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Jebel Sirwa & Safran valley – 11 Days

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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.

  • Sirwa Treks
  • 11 Days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Type: Adventure
Tour Details

This journey will attract the lovers of Nature und fantastic landscapes. It combines a particular round trip by car crossing the two mayor passes of the Atlas, a five day Trekking with outdoor camps which lead to the peak of the Siroua Mountain (3305 m) and the visit of the two most attractive countryside Kasbah/ Ksars of the big South. In Taliouine we will get to know everything on the precious Safran.

Departure & Return Location

Marrakech Airport

Meeting Time

Arrival time of your flight

Price Includes

  • Fully escorted by local mountain guide, muleteers and cook
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinners mentioned in itinerary
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in Marrakech, 6 nights camping and 1 night at small hotel
  • Transport: minibus or 4x4 car

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Walking poles
  • Tips
  • Soft drinks , Meals not mentioned

Why book this trek?

  • Crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic Tizin’Test Pass (2100m)
  • Attempt the summits of Jbel Sirwa at 3305m and Jbel Guiliz at 2905m
  • Explore the beautiful Safran Valley
  • Visit the UNESCO monument Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Drive via the Tizi ‘n Tichka Pass (2260m) back to Marrakech
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:

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

Day 1 Marrakech

We will await you at the airport by our driver who will transfer you to your accommodation, a typical Riad in the medina, the medieval walled city of Marrakech. The rest of theevening is free for you to explore exotic Marrakech. Night in a riad.

Day 2Taliouine

After breakfast, transfer from Marrakech, first crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic Tizin’Test Pass (2100m), then pausing for lunch on the way, before arriving at the southern town of Taliouine (1063m)in good time for your evening meal. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Taliouine, famous for its safran production and formerly home to one of the most important kasbahs of the infamous El Glaoui family.

Day 3Akhfamane

Enjoy a gentle introduction to your trek by walking from Taliouine along the banks of the OuedZagmouzen, passing by a succession of small villages, to reach Akhfamane (1250m) where we will camp for the night.

Day 4Ti n’Iddr

Walk from Akhfamane to Ti n’Iddr (1684m) by following a trail that leads further up valley through the ancient village of Mazwad (1441m). Beyond Mazwad, the valley narrows to a gorge and meanders, more steeply, upwards into the mountains. Arrive at the beautiful village of Ti n’Iddr with its striking kasbah, mosque and agadir where we will camp for the night.

Day 5Tegragra

Walk from Ti n’Iddr to Tegragra (2650m) by following the bank of the Assifn’Wamrane Valley through an increasingly striking and isolated landscape. First, we climb steeply through the dramatic village of Atougha, perched on the hillside against a vertiginous mountain backdrop, its terraced fields unfolding below, before arriving at the stunning summer pastures of Tegragra (2650m) where we will camp for the night close to a water source. In this area shepards still practice a seasonal migration between higher and lower regions called Trans humanza.

Day 6 Tegragra

Today there are optional ascents of both Jebel Siroua (3305m) and Jebel Guiliz (2905m) with a descent along the Assifn’Aïtou‘Byal Valley to Waterfall Camp (2400m). From Tegragra, we either climb steeply to the summit of Jebel Sirwa before descending to Waterfall Camp, perhaps rising to a second summit, that of Jebel Guiliz, en route Otherwise, we simply descend directly from Tegragra to Waterfall Camp where we camp for the night close by the river.

Day 7Tislit

We walk down valley from Waterfall Camp through the delightful villageof Tizgui (2200m), stopping to visit its fortified granary, the most astounding in the region, before continuing to the surreal rock formations and verdant palm trees of Tislit Gorge where we camp for the night.

Day 8Taliouine

We head on to the village of Tislit, which lends its name to the gorge, then across wide open terrain through a patchwork of agricultural fields and wild flowers to the village of Souk Larba (1675m). Transfer from Souk Larba via the panoramic route to your accommodation in Ait Ben Haddou. About 4 hours driving.

Day 9Marrakech

After breakfast you will have time to visit the UNESCO monument Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. After that we will follow a dramatic scenery of changing landscapes before arriving to the Tiz-n-Tichka Pass at 2260 m and drive further to Marrakech. The evening is free for you to continue exploring Marrakech. Overnight in a charming and typical Riad

Day 10Marrakech

The last and additional night in Marrakech gives the opportunity to follow own ideas for sightseeing and shopping in its magnificent medina. We provide you a stay at a Riad in the medina of Marrakech.

Day 11Marrakech

Transfer back to airport in Marrakech.

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