Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - Vibrant Marrakech at night

Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Morocco   (Holiday ref: AH130137)
6 days, 290 Euro per person

Spend some time hiking in the foothills, valleys and plains of the incredible High Atlas Mountains. Meet the local Berber people and learn of their culture and traditions.

On this 6 day walking holiday tour, you will hike through the Berber villages on the Amizmiz Plain and Valley situated on the north side of the High Atlas Mountain range and discover the rich culture of the Berbers living there.

This wonderful journey will allow you to discover and experience the traditional life of the Berbers and their secular customs, as well as seeing the beautiful walnut and olive trees and other magnificent natural sights in the region.

On this walking holiday in Morocco you shall visit the Berber village of Ait Zitoun known for its olive trees, then we shall proceed on foot to the village of Tizgui to enjoy the panoramic view of the plain of Haouz, and later on we will find the village of Ait Ahmad constructed of clay and stones. On this trip you can experience the local lifestyle of the villages we pass, including Imin' Tala, a large and very important Berber village.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Trek through Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountain
  • Explore the Berber Valley traditions, culture and lifestyle

 

What's included in your Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Marrakech
  • English speaking qualified tour guide
  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • Accommodation during your trip
  • Mules to carry your luggage during days of the trek
  • A cook who prepares all the meals during your holiday (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Spend some time with us on this enthralling walking holiday as we pass through Berber villages in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and discover the beauty the region and the friendliness of the people living there.

Dates and Prices

Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco Dates

These hiking holidays in Morocco are available all year round and you can begin your trek on any date you wish.

Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco Prices

  • 290 Euro per person

Further discounts are available for group sizes over 4 people.

What’s included:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Marrakech
  • English speaking qualified tour guide
  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • Accommodation during your trip
  • Mules to carry your luggage during days of the trek
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Cook who prepares all the meals during the trek
  • All meals during your trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

What’s not included:

  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips/Gratuities
  • Soft drinks (water, soda, wine, beer, etc…)

Location

Morocco is situated on the north west of Africa with the majestic Atlas Mountains running from south west to north east down the backbone of the country. Most of the south east of the country is generally sparsely populated and unproductive economically being as it is in the Sahara Desert. The areas located along the Mediterranean Sea, have a typical Mediterranean climate.

The terrain of Morocco varies between coastal plains, mountains, forests, and the Sahara Desert, which has sand dunes and rocky areas.

The capital of Morocco is the port city of Rabat, but its largest and most famous city is Casablanca. In addition to these two, other major cities in Morocco include Marrakech and Fes (Fez). Jbel Toubkal is the country’s highest point at 4165 meters above sea level.

Culture and Heritage

Moroccan culture is rich is history, arts and sciences. Throughout Morocco you will discover a wide choice of museums, including The Museum of Antiquities and The Ethnographic Museum in Tetouan. The Museum of Moroccan Art is a favourite place to visit, and this houses unique collections of glass objects, manuscripts, exquisite carpets, jewelry, pottery and ancient manuscripts.

For those enjoy live performance, Morocco has may wonderful theatres that present classic, translated and reworked productions of western classics like Shakespeare to modern productions of Moroccan plays, filled with tradition and folklore. Wonderful theatrical venues include the Alliance Franco-Marocaine Theater and the Teatro de Cervantes. Outdoor festivals are common with performances regularly held at the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival and the Amazigh Theater Festival in Casablanca.

Those that live for outdoor adventure will love exploring the wonderful national parks and reserves of Morocco, such as Souss Massa National Park and the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve established through UNESCO.

Getting Here

For U.S. citizens and British and European citizens, passports are required for entry into Morocco, but a visa is not required for stays up to three months. Mohammed V International Airport (CMD) is the main international airport, located approximately 25 km (15 miles) from Casablanca. There are also about 60 regional airports throughout the country, including Marrakech Airport where we shall meet you.

Traveling to Morocco is also simple by ship with cruise lines offering itineraries with regular stops at Morocco’s main port in Casablanca.

Accommodation

Depending on the holiday you chose, you will be accommodated in hotels, gites, ryads (traditional Moroccan house or palaces), guest houses or a comfortable camp will be set up.

Please see the itinerary tab above for more information on the accommodation provided on this tour.

