you a choice of riad overnights if you would like a traditional Moroccan experience.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

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This morning we leave Marrakech and start our journey towards the Jebel Sirwa region. We drive along one of Morocco's most spectacular roads and cross the Atlas by way of the magnificent Tizi n'Test Pass. Next it's the valley of Asni home to a colourful landscape of rich red buildings and pretty wheat fields. After the striking village of Ouirgane the road climbs before we drop into the Taliouine region which is famed for its argon oil. Morocco's famed Argan trees grow in Morocco's semi-desert where its deep roots and small leaves have it surviving in areas lacking in water and the result is the famed nut with unique oil. Pure Argan oil is incredibly rare and the precious oil is harvested and extracted from the nut of the Argan tree and used in beauty or cooking products. We'll stop for lunch in Aoulouz before leaving the road and driving towards the village of Tazount. Once here we meet our trek crew and can enjoy a brief afternoon of walking through fields and a splendid gorge. The afternoon of walking ends in a pretty valley which is home to a few small hamlets. Tonight we set up camp below the village of Tislit and after dinner can settle down for a spot of star gazing before our first night under canvas.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

160 M

Descent

100 M

Time

2 hrs trekking

Distance

6 KM

Today after breakfast we leave an arid landscape behind and head towards the green valleys of Assif n'Ait Oubyal which are dotted with fields of barley, wheat and saffron. As we approach a number of tiny villages we can expect a warm welcome in an area which sees only a handful of visitors. We make our way towards a deep gorge and the hamlet of Tizgui which is home to a shared grain store known as an agadir. This fantastic structure is built into the cliff and looks more like a dramatic monastery or cave dwelling than storage. We'll have the opportunity to take some wonderful photos as we learn about a lifestyle in a magical region. Here villages dramatically cling to the valley sides or are hidden on the valley floor. This is a region of stone and earthen walls, brightly painted windows, colourful doors and local ladies in the fields wearing richly colourful scarves and long skirts. The men traditionally were turban-style headdresses and long woollen cloaks with hoods. Along the trail we may also see donkeys carrying dry branches destined for kitchen fires. Towards the end of the day we reach a high valley with stone-built shelters and terraced fields where we settle down for the evening and our second night of camping.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

900 M

Descent

300 M

Time

6 - 7 hrs trekking

Distance

17 KM

This morning we start the day with a few hours of easy walking as we follow a stream dotted with rich vegetation on both of its banks. From the stream we gradually ascend a zig-zag trail which takes us to the summit of Guiliz. Standing at 2900m we are rewarded with excellent views across the Jebel Sirwa region and can clearly see the route that we've followed over the last two days. From the top we can enjoy a lovely panorama of the region and alongside taking photos we can relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this unique area. After the summit we'll drop down into the valley and head towards a number of superb shepherd's huts. Whilst some are isolated, others are in little groups with charming gardens, terraced fields and natural springs close by. During the spring months nomadic Berbers arrive here to work the land and sow barley which is ready to harvest at the end of the summer months. Berber tribes stem back to 3rd Century B.C where a Berber Kingdom existed between Morocco and Algeria. The Greeks called them barbarians, hence the name Barber but they were also called Mauri which referred to people from Mauritania. The word barbarian couldn't be further from the truth as everywhere we go we'll be warmly welcomed. In the afternoon we'll set up camp near the Tagragra caves at 2600m which are often inhabited by shepherds from the Berber tribe of Beni M'Zguid.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

600 M

Descent

300 M

Time

5 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

After breakfast we leave camp and prepare for an exciting day ahead. Today we'll experience a day discovering picturesque gorges, dramatic rock formations and the beautiful summit of Jebel Sirwa. The peak of Jebel Sirwa is an extinct stratovolcano otherwise known as a composite volcano. Stratovolcanos are the most photographed volcanos due to their conical shape which is built up by many layers of hardened lava, pumice and volcanic ash. This morning's trail picks its way between spiky vegetation and dramatic blocks of impressively eroded boulders. As we get closer to the summit of Jebel Sirwa we reach the first of two rocky sections. The first we'll work our way around before a brief scramble of 30m on the second one sees us on the summit. The small scrambling section is non-technical and optional. From the summit the views are spectacular as they extend across the High Atlas and across the Quarzazate Plain to the Anti-Atlas. After taking in the wonderful views we descend through more amazing rock formations followed by a charming area of agriculture with terraces of corn and saffron. Tonight we set up camp next to a lovely collection of shepherds' houses and sheep folds at Tissouitine at 2450m.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

