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What’s included

  • An English speaking Moroccan leader
  • International flights from London (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • Comfortable riad/hotel accommodation in Marrakesh (B&B) and Ouarzazate (full board) on twin share basis
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

Winter Walk in the Jebel Sahro

Walking & Trekking

Morocco | Walking & Trekking

Winter Walk in the Jebel Sahro
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  9 days from the UK  
On trek: 5 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £945,
Land only from £695

Book now or call 01453 844400

What better way to enjoy some winter sun than amid stunning mountain scenery.

Highlights

  • A traverse of the Jebel Sahro in the company of an experienced Berber guide
  • Comfortable hotels/riads before and after trek
  • First rate camping with all meals on trek included
  • Visit the historic kasbah of Aït Benhaddou and explore exotic Marrakesh

Reviews          

Brilliant, friendly, knowledgeable guide.
Ms S, Wiltshire

Excellent itinerary with a very high standard of trekking support; helpful and responsive staff.
Mr S Berkshire

The trip was excellent, as was the travel arrangements and meals – comfortable mattresses in the tents.
A & C, Yorkshire

A skilfully devised trek linking footpaths to provide variation and interest. Hassle free organisation, good guides, food and service. Special praise to the camp staff!
Mr & Mrs B, Wiltshire

We think it’s well organised and we enjoyed the mixture of walking and culture.
D & M, Hertfordshire

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The Jebel Sahro in Morocco is lower than the High Atlas, so is suitable for winter walking, but still features some wonderful scenery and good trails, with a landscape more reminiscent of the Wild West than North Africa. We fly into exotic Marrakesh and travel south almost to the fringes of the Sahara.

Then, over five days, we trek through spectacular gorges, under towering cliffs and beneath huge buttresses of red rock, variously called such names as ‘the camel’ and ‘the elephant’. We trek with a local Berber guide and our route takes us through several small villages where we meet the friendly local people and share mint tea with them. After our trek we return to Marrakesh via Ourzazate with time to visit the historic Ksar of Ait Benhaddou.

 

Private Departures

Winter Walk in the Jebel Sahro Private Departure

Winter Walk in the Jebel Sahro Private Departure
We can also offer this holiday in Morocco as a Private Departure. Prices from £995 per person, land only, for a minimum of two people sharing. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  9 days from the UK  
On trek: 5 days

Max. Altitude: 2,590m/8,497ft, Summit of Kaouch, Day 3

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Marrakech

Accommodation types: Hotels (riads), Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Marrakesh. All meals elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Arrive Marrakesh, transfer to hotel.
2
Drive via Ouarzazate and Boumane ed Dades to Taghssa. Trek to Imi n’Oaurg - 2 hours.
3
Trek to Tassigdelt with optional ascent of Kaouch, 2,590m/8,497ft - 5-6 hours.
4
Descend to Igli and trek to Bab n’Ali through the Afourar Gorge - 5 hours.
5
Cross Tadout n’Tablah to Tizi n’Taggourt. Descend to Ihrhazzoun n’Imla – 5 hours.
6
Descend valley of Taoudacht and cross ridge to Hanedour – 4 hours. Drive to Ouazarzate.
7
Visit Kasbah at Aït Benhaddou and drive Marrakesh.
8-9
Sightseeing and time at leisure in Marrakesh. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Morocco
Local leader, Morocco

In Morocco we use qualified Berber guides who are ideally placed to give you an insight into and information about their country. The Moroccan government closely controls the appointment of both mountain and town guides. During their training, guides complete courses in First Aid, Geography, History and the Natural Science of Morocco as well as testing their fitness.
Our Moroccan leaders are selected on the basis of their experience, levels of spoken English and helpfulness. Like the Berber culture from which they come, they are all very welcoming and have a love of showing you their country.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Marrakesh.

    Marrakesh airport is only 7km from the old city centre and it's therefore just a short transfer to your overnight hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riad Imlichil, Marrakesh
  2. Day 2 - Drive via Ouarzazate and Boumane ed Dades to Taghssa - 5 hour. Trek to Imi n’Oaurg - 2 hours.

    After breakfast at your hotel you will board your vehicle and head off east out of town across the plain of Marrakesh with its many olive trees and then turn south and start the climb up into the Atlas Mountains. The road begins a steep and twisting ascent to reach the Tizi n' Tichka pass at 2,260m/7,415ft, approximately 2 hour's drive from Marrakesh. The mountains on the northern side are surprisingly green and you will notice a difference as soon as you cross the pass to start the descent as the terrain on the southern side is much more arid, leading as it ultimately does, to the Sahara Desert. A further couple of hours drive brings you to the town of Ouarzazate, centre of the burgeoning Moroccan film industry. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Cleopatra, Asterix & Obelix, Kundun and Gladiator were all shot here and you pass several studios on your way through town. If you need any last minute extras to take on trek with you ask your leader to stop off at the supermarket in the centre of town.

