M’GOUN – 12 days – From the Happy Valley to the Valley of the Roses

Morocco – land of the mountains. The Atlas Mountains are a world of their own. Although life is tough and strenuous here, the people are content and open-minded. Nature commands the rhythm of life. During this 12 day trip, we will climb the third highest peak in northern Africa, which has a height of 4070 meters. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – 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 evening, we will enjoy a shared dinner with all participants to get to know each other (-/-/D)

Day 2 – Marrakesh – Azilal – Ait Bouguemez

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.”

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

Day 3 – Ait Bougemez – Azib N Arous (2300 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 to the shepherds’ village of Azib-n- Ikis. We will raise our tents next to a spring near herds of sheep and goats. 

Tent accommodation 

Trekking: 4 hours / difference in altitude: about +500 m (B/L/D)

Day 4 – Azib N’Arous – Tarkeddit (2910 m)

Today we will explore the wild and almost untouched landscape of the High Mountains before we cross the mountain pass of Aghri (3400 m). After a well-deserved nut break on the way and a snug picnic on top of the mountain pass, we will descend along a nice nomad path to Tarkeddit, a mountain pasture. 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. 

Tent accommodation 

Trekking: about 6 hours / difference in altitude: about +1.500 m and – 500 m (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Tarkeddit – Mgoun Peak (4068 m) – Oulilimte (2700 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. The steep descent on the north side of the M’Goun ends at the spring of Assif M’Goun. At the end of our day we reach Oulilimt. We are accompanied by the overwhelming solitude of the High Atlas Mountains – a fascinating landscape. 

Tent accommodation 

Trekking: about 9 hours / difference in altitude: about +1.150 m and – 1.370 m (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Oulilimte – Ain Aflafal (2300 m)

Beneath the M’Goun, we will hike in a vastly extending valley that offers a constant and impressive view of the mountains directly before us. Along a mountain creek, there are fantastic rock formations. The mountain creeks, with their crystal clear water, make their surreal way through the landscape and cool our legs if we need it. We will spend the night near the bank of a small river. 

Tent accommodation 

Trekking: about 5 hours / difference in altitude: about– 300 m (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Ain Alfafal – Imi-n-Irkt (1900 m)

We will pass irrigated fields and authentic Berber villages and make our way down on paths that have been there for hundreds of years. So many days’ walks away from civilization, it is surprising to find lively village life everywhere, including in Imi-n-Irkt. The houses made of clay bear witness to a turbulent past. Our group will end the day with Berber music. 

Tent accommodation 

Trekking: about 6 hours / difference in altitude: about– 400 m (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Imi-n-Irkt _ Tighanimine (1500 m)

Creeks impressively make their way through rock formations. The valley becomes narrower and ends in a gorge only 3 meters wide. Only sparsely does the sun send its rays through almost 300-meter-tall walls of rock. In the shade of an ancient walnut tree, we will treat ourselves to a picnic. Crossing the riverbed on our way, we will wade through knee deep water. 

Tent accommodation 

Trekking: about 6 hours / difference in altitude: about -400 m (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Tighanimine – Boutghrer (1400 m)

Today’s journey will go past sumptuous fig trees, walnut trees, and oleander bushes. We will follow the river for about six hours and at times will walk in the water. Our trail is narrow but easy to walk, leading us  through fields of sweetcorn and Lucerne. After lunch, the landscape will change, becoming more arid and desert like. 

Upon arrival at Boutaghrer, our canyon hike ends. 

A last shared dinner with our mule handlers and our cook. 

Inn Accommodation

Trekking: about 6 hours / difference in altitude: about -100 m (B/L/D)

Day 10 – Boutghrer – Marrakesh (about 330 km)

Today we will say goodbye to our trekking hosts and drive down a beautiful stretch to Ait Ben Haddou, where we will take a lunch break. There is time for a little sight seeing.  Many big movies with well-known stars have been shot in Ait Benhaddou. In 1987, the entirety of the old city center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  We will then travel on across the Tichka Pass (2260m) to Marrakesh: the grand finale of our tour. 

Driving time: about 7 hours

Accommodation at a riad in Marrakesh (B/L/-)

Day 11 – Morning guided tour and afternoon free time 

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 12 – 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 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 1299,- 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 140) 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.