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What’s included

  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive bookings)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • All sightseeing where specified
  • Comfortable riad accommodation in central...

M'goun Gorges Trek, Morocco

Walking & Trekking

Marrakesh, Morocco | Walking & Trekking

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      Moderate / Vigorous

      Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

      Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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    Moderate / Vigorous

  • Duration: 10 days from the UK
  • On Trek: 7 days
  • Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £1265, Land only from £995

An exciting remote trek across the High Atlas and through spectacular gorges

Highlights

  • Explore a little known part of the High Atlas - You are unlikely to see any other trekking groups.
  • Discover wonderfully varied scenery - deep valleys and gorges, high level mountain plateau trekking and incredible vertiginous rock faces.
  • Walk through the spectacular M’goun Gorges and along the 'funnel trail'
  • Enjoy full service camping on trek and good quality riads and hotels

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On this exciting trip you will venture deep into a remote area in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains, trekking beneath the peak of Jebel M’goun, the third highest mountain in Morocco, and walking the spectacular deep M’goun Gorges. This is a trek of amazing variety and contrasts, featuring steep sided valleys, high level trekking over a mountain plateau and exciting gorge walking beneath towering cliff faces, often wading through rivers. At Taghia you will see one of the best rock climbing areas in Morocco and ascend an thrilling trekking route through the “funnel”, a path made by the Berbers along the side of the gorge, to emerge to great views at the top and the possibility of meeting nomadic camel herders up on the plateau who come up from the Sahara in the summer - you might even have the chance to join them for tea! Then, descending the Gorges of M’goun is an exhilarating and fun experience. In places the gorges narrow to just a few metres wide and you will need to wade the river between tremendous beetling cliffs. Finally as a contrast to the rocky M’goun Mountains you emerge at the foot of the southern High Atlas in the lush Valley of the Roses where you will see vast fields of pink roses and then the vivid greens of the palmeries of Skoura.

On your trek you will be accompanied by a local Berber guide, a cook and muleteers who look after the mules who carry the camp equipment and your kit bags. Typically, you can expect to be trekking for 5-7 hours each day and on some days you need to wade the rivers at the bottom of the gorges, with water possibly reaching up to or even above your knees, so you will need waterproof boots or trekking sandals, and a waterproof bag for your camera! This is a breath taking trek in every sense, offering stunning views and spectacular gorges, and the fun of numerous river crossings in an area which, in contrast to Jebel Toubkal, sees relatively few visitors. You will also have plenty of time to explore the fascinating Berber villages you pass through and to meet the friendly local people.

You will also have time to explore the city of Marrakesh and the town of Ouarzazate, known as ‘the gateway to the desert’ and famous for its film studios. You will also visit two of Morocco’s fascinating kasbahs, Kasbah Amherdhil, located deep in the lush palmeries of Skoura, and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.

Private Departures

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M'goun Gorges Trek, Morocco - Private Departures

If you would prefer to travel just with your partner, friends or family, we can arrange a private departure of this holiday. You follow the same itinerary, but travel on dates that suit you. Alternatively we can include elements of this holiday in a bespoke Tailor Made itinerary. Contact our friendly team for details and prices, and to make a booking.


At a glance

Grade:

Moderate / Vigorous

Duration: 10 days from the UK

On Trek: 7 days

Max. Altitude: 3,450m/11,319ft, Tizi n Bouzou, Day 4

Private Departures Available

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Marrakesh

Accommodation types: Riad, Hotel, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Marrakesh, full board whilst on trek. 9 x breakfasts, 7 x lunches, 7 x dinners

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1 Fly London to Marrakesh
2 Drive to Zaouit Ahancal. Meet trek crew. Trek to Taghia.
3 Trek to below Tizi n Tighboula.
4 Cross Tizi n Tighboula and Tizi Bouzou and descend to Tichki.
5 Trek to Tarzout
6 Trek through spectacular gorges of Achaabou to near Tiranimine.
7 More gorge trekking to near Tamgallouna.
8 Descend to Boutraghar to meet transport. Drive to Ouarzazate for overnight, with visit to Kasbah Amherdhil en route.
9 Drive to Marrakesh with Ait Benhaddou visit on way.
10 Transfer to airport for flight home.
Leader: Local leader, Morocco

The trip will be led by a qualified Berber guide who is ideally placed to give you an insight into and information about their country, especially as much of this tour runs through the Berber, or Tachelhit speaking parts of Morocco. The Moroccan government closely controls the appointment of both mountain and town guides. Your guide will have completed a year of training at the Centre for Mountain Guides in Tabant in the Central High Atlas. 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.

