Kasbahs & famous film locations

Visit Hollywood Film Studios, Authentic Berber Villages and Famous Moroccan Kasbahs!

Would you like to explore some authentic Berber villages and famous Kasbahs? And would you like to see the filming locations for many well known Hollywood movies? Just to name a few of the productions made at the Ouarzazate Filmstudios: "Jesus of Nazareth" by Franco Zeffirelli, "The Gladiator" by Ridley Scott, "Sodoma and Gomorra" by Orson Wells, "Jewel of the Nile" by Lewis Teague, "Lawrence of Arabia" by David Lean, "The Last Temptation of Christ" by Martin Scorsese, "Prince of Persia" by Newell and "The Sheltering Sky" by Bernardo Bertolucci.

We will also show you the villages and Kasbahs of El Keela, Tamnougalt, AitBenhaddou accompanied by some small trekkings in particular places as Boutaghrar.

This trip is also possible to plan in 7 or 8 days.

Grade: Easy
Length: 9 days
Price: from €500

This trek is available throughout the year. You can start on any date you wish.

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Itinerary

1
Day

Marrakech:
We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the authentic hotel Riad Dar Malak where you will spend the night. www.darmalak.com

We suggest you get acquainted with the streets of Marrakech and spend the evening by the famous historic square Djem el Fna. 

2
Day

Marrakech:
You will have a free day in Marrakech. The Red City, as Marrakech is called, gives you the opportunity to do some sightseeing and shopping in its magnificent Medina. We are happy to help you with tips on where to go and what to see this day. There are lots of museums, palaces and mausoleums you could visit. Or just walk around in the endless souks, buying carpets, shoes or why not some Moroccan lanterns? We can also organize a guided city tour for half a day if you want. 

You will spend another night at Riad Dar Malak. 

3
Day

Marrakech:
You will have another fun day in Marrakech. Continue to explore the streets and the magical Medina with its shops and palaces. We could also arrange visits to the nearby villages like Ourika and Tahanoute if you want. They are very easy to reach and definitely worth to visit. 

You will spend another night at RiadDar Malak.

4
Day

Imlil:
After breakfast we will drive you to the Berber trail head village of Imlil  From here we will trek to the south for three hours along the banks of the AitMizane Valley further into the High Atlas Mountains. Here we will visit the historic Berber village of Aremd. We will then continue to the remote mountain shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, the destination for devout Muslim pilgrims who arrive from both near and far. 

Then we will trek back along the opposite bank of the valley to Dar Imlil which will take about another two hours (five hours in total). Here we are scheduled for an overnight stay at the Imlil Lodge. From its terrace, we will enjoy views of the High Atlas Mountains including the summit of Jebel Toubkal www.imlil-lodge.com

5
Day

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou:
After breakfast we will visit the women’s co-operative in Imlil to see local women producing Argan Oil in keeping with local traditional methods. We then drive across the spine of the High Atlas Mountains via Tizin’Tichka (2260 meters). All along the mountain roads, we will have the opportunity to stop at small road side stalls which sell an amazing range of fossils and semi-precious stones which are so abundant in the High Atlas Mountains. 

We then make a small detour from the main road to visit Telouet, famous for its Glaouikasbah, the clan's first home and original mountain stronghold. We then continue our drive through the mountains to reach the most picturesque of Morocco’s Ksour, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. From the top of the settlement, there are fantastic views across the surrounding landscape. 

We will spend the night in Ait Ben Haddou at the Kasbah Du Jardin, www.kasbahdujardin.com

6
Day

Dades Valley:
After breakfast, we drive southwards out of the mountains to Ouarzazate, “the gateway to the Desert”, famous for its film studios that we are going to visit. Here we will find the CLA Studios of the Italian De Laurentis and the large Atlas Film Corporation Studios, which can be visited with the sets of "Kundun", "The Crusades", "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Star Wars".

Then we move eastwards through the Dades Valley as far as El Kelaa M´Gouna, whereupon we turn north into the Mgoun Valley (the Valley of the Roses) and head back into the High Atlas Mountains towards Ighil Mgoun itself, the summit being visible even at this distance. Once we reach the small traditional market town of Boutaghrar, we leave our vehicle and undertake a trek along the Mgoun Valley, crossing backwards and forwards across the river itself, northwards to the village of Tamgallouna, reached in 90 minutes, and even beyond if time permits. 

We then retrace our steps to Boutaghrar. Here we rejoin our vehicle and head back south to our accommodation, Kasbah Itran,perched dramatically on rocky cliffs above the Mgoun Valley near its junction with the Dades Valley. 

We spend the night at Kasbah Itran, www.kasbahitran.com

7
Day

Nekob:
Today we will drive back down to the Dades Valley. We will make a visit to the Rose Water factory on the edge of El Kelaa M’Gouna before heading south to cross the near - deserted landscape of Jebel Sahro, mostly inhabited only by semi-nomads. We will leave our vehicle for a dramatic three-hour trek, first to Bab n'Ali, perhaps the most striking of all the unusual rock formations in the region, and then further through Amguis gorge to the traditional Sahro village of Irhazzounn’Imlas, where we will be reunited with our vehicle. 

On the way we will see shepherds and goatherds, often only young children, tending to their flocks. From here, we will drive on to the oasis town of Nekob. 

We spend the night in a genuine, restored Kasbah, Kasbah Baha Bahaand visit the small cultural museum within its grounds. www.kasbahabaha.com

8
Day

Tamnougalt and Marrakech:
We enjoy a visit to the colourful souk of Nekob, to which villagers from the surrounding mountains bring their produce, mostly fruit, vegetables and meat to sell. We leave Nekob around mid-day, passing at the Kasbah of Tamnougaltwhere Bertolucci filmed °Tee in the Desert° crossing back over the High Atlas Mountains via Tizin’Tichkain order to return to Marrakech in the evening. 

We will spend the night at he Riad Dar Malak.

9
Day

Marrakech:
Today we will drive you back to the airport for your departure.

What's included

  • Fully Escorted: fully escorted by local guide
  • Meals: breakfast included
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in simple hotel/riad
  • Transport: minibus or 4x4

What's not included

  • International Flights
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Tips
  • Entrance Fees
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

Prices

Group Size
2-3
€800
4
€650
5-12
€500

Why book this trek?

  • Visit 2 imperial cities
  • Shop in the greatest souks of Morocco
  • Climb the beautiful high sand dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Visit Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

What to Bring

For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.

Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:

Clothing

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Equipment

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Other

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Trek Grades

Grade 1 walks (Easy)

Tend to be short day walks and rambles at low altitudes. Grade 1 walks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life and no special preparation is required.

Grade 2 walks (Moderate)

Will usually involve some longer walks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. Grade 2 walking tours may contain some optional strenuous days, and in order to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join.

Grade 3 walks (Strenuous)

Are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.

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