700 M

Descent

950 M

Time

6 - 7 hrs trekking

Distance

12 KM

Today's trekking day is charming as we start the morning surrounded by steep and rugged valley sides which gradually gives way to a landscape covered with scrub vegetation and red flowering oleander. We should see quite a lot of these drought tolerant, evergreen shrubs with single or double flowers which range in colour from white to red. The plants grow into large bushy shrubs as high as 6m tall. This morning we start the day by descending into the beautiful valley of Assif n'Izine complete with meandering stream. Here we'll find ingenious irrigation channels which provide water for the villagers' crops nestled between little houses and sheepfolds. Traditional houses are built against large boulders in alpine-style hamlets and are split in two. One part of the house is used for the family and the second half is an adjoining stable area which is used for sheep and goats. From the valley we start heading up the north side of the valley and can look back to the rounded peak of Tisfeldat and in the distance we'll see the peaks of the High Atlas. Next we descend and make our way through a gorge which brings us into a saffron-growing area above the villages of Ait Ighmour and Idoughagh. On this part of the trail we hike through a wadi whilst shaded by giant walnut trees. Late afternoon we arrive on the outskirts of the village of Tomahakout where we set up our final camp in the Jebel Sirwa.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

430 M

Descent

980 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

16 KM

After enjoying our final breakfast whilst camping we set off and enjoy a couple of hours of easy where we'll have views back to Jebel Sirwa. The footpath takes us down to the village of Tamazight where we meet our transport back to Marrakech via the Atlas. After checking in and freshening up, there will be some time to explore at Marrakech before meeting up in the evening for the dinner. After dinner you may wish to wander through the famed square in the heart of the medina which comes alive after dark. If you wish to extend your time in Morocco please contact the KE office and we can help you organise this. We'll be happy to extend your time in the group hotel, chat through the extensions options we offer or help you organise a traditional riad experience.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

260 M

Descent

430 M

Time

2 -3 hrs trekking

Distance

14 KM

Your holiday ends after breakfast. For anyone 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 sit and watch the world go by from one of the restaurants overlooking the Djemaa el-Fna.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on the first and last days of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

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


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the hotel in Marrakech.

Airport transfers are provided for all clients on Day 1 and Day 8.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

All food whilst on trek is purchased locally and cooked for us by our excellent trek cooks. KE groups are always surprised at what the cook team conjure up!

Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, muesli, bread, jam, honey and soft cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a type of Moroccan 'trail mix' with dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts.

Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or couscous, 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, couscous, 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, and peas. 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. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During this trip the group will spend two nights at a tourist hotel in Marrakech on an en-suite basis. While there are a range of high-end hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located base while maintaining a really good value holiday.

Whilst trekking we have 5 nights camping. This camping is fully supported with all baggage being carried by mules, as well as tents, a mess tent and a toilet tent. You will have a team of staff to look after you including a cook. A mattresses is provided, although some people like to bring their own thermarest as well. You will need a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are available to hire, please contact the KE office to arrange this.

If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single hotel rooms and/or single tents are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday additional nights at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and Riad's in Marrakech are available on request.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader. The group will also have the support of a full trek crew including cook, baggage animals (mules) and their handlers.

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 high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Approximately £100 per person (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for tips, soft drinks, snacks and miscellaneous expenses. Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and optional activities are additional so you may wish to budget for these.

You cannot usually purchase Moroccan Dirhams outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s on arrival at the airport in arrivals or in Marrakech. You can choose to take your money in pounds sterling, dollars or euros, and you will be able to exchange it at the airport. Credit cards are useful 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.

