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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 £1,045,
Land only from £785

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
  • The best route giving excellent acclimatisation and spectacular scenery
  • First rate camping with all meals on trek included
  • Comfortable riad accommodation before and after trek
  • 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: 2,525m/8,284ft, Tasgdlt Pass, Day 5

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 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
Day Activity
1
Arrive Marrakesh, transfer to hotel.
2
Drive over the Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and on to Hanedour.
3
Trek via Tiza Taggourt to Bab n Ali.
4
Trek through the Aforar Gorges.
5
Cross the Tasgdlt Pass to Imi n Ourag.
6
End trek at Taghssa. Drive to Ouarazazate along the Route des Kasbahs.
7
Visit Kasbah at Aït Benhaddou and drive to 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 Palais De Princesses Or Riad Challa Or Similar, Marrakesh
  2. Day 2 - Drive over the Atlas mountains to Ouarazazate. Drive through the valley of the Draa to Nkob and on to Hanedour - 9 hours. Camp at 1,136m/3727ft.
    winter walk jebel sahro boumane ed dades.

    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, 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 towards 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 snacks to take on trek with you ask your leader to stop off at the supermarket in the centre of town. After Ouarzazate the route will continue down the Valley of the Draa to Nkob and onwards, on a dirt track, to Hanedour. Here you will meet your trekking team and camp nearby.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  3. Day 3 - Trek via the plateau of Tizi Taggourt, and Tadout n Tablah to Bab n Ali, 1,631m/5,350ft - 6-8 hours.

    After a great breakfast of cake, porridge, bread, coffee and mint tea, start out for a great day's trekking! From camp, contour off to the right past a school and the path leads you past low cliffs and occasional houses and farms with almond blossom. There are lots of palm trees, swifts and other small flycatchers; the occasional moped. As you proceed the cliffs get bigger and the houses more remote. You follow a dry river bed for miles and miles past dry bamboo, small fields and some donkeys. You come to a small village of a few houses called Saf Saf and beyond here there is a rather magnificent Kashbah. Beyond here is a huge bend in the river which turns abruptly to the left. This brings you out into more open country with hamlets and surrounded by messas and fine cliffs. You will probably have a picnic lunch here before the climb of the day.

    To this point there has hardly been any height gain but now you turn right and follow a path upwards at a slightly steeper angle. You have now climbed out of the lower lands where there were farmsteads, palms and almond trees and up into high, unforgiving country whose heights are crowned with strange vertical towers and eroded pinnacles. Some of these are like 'plugs' - vertical-sided islands of rock whose summits look completely inaccessible. They are incredible, impressive formations. You now head up to a very large one that sits astride the horizon. The closer you get, the more impressive it becomes. Rounding the corner of this Leviathan rock, the structure becomes even more awesome. Giant rounded towers lean on its flanks, weird colossal cones of rock sprout at its base, chimneys and cracks beckon the climber to try his luck. You now walk dumbstruck to find more cliffs of even greater proportions ahead of you. You cross a shoulder which brings you to a circque of these cliffs. Over millions of years they have eroded into incredible pinnacles, cylindrical towers, and tottering turrets. There are a few houses below but this is a good place to camp and if you are lucky to have a clear night, the stars give a show worthy of this place.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  4. Day 4 - Trek through the Aforar Gorges to Igli Village, 1,676m/5,499ft - 7-8 hours.

    Another fantastic day! You descend a little from your wild camp past a couple of rough shelters and after half an hour cross a 'pass'. Great views back to last night's campsite. You now head on and turning right, cross over a shoulder and having done so look back to see five pointed towers like a set of rotten teeth to your left. You now drop down and orbit two lonely towers of stone sitting on messas. These are like Monument Valley miniatures. Passing the second, larger monolith you walk round and past it to come to a water tank set into the ground next to four or five palm trees, and just above a rough road, some three hours from camp. Just down this track are a couple of houses and beyond this you turn left to enter a magnificent gorge. This has a rushing stream and some enticing pools and requires some easy scrambling to get through the gorge. It is narrow with vertical cliffs on both sides and takes about an hour to pass through. At the end of the gorge, it widens out and another rough track connects scattered houses above the floor of a cultivated valley. There is a patchwork of simple fields, occasional trees and scrub; a palm tree or two.

    The path now breaks away from the main valley and climbs approximately 1,000ft, some of it on zigzags, back in towards the mountains. There are great expansive views to the east of mountains and arid country. Then ahead there are big mountainsides and the last 'pass'. Beyond the top of the zigzags you look down to a house below with a walled courtyard and a few fields to the left. Beyond this there are two gigantic castles of rock guarding the horizon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  5. Day 5 - Trek to the Imi n Ourag, 2,015m/6,611ft - 6 hours.

    From this camp it takes an hour steeply on zigzags to just below the castle rock that towers above camp. As you climb up you can see to the left a lone tower of rock that resembles an elephant. You also pass some enormous boulders and strange formations like conglomerate crystal balls. The path now rises at an easier angle following the magnificent flanks of this castle rock. You will not be able to resist stopping every few minutes to admire the cliffs. Again you climb to a false pass but after that it is easier beyond to the Tasgdlt Pass 2,525m/8,284ft. This is approximately four hours from camp, a climb of 785m/2,575ft. You will probably have a picnic lunch just beyond this point, and the pass is the highest point of the trek.

    There now follows a long descent of some 468m/1,500ft on switchbacks to relative civilization and a small hamlet.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - End trek at Taghssa - 2 hours. Drive the Route des Kasbahs and the Valley of the Roses at Boulemane du Dades. Continue to Ouarzazate.
    winter walk jebel sahro trekking tizi taggout.

    Your trek ends with a pleasant two hour walk along an attractive valley to Taghssa where you will say goodby to the muleteer and trekking team. Back in your vehicle you drive along the Route des Kasbahs and the Valley of the Roses at Bouleman du Dades. Your journey ends today at Ouarzazate, the movie capital of Morocco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riad Dar Chama Or Dar Amoudou Or Similar, Ouarzazate
  7. Day 7 - Visit the kasbah at Aït Benhaddou - ½ hour's drive. Drive to Marrakesh - 3½ hour's drive.

    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 Palais De Princesses Or Riad Challa Or Similar, Marrakesh
  8. Day 8 - Sightseeing in Marrakesh and time at leisure.

    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 Palais De Princesses Or Riad Challa Or Similar, Marrakesh
  9. Day 9 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.

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2018

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Sat 22 Dec - Sun 30 Dec 2018 Available£785 BookContact us

2019

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Sat 9 Feb - Sun 17 Feb 2019 Available£785 Book£1045 Book
Sat 9 Nov - Sun 17 Nov 2019 AvailableContact usContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £180
  • Single Tent
    From £20
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £59
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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
  • Lunch and evening meals in Marrakesh
  • Moroccan airport departure taxes
  • Tips


Review your holiday

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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