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Ait Bougmez Traverse Trek

Comfortable five day North-South traverse from the beautiful Ait Bougmez Valley over the Atlas Mountain range. The trail follows tranquil rural valleys, criss-crossing mountain streams and resting in some of the most beautiful villages in the Atlas Mountains.

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Itinerary

Overview

Cut off from the rest of Morocco for large parts of the year, the Ait Bougmez Valley is renowned as one of the prettiest areas in the Atlas Mountains. Surrounded by high peaks (including Morocco’s second highest mountain, Mgoun), the kilometre wide valley is a patch-work of green pastures, arable fields and meandering mountain streams. Due to its isolation, the area also features some of the more traditional and picturesque Berber Villages in the Atlas Mountains.

This trek traces the route of the Bougmez Valley upstream starting at Agoud at the head of the Valley. As the trail heads up and out of the valley towards the pass of Tizi n'Rougoult, the vegetation thins to alpine plants and bushes and the views widen to take in the summit of M’goun, the Southern M’goun Massif and across the Tessaoult River. On the Southern side of the Atlas Mountains, the walk follows a gentle descent criss-crossing the Tessaoult River passing by the notable Berber villages of Magdaz and Fakhour.

Accommodation on trek is in a mix of simple village guesthouses (gites) and wild camping. You will be accompanied by a guide, cook and mule, with all meals cooked and prepared for you on the trail.

If you would like us to arrange your entire stay in Morocco, including airport transfers, one night before your trek and then two nights afterwards in a boutique riad, please select the Trek & Marrakech Package in the drop down box at the bottom of this page.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: DRIVE FROM MARRAKECH TO AGOUTI
You will be picked up at 9am from your riad for the 6 hour drive to the Bougmez Valley. There will be time along the way for a stop to see the spectacular 100m drop of the Cascade Ouzoud (waterfall). Overnight in a simple guesthouse in Agouti, a charming small village with views over the Bougmez Valley.
Meals Included: Dinner only included
Accommodation: Village Gite
Transport (where relevant): Private transfer Marrakech - Agouti (6 hrs)

DAY 2: AGOUTI - ROUGOULT
Agouti sits at the head of the Ait Bougmez Valley and the walk out of the village along the road has delightful views of the Happy Valley. After a leisurely hour and a half, a path leads off from the road towards Agerssif (1489m), which you should reach in under three hours from Agouti. Agerssif sits at the confluence of the Lakhdar and Bou Goumez Rivers. The river here is a good place to rest and enjoy lunch. After lunch, the Lakhdar Valley narrows considerably as the path climbs its south side. A half an hour or so upstream is the picturesque village of Taghoulit (1519m), surrounded by juniper trees. The path continues up the gorge and then out into the broadening and more fertile upper valley, until it reaches Sebt Ait Bou Wlli, a sizeable village above the river. Several valleys meet at this village, our path heads South, the valley becoming ever more beautiful as it winds up above wheat and barley fields, juniper, wild fig and almond trees. Overnight camping on the banks of the Tifra River near Rougoult (1893m).
Approx. 6-7 hrs walking. Ascent 330m
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping
Transport (where relevant): N/A

DAY 3: ROUGOULT - AMEZRI
For two hours, the morning walk follows the Tifra, the stony path crisscrossing the river. There are terraces wherever there is space on the banks. As it climbs, so the landscape becomes more barren. The source of the Tifra sits just below the pass of Tizi n'Rougoult (2860m). At this point, even the juniper trees are below you and only alpine plants and bushes above. From the Rougoult pass, there are long views of the summit of M'Goun, the southern M'Goun Massif and across the Tessaoult River. From the pass, the mule path winds downhill for 2-3 hours to the village of Amezri (2250m) for the night.
Approx. 6-7hrs. 600m descent. 970m Ascent.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping
Transport (where relevant): N/A

DAY 4: AMEZRI - AIT ALI N'ITO
The third day is one of gentle pleasures as the path follows the Tessaoult River, descending gently from 2250m to 1833m. The valley is hemmed in by some impressive cliffs, particularly by the Ichbbakene escarpment, which rises a sheer 1000m above the river. At several places along the day's walk, the path crosses the river. For much of the year, it is possible to hop over stones, but after rains you may have to wade. Three and a half hours further downstream, having crossed the river at several places, the path narrows and squeezes itself beneath the stone and mud houses of the village of Ait Hamza. At the bottom of the village is a working water mill. Another hour of delightful walking leads to the village of Ait Ali n'Ito. If you have time, there is a good side trip to the village of Magdaz, a three-hour round trip to the south of Ait Ali n'Ito. Magdaz is noted as one of the most beautiful villages in the Atlas Mountains. It hosts a collection of extraordinary tower-houses built in steps using stone and wood, a technique only known here, in Fakhour (see tomorrow's walk), Yemen and Afghanistan.
Approx.: 6 hrs walking. 430m ascent. 150m descent
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping
Transport (where relevant): N/A