Other Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are you?
A: We are Houssain & Mohamed Braim. Originally from Imlil (a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains), we started out as muleteers with individuals and groups, but for many years now we have organized and lead many successful tours and treks in the Atlas Mountains and around the Kingdom of Morocco.

Q: What is the best time to travel to Morocco ?
A: We fell that the best time to visit Morocco is in the spring (March to May) when the country is lush and in bloom, or in autumn (September to November) after the intense heat of the summer. For winter enthusiasts we also offer the Toubkal winter trek.

Q: Is the food safe to eat during the trek?
A: We take food safety very seriously. For this reason, we we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept accommodation for our routes. If you chose a holiday in Morocco that includes camping accommodation, your cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic clean equipment and facilities are used.

Q: Do you have an airport pick up service?
A: Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall, where he will be displaying a sign with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel or Ryad.

Q: Do you provide any equipment while trekking?
A: On our camping treks we provide all the tents. These are sometimes dome tents and sometimes sturdy A frame tents. Normally people share one tent between two; where they have a foam mattress each. Included in our camp set up are all cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves, candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent. All the main meals while trekking are included, but not snacks. When you stay overnight in local gite accommodation, you will not have to bring any equipment. If you spend the night in the Toubkal Refuge, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or rent one in Imlil).

Q: What is the weather like?
A: Morocco has wildly varied climate. From snow capped peaks to scorching desert dunes, you will find that there is always somewhere to go. Even in the depths of winter the sun tends to produce very pleasant warmth during the middle of the day but please note that there can be a great contrast between day and night temperatures.

Q: How difficult are the treks?
A: The difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness. To give you an indication of the difficulty of the treks, we have graded our treks from 1 to 3:

  • Easy: These tend to be short day treks at low altitudes and they can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life with no special preparation required.
  • Moderate: These treks will usually involve some longer treks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these treks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. A moderate trek may contain some optional difficult days, and so as to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join us in Morocco.
  • Strenuous: These hikes and climbs are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Trekking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, therefore physical stamina is important too.

Q: What kind of clothes are needed for trekking?
A: For trekking in the Atlas Mountains you will need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds. Below is the equipment and clothing that we suggest:

Clothing

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes or slippers for the camp or guesthouses
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Long johns
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves

Equipment

  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
  • Walking stick
  • Day sack/backpack
  • Headtorch/headlamp
  • Small Basic First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
  • Ice axe and crampons (for winter hikes)
  • Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
  • Penknife (very useful). Remember to pack in hold baggage when flying!

Other

  • Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
  • Small rubbish bags to carry out what you carry in
  • Matches (to burn toilet paper for example)
  • Trail snacks
  • Zip-Up bags for camera and other electrical equipment
  • Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Q: Who do you employ?
A: We employ trusted friendly local people whenever possible (muleteers, drivers, guides, guest house owners in the mountains, etc). This allows us to help support the local economy and spread the wealth from private home to local shopkeeper in the village and beyond.

Q: Can we change the itinerary?
A: Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide, however, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. On occasions, local weather conditions may require the trekking route to be altered to ensure the safety of all participants.

“An amazing experience that we will never forget. Thank you for making this adventure to Toubkal successful. We will recommend your company to our friends to visit at once the magnificent Morocco and Toubkal! See you in the near future. Once again, many thanks.”

 

“I had a tour with 2 other friends, and Hussain, our local guide, made it just perfect. He climbs very well, he is nice and he knows the Atlas Mountains like the back of his hand. Just perfect to organise a trip in the Atlas. I strongly recommend him.”

 

“The tour was booked via e-mail with Hussein and everything was exactly as promised. Hussein always responded to every email I sent. There was great service and food on the trip. We had a transfer from Marrakech with private taxi and the taxi driver was always the same and very kind. Hussein was present on our arrival to welcome us and met us before leaving. It is not a large agency, but precisely for this reason it is better for this kind of trip. I recommend this company to everyone!”

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  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - Crossing a small river by mule
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - Let faithful mules carry your baggage as you hike
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - Just one stunning view of Morocco
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - A man and his mule traveling paths in Morocco
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - An old traditional house in Morooco
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - A mule and guide traversing the slope
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - Vibrant Marrakech at night
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - The Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in Morocco
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - Visit Berber villages such as this
  • Amizmiz Valley Walking Holiday in Morocco - The majestic Atlas Mountains

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