The short Jebel Saghro Trek route detailed is a tried and tested, well-balanced circuit undertaken by countless numbers of trekkers over the years. It concentrates on the scenic central region of Jebel Saghro. This itinerary can easily be tailored to include additional nights in Marrakech whilst the route is flexible enough to be adapted to local conditions as required.
This trek provides a great insight into typical Berber village life and is escorted by mule handlers from the local area. There is thus plenty of opportunity for interaction with the Berber people who live in this region.
A Typical Day on a "Specialist Morocco" Trekking Holiday:
- Wake-up shortly after sunrise
- Light breakfast
- Pack luggage (not accessible for rest of day)
- Take down tents
- Luggage loaded on to mules
- Commence walking until lunch break
- Regular photo stops on route
- Dried fruit and nuts distributed by guide at regular intervals
- Picnic or cooked lunch in the shade usually around noon
- Continue walking until reaching our village or wilderness accommodation for the night – either camp, village house or perhaps a gite
- Erect own tents
- Help local crew set-up camp or prepare food (speeds things up)
- Dinner served around 19:00 (usually traditional Berber cuisine of couscous, tasty tagines, fresh fruit and mint tea)
- Perhaps a spot of star-gazing before turning in for the night.
Day 1: The tour starts in Marrakech. In the early evening your local trek guide leader will be available to meet and brief you on arrangements and logistics for the forthcoming trip.
Day 2: An early start from Marrakech takes us on a scenic journey into the High Atlas mountains on an ascent to the high point of our route today, the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2260 meters). Berber villages cling to the steep red earth slopes and fossil traders vie for passing tourist trade. We reach the sizeable town of Ouarzazate in time for lunch before heading further east along the "Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs" towards El Kelaa M'gouna, a town famous for its roses, near the start point of our trek on the edge of the Jebel Saghro mountains. After any necessary pre-trek preparations at Imi n'Ouarg we will begin our trek.
Days 3-6: The dramatic, contorted, landscape of table mountain mesas and bare plateau provide many a wonderful photo opportunity. The landscape of the Jebel Saghro is simply spectacular as we glimpse the Tadaout n'Tablah mountains and an amazing upright rock pinnacle named "Bab n'Ali" - translated as the "Gates of Ali". The surrounding landscape is contorted with strange formations, dramatic fairy pinnacles, spires and rocky outcrops. This is the home of the Ait Atta tribe - who are often encountered with their herds of goat and sheep. Walking during this trek is 6 to 7 hours per day. Luggage is carried by mules.
Day 7: Today we retrace our route back to Marrakech over the Tizi n'Tichka Pass and the High Atlas mountains. On arrival there is still time for further discovery of the city, exploring the streets of the Médina or shopping in the souks or on the medieval square of Djemma el Fna.
Day 8: Services end upon check out from your accommodation in Marrakech.
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