Nomadic Berber Trek Morocco - High Atlas Mountains

Nomadic Berber Trek Morocco

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Highlights

  • Get back to basics as you live a nomadic lifestyle with a Berber family in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Be part of their bi-annual migration as they move their sheep, goats, camels and mules up into the mountain ranges
  • Spend 5-days trekking with your Berber family, eating traditional Moroccan food and camping out under the stars
  • Witness the rainbow mists over the pools at the base of the spectacular Oued Ouzoud waterfall as it drops 110m into the canyon in three-tiers
  • Marvel at Aït Benhaddou, a 12th Century fortified village and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has featured in many films
  • Wander the many alleyways, taking in the colours, aromas and architecture of the famous Medina, Marrakech’s historic centre and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Overview

Take the road less travelled on this unique and back to basics bi-annual migration of the Berbers where you will accompany a traditional nomadic family on their fascinating migration trek with their livestock from the low to the high Atlas Mountains.

Spend 5 days with your Berber family and share in their Nomadic lifestyle, ways of living and gain a unique insight into a traditional nomadic way of life. There’s no rigid itinerary as every migration experience becomes unique as your new nomadic friends know every inch of the mountains and choose their route according to the conditions. By day you will trek through stunning terrain with steep passes overlooking picturesque valleys and remote Berber homesteads. By night you will enjoy traditional Morroccan food and sleeping under a star filled sky.

As part of your trek you will spend a night in the stunning Dadés Gorge. Sitting in the rain shadow of the Central Atlas, the Dadès Gorge presents a dramatic landscape of ancient rust-red and mauve mountains stripped back to zigzagging layers of strata and knobbly rock formations reminiscent of Utah. Perfect to watch the sunset and the different colours come to life.

You will also visit some of the incredible places Morocco has to offer. Witness the rainbow mists over the pools as you paddle at the base of the spectacular Oued Ouzoud waterfall as it drops 110m into the canyon over three-tiers. Marvel at Aït Benhaddou, a 12th century fortified village and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has featured in many films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth (for which much of Aït Benhaddou was rebuilt), Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator.

This 10-day Moroccan adventure has it all and is a fantastic way to get back to basics and experience the traditional Moroccan way of life.

Included:
Qualified UK Mountain Leader
Moroccan Mountain Guide
Mules & Cook
Meals (excluding lunch on arrival in Marrakech)
3 Nights Hotels / 6 Nights Camping
Private Transport

Not Included:
Tips
Flights
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 info@adventurousewe.co.uk, 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.

Itinerary 

Day 1
Marrakech 
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
Day 2
Marrakech – Cascades D’Ouzoud
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
Berber Migration
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)
Day 8
Ait Benhaddou
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)
Day 9
Marrakech
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)
Day 10
Marrakech
Our trip ends after breakfast. (1 meal)

 

Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of High
Cost
£ 700

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