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GRAND ATLAS CROSSING
Get away from stress for 22 DAYS.
Trekking in the Atlas is not to be passed up. The experience will reward you with some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa.
Morocco offers exceptional trekking opportunities.
Arrival in Marrakech, where we spend the night in a hotel.
Departure by Land Rover for Aït Bougmez village, arriving in the afternoon in time to meet the mule team and the muleteers, with whose help we will spend the evening preparing for the trek. Dinner and overnight accommodation with a local family in a beautiful Berber adobe house at Aït Imi.
DAYS 3 to 20
Our trek begins. We pass through numerous villages as we cross the beautiful Aït Bougmez valley. After Aït Imi Oulelimt, we enter the Arous valley where we begin the ascent of Mgoun (4068m). After this long day’s hike, we a well – earned rest and spend the night at Tarkedit (2900m) at the heart of a magnificent plateau. Crossing the plateau to the foot of the pass we arrive at the source of the Tassaout river and our camping place for the night. We pass through the villages of Imarehnes, Amzri and Ichbakene. Traveling in a southerly direction, we camp at Megdaz, Agdaz, Tamzrit, Tamda, Irissi, Tizi Noubadou and Tazlida. We continue to the North of Tizi N’Tichka to get to the village of Fra. The hills before us begin to get steeper as we go deeper into the mountain chain. We cross the Yagour plateau where we camp beside cave engravings. Then we go on to Sitti Fattma and along the Ourika valley to Tacheddirt (2000m). Continuing on towards Tamsoult, we arrive at the Neltner mountain refuge. After a night at the refuge, we begin the ascent of Mount Toubkal (4164m). Then we down to Imlil passing through Sidi Shamharouch. There is roast meat or Berber tagines and mint tea dinner, accompanied by singing and dancing from the villagers. After spending a peaceful night in Imlil and lazing about the next morning, we sample a substantial lunch and set off for Marrakech, where we spend the night in a hotel.
A free day to do what you like(guided or unguided), but we advise you not to miss the legendary Jamâa El Fna square.
Transfer to the airport and departure.
With Four mountain ranges,
a dozen summits over 4,000 meters and 400 mountains over 3,000m,
Hike the trails through the Sirwa, the Sargho and the Rif Mountains, explore the quiet cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. Top out on the highest point of northern Africa; Toubkal 4167m.
A mule can carry up to 100 kg. This animal will carry all your bags and camping equipment giving you a more relaxed Day. In the case of one of the party needing a rest from walking the needing person can hitch a ride on the back of the beast…
I’m your friend…
I’ll carry all your bags for you