We are pleased to offer this amazing trek through the dramatic remote mountain landscape of the Jebel Sahro in Morocco. The perfect destination for a winter sun trek and an opportunity to walk through the lands of the nomadic Berber people. Lying between the High Atlas Mountains and the edge of the Sahara Desert the area has much variety to offer the trekker. There are lofty pinnacles, extraordinary flat-topped mountains, deep gorges and very welcome fertile oases. This is a truly memorable landscape to be savoured. Its inhabitants, the Ait Atta, move from season to season between the Sahro region and the Atlas Mountains to seek food for their animal herds.
Our trek will be a mixture of camping and staying in local Berber village houses. Our highly professional team will prepare all meals and erect our tents so we just have to turn up after our day’s walk and relax! With a maximum altitude of 2,592m/8,504ft, there should be no problem with acclimatization and the daytime temperatures should be perfect for walking. We anticipate clear blue skies with extensive views over to the snow capped High Atlas mountains. Your main pack will be transported for you so you just need to carry a day pack.
The holiday includes the first night and last 2 nights in Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will stay in a riad or hotel. Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire with mazelike alleys where thriving souks sell traditional textiles, leather goods, pottery and spices. Food vendors line Djemaa el-Fna, a broad square where storytellers and musicians perform. The last day will include a guided tour of this bustling city and there will be time to head into the souks to admire the vast array of wares on sale.
There is single accommodation available on 7 of the 9 nights – 3 in our riad in Marrakech and 4 nights in single tents. There are no singles available in the local Berber houses. Single supplement is £20 per night (£140 in total). Please book early as single occupancy is limited.
Day 1: UK – Marrakech Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel/raid in the centre of town. We will meet our local guide for a team briefing before heading out to dinner. After your meal,you will be free to explore the delights of Djemaa el Fna which truly comes alive at night.
Day 2: Marrakech – Tichka Pass Tagudilt village After breakfast we will take transportation over the Tichka Pass on the other side of the High Atlas Mountains. This is a lovely journey full of delights. We will pass through lots of traditional Berber villages in the High Atlas and the high desert towns of Ouarzazate, Skoura and Klaa El Mgouna where we will stop for lunch. From there we will head through the small town of BoumalneDades and continue on to Tagudilt village where we will spend the night in a traditional Berber guesthouse and where we will meet our mule team for the trek.
Day 3: Tagudilt – AlmouNourg After breakfast we start our walk on the beautiful plateau ahead and then climb up to Azarzim Pass for stunning views and have our freshly prepared lunch just before we reach the pass. We will take time to look at the beauty around us before continuing our journey. We will then go over the pass before descending through wonderful scenery to the shepherds home of AzibAlmouN’Ouarg where we camp. As on every evening on trek, our team will prepare a wonderful dinner for us before we retire!
Day 4: AlmouNourg – Igli Today we will make our push to the spectacular summit of JbelSahro (2,592m/8,504ft) named Kouaouch. We will take a well-earned break at the top to bask in our accomplishment with a snack and take pictures of the breathtaking scenery. As we descend from the summit we will stop for lunch and a rest in Tassigdelt. Then we will continue our adventure walking on to the little village of Igli where we will spend the night camping in a beautiful spot near the nomadic people among almond orchards.
Day 5: Igli – Bab N’Ali After breakfast in the tiny village of Igli we will walk through a pretty gorge next to the Afourer River. We will continue our trek down the valley to a scenic spot with rock pinnacles called Bab N’Ali where we will have our lunch. After lunch we will take a scenic circular walk to view a splendid waterfall and then return to Bab N’ Ali where we will camp for the night in this wonderful desert landscape.
Day 6 – Bab N’ail – AssifNirrazzoun From Bab N’ Ali we will follow the river down the beautiful valley until we reach Irrezzoun N’ Imlas where we will stop for a tasty picnic lunch. After lunch we will continue on to Asif N’ Irrrezzoun where there are a number of traditional farms and almond and fig orchards and palm trees. We will spend the night in this lovely location.
Day 7- Assifnirrazzoun – Handour village After breakfast at AsifN’ Irrezzoun we will pass through some small, traditional Berber villages until we reach the village of Handour where we will take time for lunch and spend the night in a welcoming Berber guesthouse. You will be able to relax here: take a shower and have time for a walk around this pretty village.
Day 8 – Handour – Marrakech From Handour we will take transport back to Marrakech, passing through splendid scenery along the way. We will have lunch in Ouarzazate and stop by the amazing and historic Kasbah Taourirt for a visit. Then we will get back on the road and arrive in beautiful Marrakech after passing over the well known Tichka Pass (2,660m). We will have dinner out in Marrakech and enjoy the evening bustle of this historic city.
Day 9- Marrakech Today we will have a half day tour of the exotic city of Marrakech followed by some free time for shopping, relaxing and exploring.
Day 10 – Marrakech – Home Depending on flight times, we may have time for a last look around Marrakech before being taken back to the airport for our return journey.
Price includes: 9 nights full board (3 hotel / 4 tent / 2 Berber house); city tour; airport transfer at certain times.
Not included: flights, tips (around £40) , entrance fees on city tour and at kasbah (approx £10 total)