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Morocco Trek & Marrakech Holiday

Fantastic week combining trekking through the beautiful and remote valleys and villages of the High Atlas Mountains with a couple of days post trek indulgence in Marrakech's atmospheric Medina.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $140 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • Four Day Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek

  • Three nights in a boutique riad in the heart of Marrakech's Medina


Upon arrival, you'll be whisked out to the Atlas Mountains, an hour's drive through the Marrakech plains and then up winding mountain roads to the beautiful Ouirgane Valley. Your first night is in a beautiful traditional lodge set amidst olive groves with fantastic Mountain views.


Our trekking team will meet you after breakfast and after you've loaded the mules you'll set off on a lovely circular 4 day route which takes you from the Ouirgane Valley through the beautiful Azzadene Valley, remote Dkn't Valley, Imlil Valley and Imnane Valley passing countless traditional Berver Villages and with some beautiful high passes along the way. On trek you will be accompanied by a local English speaking guide, cook and mules. Beautiful lunches are prepared on the trail and all you need to carry is your day pack with water for the day and camera.


After your trek, you'll be transferred to Marrakech and a beautiful small riad in the heart of Marrakech's Medina. This is the perfect base from which to explore the souks, palaces and squares of the City, with the indulgent retreat of your riad always on hand to escape the madness.


This itinerary can be customised, we recommend this four day route as it passes through some of the most remote and beautiful valleys in the High Atlas region with some cracking high passes along the way. In these remote valleys, accommodation is necessarily basic (you will either be camping or staying in village gites), if you prefer somewhere more comfortable, we can offer our upgraded 4 day valleys and villages trek (3-4* equivalent mountain lodges with ensuite rooms) which follows a different, less remote route, for an additional £165 per person. Likewise, if you are looking at a different length of trek or want to climb Toubkal, we can swap in any of our other 2-6 day Valleys & Villages or Toubkal treks, just ask.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO ATLAS MOUNTAINS
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in the Atlas Mountains.
Accommodation: Ouirgane Eco Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner
Transport: Transfer Marrakech Airport to Atlas Mountains (90 minutes)

DAY 2: TREK MARIGHA 1100M TO TIZIANE 1650M
Once you have loaded up the mules, you will head off on your trek. You’ll wind your way through the olive groves and with a steady ascent up towards the Azzaden Valley. Wonderful expansive views open up as you cross over into the Valley, and your guide and cook will pick a picturesque spot to put on a welcome lunch. After lunch you'll follow the course of the river up the valley walking through several small traditional Berber Villages before reaching Tiziane 1650m. 5 to 6 hours walking approx.; 760m ascent.
Approx. 5 to 6 hours walking time (620m ascent & 651m descent)
Accommodation: Village Gite or Camping (upgrade available)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3: TREK TIZIANE 1650M TO TIZI N’TAGHRHOURTE 2294M TO TIZGUI D’KNT 1750M
After breakfast, you will set off on a hike along the Azzadene valley. You’ll walk through walnut groves as you start to ascend to take the Tizi n’Taghrhourte mountain pass. After the climb you will come to flat stretch of ground. Here you will find the Assaka spring, which makes for a nice place to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon you’ll hike to the Berber village of Tizgui D’knt where you’ll enjoy dinner and spend the night camping or in a gite depending on the weather and time of year.
Approx. 6-7 hours walking time (734m ascent & 489m descent)
Accommodation: Village Gite or Camping (upgrade available)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4: TREK TIZGUI D’KNT 1750M TO TIZI TOUGDAL 2500M TO TAMSOULT 2250M
In the morning you’ll hike for three hours through walnut groves, fields of corn and barley to the mountain pass of Tizi Tougdal. You will stop for lunch by a small spring surrounded by juniper trees. After eating you’ll hike for another three hours down winding tracks to a small river, close to the head of the Azzadene valley. Here you reach the village of Tizi Oussem before heading up to the summer village of Tamsoult where you’ll spend the night.
Approx. 6 hours walking time (695m ascent & 250m descent)
Accommodation: Village Gite or Camping (upgrade available)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Transport: Transfer Atlas Mountains to Marrakech

DAY 5: TREK TAMSOULT 2250M TO TIZI N MZIK 2489M TO IMLIL 1740M AND TRANSFER TO MARRAKECH
Today involves a fantastic climb out of the Azzadene Valley. You'll walk up the valley towards the pass at Tizi n Mzik (2489m) which offers dramatic views, before descending down into Imlil. If you’re feeling energetic you can take a slight route detour to include the D’Irhoulidene waterfalls, this adds a couple of extra hours walking but is worth the effort. On arrival back to Imlil you'll be transferred back to Marrakech
Approx. 4 to 5 hours walking, 6to7 hours walking including the waterfalls (649m ascent & 747m descent)
Accommodation: Riad Tzarra
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: DAY AT LEISURE IN 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
Accommodation: Riad Tzarra
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 7: DAY AT LEISURE IN MARRAKECH
Today you might want to catch a petit taxi out to the Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. The gardens are beautifully laid out and offer a welcome respite to the chaos of the medina. (There is also a lovely cafe there)
Accommodation: Riad Tzarra
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your homeward flight
Accommodation:
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Transfer to Airport

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.

