8 day trek “Through the Gorge of M´Goun River and the Valley of Happy People”

Duration: 8 days

Difficulty: low/ medium

Overview

Morocco is a truly a country with many faces. On one side booming cities with modern lifestyle, on the other side ancient Berber villages approachable only by crossing wild mountains, rivers and canyons. During this eight days trek we will explore one of the most unknown parts of Central Atlas – the astonishing Valley of M´Goun River.

Driving towards the South we spend a night in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and get an impression how life used to look like on the other side of High Atlas a thousand years ago. In the so called “Valley of Roses” we set off for a couple of days trekking following the river. From time to time our path cross the water and so do we. An extra pair of shoes is necessary for this trek!

Progressing through the green and fertile valley we can observe life at the river that remained untouched for centuries. Traditionally dressed woman descending to the river to collect water for their daily needs or mules transporting goods to the villages up the river. For many of those settlements, the river is the only connection towards the main road. Finally, we reach the spectacular Gorge Achabou, the narrowest pass of the river. We continue for few kilometres only through the water which can reach up to our knees. Around us only silence and mountains surmounting to 3,000 m. Once leaving the Gorge behind we land in the scenic valleys of Ouzighimt and finally Ait Bouguemez, known for its beauty and natural richness as the “Valley of Happy People”. After spending one day in this fairytale landscape we make our way to the Waterfalls of Ouzoud and finally to Marrakech.

During the entire tour you will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced guide and his local mountain support team which will take care of your luggage and catering. The tour is technically not difficult, but you should be a little bit used to walking cross-country and not mind that your feet will get wet, but in summer this is a very pleasant and refreshing feeling. Good trekking shoes together with another pair of solid shoes for the water are highly recommended.

We will spend nights in the simple but atmospheric mountain refugees or tents and have lunch or tea at local Berber places. Of course, we will also benefit from the culinary skills of our well experienced Berber chief cook.

This tour is only possible during summer months from June till approx. September when the water level in the Gorge is low. During the rest of the year the water level exceeds one meter and walking is not possible.

Highlights:

  • Overnight stay at UNESCO Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Four and half days of walking in one of most amazing Morocco’s landscape
  • Relaxing day in Ait Bouguemez
  • Visit of Waterfall Ouzoud (110m)
  • Wonderful panorama views – mountains, valleys, Berber villages…
  • Licenced English speaking guide
  • Accompanying support team with mules for luggage transport, cooking etc.
  • Accommodation in traditional and atmospheric refugees, simple gites or tents
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Contacts

BerberTrekking.com
Morocco Treks & Tours
Tereza Huclova/ Mohamed Benlbaz
95 DB Harbil Kasbah, Marrakech/ Imlil, ASNI/42152

Phone: (+212) 622432624
E-mail: info@berbertrekking.com
Skype: tereza.huclova