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7 Days Trek in Berber Villages of The Atlas Morocco Mountans

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Discover captivating Morocco in comfort, visiting vibrant Marrakech with time to explore the High Atlas and Toubkal National Park on foot, with daily walks accompanied by your own qualified mountain guide. Throughout you’ll be staying in beautifully appointed and traditional accommodation, including a stylish riad and two unique mountain properties boasting outstanding views over valleys and snow dusted peaks.

Day 1: Arrive Marrakech

Vibrant Marrakech is a fascinating city, alive with bustling souks, tranquil gardens and the ancient medina (old town). The city itself is built around the 12th century Koutoubia mosque, a classic piece of Almohad architecture with its iconic minaret punctuating the city’s skyline.

Fly into Marrakech Menara International Airport for the private transfer to your luxury accommodation.

Overnight: Boutique Riad in Marrakech;

These riads offer a truly elegant taste of Moroccan culture in the heart of Marrakech’s medina. It is a joy to stay in such beautifully restored town houses which offer a serene and peaceful haven. Relax in a (heated) plunge pool or on a sunlit terrace. Rooms are exquisitely decorated and the caring and attentive staff will ensure your stay in Morocco is as peaceful or busy as you wish!

Day 2: Free time to explore Marrakech

Spend today delving into this colourful city’s cultural highlights. At the heart of the ancient walled medina (old town) is the Djemaa el Fna square, where storytellers, acrobats, medicine men, musicians and even snake charmers vie for attention.

The medina’s souks (markets) are the place to pick up a memento of your time in Morocco and partake in some friendly bargaining with the Berbers and southern tradesmen who gather here to sell their carpets, leather goods, jewellery and spices.

In contrast, the colonial Ville Nouvelle quarter is home to pavement cafés, boutiques, gardens and boulevards. Visit the stunning 12-acre botanical paradise of the Majorelle Gardens, owned by the late Yves Saint Laurent. Here you’ll find the intriguing Museum of Islamic Arts, the fashion designer’s personal collection of North African carpets, ceramics, furniture and doors.

You’ll be entranced by the sounds, smells and sights which play on your senses as you wander through the fascinating ‘Red City’. Morocco has plenty of delicious cuisine to tempt your palate —from food stalls to friendly cafés, or for a real treat dine in style at a sumptuous palace-restaurant.

Overnight: Boutique Riad in Marrakech;

 

Day 3: Transfer to Azzaden Valley

Following breakfast, your driver will transfer you deep into the High Atlas to the Azzaden Valley (approx. 4.5 hrs). Dependent on your arrival time, there will be an introductory walk in the area and the chance to discuss your preferences for walks with your personal mountain guide.

Dinner & Overnight: Guest House Azzaden Valley

Your beautifully appointed lodge is located in the village of Ait Aissa, in the heart of the High Atlas mountains. A cosy lounge boasts picture windows and a wood burning stove, where you can drink in the views of the Toubkal Massif’s snow-capped peaks. Traditional wooden ceilings and carved doors complement a multitude of authentic features and a small private hammam (bath house) provides a relaxing steam bath at the end of a rewarding day walking in the mountains.

 

Day 4: Circular walk in the Azzaden Valley

The immense Azzaden Valley is yours to explore with your personal mountain guide. Perhaps opt for a 4 hour moderate circular walk visiting the valley’s Berber villages which cling to the mountain slopes.

Other possibilities include a 5 hour walk to the south, through walnut groves of the Assif n’Ouazzaden valley to the hamlet of Tizi oussem (1850m) and the Irhouliden Cascade/Tamsoult Waterfall (2400m).

Dependent on your choice of walk, lunch will either be served at the lodge or your guide will bring along a delicious picnic to share.

Walk: 4 hrs

Dinner & Overnight: Azzaden Guest House Azzaden Valley

 

Day 5: Walk to Imlil

Enjoy a supported walk of around 5 hours* with your guide, mule and muleteer to the spectacular Kasbah du Toubkal. Reaching the Tizi Oudid pass (2100m) you’ll enjoy outstanding views across jagged peaks. Stop in the shade of a walnut grove for a delicious picnic lunch en route. Follow the country road past tiny Berber villages such as Matat, passing clouds of juniper trees.

Walk: 5hrs *Longer walks of 6 hrs (moderate) and 8 hrs (strenuous) are also available.

Dinner & Overnight: Riad in Imlil

Located at 1800m, the luxury Kasbah du Toubkal is set high on a rocky outcrop overlooking groves of walnut trees and stepped pastures. Managed and run by local staff, the property offers a very warm and welcoming taste of Berber hospitality rather than a typical ‘hotel service’ in the traditional sense. Guests should be prepared to share this friendly and very special place with a mixture of guests who have come to experience the incredible mountain scenery.

With stunning rooftop views in the heart of the Toubkal National Park, this is the perfect place for walkers seeking a stylish and comfortable mountain refuge infused with local culture.

Day 6: Circular walk in the Imlil Valley

Your personal mountain guide will offer you a selection of supported walks today. You may wish to choose separate morning and afternoon walks, allowing you to enjoy an al fresco lunch at the Kasbah, or alternatively take a picnic lunch and venture further afield.

Walk: Various   -  Dinner & Overnight:

Day 7: Transfer to Marrakech and onward travel

After breakfast, return by private transfer to Marrakech Menara International Airport (approx. 2 hrs) for your onward travel.

 

Included

  • 2 Nights in a riad Marrakech
  • 2 Nights at a mountain hotel
  • 2 Nights at a lodge
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches (some of which are packed lunches due to itinerary)
  • Bag transfers of one bag of up to 15kg per person between accommodations
  • Guide book
  • Detailed pre-departure information pac
  • Services of a personal walking guide as appropriate in the mountains
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

 

Excluded

  • Flights to / from Marrakech
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
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Contact as for details information about the price or more details about your trip:  [email protected]

 

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