Ouirgane Ecolodge

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Traditionally run Berber guest house
- Lovely mountain views
- Swimming Pool
- Walking or Mountain Biking

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Private rooms, Very basic
- Shared bathroom
- Camping in summer
- Sleeping Bag Required

Riad Tzarra

Marrakech

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate riad
- Traditional, yet sophisticated
- Lovingly furnished

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 people and includes
- All transfers (Marrakech Airport > Atlas Mountains > Marrakech > Marrakech Airport)
- All accommodation (1 night Atlas Mountain hotel, 3 nights village gites or camping and 3 nights Marrakech riad)
- All meals in the Mountains and breakfast only in Marrakech.
- English speaking mountain guide, cook, all meals and bottled water and mules to carry your kit bags on trek

When is best?

This trek is available year round. Spring and Autumn are the peak times, when temperatures are optimal. However each season has its benefits, the winter months in particular can be wonderful with snow on the mountain tops and very quiet trails. Summer months can be hot, but certainly cooler in the Mountains, in July and August for example you'll be walking in temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius.

Is it for me?

This trek is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness levels. It is a particularly good choice for those interested in trekking in Morocco from the months of November through to April when high altitude snows make crampons and ice axes necessary on Toubkal.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 637 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : I would definitely use Tourdust again. After a little difficulty in actually speaking to someone when I initially made contact by telephone (no one available when I called and no one called back as promised), I found Jayne and Ben very helpful and responsive.
    We booked a trek in the Atlas mountains followed by three nights in Marrakech and had a great time. The transfers worked really well and we were very well looked after at Riad Tzara in Marrakech. It was a little disappointing to be told on the first morning of the trek that the planned route had changed. We totally understand that itineraries are weather-dependent but this could have perhaps been discussed earlier. The suggested revised route looked less remote and therefore we were keen to stick to the original if possible. This was agreed in the end and we took less luggage/had packed lunches which was absolutely fine. Ibrahim, our guide, was great and we were well fed. The accommodation was basic but we were prepared for that. I'd definitely advise future clients to take four season sleeping bags in the winter (we travelled in early February). The hiking was reasonably tough (perhaps partly because of the snow which was quite deep in places) but the scenery was spectacular.
    Product : Excellent combination of trek and city break.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Trek & Marrakech Holiday on 22 April 2018

  • The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
    Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
    When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
    Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.

    MissingInga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018

  • We travel to enjoy the sites and sounds, the food and the culture so we like to leave all the planning and organizing to a good tour company and from our first interaction I knew we had found a really great one. Jayne promptly answered all our questions and easily adjusted the standard offering to accommodate our specific schedule. From there on everything worked like clockwork and exactly as promised exceeding our every expectation. Payment was simple, and the thoughtful, well-documented pre-travel package of information, guidance, tips and suggestions that accompanied the booking confirmation was excellent.

    On arrival in Marrakech we were met at the airport right on time where Ibrahim kindly provided water, local treats and a comfortable drive to our first night's accommodations which was comfortable and warm and the food excellent. Along the way all accommodation were exactly as described and equally comfortable and accommodating. We were met as promised on the first morning by our guide, Rashid who was the perfect host for our 4 day trek: helpful, friendly and accommodating without being in any way pushy or crowding and happy to answer any and all questions in perfect English. The stunning scenery and fascinating villages made for perfect trekking and each day was well-timed and challenging without being too strenuous, not too short and not too long.

    And then there was the food along the way! Ahmed ingeniously produced delicious, nutritious, hearty meals every morning and every evening in the kitchen of the gites where we stayed and somehow, amazingly, out in the open in the beautiful spots where every day we had lunch - seriously good food, well beyond our expectations for a mountain trek.

    Transport to Marrakech was smooth and simple and our stay there excellent. Riad Tzarra is exactly as promised: beautiful and comfortable and charming with the most welcoming and accommodating staff one could possibly imagine. Ibrahim, Naeema and {oh, I forget her name!} catered to our every need with a smile and I wish we'd had more time there. I highly recommend taking a breakfast or lunch at the Riad - both were excellent.

    Tourdust is now #1 on our list for any future trekking vacations we have planned for any of the places served

    MissingBarry Danilowitz reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 04 December 2017

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