Treks : Moroccans treks
Trekking : 9 Day Dejebel Saghro Trek :
- Day 1: Arrival Marrakech .
Pick up at airport and transfer to your Riad in the central Medina. Depending on time of arrival, a tour of the souks and central Medina could be arraigned, or you can just relax on the terrace and enjoy the sun. Your Riad hosts will be happy to make a supper reservation for you at a local restaurant or in house if available.
The DejebelSaghro volcanic mountain region does not experience true winter snows like the High Atlas making it perfect for winter hiking. The Saghro is situated between the High Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert and makes a nice link to also camel trek overnight and explore the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga. You'll completely traverse the Saghro Massif on foot, ending your last day on the remote Sahara side. High uplands and volcanic monoliths resemble the U.S. southwest with soaring mesas, sparse vegetated plateaus, hidden springs and canyon oasis where you can freely ramble. You'll meet and have tea with Ait Atta nomads living in this harsh and remote landscape. Jackal, fox, wolf, toads, frogs, wild sheep, gazelle, vulture, Buzzard and the rare Bonelli-eagle survive here. Trees include date palms, acacia, tamarisk and oleander.
- Day 2 : Marrakech - TiziN’TichkaPass (2262m) - Ait Youl (1500m)
Pick up at your Riad after breakfast and departure towards the Dades Valley via the TiziN’TichkaPass(2260m). The highest pass in North Africa. Visit after lunch to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. Famous stop along the silk road from the east and backdrop to many well known movies. Arrival at your riad in the village of AitYoul, with time still for a small hike through the orchards and rose plants that the Valley of the Roses is named for. Supper at your riad.
- Day 3 : Ait Youl (1500 m) - Tidkkit (1670m)
Breakfast will be at your riad. This morning the mules will be loaded, you will need to carry a day pack with your water and any other essentials. The first stage will be medium difficulty to start the day! Leaving the Berber village of Ait Youl along the river bed of OuedDades which when crossed will lead you to a passage that is mainly mineral in composition with the occasional wild rose bush. Follow the river valley to the village of Tidkkit. Bivouac camp, supper prepared by your guides.
- Day 4 : Tidkkit – Tizi N’TagmoutPass (1913 m) - Assaka(1584m)
This morning after breakfast prepared by your guides, you will cross the Plateau of Afoughal to the Tizi N-Tagmoutpass(1913m). A short descent takes you to the village of Tagmout. Surrounded by cliffs and a beautiful canyon to the north east we will continue to the village of Assaka(1584m). Bivouac camp, supper prepared by your guides.
- DAY 5: Assaka (1584) - Ighazoun (1250m)
FAfter breakfast in camp we will pass through a group of villages; Tajalajt, Berkou and Tifdassine. All great photo opportunities. Crossing a pass we will descend towards AssifBerhou to the village of Ighazoun passing basalt columns. (Basalt is an extrusive igneous rock. It is the bedrock of the ocean floor and also occurs on land in extensive lava flows.)Bivouac camp, supper prepared by your guides.
- DAY 6: Ighazoun - Igli 2000m)
This morning, after breakfast we will follow the canyon of the AssifN’Oumguis and the small oasis of Amguiss to come out at the unique and well know Bab N’Ali (1416m Volcanic monoliths). We will cross the AqqaN’Oufourar and the village of Afourar. The going gets a bit more difficult with the ascent towards the village of Igli. On our route we may encounter the migratory herders of Ait Atta and stop for tea and a chat. Overnight at your bivouac near Igli, supper prepared by your guides.
- DAY 7: Igli (2000m) – ImiN’Ouarg (1850)
Today, after breakfast in camp, we will ascend to a trail that passes around the cliffs north of Igli. Passing by Tassegdelt(2256m) we climb just till the crest of DalmouNouarg that separates Kouaouch from the crest of IskN”Aalla(2560m). Following the trail as it descends the length of AssifN”Ouarg till we reach ImiN”Ouarg where we will make camp for the night. Supper prepared by your guides.
- DAY 8: ImiN”Ouarg - Tagdilt (1650m)
After a short walk of three hours during which we will have the opportunity to visit a traditional village called ImiN”Teghessa specializing in pottery by local artists. After lunch we will take our transport in the direction of the Dades Valley with a stop to visit the Dades canyons. The night will be spent in actual beds in a riad in the Valley of the Roses. Supper at your riad.
- DAY 9: Tagdilt - Marrakech
Transfer back to Marrakech airport or your hotel/riad.