Overview

Remote trek amongst beautiful terraced valleys and stunning desert oases of Morocco

A fantastic winter trek in the dramatic and isolated Anti-Atlas mountains. Marvel at kasbahs perched above terraced valleys and wide oases, as well as distant peaks fading into the desert haze. The ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m) provides wonderful views of the snow-covered High Atlas. Walking through small Berber villages brings you closer to the locals and their way of life. The trek ends in Taroudant, with time to experience the souks and the ancient city walls.

Key information

  • 5 nights wild camping, 2 nights 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2531m, average 1830m
  • Travel by private minibus

 

7 Nights 8 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Return flights to London

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • A genuinely remote trek in the stunning Anti Atlas
  • Fantastic mountain scenery of terraced valleys, in the isolated southwest
  • Scenic campsites close to local villages

Essential Info

Morocco Visa

No visa required by British passport holders.


Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.


Eating and Drinking

Moroccan food is generally speaking, excellent. At the beginning and the end of the trek there will be the opportunity to eat in restaurants where meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards.

On the trek all of the food is provided.

Breakfast is likely to consist of a variety of breads with jam and other condiments as well as tea and coffee, and porridge. Protein or fruit is a rarity.

Lunch is usually plenty of salads, plus a hote dish and vegetables. Dinner usually sees a variety of dishes served that include seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as some meat and tinned fish as well as various rice, lentil and bean dishes. The choice tends to be large so there is usually something for everyone. It is certainly not limited to cous cous and tagine and is often commented as a highlight of the trip!

Vegetarians can be catered for and there is usually a variety of bean/pulse dishes as well as omelettes and vegetables. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.

Bottled water can be purchased at the beginning of the trip and the team will store this for you throughout the trek, please note however that recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are increasingly a waste problem. Alternatively, there will be opportunities to fill your water bottles up from taps. This will need to be purified so please bring your own purification tablets of needed and purify for 2 hours or as instructed on the packet. This is a popular choice to avoid purchasing plastic bottles.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section). Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.


Weather

For winter treks, the days are usually warm (above 20ºC) in Agadir and Taroudant while the nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping to 5ºC. Rain cannot be ruled out but is unlikely to be prolonged. On trek, the days should be warm (15-20ºC) with clear skies, but the nights are generally cold and sometimes drop below freezing. On the high ridges and summits there is often snow but not normally enough to stop us walking. Very occasionally snow has been known at lower altitudes but it does not lie for long. For spring and autumn treks, the days are pleasant (20-26ºC) in Agadir and Taroudant and the nights mild. Rain is infrequent. On trek the days should be warm to hot (18- 28ºC with clear skies and strong sun) the nights will be cool (8-18ºC). At this time of year it is unlikely there will be any snow on the higher ridges. Rain cannot be ruled out but is unlikely to be prolonged. Please note mountain weather is always unpredictable and as a result we may very occasionally be forced to amend the itinerary for part of the trek.


Is this trip for you?

This trip includes 5 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. The maximum altitude is 2531m, with an overall average of 1830m. This trek involves walking on rough trails and paths scattered with loose stones; some days are demanding although no great altitude is reached and there are no great extremes of temperature to contend with. It is possible that on some nights there may be a frost, especially between November and February.

Hotel accommodation on this trip is basic, but clean and comfortable. All nights camping are wild with no showers, but a basic toilet block is set up, for us to use. In recent months local authorities have been clamping down on wild camping, despite it being perfectly legal. It may happen that we have to move to gites on some nights. 

Please note Ramadan runs from 5th May - 4th June 2019 and 23rd April to 23rd May 2020 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at sundown.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Fly to Agadir.

Fly to Agadir; arrival at our hotel in the evening. 
Hotel Golden Tulip or similar


DAY 2

Drive to Taroudant for lunch; continue to Irghem. Trek to first campsite.

