Located in the central part of the High Atlas, this hike in Morocco begins in the green valley of Aït Bougmez. With its traditional houses with adobe walls and its green, yellow and ocher checkerboard of cultures, the " Happy Valley" will propel us into another time ... We will then head towards the sheepfolds of Arous and will gain altitude for reaching the high plateaus, vast arid territories ... the privileged domain of nomads who spend the whole summer cool, in the company of their herds of goats and dromedaries ... It is from these immense plateaus that we climb the second summit of Morocco: the M'Goun (4,071m)
Day by day
Arrival to Marrakech airport, welcome by your local guide and transfer to your riad in the Medina. Time to explore the Djemaa Elfna square and Souks. Free diner
Transfer by vehicle to the heart of the central High Atlas via Azilal and the Aghbar pass. Arrival in the early afternoon in the Aït Bougmez valley in the small village of R'bat. Small walk in the valley to discover the villages with adobe walls, surrounded by the green, yellow and ocher checkerboard of cultures.
Transfer time: 5 hours.
Walking time: about 2 hours. Positive elevation: + 200 m. Vertical drop: - 200 m.
After loading the mules, we start our trek towards Arous valley through the cultures and the many small villages shaded by secular walnut trees. Arrival at the sheepfolds of Arrous and encounter with the shepherds.
Walking time: about 5 hours 30 minutes. Positive elevation: + 500 m.
The great high mountain landscapes, so specific to the High Atlas, take place little by little and let glimpse the high peaks of 4000 meters from the Pass of Aghroy (3400 m) ... then descend to the base camp at Tarkedit plateau.
Walking time: around 6 hours. Positive elevation: + 1100 m. Vertical drop: - 500 m.
Departure very early for the ascent (optional) of M'Goun (4071 m). Without any technical difficulty, arriving at the summit at around 9 am... The view is superb on the oases of the Dades valley and the whole mountain range of central High Atlas... Then descend by the immense Oulilimt plateaus. Superb bivouac on the level lawns of the plateau where the nomads come to drink their herds of goats and dromedaries ... facing the M'Goun.
Walking time: 9 to 10 hours with the ascent, 4 to 5 hours without the ascent.
Positive elevation: + 1068 m. Vertical drop: - 1268 m.
Along the M'Goun river, crossing the immense Oulilimt plateaus, encounter with the nomads who come back from the Sahara during the summer and live in the caves of these unusual landscapes! Arrival in the green valley of Ouzirimt called "the lost valley" because isolated from everything ... crossing a whole series of small villages with adobe houses ... the landscapes are fantastic! ... arrival on Tegrefte (2,200 m).
Walking time: about 6 hours 30 minutes. Positive elevation: + 200 m. Vertical drop: - 400 m.
Continuation of the descent along the river and the many authentic villages that border it. There are only mule tracks to reach these villages; there is no road suitable for vehicles and the meeting with the locals is almost permanent ... Arrival then in the magnificent and famous gorges of M'Goun. It is sometimes the feet in the water that we descend this exceptional site, in spectacular landscapes ... Arrival at the village of Tighanimine (1,800 m).
Walking time: about 6 hours 30 minutes. Positive elevation: + 250 m Vertical drop: - 400 m.
Short hike along the M'Goun wadi crossing the last authentic villages of the valley. Arrival on Aguerd Zegga then transfer back to Marrakech via the valley of roses , the magnificent red village of Boutaghar and Ouarzazate . Arrival in Marrakech in the afternoon, rest of the day free to enjoy the city with its Djemaa el Fna square , its Koutoubia , its souks and its palaces ...
Transfer: large taxi, 4x4 or minibus (depending on the size of the group), approximately 6 hours.
Walking time: about 2 hours. Vertical drop: - 200 m.
Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el-Fna main square and souq. As is usual in a souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, potters and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies.
Time in Marrakech before your departure flight.