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Holiday Overview


  • Walk through hidden valleys, mountain gardens and terraces 
  • Experience an unchanged way of life of the charming Berbers
  • Breathtaking panoramas of the beautiful peak of Mgoun 
  • Overnight in family run lodges and gites before exploring Marrakech 
This charming week of walking follows footpaths and ancient trade routes across the land of the Damascena rose - a region of timeless villages and foothills of the High Atlas. During the week we’ll meet  rose farmers whilst walking through an unchanged landscape.  Renowned for their fine fragrance, the beautiful Damascena rose is harvested for use in rose water, perfumes and as the rose petals are edible, it’s used to garnish food and as a herbal tea.  From Marrakech a panoramic drive over the spectacular Tizi n' Tichka Pass takes us to the desert “film set” of Ouarazazate before we arrive in the ‘Valley of the Roses'. Introduced by the pilgrims of Damascus, in ancient times roses were lay at the feet of victorious warriors. In modern day, this hidden region of Morocco has become the centre for the country's valuable and sacred rose-oil industry.  Our walking week takes us through groves of walnut trees and dates palms to reach wonderful panoramas of lush, vibrant valleys.  Leading onto the lower slopes of Morocco's most beautiful mountain, Mgoun (4068m) we reach the friendly mountain settlement of Aguerd Zega where Berber shepherds frequently tend their flocks.  As we stay each night in family run lodges and gites, we get the opportunity to learn the local way of life from our Berber hosts.  Returning via the Mgoun Gorge on a riverside walk, we round our week off with a visit to a rose-oil production centre before heading back to explore magical Marrakech. If you’re looking for a genuine cultural walking experience which offers a rare opportunity to get up close to the Berbers and learn about the secrets of rose oil production with time to enjoy Marrakech, then this beautiful walking week is the perfect choice!
Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not high (2260m). 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 5 to 6 hours 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.
  • Transfer to the Kasbah town of Ouarzazate and gite accommodation in the village of Taberkhact.
  • Hike through the Valley of the Roses before ascending to terraces for colourful views.
  • Walk through traditional villages and farms for panoramic views of Mount Mgoun.
  • Explore trails dotted with juniper and tamarix amongst foothills of the High Atlas.
  • Experience colourful Moroccan life in the villages of Ait Marou, Meguellouna and Boutaghrar.
  • Early morning transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon to explore Marrakech.
  • Departure Day. Complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
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 Marrakech. 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. Depending on your flight arrival time and after settling in you may wish to explore. Marrakech is a colourful city and despite most people thinking the souk is a labyrinth, the centre is extremely easy to get around. Most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the beautiful tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel and the KE leader will give our first briefing during dinner.

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  • Transfer to the Kasbah town of Ouarzazate and gite accommodation in the village of Taberkhact.

    enjoy panoramic views, especially from the Tizi n'Tichka High Atlas pass before continuing to the spectacular 'door of the desert.' Formerly a French foreign legion post in the 1920's, this amazing Kasbah garrison town has attracted film directors for decades, due to its amazing location and quirkiness. Iconic movies from Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia and even Gladiator were filmed here! After exploring and taking photos in "Ouallywood" we'll head eastwards towards our family run gite accommodation in Taberkhact. On arrival we can briefly stretch our legs before enjoying dinner together.

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  • Hike through the Valley of the Roses before ascending to terraces for colourful views.

    Once we've enjoyed breakfast, we have the added bonus of walking directly from our accommodation as we follow mule trails into the 'Valley of the Roses." During March, April and May mountain gardens become lush areas carpeted with the Damascena rose. Introduced by the pilgrims of Damascus, roses have become a valuable flower, with the petals used in the production of Morocco's famous rose oil. Depending on the seasons weather the roses may either be budding, in full bloom or if we are lucky, we may be able to see the rose harvest at the celebrations of the 'Rose Festival' (the date of the harvest varies from year to year depending on when the roses are blooming due to weather patterns). To appreciate this florally wonderful spectacular, we ascend a little further onto verdant terraces and reach a spectacular vantage point looking back across the valley. Walking onwards through timeless villages in this hidden corner of the Atlas we arrive at our family run accommodation in the afternoon, just in time to enjoy traditional Moroccan tea.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Walk through traditional villages and farms for panoramic views of Mount Mgoun.

    Today's walk crosses the trails of nomadic tribes as we pass through the Berber groves of El-Qadi. Life has changed very little in this charming region of Morocco as walnut and almond groves are cultivated by hand. As we continue we may be lucky enough to view the beautiful peak and spectacular ridge of Mount Mgoun (40686m). Due to its amazing position and grandeur, rival tribes would descend from high mountain settlements into the villages below. We can enjoy refreshments at traditional cottages as we learn more of the local life in this fascinating hidden area of Morocco. Depending on our arrival time at the group accommodation, you may prefer to relax and read or head into the village for sunset stroll.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 700m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Explore trails dotted with juniper and tamarix amongst foothills of the High Atlas.