    Driving out of town on the southern side you turn east along the valley of the Dades, a road called the 'Route des Kasbahs' for all the ancient buildings found along here. This route is sometimes also called the 'Valley of the Roses'. As you approach the town of El Kelaa El Mgouna you will be driving through fields of rose bushes. You may notice in the spring that the windscreens of local vehicles are decorated with roses. Many rose products are on sale in town but perhaps too virulently pink and over-scented to make the perfect present to take home. Rose products from this region are sent far afield for use in the perfume industry, especially to Grasse in France. You will probably stop for lunch in a café in town and may have your first opportunity to try an authentic local tagine.

    You then continue long the valley to the town of Boumane ed Dades where you follow the highway east out of town. After a few miles you turn right onto a dirt road heading south, directly towards the mountains of the Jebel Sahro. You pass through a couple of small villages to arrive at the village of Taghssa where you will meet your mule team and start your trek. Initially, you have a pleasant walk continuing up an attractive valley for about 2 hours to Imi n'Ouarg where you will camp for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  3. Day 3 - Trek to Tassigdelt with optional ascent of Kaouch, 2,590m/8,497ft - 5-6 hours.

    After a good breakfast in camp you will leave your team breaking camp and will head off through the village of Imi n'Ouarg, passing various houses and the school and then up the valley of Assif n'Ouarg. This is a very pleasant walk passing by several small Berber settlements and various oases where a bubbling spring or a water tank allows for a few trees and for the irrigation of some cultivated fields. In spring these pools of water are filled with croaking frogs. After 2 hours easy walking up the valley you will start to climb more steeply up zig zags to a grassy shoulder and then through rocks out onto a flatter area. From here there is an optional ascent of Kouach, firstly across a rocky hillside and then finally a short scramble to the summit, which at 2,590m/8,497ft is the highest point in the Jebel Sahro. The views from the top are very fine, especially looking north towards the snowy peaks of the high Atlas.

    You will descend from the summit and then a little further to where your team will have laid on lunch for you. After lunch it is quite a short descent through increasingly spectacular country to your camp site at Tassigdelt.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  4. Day 4 - Descend to Igli and trek to Bab n'Ali through the Afourar Gorge - 5 hours.

    After breakfast you continue your descent to the small settlement of Igli. The scenery is spectacular along here. You descend between stunning organ pipe cliffs and impressive outcrops of red rock. Take care as you descend because the scree-like path is rather loose underfoot. The scenery here is more reminiscent of the Wild West than North Africa. As you near Igli, huge red rock outcrops known by such names as the 'Camel' and the 'Elephant' come into view. You arrive at the bottom of the descent at the small settlement of Igli which has a small camping compound, a spring and a few houses and cultivated fields. From Igli you walk east over a low plateau. Along here you may pass a Berber child looking after a flock of goats. They sometimes set up little stalls by the trail side offering hand made woven items such as bracelets and key-ring tassels. These make nice souvenirs, are not expensive and are a way for Berber families to make a little additional income.

    After another hour or so you come out above the valley of the Afourar River. You descend to some houses by the river and then walk along the south bank going downstream through very attractive irrigated farmland and fields. At a point where the trail climbs up in a zigzag, your route takes you down and left into the Gorge of the Afourar. It takes about an hour of boulder hopping to pass through the gorge. Out of the gorge you turn right and climb a short way to a very attractive campsite set beside a pool and some palm trees. Later you may make an optional short excursion to visit a nearby waterfall. This walk takes about 1 hour each way.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  5. Day 5 - Cross Tadout n’Tablah to Tizi n’Taggourt. Descend to Ihrhazzoun n’Imla – 5 hours.

    Today you set off from the campsite at Bab n'Ali and head straight towards two spectacular outcrops of rock. You walk round the base of these and then across country through more stunning Wild West landscapes. You ascend to the area known as Tadout n'Tablah, where you sometimes see settlements of the nomadic people who pass through the Jebel Sahro either on their way up to the High Atlas in the summer, or down to the Sahara in the winter months. After several hours walking, you finally arrive at a saddle from where you look out over the plateau of Tizi Taggourt. You swing round from here and then overlook in the far distance the greenery and houses of Irhuazzoun n'Imlas which is where you are making for next.

    You make the long descent to the valley floor and to your camp which will be set near some Berber houses in Irhuazzoun (your camp crew will have come here by a short cut route). In the afternoon you may be able to visit a local Berber house for tea and no doubt local children will come to camp to try to sell you some hand woven knick knacks.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Descend valley of Taoudacht and cross ridge to Hanedour – 4 hours. Drive to Ouazarzate.

