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Saghro trekking – 10 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.

  • Saghro Treks
  • 10 Days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Type: Adventure
Tour Details

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: 2 nights in Marrakech, 5 nights camping and 2 nights in 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?

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic Tizi n’Tichka (2260m)
  • Stay overnight in the Roses Valley
  • Attempt the summit of Jbel Saghro (2712m)
  • Walk by the Oufourar Gorge to emerge at the twin rock towers of Bab n’Ali, considered by many to be the jewel of Saghro
  • Explore the city of 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

Arrive in Marrakech and transfer from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Marrakech. Sleep the night in your riad.

Day 2

Transfer from Marrakech and cross the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic Tizi n’Tichka (2260m), to reach the small market town of El Kelaa des Mgouna (1431m). The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town, famous for its production of rose products. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the lower reaches of the Assif Mgoun Valley, known as the Valley of the Roses, and see some of its striking kasbahs. Spend the night in a small hotel overlooking the Valley of the Roses. 6 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 3

We transfer from the Valley of the Roses, crossing the Oued Dades, to reach the village of Aït Youle. We begin our trek, ascending the outlying slopes of Jebel Saghro to reach the remote camping spot of Le Merse where we spend the night in tents close by a well. 6 to 7 hours walking, approximately.

Day 4

Continue to climb from Le Merse to cross Tizi n’Tagmout (1800m) before descending first to the hamlet of Tagmout and then onwards to the village of Assaka n’Aït Ouzzine (1584m). We camp on the outskirts of the village. 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 5

Walk from Assaka n’Aït Ouzzine, climbing gently to round the impressive mountain of Tine Ouaiyour before descending through the surreal Irhissi Gorge. We arrive at the dispersed village of Irhssi (1625m) where we camp for the night by the shell of a dilapidated kasbah. 3 hours walking, approximately.

Day 6

From Irhissi, we rise gently along a dramatic path that has been cut directly into the cliff face until it drops again to the village of Riche. We climb once more, this time more steeply, to reach the green oasis of Igli, surrounded by wonderful natural rock formations. We sleep the night in this natural amphitheatre. 6 to 7 hours walking, approximately.

Day 7

We walk from Igli to Boilouz (1525m) and then on through the jumble of the Oufourar Gorge to emerge at the twin rock towers of Bab n’Ali, considered by many to be the jewel of Sahro. We continue as far as Irhazzoun n’Imlas and camp on the edge of the village. 5 to 6 hours walking, approximately.

Day 8

We walk from Irhazzoun n’Imlas through the Assif Hanedour Valley as far as the village of Hanedour itself with its picturesque, dilapidated kasbah. From here we transfer to Nekob (1039m), renowned as the town of the 40 kasbahs and spend the night in a small hotel. 4 hours walking and 1 hour transfer, approximately.

Day 9

Transfer to Marrakech. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy this remarkable city. Spend the night in your riad.
6 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 10

Transfer to the airport and depart from Marrakech.

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