Trekking in Morocco: Winter hiking in the Saghro Massif.
Meet the nomads, trek with camels in the Sahara and wild camp in the Moroccan countryside.
Unlike the High Atlas Mountains, this volcanic mountain region does not experience excessive winter snows, making it perfect for winter hiking tours. The Saghro Massif is situated between the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert and this creates a great opportunity to trek with camels in the Erg Chebbi Dunes of the Sahara.
This trekking adventure will see you completely traverse the Saghro Massif on foot and culminating in your last day being spent arriving in the Sahara.
The area itself is stunning, with high uplands and volcanic monoliths that resemble the U.S. southwest with soaring mesas, sparsely populated plateaus, hidden springs and canyon oases.
You’ll meet and have tea with Ait Atta nomads living in harsh and remote areas of the landscape. Jackals, foxes, wolves, toads, frogs, wild sheep, gazelles, vultures, buzzards and the rare Bonelli eagle all survive here. Our local vegetation includes date palms, acacia, tamarisk and oleander.
Day 1 : Marrakech
On your first day, you’ll transfer airport to your hotel or riad in the city of Marrakech.
Day 2 : Marrakech / Tagdilt
Today will be the first full day of your trekking adventure. The first thing we will do is meet our guide and then depart Marrakech for the Tizi n’Tichka Pass and drive towards Ouarzazate. On the way we’ll visit Ait Benhaddou, a World Heritage site.
After lunch, we will start our trek in the desert and begin hiking to the foothills of the Saghro Massif. In the evening, we will stay overnight in a mud-walled gite (with hot showers) and enjoy a traditional tagine dinner.
Day 3 : Trek Tagdilt / Amda-n-Oughyoul
We will start trekking early today. After breakfast, we will meet our muleteers who will load the mules and take us on an easy walk over rocky ground into the foothills of Jebel Saghro.
We will traverse 2 passes, a plateau and make a descent into a remote valley before we wild camp for the night.
Day 4 : Trek: Amda-n-Oughyoul / Igli
Our adventure will take us on an ascent of the Kouaouch Pass at 2500 metres above sea level (ASL), before we descend through sheer eroded cliffs, elegant mesas and waterfalls, to an open plateau and the Berber village of Igli.
We will then trek to a gite d’tape (with showers) for the night.
Day 5 : Igli / Bab-n-Ali
In the morning, we will trek up to a high ridge with superb views of the surrounding peaks. Our trail will then take us to a luscious, verdant valley and the Berber village of Boulouze. We’ll follow the river and then wild camp at the foot of Bab-n-Ali.
Day 6 : Trek: Bab-n-Ali / Assaka
After we’ve eaten breakfast, we’ll hike over the shoulder of Bab n’Ali and spend most of the day descending. During the day we’ll trek through a gorge to some amazing rock formations and arrive at the village of Assaka.
We’ll continue to Ighazoune n’Oumlas by the river of Taoudachte and then wild camp for the night.
Day 7 : Ighazoune-n-Oumlas / N’kob
Today, we’ll trek along the river and pass through many Berber villages before we eventually arrive close to N’kob. In the evening, we’ll stay in a gite d’tape with showers.
Day 8 : N’kob / Marrakech
We’ll meet our driver and car, and follow the old Salt Road caravan route over the Tinifift pass, past the date palm oasis of the Draa valley to the High Atlas Mountains.
We’ll stop for lunch in Ouarzazate, and head down the Tizi n’Tichka Pass back to Marrakech for a night in a hotel or riad.
This will be the last full day of our trekking tour.
Day 9 : Marrakech
Tranfer to the airport.
The prices are as follows :
From 2 people to 4 people 525 Euros p/p
From 5 people to 15 people 470 Euros p/