The 3 Valleys

We will hike through 3 Valleys; Bougimez Valley, Arous Valley and Tassaout valley.

The 3 valleys

Starting from Marrakech this trip will take you to the most amazing valleys in the High Atlas mountains. Accompanied by a local guide, a couple of muleteers and their mules (for the luggage) and our own cook, we will hike through the stunning nature and you will discover three different valleys. Our stay will be at simple local gites and 1 night of camping.

Expecrience the amazing peacefulness and tranquility of rural Morocco and enjoy the warm hospitality of the local Amazigh people.

Highlights:

  • 8 day trip that will give you an insight in the rural life of the Amazigh (Berber) in Morocco
  • 4 and a half day walking (easy – moderate level)
  • We will visit Bougimez Valley; it is nicknamed ‘Happy Valley’ for the purported disposition of its inhabitants
  • Arous Valley has gorges and a waterfall
  • The Tassaout Valley (or Tessaout Valley) is also called “the lost valley”, as it was notoriously difficult to access
  • Discover the calmth and peace of this beautiful environment. Back to basic life! Beautiful in it’s simplitity
  • Delicious Moroccan picknick lunches, prepared by out own cook

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss you wishes and preferred departure dates

Departure dates group trips:

  • 8 – 15 August 2021 (4 – 20 persons)

Details

  • 8 days
  • Group is accompagnied by  Hassan Hisse
  • Lugage will be carried by mules
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included (except in Marrakech)
  • Stays in a hotel in Marrakech, gites (rural Moroccan home) and 1 night of camping

Marrakech

Start and end point of the trip

Agouti

Our stay in Bougimez Valley

M'Goun

at the foot of M’Goun we will have our camping site

Amezri

We will stay in a gite in Amerzi

Day 1 – Marrakech

Welcome in Morocco! If you arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport we wil arrange the transfer from the airport to the hotel. If you’re already in Morocco we will provide you the details of our meeting-point. The first night you will stay at a comfortable hotel. The rest of the day you will have free-time to discover Marrakech. Visit the famous and impressive Djmaa El Fnaa square; where you will meet the musicians, snake-charmes and ladies painting henna. Or cool down in the beautiful Jardin Majorelle.

Day 2 – Valley of Aït Bougmez (1815 m)

From the hotel we will drive by minibus to Agouti. As soon as we leave Marrakech you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and the impressive landscapes. Because we have the comfort of our own private minibus we can stop where-ever we want, to enjoy the view and take pictures, or buy souvernirs from the local people offering gems, tapistry, small statues and other items. We will stop to  have a traditional lunch.  In the afternoon will arrive at our gite (a rural Moroccan home). The gite is simple and has basic sanitairy like a toilet and shower. After unpacking we will drink tea with a local Amazigh family. We will have dinner in the gite; enjoy a delicious homemade Moroccan meal.

Day 3 – Valley of Arous (2100 m)

Today after breakfast we will collect the mules that will carry our luggage. It is wise to take a backpack as luggage and not a suitcase, because this is more difficult to load onto the mules. As soon as everything is ready we will walk for 3 hours from Agouti to Arous Valley (2100 m) and enjoy the beautiful surrounding. During the walk Hassan will tell you about the surroundings and all you want to know about Morocco. We will have a Moroccan picknick-lunch. When arriving at the next gite it is time to unpack and relax. We will have our traditional homemade Moroccan dinner in the gite.

Day 4 – Tarkeddit Plateau (2600 m)

After a good nights sleep in the quiet mountains we will head today to Tarkeddit Plateau. This plateau is located at 2600 m at the foot of the Mount Goun (also known as M’Goun or in Tifinagh (the language of the Amazigh): ⵉⵖⵉⵍ ⵎⴳⵯⵏ. On our way we will enjoy a picknick-lunch prepared by our cook. The trip will take about 4 hours of walking. This night we will spend the night at a camp site. So bring your sleeping bag. We take care of the rest of the equipments (tent, cooking gear). In the afternoon our helpers will pitch the tents and you’ll have free-time at the camping site in the afternoon. Our cook will prepare dinner and maybe a campfire to ensure an enjoyable evening with the group.

Day 5 – Amezri (2250 m)

Today will be a long walk; after breaking down the camping site and packing our lugagge we will walk for 6 hours. We will head to Amezri, located in Tassaout Valley. In the morning we will walk for 4 hours. Our lunch is served in the village of Tasgaywalt. In the afternoon we will proceed our walk to our gite. In the gite it’s time to take a shower and relax. Dinner will be served in the gite.

Day 6 – Aït Ali Nito (1833 m)

Our last day in the High Atlas mountains has arrived. Today we will walk for 5,5 hours to the village of Aït Ali Nito. In the morning we will walk through a number of villages in the Tassaout valley. We will have a delicious picknick-lunch, prepared by our cook. After lunch and some rest we will continue walking in the afternoon. In the afternoon we will cross the river multiple times (so walking shoes (boots) necessary!). After our hiking-day we’ll arrive in the gite. Here we enjoy our home-made dinner and have a relaxed evening.

