Marrakech & the Atlas Mountains

Walks & Treks

7 nights in Morocco
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Solos Board

What you can expect

Royal Palaces & Ancient Souks in Marrakech

See Berber Culture & Villages

Walk in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains

About the trip

Walking in Morocco awakens your senses. Just imagine the scent of spices wafting out of villagers houses, the patch of colours from the ochre buildings, fruit orchards, lush, green valleys and snow-capped peaks. Join us as we discover this beautiful country from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to walking in the peaceful Atlas Mountains with its traditional villages.

EASY TO MEDIUM GRADE

What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin for sole use room
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily, 3 picnic lunches and 6 dinners (plus New Year's Eve Gala Dinner - 30 DEC date only)
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Half day guided city tour of Marrakech
  • 3 guided walking days in the Atlas Mountains
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Arrive in Marrakech
  • Explore Marrakech
  • Day at leisure
  • Transfer to Ouirgane
  • The Tassa Ouirgane National Park
  • The Oued N'Fis Valley
  • A Ouirgane of Wild Valleys & Plateau
  • Departure Day

What’s Extra

  • Insurance, see here

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive in Marrakech

Welcome to Marrakech! Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel.

After check in we will meet for our Welcome Drink followed by dinner in the hotel.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Explore Marrakech

Today we get a full introduction to this Garden City, we visit the dramatic Almohad Koutoubia Minaret and the lavishly-decorated Saadien Tombs – some dating from the middle 1550’s.  We also spend some time in the tranquil Menara Gardens and the Bahia Palace before walking through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways making up the renowned cool, colourful and aromatic Souqs of Marrakech.  The Dyers’ Souq being the last to be visited because you emerge into the famous Djemâa el Fna Square (which translates as ‘Assembly of the Dead’), where, until the 19th century, the severed heads of criminals were traditionally displayed! We will see stalls of goods, from fruit to alarm clocks; snake charmers and water sellers; fortune tellers and public scribes; tumblers and nakkachat, women with syringes full of henna, soothsayers and gnaoua musicians.

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DAY 3

Day at leisure

We have a free day to further explore the exciting city of Marrakech. Our Tour Leader will be able to make some suggestions for sightseeing or you may just prefer to take in the city at your own leisure.

In the evening we meet up to enjoy the Chez Ali Fantasia experience which includes dinner and a folklore show.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 4

Transfer to Ouirgane

After breakfast we will transfer to the Atlas Mountains and the village of Ouirgane where the landscape is breathtaking.

The rest of our day is at leisure before we get together in the evening for dinner at our hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner included

 

 

 

DAY 5

The Tassa Ouirgane National Park

We set off from our hotel at 09.00 for our first full day of walking with our Moroccan Mountain Guide, heading east through fields of corn and flowers to follow alongside the river’s course up and down small hills dotted with red juniper, passing by isolated Berber hamlets until we reach the salt mines at Marigha. Here the Berbers have been mining salt using methods unchanged for centuries. We may see them riding from village to village, selling their salt from the back of their donkeys!

From here we enter the immense Tassa Ouirgane Valley via a track which leads us through more fields and orchards of apple, peach, cherry and apricot and near the vast forest of Takherkhourte until we reach our field picnic spot at the village of Tassa.

 

 

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DAY 6

The Oued N'Fis Valley

After breakfast we meet up with our Mountain Guide and transfer to the Berber village of Ijoukak. Here, at the junction of the Oueds N’Fis and Agoundis, we set off down a country lane in the foothills of the Jbel Erdouz passing the Berber villages of Souq Ijoukak, Tagountafte, Souk Larbâa and Ikhfe N’Boul. We arrive at the exterior of the riverside tribal kasbah of the once-powerful feudal chieftain Sultan Caïd Goundafa. The inner part of this now decaying palace-fortress still retains traces of its original Hispanic-Arabesque decoration. From here we continue our  walk down alongside the river, following contours of the high valley of the Assif N’Fis. We come across the beautiful hidden Valley of Ijoukak, with its stream lined with hillside hamlets, orchards and ancient terraced irrigated fields. We then arrive at the small, remote stronghold settlement of Tin-Mal where we will see the fortress of high walls and strong towers, the sole survivor of the once holy 12th century city built by the founder of the Almohad  dynasty. It is the only mosque in Morocco – other than the new mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca – into which a non-Muslim may enter.  We may enter the mosque, built by between 1153/54 through a small, sturdy door in the corner of the main tower.

 

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DAY 7

A Ouirgane of Wild Valleys & Plateau

We set off for today’s walk at 09.00 from our hotel with our Moroccan Mountain Guide along mule tracks near a long salty stream to the village of Marigha Izdern. From here, with the Adrar Takherkhourte to our right, we walk alongside scattered fields of maize, seasonal wild flowers, olive trees and occasional Berber hamlets to the little village of Tinzert (‘nose’ in the Berber language). Here, surrounded by mountains,  we’ll come across a centuries’ old salt mining industry. Salt has been a currency here for a very long time and is more precious to the the local people than gold! Walking on from this special village we’ll stop and enjoy our picnic amongst the olive, walnut and almond trees.  After lunch our route takes us to the top of the Tizi n’Tarabaza where we can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Plateau of Tarabaza, Khik and Moulay Brahim.

 

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DAY 8

Departure Day

We say goodbye to the beautiful Atlas Mountains and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

  • Breakfast included

Accommodation

Marrakech & the Atlas Mountains

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as details below (or similar);

4* Hotel Kech – Marrakech

3* Ksar Shama – Ouirgane

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