This is your ‘thank-you’ to the crew and the final amount should be decided by the group. We estimate that approximately £45 per group member should provide an appropriate level of tips. However, for the leader, we leave the tipping amount totally at your own discretion. 

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage, which should be a soft duffle bag and a daypack.  Your main baggage whilst trekking will be carried by pack animals and the packed weight of it should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Marrakech. You may wish to take a foldaway bag for this purpose.

For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

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.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Morocco

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

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

VACCINATIONS

You should contact your doctor 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 Moroccan Dirham.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.

You should be fit and comfortable with walking 3 to 7 hours for consecutive days. Hill walking, with a good amount of ascent and descent, is the best training. Running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina.

It is generally pleasant during the time we operate this holiday with daytime temperatures reach 20 - 25°C and dropping to 7 – 10°C at night. However there are times when the night-time temperature may fall as low as 0°C or even a few degrees below freezing. While crossing passes and trekking up peaks we can expect the temperatures to be in the range of 10 to 15°C. Evenings at the highest camps can be cool so don’t forget to pack a fleece jacket. We are unlikely to experience rain in this part of Morocco but it is a mountain region so it’s good to be prepared for the occasional shower.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. 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 FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

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 should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers or sandals for camp
  • Socks & underwear
  • Trekking trousers / shorts (please respect local culture and don’t wear in villages and town)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2), a camelbak or platypus is useful (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5°C and -10°C in December & March)*
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • A selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Toilet roll
  • Small trek towel
  • 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:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (a foam mattresses is provided)
  • Down jacket
  • Gaiters (for thorny sections)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera
  • Travel clothes (can be left in Marrakech in a foldaway bag)
  • Biodegradable wet wipes (washing water can be scarce at camp)
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Equipment hire:

*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

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Extensions

Extension Details

Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

4 Days

Friendly Essaouira provides a beautiful base for this colouful Atlantic Coast extension which offers a  fantastic start or end to our holidays in Morocco.  Described as the prettiest town in the country, the UNESCO port and medina are a riot of colour and activity.  To ensure a relaxing time in Essaouira we take care of private return transfers and riad accommodation for 3 nights at the comfortable Riad Maison du Sud, situated within the ramparts of the medina and just a few minutes walk from the sea. Redecorated in Moorish style, it has a snug sitting room and sunny roof terrace with views of the Mellah and the Atlantic Ocean.  Essaouira has plenty of things to so and do so we leave your days free for you to enjoy at leisure.  This extension starts and ends in Marrakech.

Extension Code: ESSR

Extension Itinerary

This morning you'll be picked up from your hotel for the picturesque 2.5hrs drive to Essaouira. On arrival, you'll check into the comfortable Riad Maison du Sud in the heart of the Medina. This pretty riad has two central courtyards, both charming examples of Moorish design and, are the perfect place to relax before setting off to explore.

A great place to explore is the Skala du Port, down by the harbour, offering the classic walled medina view. Complete with swirling seagulls and local fishing boats, this area is the best place to see local boat builders and the famous fish auction outside the port gates. Essaouira's UNESCO medina is a haven of winding streets, colourful shops, whitewashed houses and decorated doors.

Meals

B

The Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum has been lovingly restored and is housed in an old riad. It has a small but interesting collection of jewellery, costumes, amazing musical instruments and carpets of the region. From Essaouira beach, the "Purple Isles" of antiquity, two uninhabited islands are a sanctuary for Eleonora's falcons, which with a pair of binoculars, can be seen soaring above.