Local leader, Morocco

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London to Marrakesh

You will depart London on the flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakesh you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Marrakesh airport is only 7km from the old city centre and it's therefore just a short transfer to your hotel. Dinner tonight is included.

Overnight icon Overnight: Riad Palais De Princesses Or Similar, Marrakesh

Day 2 - Drive to road head at Zaouit Ahancal - 6 hours. Meet trek team and mules. Trek to Taghia and camp at foot of Oujdad, 1,850m/6,069ft - 2½ hours.

After breakfast at your hotel you will board your vehicle and head east out of town across the plain of Marrakesh with its many olive trees, towards the Atlas Mountains. You will reach the town of Azilal, the provincial capital and capital of the M'goun Conservation Area, where you may stop for tea before driving on into the heart of the High Atlas. This is a beautiful journey with stunning views of the Moroccan countryside. You drive to Ait Bougamez and onwards to the small town of Zaouit Ahancal where you will meet your trekking team and mules. After lunch you will set off on your trek, taking a track along the side of the valley following the river Aqqa n Tazarte to reach your camp near the small and remote village of Taghia, which is located at the foot of the enormous tooth-like cliffs of Oujdad. These spectacular limestone walls are famous with rock climbers. The world famous American climber, Alex Honnold of 'Free Solo' fame has climbed these spectacular walls without ropes!!

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 3 - Trek to below Tizi N Tighboula – around 7 hours, 12km, 900m ascent. Camp at 2,700m/8,858ft.

After a good breakfast in camp you walk through Taghia village and then take a narrow, vertiginous path, called "the funnel" (Araras N Inifif) which takes you up through the cliffs. This trail, which you cannot see from below, was created by the local Berber people to reach the plateau above.

At the top of the gorge you reach the plateau where there is a great view over the mountains of Agdoudal-N-Llamchane and back down the gorge.

The mules cannot follow this route, so, along with the cooks, they take different tracks away from the gorges and meet up with the group at the end of the afternoon. This means that anyone who would prefer to avoid the gorge route can go with the mule team instead.

Once your group is reunited you will continue to your camp at the foot of Tizi N Tighboula pass, where you overnight.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 4 - Cross Tizi N Tighboula, 3,030m/9,941ft and descend to Tichki - 7-8 hours, 16km, with 800m ascent and 100m descent. Camp at 2,200m/7,218ft.

Today you have a beautiful walk through pastures often frequented by Ait Atta nomads who bring their herds of sheep, goats and camels up from the Sahara to this area in the summer months. You reach the Tizi n Tighboula and then continue past Adrar n'Ouchane mountain and cross the Jebel Illitou by a higher pass, the Tizi n Bouzou (3,450m/11,319ft), the highest point on your trek. You will have lunch after the pass and then descend to the village of Tichki to camp.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 5 - : Descend to Tarzout and camp at 1,780m/5,840ft - 5 hours,12km.

Today is an easier day of mostly gradual descent after the preceding couple of harder days. As you are now on the southern side of the Atlas Mountains you will find it to be warmer and with more sun exposure. Firstly you descend to the valley of Ouzirimte, past the villages of Igherm Izdarn and Imi n'Irkte. The valley becomes more and more narrow and the stream fills the gorge. You will camp near the village of Tarzout.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 6 - Trek through Achaabou Gorges to camp near Tiranimine at 1,780m/5,840ft - 5hours, 10km.