    This morning we enjoy a dramatic change of landscape on a longer day of walking. Our ascent takes us from green agricultural terraces up onto the lower slopes of the High Atlas mountain range. During the day there will be plenty of time to pause, take photographs and appreciate the distant rocky pinnacles of Jebel Sahro to the South, whilst to the north we are rewarded with a panorama of the High Atlas. As we continue our gradual climb towards the village of Aguerd Zega our trail is dotted with juniper and tamarix trees. If we lucky we may see herds of goats tended to by nomadic Berber shepherds. The friendly village Aguerd Zega is our resting place for this evening.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 300m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 250m

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Experience colourful Moroccan life in the villages of Ait Marou, Meguellouna and Boutaghrar.

    Descending from the High Atlas we return to traditional Moroccan village life as we head down from the beautifully barren slops of Mgoun. Our walk leads us through the villages of Ait Marou, Meguellouna and Boutaghrar. Depending on the time of year, our descent follows the wadi of Mgoun River and depending on the water levels, we may have to get our feet wet (it is useful to have some sturdy sandals to hand). Returning to the lush valleys the air is filled with floral scents once more, as oleander bushes flourish alongside dates palms and walnut trees. Along the trail we'll find restful spots from which to appreciate the dramatic beauty of the Mgoun gorge. On arrival into Boutaghrar, we may get shown the process of rose oil production. To round off this superb week of walking we enjoy a traditional Berber dinner for our final night in the mountains.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Early morning transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon to explore Marrakech.

    This morning we leave the mountains and return to Marrakech (approx 5-6 hours). Arriving around lunchtime, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the vibrant sounds and smells of Marrakech. Marrakech has a UNESCO listed medina which is the perfect place to wander and hunt for the fantastic souvenirs that Morocco is famed for! The surrounding cafes and roof terraces are fantastic for people watching until sunset when the Djemma el Fna comes to life, complete with an array of stalls, acrobats and artists! We will meet in the evening to enjoy a final Moroccan dinner together.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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

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 meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.
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 2 nights in a tourist class hotel Marrakech. While there are many 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. There are 5 nights in simple, family run gite-accommodation. All accommodation is based on twin sharing but owing to the nature of gite accommodation and depending on group size, you may be divided into single sex shared rooms. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the hotel nights in Marrakech, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional nights in Marrakech are available either at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads. Please see the page on hotels at the end of this dossier for more details. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

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

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

Approximately £130 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £30-£40 tips for your trek crew. This should also be sufficient to cover soft drinks and snacks.  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 the arrivals hall of the airport or in Marrakech itself, or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash. Sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged. 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 £30 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 2000 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

  • Trainers or sandals for river crossings

  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves

  • Socks

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Fleece jacket or jumper

  • Baselayer shirts (short sleeve & long sleeve)

  • Shirts or T-shirts (wicking)

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers

  • Underwear

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre  (x2)

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5ºC)*

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small towel

  • Daypack 25 litres

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Headtorch and 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

  • Duvet (down) jacket (especially March and November)

  • Gaiters (useful when walking through thorny sections)

  • Trainers or sandals for camp

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Toilet roll

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Travel clothes

  • Flavouring for drinking water eg. Vit C tablets/powdered juice


Equipment Hire: Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date as there is a limited supply. Mattresses are provided in the gites and homestay.


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 for each country that you visit.

Visa Morocco

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

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 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 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 Valley of the Roses 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.

Extend Your Holiday


When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Imperial Cities of Morocco

This exotic extension starts in Meknes, the beautiful 17th-century imperial headquarters of Sultan Moulay Ismael.  A fortified city-within-a-city complete with elaborate palaces, decorative mosques, mystical dungeons and charming gardens!  After exploring the heart of Meknes we move onto the atmospheric UNESCO Roman masterpiece of Volubilis, the best preserved archaeological site in the country and an atmospheric place to explore.  However nothing can prepare us for the magical riot of Fez, with its UNESCO old town and city walls extending for 10 miles!  The fantastic medina, mediaeval Fez el Bali and the modern "ville nouvelle" is a wonderful melting pot on the senses. We finish in cosmopolitan Rabat, complete with tree-lined boulevards and beautiful colonial architecture. This fantastic extension ensures you are completely immersed in a variety of contrasting cities!  (Please note this extension includes a local driver but not a KE leader.  This gives you more freedom to explore at leisure pre/post KE group trip). 

Imperial Cities of Morocco

From $870 per person

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Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

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.

Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

From $310 per person

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Marrakech Full Day City Tour

Marrakech Full Day City Tour

From $105 per person

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Golden Tulip

From $55 per room per night

Riad Villa Harmonie

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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