Meals

B

After breakfast, you'll be picked up for your return drive back to Marrakech. If you are flying out that day, you'll be transported to the airport, ensuring a relaxed end to your time in Morocco. Alternatively, you may wish to fly direct from Essaouira to start your onward journey and your airport transfer would be included.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • B&B riad accommodation (3 nights)
  • Transfers to and from Essaouira
  • Departure transfer to Marrakech Airport
What's Not Included
  • Lunches & dinners - Essaouira has an excellent range of restaurants to suit all budgets
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as drinks & souvenirs etc

Reviews

5 out of 5 from 6 reviews

A Trek to Remember and Recommend ★★★★★

My husband and I enjoyed everything about this trekking adventure. We were amazed and surprised by the varied scenery and topography we walked through. We met Berber villagers and farmers who see very few tourists and they were gracious and welcoming. Highlights were seeing the restored Tizgui Agadir and watching members of our group summit Jbel Sirwa. The description and information provided for this trip was accurate except we found the elevation to be more taxing than the trek description imp lies. Yes, the days are scheduled to provide some acclimation before getting to Sirwa, but as “flatlanders” we could feel the altitude at 2500 meters, especially when hiking uphill. I only say this to encourage some cardio training if you think you might need it. Otherwise, the hiking is not technical, but it is up and down throughout the day. Also, in October we were glad we packed layers as suggested. Temperatures some mornings were near 0C, but then could be 26C later the same day. Puffy coat to t-shirt. I followed guidelines to dress conservatively and wore hiking pants, I wished I had packed at least one pair of hiking shorts for the hotter days. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable, cook was excellent (we had beignets!), muleteers and mules were wonderful. We’d recommend this trip, especially if you want to get away from the crowds and have a truly local experience.
By Kristin Clam Lake | 19 October 2022

Excellent organisation matched by very good luck ★★★★★

This was the first trek of the year into this area and we didn't see any other travelers just agreeable Berber people. Great temperature for walking, beautiful mountains and negotiable snow fields. There were only two of us on this trek so the level of support was fantastic - it was easy to feel like privileged 19th century lady adventurers. Fortunately my companion and I were well matched and enjoyed each other's conversation otherwise it might have ended badly. The food produced was quite amaz ing and we stayed well thanks to the cook's conscientious approach to hygiene.
By Jennifer Faversham | 23 March 2017

Wonderful trek in the mountains of Morroco ★★★★★

Fascinating trip to a mountainous region to the south of the Atlas. The walk was very varied, from walks through villages to scrambling up mountain peaks. Fabulous views, amazing scenery and a great crew and guide. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked for around 6-8 hours a day. Despite some quite rough sections and loose scree, the walking seemed quite easy. Our guide paced it very well to suit the group and we always had time to look at points of interest and, of course, have a lo vely lunch!!
By Alena Sheffield | 16 April 2016

An outstanding winter-break holiday ★★★★★

Positive points Excellent guide; as a Berber he was able to give us insights into Berber culture Varied, tasty and nourishing food As ever, very well organised Interesting group of people Negative Breakfast at Marrakech Hotel

By Ian SOUTHAMPTON | 23 March 2016

Great trek, excellent guide and crew - 6th March ★★★★★

The trekking is a mixture of paths and scrambling. Nothing difficult except for the final ascent of Jebel Sirwa - where ropes are needed. This is just the last 30ms - and you can decide not to do it - the views are still 360 degree panorama from the ridge just below the summit. The guide, Mohammed really looked after us. He was very informative and caring. The cook (Ali) prepared some amazing banquet meals - even the lunches were amazing. Lots of fresh salads, vegetables and fruit and of c ourse the tangines. Tents are very good and mattress (with cover) provided. It got cold at night - as soon as the sun went down. A good sleeping bag is needed. Plus a down jacket for the evening and early morning. Blue skies during the day but still cool - ideal for trekking. Take water purification tablets or steripen. Definitely recommend this trip - fortunate to have a small group of 5 - and we all had a great time.
By Hazel Maidstone | 15 March 2016

