Nomadic Berber Trek
This 10 day High Atlas trek offers a unique expedition trekking through the High Atlas Mountains with a local Berber family and their livestock as they make their bi- annual journey between summer and winter pastures. Our May departure involves bringing the livestock up into the High Atlas and the September departure involves bringing them back down through the Anti Atlas to the edges of the Sahara desert.
During your trek, there will be ample opportunity to meet with the local herdsmen at their own pace. guided by professional Moroccan guides whose knowledge of the land and peoples you visit will enrich your journey.
Please bare in mind that this is not luxury walking holiday with all ‘mod-cons’ laid on. It’s designed to give an authentic version of how the local nomadic people transport themselves and their livestock across the High Atlas. For example, at camp, group members will be asked to assist with loading and unloading the animals, contribute towards the collection of firewood and the pitching of tents when necessary.
Qualified UK Mountain Leader
Moroccan Mountain Guide
Mules & Cook
Meals (excluding lunch on arrival in Marrakech)
3 Nights Hotels / 6 Nights Camping
Personal drinks and snacks
How to Book your Trip
The easiest way to book your trip is online
You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £100 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
After a short transfer from the airport, you will have free time to explore the souks and visit the world famous Djemaa el Fna the city’s main square with its snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, henna artists & fantastic food stalls . Overnight in a traditional Riad in the heart of town
We start our unique expedition by travelling overland to the impressive 110m waterfalls of Ouzoud, with three levels of cascading water dropping into the river below. On arrival you will have time to hike some of the trails or paddle in one of the pools, before we proceed to camp to meet the Berber family (sheep, goats & mules too!) that we will be travelling with on their twice a year migration from the High Atlas Mountains to the Dades Valley. We overnight at Dades Gorge. (3 meals).
Day 3 - 7
Breathtaking mountain scenery abounds as we commence our amazing journey with our Berber family & their livestock through the beautiful Moroccan Atlas Mountains. There’s no rigid itinerary here and every migration experience becomes unique as our new nomad friends know every inch of this area and choose their route according to the conditions en route. By day we trek through stunning terrain with steep passes overlooking picturesque valleys and remote Berber homesteads. If we’re lucky we might get invited in for tea! By night we enjoy tasty traditional Moroccan food and time to relax under the starry skies before settling down for the night in our two-person tents. Each day sees us descend closer towards the Dades Valley until eventually we reach the beautiful Dades Gorge. The lower valleys here are where our Berber hosts will settle for the winter to escape the freezing temperatures of the High Atlas. We have one last night of camping in this serene area. (3 meals per day)
This morning we part company with our Berber companions and wish them well before continuing to Ait Benhaddou, a well preserved, fortified city on the former Saharan Caravan route which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Free time to explore Ait Benhaddou and overnight in local hotel. (3 meals)
Today we travel by road over the High Atlas crossing the Tizi –n-Tichka pass at 2260mt before finally arriving back in Marrakech where you have a free afternoon to immerse ourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of this incredible city. Wander through the winding streets of the ancient medina and its palaces & tombs. Try a traditional hammam, a steam bath and invigorating exfoliation & massage. Marrakech is the perfect place to end this epic adventure and raise a toast to your new found friends. (3 meals)
Our trip ends after breakfast. (1 meal)