Jebel Sahro Walking Week

A short trekking holiday into one of Morocco`s wildest regions




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Holiday Overview


  • Stunning views of snow-capped M`Goun from the summit of Kouacouch
  • Trek to the inconic rock formation of Bab n`Ali
  • Drive through the Dades - `Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs`
  • Explore Marrakech and the spectacular UNESCO Djemaa-el-Fna

South of the Atlas Mountains, the Jebel Sahro is a mountainous region of volcanic origin that makes an excellent destination for some winter sunshine, culture and spectacular trekking. This is a rugged world of gorges, rock spires and mesas that shelters a number of picturesque Berber villages. Starting in Marrakech, we cross the Atlas at the Tizi n'Tichka (2260m) and traverse the Dades Valley with its kasbahs and palm groves to reach the start of our trek. For 4 fantastic days, we head south on quiet trails through the Sahro, crossing remote uplands and camping beside the stone-built summer settlements or ‘azibs' of the Berbers. Beyond our high point at the summit of Kouaouch (2600m), where the views encompass the snow-capped summit of Jebel Mgoun, our trek continues by way of the spectacular twin towers known as Bab n'Ali (Ali's Gate). We round off this wonderful week with the chance to explore Marrakech.

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 and most days are approximately 6hours walking. 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 walkers.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Spectacular drive across the High Atlas to Tagdilit through the `valley of one thousand kasbahs.`
  • Trek through fig trees to the volcanic flanks of the Saharo and over the Tizi Ouzarzam (2300m).
  • Spectacular ascent of Mount Kouaouch (2600m) and descend to the `camels`s hump` formations.
  • Trek through the plateau-land of Tadaout ‘n Tablah to the impressive rock Gates of Ali.
  • Trek to the heart of the Hanedour Valley passing wheat, clover, carrot, chilli and almond farms.
  • Transfer to Marrakech. Early evening to explore the bustling and colourful Djemaa-el-Fna.
  • 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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  • airport
  • trip direction
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Holiday Itinerary

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

    Rendezvous 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

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  • Spectacular drive across the High Atlas to Tagdilit through the `valley of one thousand kasbahs.`

    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. At Ouarzazate, we reach the 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 drive through the valley towards our first night at
    Tagdilt. Here we overnight in a village house.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through fig trees to the volcanic flanks of the Saharo and over the Tizi Ouzarzam (2300m).

    After meeting our multeers and arranging our equipment, we depart on foot from the small settlement of Tagdilt through small oasis, barley fields and slopes full of fig trees. Continuing onwards we start ascending into
    the volcanic flanks of the Sahro. The area is full of gorges and red basalt rock peaks. We pass a few Ait Atta nomad camps with shepherds grazing their folks. We trek over the Tizi Ouzarzam pass at 2300m and then
    descend to our camp for the night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs of walking

  • Spectacular ascent of Mount Kouaouch (2600m) and descend to the `camels`s hump` formations.

    Today we reach the highest point of the trek, Kouacouch summit at 2600m. From the top we can see the snow-capped Mount M’Goun and to the south the Sahara desert stretching out into the distance. All around there are fine views of the deep valleys and prominent rock formations. From here we descent to our campsite near the rocks of Tassigdelt (the camels’ humps!).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs of walking

  • Trek through the plateau-land of Tadaout ‘n Tablah to the impressive rock Gates of Ali.

    Today’s trek takes us up onto the 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. 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. Overnight camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs of walking

  • Trek to the heart of the Hanedour Valley passing wheat, clover, carrot, chilli and almond farms.

    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. Returning to the foothills at the
    other side of the Jebel Sahro which we have just crossed we trek through a number of small villages and farms in the Hanedour Valley, 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 of walking

  • Transfer to Marrakech. Early evening to explore the bustling and colourful Djemaa-el-Fna.

    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. We cross the Draa River to the vicinity of Agdz through an
    area of striking rock formations (folded strata and brightly striped) and back to Ouarzazate. This part of the world has been a popular choice for movie-makers, with block-busters such as Lawrence of Arabia being
    filmed here. We then retrace our route back over the Tizi n’Tichka pass back to Marrakech. Our whole journey takes around 6-7hrs. 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. Dinner is in a local restaurant.

    • 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.

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Holiday Information

  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on day 1 & 8 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)

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

During this trip the group will spend 2 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 Tagdilt we will be staying at a village house/gite with basic facilities and mattresses on the floor. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 4 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 2 hotel nights single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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

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

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 specialty of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous cous, with a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (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 8 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 6 to 7 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 £130 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £30 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.

It is important to remember tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give tips as a group rather than from individual group members and suggest you decide together on a level of tips that suits everyone. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around £30 (in local currency) per group member to a 'pool' should provide an appropriate level of tips.

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 gloves
  • Socks
  • 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 (x2) / 1 quart (x2)
  • 3-season sleeping bag (4-season Winter & Spring departures)*
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • 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, 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 batteries
  • Pocket-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.

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

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

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

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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 4 days . 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 or swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Whatever your exercise 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 sheet Boumaine - covers most of the trek area.

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