DAY 5: AIT ALI N'ITO - AIT ALI N'L - MARRAKECH
A dirt road leads alongside the river on a gentle walk down to the end of the trek. Occasionally the route climbs a little before it reaches the beautiful little village of Fakhour, where the houses climb up the hillside and noted for its agadir (traditional wall enclosing the village), which can be visited. Less than an hour beyond Fakhour, the village of Ifoulou sits on a bend of the river and the road (where there is an interesting souk on Mondays). Half an hour beyond the village, the path joins the main Demnate-Skoura road below the village of Ait Alla where we will find our transport waiting to take us back to Marrakech.
Approx. 3hrs walking. 150m descent
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping
Transport (where relevant): Transfer back to Marrakech (6 hours)

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional chic riad
- Beautiful rooftop terrace
- Individually and tastefully designed
- Gorgeous communal areas

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 3

- Medina Location
- Small swimming pool
- Lovely roof terrace
- Fantastic family suite

Dar Adrar

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Homely Berber guesthouse
- Fantastic views from terrace
- Great food
- Comfortable and clean

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Traditional villages
- Private rooms
- Very basic
- Shared bathroom
- Camping in summer

Riad Tzarra

Marrakech

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate riad
- Traditional, yet sophisticated
- Lovingly furnished

Dar One

Marrakech

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Cosy communal areas
- Moroccan style rooms
- Views across Marakech

Details

Getting there

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The flight time is around 3.5hours. On average it takes around an hour to clear airport security and then around 15 – 20 minutes to drive to the Medina or 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the Atlas Mountains.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc &Thomson
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair & Easy Jet

From the South West:
Bristol: Easy Jet

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Thomson

From the North:
Manchester: Easy Jet and Thomson

From Ireland:
Dublin: Ryanair

Price includes

Quoted price is per person for a group of 2-4 people and includes:
- Private transfers to and from Marrakech
- English speaking mountain guide
- Cook, all meals on trek and bottled water
- Mules to carry your kit bags
- Accommodation in a Berber village gite, refuge or camping.

If you are travelling alone please contact us as there is often the opportunity to join a group.

When is best?

This trek is only available in summer from late May to early October.

Is it for me?

This is a moderate trek, with 5-7 hour walking days and gentle ascents and much of interest on route. It is suitable for families and anyone with a good general level of fitness and interest in walking and nature. Accommodation on trek is in a mix of simple village guesthouses (gites) and wild camping. You will be accompanied by a guide, cook and mule, with all meals cooked and prepared for you on the trail.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 601 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • The highs:

    - Oulaid, our guide, was an enthusiastic, helpful and pleasant young man. Big tick! He understood our (perverse) sense of humour and we had lots of laughs around chairs (lack of!), alcohol (lack of!) fitness (lack of!). All good

    - the walk through Happy Valley. With Mohamed's agreement in Marrakech we went beyond Agouti to spend Night 1 at another village, and had a 2 hour walk through the irrigated valley before starting our ascent

    - lunches on Day 1 and Day 4 of the walk under shady walnut trees

    - the quality of the salads and the care of preparation. Big tick to Hamed for this

    - the flowers on the ascent to the ridge on Day 2

    - the whole of Day 4 - by far the most scenic

    - Oulaid organising mule rides up to Magdaz and tea in the Kasbah there. We could easily have walked but the mules were fun

    - Ait Ben Haddo which was interesting followed by the wonderful Kasbah for our last night - first beers (!), great pool, exotic setting

    - the interesting drive back with many Kasbah's, spectacular roads and scenery - is stark contrast to the fairly dull drive ahead of the first day walking

    The lows:

    - visiting the falls was something I didn't feel the need to do - a tourist spot that didn't enrich my trip!

    - my sore hip! Pre-existing condition but the drugs didn't quite work as well this time!

    - lack of chairs in the mess tent - we weren't great at sitting on the floor - basic folding chairs etc would be good - useful for card games too

    - the afternoon on Day 2 hanging around in the tent in the hail - not a great location for two nights (although understand the proximity to the M'goun ascent and water). Similarly on Day 3

    - the death squeals of the goat kid which we then ate for 3 days! Tasted good though

    - the ascent (which I didn't complete - hip problems!) but which Guy said was no more spectacular than the previous days pass. Day 4 was far more spectacular

    MissingJeremy Sutcliffe reviewing Ait Bougmez Traverse Trek on 20 November 2014

  • The hike was superb and unforgettable with spectacular views on the impressive and colourful mountains, treks through fertile valleys, visits to Berber villages with people still living in the Middle-ages (no water or electricity), but many using a cell phone! The visit to Magdaz was one of the highlights of the trek, also because our guide managed to get permission for a visit of one of the oldest Kasbah’s in the village.

    MissingName withheld reviewing Ait Bougmez Traverse Trek on 27 June 2013

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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