Bougmez Valley Walking Week

Centre-based hiking in the beautiful Central Atlas of Morocco




From $820 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Stay in the beautifully designed Touda Berber Eco Lodge
  • Explore the Happy Valley, Ouzoud Waterfalls and Lake Izourar
  • Relaxed and varied walking away from the High Atlas crowds
  • Visit the lively Djemaa el Fna and magical centre of Marrakech

Tucked away amongst the high ridges of the Central Atlas of Morocco, the stunningly beautiful Bougmez Valley has managed to preserve a traditional way of life that closely follows the seasons and is based on agriculture and the herding of livestock. The Central Atlas it is the perfect place for this relaxing walking holiday offering a week of easy hiking. Our holiday base in the Bougmez Valley is the lovely Touda Berber Lodge in the pretty village of Zawyat Oulmzi. With comfortable en-suite rooms and great Moroccan cuisine, this family-run guesthouse offers all the comforts of home, whilst providing an authentic taste of Moroccan Berber culture. During this walking holiday we explore an undiscovered and unspoilt corner of the Central Atlas of Morocco. Bougmez is known locally as 'Happy Valley' because of the demeanour and friendliness of its inhabitants who we will meet in the course of our walks. Starting out with a short orientation walk on the day of our arrival we then have 3 full days of walking through vibrant green fields, Berber villages, fortified granaries and sparkling streams beneath the rolling hills and high peaks of the Central Atlas. This Bougmez Valley Walking Week offers a real taste of traditional Morocco and a full day to enjoy Marrakech.      

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday in the Bougmez Valley of Morocco's Central Atlas mountains does not include any difficult or sustained trekking and consists of a flexible programme of day walks. The selected walks will be at a relatively moderate altitude and for the most part, will follow good trails between villages. You should be comfortable with walking for up to 5 hours each day at a moderate pace. This holiday should be well within the capabilities of anyone of average fitness. Staying in the relative luxury of the Touda eco-lodge means that it is very easy to take a day off from any of the walks.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to the Bougmez Valley. Afternoon walk to the Ecolodge via the village of Zawyat Oulmzi.
  • Day walk in and around the Bogmez Valley.
  • Day walk in and around the Bogmez Valley.
  • Day walk in and around the Bogmez Valley.
  • Time to explore the spectacular Ouzoud waterfalls. Transfer to Marrakech.
  • Day at leisure and time to explore 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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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech 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. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The trip leader will give a briefing during dinner.

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  • Transfer to the Bougmez Valley. Afternoon walk to the Ecolodge via the village of Zawyat Oulmzi.

    After breakfast in the hotel we load our bags onto the transport and begin the journey to the Central Atlas. In a short time we’re beyond the Marrakech hustle and bustle and travelling on good tarmac roads through
    the farmlands of the Moroccan countryside. After approximately 4 hours we reach the crest of the pass, Tizi n'Tirghsit (2629m) overlooking the fertile Bougmez Valley. After a picnic lunch, we leave our vehicles and
    walk for 2-3 hours downhill following a herders trail to the village of Zawyat Oulmzi (2100m). This will be our first encounter with the cheerful and friendly inhabitants of the area whose demeanour has earned their home the nickname of ‘Happy Valley’. Just a little way uphill from this village is our base for the next three days, the charming Touda Berber Lodge.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

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  • Day walk in and around the Bogmez Valley.

    Over the next three days we will have a series of guided day walks from our base. The final itinerary will be determined by your guide who will take into account factors such as the weather, local trail conditions and
    the abilities of the group. Examples of the walks we can enjoy during this time are given below. On any day you will be free to opt out of the day’s walk (or make a shorter walk by yourself) and simply relax and enjoy the
    incredibly tranquil setting of Touda

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

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  • Day walk in and around the Bogmez Valley.

    Walk 1. Lake Izourar. From our Berber lodge, the path heads up the valley through fields and then through juniper forest. As we climb higher the landscape becomes more arid and rocky although still sporting a surprising amount of scrub
    vegetation and alpine flowers. Eventually we emerge into an ancient glacial valley which contains Lake Izouzar below the slopes of Jebel Azourki (3677m). The lake is very shallow and after winters with little snow, can sometimes dry up completely. Around the lake is good grazing and we may see the tents of the semi-nomadic Ait Atta herdsmen who each year set up their camps on the shores of Lake Izourar. From the lake we retrace our steps back to our comfortable base.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

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  • Day walk in and around the Bogmez Valley.

