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Short Trek in the Jebel Saghro

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Morocco  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 899 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1269 US Dollar (USD)

This exciting private one week tour includes 5 days trekking in the dramatic Jebel Saghro region of Morocco, a winter trekking destination inhabited by hardy Berber people and nomadic tribes. The landscapes are spectacular in this true wilderness region: here mother nature has shaped and sculptured an array of ancient volcanic mountains to create seemingly never-ending plateau, mesas and canyons. This is the last barrier of rock before the Sahara Desert.

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.

Tour Itinerary:

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.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation (2 nights in riad - traditional-style hotels and 5 nights camping in the Jebel Saghro region)
- A chartered 4x4 vehicle is provided for transfers between Marrakech and the Jebel Saghro (capacity, make and model depending on final group size). During the 5 day trek mules carry camp equipment, tents and luggage
- Meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners).

Notes:
- Staff:
* Experienced English-speaking Moroccan tour leader-mountain guide
* Berber cook
* Mules and muleteers
- Age restriction - minimum age 14 (this trek is unsuitable for younger children unable to cope with the demands of a trekking tour of this type)
- Optional activities available in Marrakech:
* A scrub up at a local hammam
* A guided walking tour of Marrakech medina
* An optional balloon flight
- This trek can be run with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 16 people and is well-suited to smaller private groups.

Supplier Information
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2010
Client Request Served: 4

We are a UK and Marrakech-based tour operator specializing in scheduled private vacations throughout Morocco, including the Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert, Marrakech and High Atlas Mountains. With over 15 years experience of operating exclusive tours to Morocco, we meticulously plan and deliver innovative Morocco...

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