LET'S DISCOVER MAROCCO ! - FROM THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

It is with a lot of enthusiasm that we include in our 2022 trips a new adventure in Morocco combining a beautiful hiking experience in the High Atlas mountains, the secrete valley of the Ait Bougmez , otherwise known as the " Happy Valley " and the fascinating medieval town of Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast .

ATLAS

Maroc
Vos guides : CLAIRE THIOLIERE & VIRGINIE THOMAS
Activité : Trekking
Nombre de participants : 9 min - 12 max
Dates : Du 18-10-2022 au 28-10-2022
Durée : 11 jours
3840 €

  • Day 1        18 oct        Arrival to Marrakech 
  • Day 2        19 oct        Marrakech
  • Day 3        20 oct        Marrakech
  • Day 4        21 oct        Bougmez
  • Day 5        22 oct        Bougmez
  • Day 6        23 oct        Imlil  
  • Day 7        24 oct        Azaden 
  • Day 8        25 oct        Ouirgane 
  • Day 9        26 oct        Essaouira 
  • Day 10      27oct         Marrakech 
  • Day 11      28 oct        Departure from Marrakech

  • Day 1 - Oct 18th - Marrakech

    Arrival at Marrakech Airport and transfer to our hotel. Welcome meeting 6.30pm. Dinner and night in a beautiful riad.
    Accommodation : LOrangeraie / riadorangeraie.com / +212 661 238 789

    Day 2 - Oct 19 th - Marrakech

    Breakfast at the riad
    Guided visit of Marrakech : morning in the Bahia Palace and Medersa Ben Youssef. Lunch in a restaurant by the famous Djema El Fna square. 
    Afternoon: The Majorelle Gardens.
    Dinner in town.
    Accommodation : LOrangeraie / riadorangeraie.com / +212 661 238 789

    Day 3 - Oct 20th - Flying over Marrakech in a hot air balloon

    Breakfast at the riad. Very early morning transfer to the take -off flight. Flight above Marrakech. Lunch in town. Afternoon : guided visit of the souks.
    6.30pm : Meeting with Aziz, our moroccan guide to check the last details.
    Dinner and night in a beautiful riad.
    Accommodation : LOrangeraie / riadorangeraie.com / +212 661 238 789

    Day 4 - Oct 21st - Djebel Bougmez

    Transfer in a private minibus to the Central Atlas Mountains via the Ait Bouli valley and the natural bridge of Imi Nifri. Lunch in a restaurant.
    Arrival in the fertile valley of the Ait Bougmez.
    Installation in a typical Kasbah (traditional hostel) located at 6 105 ft of altitude, in the heart of the valley. Afternoon hike.
    Dinner and night at the Kasbah.
    Accommodation : Kasbah du MGoun / hotel-ait-bouguemez.com / +212 662 778 148

    Day 5 - Oct 22nd - Djebel Tizal Ridge Bougmez

    Early morning breakfast on the terrace of the hostel. Start for a circular hike above the valley from villages to villages until we reach the Ikhf n'Ighir and the barns of Ahabay.
    Then following a zig zag trail, we reach the isolated pass of Tizi N'Ait Ouriatt and the ridge of Tizal at 7 625 ft of altitude.
    The panorama is impressive over the summits and the deep valleys of the Central Atlas. Pic nic lunch prepared by our guide. Steep descent towards the villages of Iskatafen and Imelghas and return to our hostel at the end of the afternoon.
    Dinner and night in the Kasbah.
    Up and down: 2 805 ft 6h30 of hiking.
    Accommodation : Kasbah du MGoun / hotel-ait-bouguemez.com / +212 662 778 148

    Day 6 - Oct 23rd - Bougmez Imlil

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Central Atlas Mountains to Imlil ( the little Chamonix of the Atlas ) via Tahanaout and Asni, important city centers in this prosperous valley.
    After having lunch in a local restaurant in Imlil, we check in our hotel, located at 5 940 ft of altitude.
    The afternoon hike takes us on a beautiful mountain trail through the villages of Aremd and Targa Imoul.
    Dinner and night in the riad.
    Drive: 3h Up and down: 750 ft 3h of hiking.
    Accommodation : Riad Jnane / riadjnaneimlil.com / +212 668 851 001