Waterproof boots or trekking sandals are a good idea for the next few days as you trek through the winding M'goun gorges where will have to wade in the river for much of the time, with the water sometimes reaching up to or even above your knees. Today you walk through the spectacular Gorges of Achaabou, the most impressive and exciting section, which at its narrowest is just a few metres wide. Here colourful sandstone and limestone walls tower for hundreds of feet above you. After an exciting day's walking you arrive at the village of Tiranimine where you will camp. The time it will take for today's walk will depend on the level of the water in the gorge.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 7 - Trek to camp near Tamgallouna, 1,630m/5,348ft - about 6 hours, 14km, 100m of descent.

From Tiranimine you follow the M'goun River through more small gorges to reach the village of Aguerzka and then continue through the gorges of Issoumer. Your route today varies between gorge walking beneath high cliff walls and crossing through more open areas where there is flattish land which makes it possible for villagers to grow crops, with apple orchards and date palms. For many such settlements the river is the only connection with the main road. From Issoumer you reach the village of Igherm Akdim (1,650 m) and continue to camp near the village of Tamgallouna.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 8 - Descend to Boutraghar – 2 hours, 4km. Meet transport and drive to Ouarzazate with visit to Kasbah Amherdhil on the way - 2 hour’s drive.

Today you descend through the valley of Boutraghar, leaving behind the palmeries around Tamgallouna and following the river course, past dry mountainsides and down to the greener fields and palms around Boutraghar. Here your minibus will be waiting and you will say a sad farewell to your trekking team and mules.

You then drive to Ouarzazate. Firstly you will drive down through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its fields of pink roses, best seen in all their full glory in May. Further on, at Skoura, you will see the immense lush palm groves of this fertile oasis, and visit nearby Kasbah Amherdhil, hidden away in the fields of palms. This famous ancient Kasbah, now a living museum showcasing traditional kasbah life over the centuries, was once home to a powerful local landowner. It was formerly featured on the old 50 Dirham bill. You then continue to the town of Ouarzazate, centre of the lively 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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Dar Amoudou Hotel Or Similar, Ouarzazate

Day 9 - Drive from Ouarzazate to Marrakesh, with visit to Ait Benhaddou on the way - approximately 3-4 hour’s drive.

After breakfast you will drive the short distance to Aït Benhaddou, a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco, where mudbrick houses are crowded together within defensive walls. You can climb to the top of the hill for breath taking 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 has also featured in Game of Thrones.

After your visit to Ait Benhaddou you will drive over the High Atlas, crossing the Tizi n' Tichka pass at 2,260m/7,415ft, before descending to reach Marrakesh.

In Marrakesh, after freshening up at your hotel, you should have time to take a stroll around the Djemma el Fna before dinner. As the evening draws in, this enormous square on the edge of the souk, begins to fill with open-air food stalls, snake charmers, story tellers and dancers. Here a 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 spectacle. Your guide will be able to suggest a suitable restaurant for a final celebratory dinner.

Overnight icon Overnight: Riad Palais De Princesses Or Similar, Marrakesh

Day 10 - At leisure in Marrakesh till group transfer to the airport for flight home.

Depending on your flight time, you may have time to for a little exploration of Marrakesh. You could visit the Jardins Majorelle, the celebrated gardens of Yves St Lauren or visit the Marrakesh's famous souk, where medieval-style backstreets and alleyways will transport you to a different age. Here traders offer a wealth of goods such as wood carvings, metalwork, clothing, carpets and spices, aimed at locals as well as tourists. This is a good place for souvenir and gift shopping, although if you have not already practised some haggling you might visit one of the city's 'fixed price' shops first to get a rough idea as to the prices you should expect to pay.

The transfer time to Marrakesh airport is between 20 and 30 minutes depending on traffic, but you will be transferred from your Riad in good time to check-in for your flight to London.


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What’s included

  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive bookings)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • All sightseeing where specified
  • Comfortable riad accommodation in central Marrakesh, on a twin share B&B basis
  • Comfortable hotel in Ourzazate, on a twin share B&B basis
  • A local English-speaking leader/guide
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 7 lunches.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trek meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees where applicable
  • Lunch and evening meals in Marrakesh and dinner in Ouarzazate,
  • Optional trips
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable), excepting UK Departure Tax
  • Tips



Extend your holiday

Essaouira extension

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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