Traveller Reviews
5 out of 5 from 6 reviews

A Trek to Remember and Recommend
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My husband and I enjoyed everything about this trekking adventure. We were amazed and surprised by the varied scenery and topography we walked through. We met Berber villagers and farmers who see very few tourists and they were gracious and welcoming. Highlights were seeing the restored Tizgui Agadir and watching members of our group summit Jbel Sirwa. The description and information provided for this trip was accurate except we found the elevation to be more taxing than the trek description imp lies. Yes, the days are scheduled to provide some acclimation before getting to Sirwa, but as “flatlanders” we could feel the altitude at 2500 meters, especially when hiking uphill. I only say this to encourage some cardio training if you think you might need it. Otherwise, the hiking is not technical, but it is up and down throughout the day. Also, in October we were glad we packed layers as suggested. Temperatures some mornings were near 0C, but then could be 26C later the same day. Puffy coat to t-shirt. I followed guidelines to dress conservatively and wore hiking pants, I wished I had packed at least one pair of hiking shorts for the hotter days. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable, cook was excellent (we had beignets!), muleteers and mules were wonderful. We’d recommend this trip, especially if you want to get away from the crowds and have a truly local experience.
By Kristin Clam Lake | 19 October 2022

Excellent organisation matched by very good luck
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was the first trek of the year into this area and we didn't see any other travelers just agreeable Berber people. Great temperature for walking, beautiful mountains and negotiable snow fields. There were only two of us on this trek so the level of support was fantastic - it was easy to feel like privileged 19th century lady adventurers. Fortunately my companion and I were well matched and enjoyed each other's conversation otherwise it might have ended badly. The food produced was quite amaz ing and we stayed well thanks to the cook's conscientious approach to hygiene.
By Jennifer Faversham | 23 March 2017

Wonderful trek in the mountains of Morroco
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fascinating trip to a mountainous region to the south of the Atlas. The walk was very varied, from walks through villages to scrambling up mountain peaks. Fabulous views, amazing scenery and a great crew and guide. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked for around 6-8 hours a day. Despite some quite rough sections and loose scree, the walking seemed quite easy. Our guide paced it very well to suit the group and we always had time to look at points of interest and, of course, have a lo vely lunch!!
By Alena Sheffield | 16 April 2016

An outstanding winter-break holiday
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Positive points Excellent guide; as a Berber he was able to give us insights into Berber culture Varied, tasty and nourishing food As ever, very well organised Interesting group of people Negative Breakfast at Marrakech Hotel

By Ian SOUTHAMPTON | 23 March 2016

Great trek, excellent guide and crew - 6th March
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The trekking is a mixture of paths and scrambling. Nothing difficult except for the final ascent of Jebel Sirwa - where ropes are needed. This is just the last 30ms - and you can decide not to do it - the views are still 360 degree panorama from the ridge just below the summit. The guide, Mohammed really looked after us. He was very informative and caring. The cook (Ali) prepared some amazing banquet meals - even the lunches were amazing. Lots of fresh salads, vegetables and fruit and of c ourse the tangines. Tents are very good and mattress (with cover) provided. It got cold at night - as soon as the sun went down. A good sleeping bag is needed. Plus a down jacket for the evening and early morning. Blue skies during the day but still cool - ideal for trekking. Take water purification tablets or steripen. Definitely recommend this trip - fortunate to have a small group of 5 - and we all had a great time.
By Hazel Maidstone | 15 March 2016

This stunning short trek would be an ideal introduction to Morocco.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Every morning a different view, each day a lovely walk - once again the Berber guide, Mohammed, and his crew looked after us royally. Nothing was too much trouble for this caring, helpful guide. A super short holiday led at a comfortable pace by a knowledgeable and professional guide. Many thanks once again.

By Marjorie WIRRAL | 16 November 2015

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2024

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  • Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa - Morocco
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  • Departure Reference: JES /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 28 Sep and ends on Sat 5 Oct
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$275
  • Single Supplement Price: US$70 - Includes 2 group hotel nights in Marrakech. Single tent supplement for 5 nights priced separately.
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2025

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  • Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa - Morocco
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  • Departure Reference: JES /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 5 Apr and ends on Sat 12 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$275
  • Single Supplement Price: US$70 - Includes 2 group hotel nights in Marrakech. Single tent supplement for 5 nights priced separately.
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  • Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa - Morocco
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: JES /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 27 Sep and ends on Sat 4 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$275
  • Single Supplement Price: US$70 - Includes 2 group hotel nights in Marrakech. Single tent supplement for 5 nights priced separately.
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$65
  • Download Trip Notes

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