Day 7 – Marrakech

The last days we’ve enjoyed the rest and the tranquility of the High Altas mountains. Today we will return to busy and dazzling Marrakech. We will start today with our last walk (about 1,5 hours) until a track. Upon arrival we will wave goodbye to the muleteers and their mules and we will transfer to our minibus that will return us to Marrakech. During our drive we will pass the village Ay Alla and the the village de Denmat. We will stop to visit the gorges of Iminfri and enjoy lunch in Tamlalt. After lunch  will continue our ride and in about 1,5 hours we will arrive in our hotel in Marrakech. After arrival you will have free-time to roam around beautiful Marrakech.

Day 8 – Marrakech

On your last day you will have free-time in Marrakech, to buy your last souvenirs and take pictures. We will arrange the transfer to the airport. If you want to experience more of Marrakech we can book additional nights in the hotel upon request.

What’s included:

  • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local mountain guide), muleteers and cook
  • All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included, except in Marrakech; only breakfast is included in Marrakech
  • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and the mountains
  • All stays; hotel in Marrakech, gites and the tents at the camp site.

What is not included:

  • Lunch and dinner in Marrakech
  • International flights
  • Sleeping bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional hotel nights before or after trek, these can be purchased

€ 700,- per person (excl. flight)

Praktische informatie

Hoe er te komen

Er zijn directe vluchten beschikbaar vanuit steden in Europa, het Midden-Oosten, West-Afrika en Noord-Amerika naar de luchthaven Marrakech Menara en andere luchthavens in heel Marokko. Op verzoek kunnen we de vlucht voor u regelen.

Paspoorten en visa's

Reizigers zijn verantwoordelijk voor hun eigen geldige reisdocumenten.

Alle mensen die naar Marokko reizen, hebben een paspoort nodig dat nog minstens 6 maanden geldig is na het verlaten van Marokko.

EU- en Britse burgers, Australiërs, Nieuw-Zeelanders, Canadezen en Amerikanen hebben geen visum nodig om Marokko te bezoeken voor een verblijf van maximaal 90 dagen. Alle andere nationaliteiten dienen contact op te nemen met de Marokkaanse ambassade of het consulaat in hun land voor actuele visuminformatie.

Geld

De munteenheid van Marokko is de dirham (MAD), verdeeld in 100 centimes. Geld wisselen is gemakkelijk en je vindt banken, geldautomaten en wisselkantoren in alle grote steden zoals Casablanca, Fes en Marrakech. Op het platteland zijn geldautomaten en banken moeilijker te vinden. In Marokko is contant geld de meest gebruikte betaalmethode

Vaccinaties

Vaccinaties zijn niet verplicht door de Marokkaanse overheid. Raadpleeg uw plaatselijke arts en neem de reisroute mee om te zien of er voor jou vaccinaties nodig zijn.

Bagage

De meeste reizigers dragen hun bagage in een rugzak, hoewel een weekendtas met schouderriem voldoende zou zijn als u licht reist. Kleinere tassen of rugzakken met wieltjes zijn handig, hoewel we adviseren dat uw tas draagriemen heeft. Je hebt ook een dagrugzak / -tas nodig om water in te vervoeren en een camera enz.voor dagtochten.

Slaapzakken

In de wintermaanden (van november tot maart) is er misschien niet genoeg verwarming (soms geen) of voldoende dekens om iedereen warm te houden, we raden aan om je eigen slaapzak mee te nemen als je tijdens die periode reist.

Kleding

Omdat het klimaat in Marokko kan variëren, vooral in de bergen; waar de nachten koud kunnen zijn en het overdag warm zal zijn, raden we aan om verschillende lagen kleding te dragen. En voor de wandeltochten; Vergeet niet uw wandelschoenen mee te nemen!

Marokko is een islamitisch land en hoewel Marokkanen in de grote steden erg liberaal kunnen zijn, wordt het - vooral op het platteland - zeer gewaardeerd als je je schouders en knieën bedekt. Dit geldt voor zowel mannen als vrouwen.

De zomers kunnen erg heet zijn. Vergeet niet een hoed of iets dergelijks mee te nemen om je hoofd mee te bedekken. Of koop een sjaal in de souks van Marrakech.

Fooien

Normale fooien bedragen ongeveer 200 dh per dag voor de chauffeur. En ongeveer 300 dh per dag voor de gids. Houd er rekening mee dat fooien NIET verplicht zijn, maar alleen worden gegeven wanneer je tevreden bent.

Reisverzekering

Reisverzekering is verplicht voor al onze reizen. We eisen dat u minimaal verzekerd bent voor medische kosten, inclusief spoedrepatriëring. We raden ten zeerste aan dat de polis ook persoonlijke aansprakelijkheid, annulering, inperking en verlies van bagage en persoonlijke bezittingen dekt.