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. Accompagnied by our guide Hassan, a couple of muleteers and their mules (for the lugage) and our own cook, we will hike throught 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.
- 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
- 9 – 16 August 2020
- 8 days
- 4 – 20 persons per group
- 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
- For private trips you can contact us directly
€ 450,- per person (excl. flight)
$ 540,- USD per person (excl. flight)
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.
- 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
- Drinks and items of a personal nature
- Additional hotel nights before or after trek, these can be purchased
How to get there
Direct flights are available from cities across Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. Upon request we can arrange the flight for you.
Passport and visas
Travellers are responsible for their own valid travelling documents.
All people travelling to Morocco need to have a passport that is valid until at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.
EU and British citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for stays up to 90 days. All other nationalities should check with the Moroccan Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.
The currency of Morocco is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks and exchange bureaux in Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech, however, please note Australian dollars are not always accepted.
Vaccinations are not obliged by the Moroccan government. Check you local physician and bring along the travel route to check if vaccinations are required for you.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
In the winter months (from November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes none) or sufficient blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag.
Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during daytime, we recommend to wear different layers of clothes. And for the hiking trips; don’t forget to bring your hiking shoes!
Morocco is an islamic country, and although Moroccans in the big cities can be very liberal, it is highly appreciated -especially in the rural areas -if you cover your shoulders and your knees. This is applicable for both men and women.
The summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.
Normal tipping fees are about 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Note that tips are NOT obligatory, but only given when wanted.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
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