M’GOUN – 10 days – From the Happy Valley across mountains and peaks and back

Itinerary

Day 1 – Marrakesh (Arrival)

If you have booked air travel with us, we will pick you up at Marrakesh airport and will take you to the hotel in the old town of Marrakesh. Alternatively, you may arrive individually at the hotel. 

In the evening, we will have dinner with all participants to get to know each other (-/-/D)

Day 2 – Marrakesh – Azilal – Ait Bougemez (1800)

Today, we have many miles of traveling ahead of us – but the terrific views are worth it. After about two and a half hours on the road, we will reach the Ouzoud Falls. These waterfalls are one of the most magnificent natural wonders of Morocco, which also makes them a huge magnet for tourism. The view of the more than 30 foot cascading waterfalls will make up for the teeming mass of people there. With a bit of luck, we will be blessed with a rainbow on top of the waterfalls. In the vicinity, there is always a small population of very inquisitive and friendly Barbary apes. Later, we will stop at Azilal for lunch, and in the afternoon, we will complete the rest of the trip to Ait M’Hamed in our minibus. From there, we will enter the valley of Ait Bouguemez, the “Happy Valley.”

total travel time: about 5.5 hours (B/L/D)

Accommodation in a Berber inn. (B/L/D)

Day 3 – Ait Bougemez – Tafnfant (2513 m)

Early in the morning, we will meet our mules and will pack our luggage on the mules after breakfast. On a well-trodden path, we will hike through the green fields of the Happy Valley.  For lunch, our cook will surprise us with a delicious meal. In the afternoon, we will leave the valley behind and ascend to the high plateau en route to Tafnfant. Atop the plateau, you will have a view of the entire green valley, and by now it is easy to understand why they call it the Happy Valley. 

trekking: 5 hours / difference in altitude: about +750 m / -100 m (B/L/D)

Tent accommodation 

Day 4 – Tafnfant – Tarkedit (2910 m)

Today we will explore the wild and almost untouched landscape of the High Mountains before we cross the mountain pass of Aghouri (3500 m). After a well-deserved and enjoyable nut break, we will descend along a nice nomad path to Tarkedit. Murmuring creeks and green fields make for a great pasture ground. After taking care of our mules, we will end the day with a shared dinner. 

trekking: about 6 hours / difference in altitude: about +1.000 m and – 500 m (B/L/D)

Tent accommodation 

Day 5 – Tarkedit – Mgoun Peak (4068 m) – i9rwiyn (2800 m)

Today is the day: we will climb the ridge of M’Goun to reach the peak. For experienced hikers, this is not a difficult ascent. The landscape is changing; right in front of our eyes, we can see hilltops in every shade of brown. Near the top, there is a breathtaking view of the most important peaks, as well as the Drâa Valley, “Djebel Saghro,” and the Sahara Desert, all of which leave you with unforgettable impressions.  We will then descend into the great basin of Oumssoud, pass the spring of Assif M’Goun, and reach Izabiyn at the end of our day. 

trekking: about 9 hours / difference in altitude: about +1.200 m and – 1.370 m (B/L/D)

Tent accommodation 

Day 6 – i9rwiyn – Azib N ikkis (2300 m)

After breakfast, we will walk uphill and downhill for three hours to reach Asdrem Pass (3066 m), followed by our descent to the river. At the campsite, a fantastic lunch awaits us.  In the afternoon, we will make our way to the small springs of the waterfalls, where one can relax, refresh, or enjoy a natural shower or bath. If you’d like, you can choose the easy way and ride the mules down to the river, or you can walk.

trekking: about 5 hours / difference in altitude: about +450 m and – 1.100 m (B/L/D)

Tent accommodation 

Day 7 – Azib N ikkis – Happy Valley (1800 m)

Today is our last and easiest day of hiking. After breakfast, we will descend along the river bed of the Ikkis to reach the Happy Valley. The creeks, the green and the red and brown shades of the soil turn the landscape into an almost surreal, wild, and romantic wonderland. Lunch and accommodation in an inn. 

trekking: about 3 hours / difference in altitude: about +100 m and – 600 m (B/L/D)

Inn accommodation (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Transfer to Marrakesh

Every dream comes to an end. After days of nature and hiking, our mind is free. Before we make our way back into the hustle and bustle of the cities, we will treat ourselves to one last view of the mountains. We will then drive back to Marrakesh from our small Berber valley by minibus, full of unique impressions and unforgettable experiences. Via Demnate and the natural bridge of Imí´nÍfri at the foot of the High Atlas, we will make our way to Marrakesh, which we will reach shortly after lunch time. In Marrakesh, you will have free time at your disposal. Dive into the heart of the city and the hustle and bustle of the souks and their merchants, the snake charmers and the dentists, all of whom await you.

driving time: about 4 hours

accommodation in Marrakesh (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Marrakesh

Today we will get to know the exciting and lively city of Marrakesh. After breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up and take you on a trip through time. Marrakesh – the red city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with thousands of years of history. A special recommendation is to visit the Sardinian Tombs, Bahia Palace, the Royal Palace, Kotoubia Mosque, and the Jewish Quarter. Our tour will end at a central square, and you have all afternoon to buy souvenirs (it is essential to haggle!). Or you might want to visit one of the many many public gardens of Marrakesh. Menara Gardens, André Heller’s Anima Garden, or Jardin Majorelle by Yves Saint Laurent … You can also choose to relax next to the pool. Whatever your heart desires. 

In the evening, we will meet for our final shared dinner in the heart of the old city. 

accommodation in Marrakesh (B/-/D)

Day 10 – Departure 

Today your vacation in my beautiful home country will come to an end. You can opt for a private extension of your stay. If you have booked the travel package that includes the flights, we will take you to Marrakesh airport for your flight after breakfast. Your Moroccan adventure is over … see you again soon … bissalama (B/-/-)

(B/L/D) = included meals breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Important: Due to unforeseen circumstances and local events, this itinerary may have to be changed on short notice. 

Price not including flight:

EUR 1049,- per adult 
surcharge for single occupancy: please make an inquiry (solely possible for accommodation in Marrakesh and in inns)

Extra information: 

please bring your own sleeping bag. Alternatively, you can rent a sleeping bag in Morocco for a charge of EUR 50. 

Tips (about EUR 120) and possible entrance fees (each about EUR 10) are not included. 

Level of difficulty: average. Immunity to high altitude and surefootedness, as well as an appropriate level of fitness for up to nine hours of hiking are essential.