    Day 7 - October 24th - Imlil Azaden

    After an early morning breakfast, we load our luggage on the mules and start hiking for a beautiful day. We start down towards the olds barns of Azib Tamsoult. We have our picnic lunch prepared by our guide as usual. Then going up, we cross the pass of Tizi Mzik at 8184 ft of altitude. The descent takes us to the Lodge in Id Issa at 6 000ft.
    Dinner and night in the Lodge.
    Up and down: 2250 ft 6h30 of hiking.
    Accommodation : Azaden lodge / kasbahdu toubkal.com / +212 661 918 5 98

    Day 8 - October 25th - Azaden Ouirgane

    Breakfast at the lodge. We start our hike following the valley through typical villages and terrace cultures. Picnic lunch by a small river. We keep hiking in the heart of the National Park to rejoin Ouirgane. This is where we check in a very comfortable hostel that offers a swimming pool. Dinner and night in the hostel.
    Up: 330 ft Down: 2310 ft 5h30 of hiking.
    Accommodation : Ksar Shama / ksarshama.com / +212 662 265 3 17

    Day 9 - October 26th - Ouirgane-Essaouira

    Last and early breakfast in the Atlas Mountains as today we rejoin Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast with our minibus. Stop on the way in a local restaurant for lunch. Arrival in Essaouira, guaranteed change of scenery, with its surroundings walls and its white white walled and blue shutters houses. Western and Eastern cultures are all mixed as nowhere else in Morocco. Free time to relax and enjoy the town.
    You will definitely feel the charm of the city of musician healers Gnaoua and painters.
    Optional guided visit of the Medina in the afternoon. Lunch on your own.
    Night and dinner in a beautiful riad in the Medina (the old city).
    Drive: 3h30
    Accommodation : VillaGarance / www.essaouira-garance.com / +212(0)5247 39 95 

    Day 10 - Oct 27th - Marrakech


    Breakfast at the riad. Half day hiking along the coast, pic nic lunch.
    Afternoon drive to Marrakech. Night and Farewell dinner in an amazing riad in the Old Medina.
    4h of hiking Drive 3h
    Accommodation : LOrangeraie / riadorangeraie.com / +212 661 238 789

    Day 11- Oct 28th - Departure

    Breakfast at the hotel. According to your flight, transfer to the airport.

    On this rich cultural and hiking journey, with our Berber guide's local connections, well be able to see and learn about the Moroccans way of life, their efforts to conserve, enhance, and develop their resources while also allowing the rural and seminomadic people to live harmoniously within them.
    Our hikes lead us through orchards, farms, and fields, among goat herders and their flocks, and past mud-brick homes in Berber villages.
    The following days, the lanscape will undergo a dramatic change as we travel high in the heart of the mountains to the western high Atlas to discover the magical world of the Toubkal (the highest mountain in Morocco) and the center of the Berbere culture.
    Well round out our adventure with walks in the ancient cities of Marrakech and Essaouira, their gardens, markets, and monuments.

    In order to fully enjoy this trip, you need to be active, in good physical condition and have a previous hiking experience, a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Hiking time varies from one day to another, from 7 hours per day to 2 hours per day. No technical climbing experience is necessary. The hike is rated moderate.

    Included
    Guiding by two certified French bilingual mountain guide UIMLA & 1 Moroccon guide / All hotels based on double room occupancy / All meals except lunch on Day 9 / All transfers during the hike / Luggage transportation / Transfers from and to the airport on Day 1 and Day 11 / Bottled water (3 liters per day per person).

    What is not included :
    Cancellation/medical insurances and repatriation costs / drinks / single room (585) / Personal expenses  / tips / flight ticket from US to Morocco and from Morocco to US.

    Accommodation

    6 nights in beautiful riads, 3 nights in comfortable hotels with all services (private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and toilets) and 1 night in a simple mountain lodge with shared rooms and facilities.

    Meeting at the hotel (Riad lOrangeraie) in Marrakech at 6:30 p.m for a welcome drink.

    Fill a booking form and send us a deposit of 30%. The balance is to be regulated 30 days before the departure.

    Visas are not required for US citizens for visits lasting less than 90 days. You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
    Insurance : medical insurances and repatriation costs.
    In application of the measures related to Covid-19, you must have masks (as many as necessary for the duration of your stay) as well as hydroalcoholic gel.
    Due to the constant evolution of the sanitary situation, we cannot predict with certainty the standards applicable at the time of your departure and during your stay, we will keep you informed.

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