HIKING IN AIT BOUGMEZ

MARRAKECH, HIGH ATLAS AIT BOUGMEZ

In Morocco we have many favourite places, but very close to the top of our list is Ait Bougmez. Down the years we have accumulated friends, experiences and great memories, and many of our team come from what is arguably the most beautiful mountain valley in Morocco. Trekkers refer to Bougmez as “The Happy Valley” on account of the exceptionally friendly and welcoming disposition of its inhabitants. In addition to the friendliness, it’s a place of mellow mud villages shaded by walnut trees, farmer’s fields criss-crossed with tiny streams, a network of scenic footpaths and a backdrop of towering mountains. The hiking plan in the valley is adaptable to individual requirements – from gentle walks in the valley, to a combination of valley and mountain hikes, as well as the possibility of climbing the highest mountain in the region, M’Goun, a towering peak that sits over 4000m above sea level. Accommodation is simple, from family run gites to one or two guesthouses, and mountain forays can be organised staying overnight in tents. In this suggested programme we include two nights at the start in Marrakech and one at the finish to round off the week, and add-ons can easily be arranged.

DAY 1

– Arrive Marrakech, meet English-speaking driver and transfer to the Marrakech medina for a two night stay on a bed and breakfast basis in a traditional “riad” guesthouse.

DAY 2

-Half day city tour of the ancient medina, or at leisure. Overnight hotel.

DAY 3

– Transfer to the High Atlas Mountain valley of Ait Bougmez, via the Ouzoud Falls, evening warm up hike with a guide and four nights in the valley or a combination of valley and high mountain stays.

DAY 4

– Walks to suit all fitness levels from your accommodation. Overnight in Berber village.

DAY 5

– Walks to suit all fitness levels from your accommodation. Overnight in Berber village.

DAY 6

– Walks to suit all fitness levels from your accommodation. Overnight in Berber village.

DAY 7

– Transfer back to Marrakech for an overnight stay in a riad or hotel.

DAY 8

– Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for onward travel.

Prices from £550 per person based on two travelling.

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Please note that this itinerary is our suggestion. Please get in touch with us at escape@epicmorocco.co.uk to discuss your exact requirements.