|1 night||Atlas Mountains||Kasbah Du Toubkal|
|1 night||Atlas Mountains||Azzaden Trekking Lodge|
|1 night||Atlas Mountains||Kasbah Du Toubkal|
|2 nights||Sahara Desert||Kasbah Ellouze|
|2 nights||Marrakech||El Fenn|
Strongly recommended year round, these Atlas Valleys and Villages trekking routes are perfect for those looking to enjoy the best of the Mountains whilst avoiding the more basic village gites and camping options used on our traditional Atlas Valleys and Villages treks. The routes offer excellent mountain scenery and traditional Berber villages within the Imlil and Toubkal National Park area. And because they stay below the snowline, they are accessible in the winter to all regardless of experience.
Enjoy a half day camel trek in the dramatic rocky desert scenery of Ait Benhaddou. Trek to Kasbah de Tazleft, a fascinating granary and then on to troglodyte cave dwellings inhabited by semi-nomadic people in pre-historic times. The impressive cave system has around 60 cells. Riding helmets are provided.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in the Atlas Mountains.
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and muleteer. Once you have loaded up your bags, the mule and cook set off together, taking a head-start to pick a perfect picnic spot and start cooking your lunch. You will also start on your trek, heading in a westerly direction towards the Tizi h’Mzik mountain pass (2,489m). After a steady climb you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Imlil valley (behind you) and the Azzadene Valley (to the front). From the pass you will traverse towards the head of the Azzadene Valley and the lovely D’Irhoulidene waterfalls which flow year round. You’ll then head down to the Berber village of Tizi Oussem, where you will spend the night in a rustic Gite. On your descent keep an eye out for the mountain goats who daringly climb up the Juniper trees to reach the berries! Approx. 5-6 hours walking (649m ascent & 749m descent)
After an early breakfast you’ll trek up to the Tizi Oudite mountain pass at (2,219m). On the ascent you can take in views of the valley and the red clay Berber villages clinging to the mountain sides. As you reach the top of the pass you will find yourself in Mediterranean-esque scenery; surrounded by Juniper trees, low shrubs and wild rosemary and thyme. You’ll start on your descent back into the Imlil valley, passing through the villages of Matate and Agersioual where you will stop for a picnic lunch by the riverside. Afterwards you’ll start on the last leg of your journey back up to Imlil. Approx. 4-5 hours walking (379m ascent & 479m descent)
After breakfast you will meet with your driver and then begin your journey to the desert plains.Leaving the pink city behind, you will head out over the spectacular Tizi n' Tichka mountain pass snaking its way over the High Atlas mountains. Watching the terrain changing shape in the space of a few hours is incredible. Donkeys carrying huge loads, women working in the fields and shops with large meat carcasses being hung out to dry - not to mention the cacti, almond trees and deep mountain valleys. You will stop for lunch in the small town of Telouet, before visiting the town's main attraction; the Kasbah. Built in the 1800's by the Glaoui family, the Kasbah enjoyed a prosperous strategic position on the trans-Saharan trading route and close proximity to the area's salt mining industry. After Morocco's independence in 1953, the Glaoui family was evicted and the Kasbah was left to ruin. Visitors catch their first glimpse of the Kasbah as they drive into Telouet; an imposing building standing proud on top of a small hill. On closer inspection, the walls are crumbling and close to collapsing. The entrance to the building is no less dilapidated, with incomplete walls and rubble. As you walk through the corridor, it is unclear what makes the building so remarkable, with its bare, neglected walls. It is only when you reach the heart of the building that you can understand the significance and fallen wealth of the Kasbah. Stunning mosaics and intricate wood carvings adorn the walls, reminiscent of the Bahia Palace in Marrakech. The attention to detail is most incredible and the work and money spent on building it is unfathomable. After being astounded by the mosaics on the first floor, more treats await you, with far-reaching views of the valley and mountains beyond from the roof terrace. After your visit, you will continue on to your accommodation close to Ait Ben Haddou.
After a delicious breakfast on the roof terrace, you will mount your camels and trek to Kasbah de Tazleft, a fascinating granary. You will then continue to visit troglodyte cave dwellings inhabited by semi-nomadic people in pre-historic times. The impressive cave system has around 60 cells. Later that afternoon there is time to sit back, relax and enjoy the pool. In the afternoon visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. The ruins are best enjoyed in the afternoon, when the light is good and the day trippers have left. Ait Ben Haddou itself is essentially a small, fortified town. Designated by Unesco as a World Heritage site, it has been well preserved and restored, thanks to the film industry who have used it as the set for several Hollywood films, including Gladiator. You can climb on the crumbling buildings and see up close how they have been constructed out of mud and straw and get a real insight into local architecture. Then, you can climb to the top, for far-reaching views of the wild desert and mountains. There is a small tea house along the way where you can stop for a refreshing mint tea.
Early risers have the opportunity this morning to visit a local family and help to bake bread. (The cost of this is not included as payment is by means of a local donation, must be arranged with Kasbah Ellouze). After enjoying your own breakfast, it is time to leave the desert and head back over the mountains to Marrakech.
Today you might want to see some of the main cultural sights of Marrakech, including the Medersa Ben Youssef, Palais el Badi and the Bahia Palace, interspersed with a leisurely lunch watching the storks nesting on the ramparts of the ancient city or perhaps some people watching at a cafe in the Spice market. In the evening, you might want to enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants over-looking the main square, or perhaps ask your host to book you a table at the atmospheric Foundouk restaurant, serving up delicious French & Moroccan fusion food. Optional additional activities in Marrakech include cycle tours in the Palmerie, the excellent cooking classes at La Maison Arabe and a private tailormade food and culture tour of the Jemaa el Fna
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your homeward flight
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