    From Irhuazzoun, it's an easy trek down the valley passing through various Berber settlements and through irrigated farmland and possibly visiting a Berber family along the way. When you arrive near Safsat you climb up right to cross over the ridge to reach the village of Hanedour. This is the biggest settlement you will have seen since you set off trekking from the north and is where the road comes in to from Nkoub to the south. There is a nice little gîte here where you can buy cold drinks.

    Your transport will meet you here and after lunch you will say goodbye to your trek team and start the return journey to Marrakesh. From Hanedour you follow a dirt road across the plain to Nkoub where you join the tarmac and turn west toward the valley of the Draa. When you reach the Draa you then turn north towards Ouarzazate. The River Draa is the longest in Morocco and its valley stretches southwards to the town of Zagora and on through the desert sands of the Sahara beyond. This palm filled valley is one of the most common picture-postcard images of Morocco, with the delicate green hues of the palm fronds swaying against a backdrop of clear blue skies. Finally, you arrive in Ouarzazate where you stay overnight in a hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel, Ouarzarzate
  7. Day 7 - Visit Kasbah at Aït Benhaddou and drive Marrakesh.

    After breakfast you drive the short distance to Aït Benhaddou, a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco, with mudbrick houses crowded together within defensive walls. You can climb to the top of the hill for breathtaking all-round views. This atmospheric and picturesque place was an important staging post on the trade route south and is one of the best preserved kasbahs in Morocco. Many movies have been shot here including 'Gladiator', and it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

    After your visit to Aït Benhaddou, you travel back to Marrakesh, climbing once again to cross the Tizi n' Tichka pass and then descending back to Marrakesh.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riad Imlichil, Marrakesh
  8. Day 8 - Sightseeing in Marrakesh.

    After breakfast, you will have a guided walking tour (2-3hrs) of Morocco's bustling main square, the exhilarating Djemma el Fna, and the surrounding maze-like souk. You'll see the dyers' souk and the metalworkers' souk as you explore the narrow alleyways and backstreets of one of North Africa's most fascinating cities. A visit to an apothecary, although essentially an opportunity for the proprietors to sell you their wares, offers an interesting insight into the many herbs, spices and oils that Morocco produces. The offer to buy usually follows a short presentation on the properties of the various concoctions, but is markedly less 'hard-sell' than that of the carpet shops - you have been warned! Although the souk is a great place for souvenir and gift shopping you may wish to use this morning simply to get your bearings, see the sights and learn a little about the essential art of haggling.

    In the afternoon, you will be free to explore at leisure. Marrakesh has many interesting sights to see including Les Jardins Majorelle - Yves St Lauren's celebrated gardens; the Saadian Tombs, and the Bahia Palace. As the evening draws in, you might enjoy a traditional steam bath in one of the many hammams, hidden down narrow side alleys, or take a caleche (horse drawn carriage) ride around the city walls and enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice in the main square, the Djemma el Fna. As the sun sets this enormous open area at the edge of the souks begins to fill with open air food stalls, story tellers, snake charmers and dancers. This nightly ritual of exotic sounds and smells draws locals and tourists alike. You may take a wander through the crowds or enjoy people watching from one of the cafes overlooking the scene.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riad Imlichil, Marrakesh
  9. Day 9 - Fly to London.

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 11 Nov - Sun 19 Nov 2017Available£695 Book£945 Book

2018

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Sat 3 Feb - Sun 11 Feb 2018AvailableContact usContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single Tent
    From £20
  • Single room supplement
    From £165
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £55
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What’s included

  • An English speaking Moroccan leader
  • International flights from London (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • Comfortable riad/hotel accommodation in Marrakesh (B&B) and Ouarzazate (full board) on twin share basis
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Marrakesh
  • Moroccan airport departure taxes
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 5 reviews)

Helpful staff          

Excellent itinerary with a very high standard of trekking support; helpful and responsive staff.

Friendly guide          

Brilliant, friendly, knowledgeable guide.

Excellent trip          

The trip was excellent, as was the travel arrangements and meals Ð comfortable mattresses in the tents.

Well-planned itinerary          

A skilfully devised trek linking footpaths to provide variation and interest. Hassle free organisation, good guides, food and service. Special praise to the camp staff!

Varied          

We think itÕs well organised and we enjoyed the mixture of walking and culture.


Extend your holiday

Essaouira extension
  • After your trek relax in the coastal town, Essaouira
  • Stroll along the ramparts and beach
  • Explore the whitewashed medina, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

More Details

For a complete change of scene from the frenetic activity of Marrakesh, or after a tough mountain trek, the coastal town of Essaouia is a delightful place to relax. Its whitewashed buildings and city walls add to its calm ambience and a stroll along the ramparts or beach at sundown is an excellent way to unwind.
Contact us for more details: 01453 844400 or info@mountainkingdoms.com


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