Oasis of Saghro and Dades Valley

Guided

Trip Style

Adventurous/Mountainous

Availability

October to April
Minimum 2 ppl

Highlight

Oasis’s, camping under the stars; summit of Amalou

Price from

758 EUR

 

Grade

This walking holiday in Morocco will be like no other walking holiday. Camping out under the stars each night and roaming through valley and mountains where many nomads still ramble from one oasis to the next. Enjoy freshly prepared Moroccan cuisine under the shade of a palm or almond tree. You will truly feel like you have stepped back in time and get to meet the few people of this area that call it home.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Arrive Marrakech


We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. If you have time explore this vibrant city with its many bustling souks and wondrous sights.

Day 2: Marrakech to Tifrit (7hr drive)


Today you will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am and head for the High Atlas Mountains. The first stop will be at Taddert for a coffee and toilet break if needed. Continuing on you will cross the Tichka pass and then stop for lunch at Ouarzazate. After lunch, you will pass through the Saoune Oasis, up to the Saoune Pass where views of Mgoun Summit and down the Draa Valley can be appreciated. A final stop before reaching Tifrit will be in Agdez where you will pick up water. After crossing the Draa river on the south side of the Saghro massif, you will arrive in the village of Tifrit.

Day 3: Tifrit to Amguis (5hr30)


Setting out at 8 am the walk today will start with a small ascent that will give you a view over the henna fields that are grown in the region. Descending down, you will arrive at Berber village of Handour. Following the stony river you will then reach Igue Valley where you can rest under the palm trees before continuing to the village of Tiguiza and Tifdassine Oasis where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you will continue up and over a small pass to Irhazzoune Valley where you will see more almond trees than palm trees. Passing by a small oasis you will then arrive at Amguis. This small berber village is made up of 3 families that used to be nomads.

Day 4: Amguis to Tazloute (5hr)


The walk today is much easier than yesterday and you will have the opportunity to see some wonderful rock formations. From the Amguis Valley where you will meet nomads with their camels and goats, you will walk up to the Bab n Ali door. From here you will be greeted with an amazing view over the next village and oasis. Walking down then to the Ousdidene Oasis you will enjoy lunch under the shade of the almonds trees. In the afternoon the walk will take you around the mountains to reach your camp for the night which is near a waterfall that may or may not have water depending on what the rainy season was like.

Day 5: Tazloute to Arouagh (5hr)

Today is a lovely day walking back to where we had lunch yesterday and then heading for the gorges, which depending on the rainy season may have lots of water.  From the gorges you will then join a mule track to Bouallouz Oasis for a break at this natural swimming pool.  Continuing on, you will go to Afourar Village then up to the pass providing a view back over the gorges you have walked through.  Crossing the plateau you will then come to the Iggli Valley where you will stop for lunch under the almond trees.  After lunch, the walk will continue up pass some yellow rocks to the nomad place Geode where camp awaits for the night at 1900m.

Day 6: Arouagh to Ifred (5hr)


The walk today continues up to Tassigdelt pass at 2200m then onto another pass at 2450m and then the first summit of today, Kouaoutch at 2600m. From here, a short climb will take you to the next summit of Amalou at 2712m and the top of the Saghrlo massif. Enjoy the sweeping panoramic view before the stony downhill trek to join a mule track to continue down to Almou n Ouarg for lunch. After lunch, there is just a short walk up to the camp on the Ifred pass (2500m) where you can relax and really soak in the views. As this is the highest camping ground, you will find it cooler tonight than others so be sure to have some extra layers for tonight.

Day 7: Ifred to Marrakech (4hr30 walking/3hr30 drive)


An early start today will see an initial small climb before the long trail down to Tislit ouzerzam and then Allili. A few minutes rest can be taken here before continuing the descent to Tagdilte Farms and our lunch stop for today. Afterwards, a taxi will take you to Boumalne Dades so you can enjoy Dades Valley. From here, you will continue to Ouarzazte on your way back now to Marrakech for your last night.

Day 8: Check Out


If you have time before going to the airport why not visit some of the nearby cultural sights, palaces or gardens. Prior to your flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • Hotel in Marrakech Night 1st and 7th
  • Food : 3 meals/day from midday day 2 to midday day 7
  • Mountain Guide
  • 1 mule for 2 persons/luggage
  • Tent/ 2 persons : 2 seats + Materass/person
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Transport to Start point Trek Day 2 and Back to Marrakech Day 7
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Extra nights stay in Marrakech

Access

Way in/Way out:

From Dublin Ryanair do direct flights to Marrakech.

From London Ryanair fly from Luton and Stansted; Easy Jet, British Airways and Thomson fly from Gatwick.

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