    Walk 2. Ascent of Ait Ourit. We follow a trail through forests of Oak on the south side of the valley to the western flank of Jebel Azourki. Here we make a gradual ascent of the ridge rising to the top of Ait Ourit (2920m.) for splendid views over the valley. From the summit we descend to the Tizi n'Tirghist and follow the trail down to the valley and back to the Touda eco-lodge. Walk 3. Walk 3. Through the Bougmez Valley. A walk through ‘Happy Valley’ to the main market village of Tabant. The trail meanders through fields and walnut groves, past small farms and traditional village houses. Above the village of Iwaliwen are rocks containing dinosaur footprints. We will also pass the communal grain store at Sidi Moussa. Perched on top of a low hill, this fortified granary takes the form of a circular tower with four look-out turrets. A spiral staircase inside gives access to the upper floors as well as the roof. Inside the granary is also the tomb of a holy man said to have performed miracles. Today villagers will go to Sidi Moussa to pray and leave offerings at the shrine. Arriving in Tabant we will have some free time to look around the markets and perhaps take some refreshing Moroccan tea before travelling back to the lodge by taxi.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

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  • Time to explore the spectacular Ouzoud waterfalls. Transfer to Marrakech.

    We will drive back to Marrakech by way of the Ouzoud waterfalls above the village of Tanaghmeilt. The falls are accessed by a pleasant path which wends its way through olive groves (Ouzoud is the Berber word for
    olives). The falls which are 110 metres high are quite spectacular, dropping in a series of separate cascades over ochre rock into a verdant gorge. We will take our lunch at a small restaurant at the foot of the falls before continuing to Marrakech where we check into our hotel. After freshening up we can head out to watch the Djemma-el-Fna come alive before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant.

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  • Day at leisure and time to explore Marrakech.

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

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

    KE group package 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. Complimentary airport transfers
    are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals

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

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

All clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 will be provided with an airport transfer free of charge. You MUST provide your full flight details and should let us know if you do NOT wish to have an airport transfer . Clients intending to make their own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport should note that taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petit taxi" should be no more than £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.

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights at a standard tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While in the Bougmez Valley we will spend 4 nights in the Touda Eco-lodge. The lodge is purpose built in traditional style but with modern conveniences and ecologically sustainable power sources and waste management. Accommodation here is in double, twin or triple rooms with private bathroom. Hot water for showers is available (heating is via solar energy). The lodge also has a large dining room, comfortable lounge areas and an open fireplace. Outside there is seating on terraces with extensive views. All accommodation is based on twin or triple share. If you are travelling alone you will be paired with another single traveller of the same sex. Depending on availability, single accommodation may be available at 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. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

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

The meals provided will be a mixture of local and international dishes. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. During the walks 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 will be provided by the lodge either taken there or as a packed lunch which you carry with you on the walk. 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, mostly fresh but sometimes tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks. While staying in Marrakech we will take our meals in the hotel or at local restaurants.

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

Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This amount will cover tips for the local, soft drinks, snacks etc, and also 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 (Sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged). Please note that it can be difficult and time-consuming to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high.

The group will be led by an experienced professional English-speaking Moroccan guide.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your holiday staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally tips are given at the end of your stay and this is best done as a group. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £25 (in dirhams) to these tips.

There is no weight restriction on this trip other than imposed by your international carrier. However, we ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (your KE trek bag) and a small daypack. Your main baggage will be transferred to the Touda eco-lodge by vehicle. Travel clothes can also be left at the group hotel in Marrakech.

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.

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

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

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

You must bring the following items:

  • Comfortable shoes or boots for hiking
  • Socks
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper (for evenings outside)
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Daypack c.20 litres
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Toilet roll
  • Books / kindle
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

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 walking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is not a difficult or sustained trek but to complete all the day walks you should be comfortable with walking up to 5 or 6 hours each day. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime prior to coming on the holiday. 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: 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.

It is very hot in Marrakech in the summer months. During late July and August temperatures in Marrakech can reach 40ºC (over 100°F). In May and June and in early September maximum daytime temperatures in Marrakech are more likely to be low thirties Centigrade / high eighties Fahrenheit dropping to around 17ºC / 63°F at night. In the Bougmez Valley at around 2000 metres we can expect daytime temperatures around 20 to 25ºC / 68 to 77°F. In April and October temperatures will be generally cooler by around 5 to 7 degrees Centigrade / 8 to 12 Fahrenheit. The weather is usually fine at the time of our scheduled departures. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for extremes of climate.

Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas. Richard Knight (Trailblazer Publications) Moroccan Arabic phrasebook. Lonely Planet. Dan Bacon

Mgoun Massif, Central High Atlas Mountains 1:100,000 Series. West Col Productions

A map designed for trekkers showing relief by ridge lines, spot and peak heights. Roads, tracks and paths are clearly shown and villages are also marked. Latitude and longitude margin ticks are at 20’ intervals. The map is approximately centred on Mgoun and covers an area measuring approx 80km E-W and 50 km N-S.

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