The valley of Ait Bougmez is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Morocco, and it’s certainly one of our favourite places – anywhere in the world! It’s a fairytale landscape of farmers’ fields, characteristic adobe villages and has an other-worldliness that draws visitors in search of a mountain escape that combines beauty and rural culture. Tabant, the main village in the valley hosts an excellent Sunday market and the valley (known internationally as “the happy valley”) is the trailhead for an exciting hike up the country’s third highest peak, Jebel M’goun. Equally good as a region for easier grades of walking, given the valley’s wide, flat base, Bougmez is worth the extra effort to access as compared to regions closer to Marrakech.



Dar Itrane is a simple and friendly guesthouse situated in the village of Imelghas, not far from Bougmez’ main settlement, Tabant. The accommodation, in a rambling traditional house, offers views over the valley and surrounding mountains, has a steam room and serves home cooked Moroccan cuisine. Rooms are available on a half board basis and start at around £60 for a double.



Ait Bougmez is one of the best places in Morocco from which to start a hiking adventure. It is possible to be based in one of the many family-run gites in the valley, or to take on a longer hike starting and finishing in the valley. Particularly interesting is the ascent of the 4000m+ peak of M’Goun, which involves at least four physical days of hiking with camping en route. Please contact us for further information.


Best time to visit : March / October
Temperature range : 10-28°C
Infrastructure : small guest houses
Environment : mountain valley
Journey Time : 4 hrs from M’Kech

Ait Bougmez Valley Map


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