From Agadir we drive inland to Taroudant where we'll enjoy a brief tour, including time for a coffee on the square. We have lunch in the oasis of Tiout before continuing onto Ighrem, a copper town that has survived for centuries on its trade of pots and water urns with the Saharan caravans. It lies on a plateau near the Tizi'n'Touzlimt pass (1820m), where the road to Tata and the desert landscape meet the Anti-Atlas range. Here we start our trek into the mountains towards our camping spot for the evening, Tagragra No. 1. Perched on a plateau the sunrise in the morning is well worth any early night.

Full-service Camping

Meals included: breakfast  dinner


DAY 3

Walk to village of Tagdicht, a long but diverse day.

A long first day as we climb over a col and then a series of spurs before entering a broad valley. After a picnic lunch we continue past an abandoned mine towards the head of the valley eventually reaching the beautiful village of Amal. Finally we cross over a pass for the final stretch of today's walk in the beautiful evening light to the village of Tagdicht. Here we camp on a traditional 'threshing' platform that lies between the many agricultural terraces and is just outside a village at the foot of Jebel Aklim. 

Full-service Camping

Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner


DAY 4

Ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m).

Today is a steeper day's walking. We climb Jebel Aklim (2531m), one of the highest summits in the Anti-Atlas, that offers excellent views to the High Atlas as well as Jebel Siroua. The summit is reached via a high col and a series of spurs. Pausing for a scenic picnic lunch we then descend to our camp at Tagragra No.2. This area is one of the most remote in this range, yet is still surrounded by Berber villages. The valleys are full of brightly dressed women and children at the time of harvest, working in the fields. 

Full-service Camping

Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner


DAY 5

Three day complete circuit of Aklim Range.

We travel from Tagragra through the wonderfully remote village of Irtem. Walking through these villages, we have the opportunity to chat with the Berber people, enjoy their friendly conversation, (mainly through hand gestures and basic French), and gain true insight into their traditional way of life. We finally arrive at our campsite for the evening close to the village of M'dint (City of Cats). Nestled in a valley of olive groves and small trickling streams the camp site is protected from the elements and provides a peaceful resting spot. 

Full-service Camping

Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner


DAY 6

Continue our trek through this stunning remote region. With a chance to swim in natural pools.

Leaving the village of M'dint, we cross two cols, slowly weaving our way up the valley. The villagers are very friendly and if we are lucky we may get invited in to try some mint tea and local delicacies. Passing through ancient olive plantations we admire the irrigation channels before resting for a picnic lunch under the shady trees. Be sure to hunt out the small river for a soothing paddle! We work our way up the last pass of Tizgue for a steady uphill push, well worth it as we are rewarded with views of our entire route. Our campsite rests next to ancient argan trees and there is a natural series of rock pools where we can enjoy a swim and a wash as the sun sets.

Full-service Camping

Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner


DAY 7

Final day in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Drive to Oulad Berhil and Taroudant.

Today offers picturesque walking through the date palms and rocky landscapes of the Anti-Atlas. We walk along a dry riverbed (wadi) before arriving at Anammer village for our final picnic lunch. In the early afternoon we transfer by minibus to Oulad Berhil, a journey of around 1 hour. After check in at our Riad, there will the option to rest and relax or make the short journey to Taroudant  (45 minutes) where we are free to explore the city, dubbed 'Marrakech in miniature'. There is the chance to visit the souk for some authentic Moroccan souvenirs or relax in one of the hammam steam baths before our farewell meal.

Riad Hida or similar

Meals included: breakfast  lunch


DAY 8

Transfer to Agadir; fly to London.

Today we will check out of our Riad, and make our way to Agadir via Taroudant, where again there will be time to wander around and pick up any last minute souvenirs.  Those on the group flights are taken to Agadir Airport in time for their flight, which is usually in the evening. For those not on the group flights, the trip ends in Taroudant. It is possible to join the group transfer to Agadir Airport with prior arrangement.

Meals included: breakfast

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