Morocco Trek, Jebel Sarhro
The Jebel Sarhro and Valley of the Roses mule supported trek. 2018 dates, most likely March.
Optional extension to coastal Essaouira.
Sunny warm days and brightly star-lit nights in southern Morocco. March is springtime!
Within a day's drive of Marrakech, sandwiched between the Sahara Desert and the High Atlas Mountains, lies a spectacular area of mountains and canyons known as 'The Jebel Sarhro'. They are a part of the Anti Atlas mountain chain.
We will trek through this pristine landscape of peaks, gorges and deep river valleys - crossing the Valle du Dades and hike up through The Valley of the Roses towards the High Atlas Massif and Mount Mgoun.
We will have the full ground support of our good Moroccan friend, Slimane Baadoud, and his wonderful team of Berber Muleteers and their mules. Using their local knowledge and comprehensive equipment, they help make this trek stunning and unforgettable.
Along the way you will come into contact with remote Berber villagers and nomads.
Join us on this wonderful camping adventure. The meals, prepared by a local Berber cook, are varied and delicious, lots of meats and vegetables, salads, fruit and nuts - and vegetarians are well catered for. We'll eat outside, under the stars, or in a large mess-tent, with rugs spread around.
The actual trek is for 10 days, plus there are another two days spent traversing the Atlas Mountains (by minibus) and 3 nights in a hotel in central Marrakech. During the actual trek, we may stay in a Gite d'etap on two nights.
At the end of the tour we usually travel to Essaouira (optional) for a few days rest on the Atlantic Coast...heaven! You may of course, return straight home.
Our local guide, Slimane, is an extremely experienced mountain leader and has hundreds of treks under his belt. Slimane probably knows the mountains better than any otherguide, which is why we put our complete trust in him.
We have a dedicated and loyal team of Berber muleteers, cooks and helpers - who together with their mules will transport all our luggage, tents, sleeping bags and mattresses, cooking utensils, water and food. What is more, they will literally do all the donkey-work for us - and this will be our 20th year with them!
Our cooks prepare delicious and varied meals, using local healthy ingredients. All the food preparation and cooking is done in hygienic conditions and the washing of dishes and erecting of tents, etc, is organised and completed by our trusted muleteers.
The muleteers are a fine bunch of Berber local men, who will get us up dancing and singing around the occasional camp fire. The mules themselves are treated really well and they make the transportation of our gear so much easier - apparently without minding at all - such is the life of a Moroccan mule!
After running some 20 different treks there over the last 20 years, we know how calming it is to simply take time out to be alone with the mountains and the perfect peace which pervades all, away from the modern world - where time and space seem to take on a new dimension.
Each day's walk is approximately 6 hrs of actual walking time, between 8 and 11 miles, with plenty of opportunity for wildlife observation and perhaps swims in deep pools, water permitting. Lunch breaks are very relaxing.
The landscape is mostly rugged and spectacular, with amazing rock formations. There are occasional oases in the valleys with almond trees, date palms, small fields of barley and beans and all the other fruits of the land which the local Berbers and AIT ATTA tribes (nomadic people) live off.
However, we will penetrate a much greener landscape over the last four days of our trek, with several villages and old kasbah's. There are copious gardens full of date palm and fruit trees, roses, barley, poppies and vegetables - with water everywhere. All in all, with such contrasts, it's a stunning environment to spend time in.
There can be an optional number of days 'tagged on' to the holiday, often about four or five, to travel to Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast for a few lazy days by the sea. Essaouira is an old Portugese colonial fortress town, beautifully situated, with a huge beach and an active fishing port. It is also a wonderful place to obtain authentic crafts and rugs, etc.. There are lovely cafes to sip mint tea outside, whilst you fully digest your experiences of the past two weeks.
Included in the package are 3 nights in a hotel, full of real character, in central Marrakech - just minutes from the legendary souks and central square called the "Djemma el Fna", where the essence of Marakech's old medina life throbs around you. A day is spent either end of the 10 day trek, driving over the Tizi-n-Tichka” pass (7500 ft) to Ourazazate and on, to the Valle Draa, where we commence the Jebel Sarhro trek. Then at the end of the trek, we travel back from The Dades Valley, locally known as "The Land of a Thousand Kasbahs". All transport, meals, guidance, camping arrangements and other accommodations are included for 15 days.
The all inclusive cost of the 15 days/14 nights ground package for 2016 was £995 pp, with a small single room suplement in Marrakech.
Please contact us for an individual and fully illustrated 2018 brochure.