Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - Mules faithfully carrying your luggage

Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Morocco   (Holiday ref: AH130134)
4 days, 200 Euro per person

On this superb walking holiday in Morocco you will spend time hiking through magnificent valleys in the High Atlas mountains and meet the Berber people to learn of their culture and lifestyle.

Spend 4 wonderful days exploring the high peaks of the Atlas Mountains on foot.

Hiking amongst the cool vegetation of juniper and pine trees as you make your way through three splendid valleys is an excellent way to rejuvenate your mind and body. On this hiking holiday you will travel across deep gorges, gushing river streams and beautiful groves of cherry and walnut trees. Your friendly guide will lead you on a majestic hike up and down the beautiful hills and valleys of Morocco and you will pass through age-old Berber villages and meet the locals.

These beautiful valleys are home to tiny hamlets and villages of the ethnic Berbers, a herding and farming community with a colourful history and friendly manner. You will have the opportunity to visit their homes and interact with them so that you may discover more about their traditions and customs. Whilst hiking you will pass by their terraced fields of corn and barley and get a glimpse of their day to day living.

 

Tour Highlights

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

 

What's included:

  • English/French speaking Berber tour leader
  • 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 this year on a unique hiking holiday in Morocco. Experience the beauty of the valleys of the High Atlas Mountains and get to know the wonderful Berber people and learn of their traditions and customs.

 

Dates and Prices

Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday Dates

These walking holidays in Morocco are available throughout the year and you can begin your trek on any date you wish.

Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday Prices

  • 200 Euro per person

Further discounts are available for group sizes over 4 people.

What’s included:

  • English, French speaking Berber tour leader
  • 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.

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.

“It was a nice trekking experience, although in monsoon season, we didn’t have an opportunity to get the fascinating view of the Mount Toubkal (4167m). Food and accommodation is fantastic. We strongly recommended your esteemed organization. Thanks!”

 

“I had a tour with 2 other friends. Hussain, our local guide, made it just perfect. He climbs very well, he is friendly 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 and this holiday.”

 

“Thank you for organizing our tour of the Toubkal and deserts, Kasbahs and gorges. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and got to experience a little of the real Morocco. The guides were knowledgeable in all aspects of trekking matters from diversity of cultures to environmental concern, and the guide and driver provided were friendly. I hope to visit your country again soon.”

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  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - Vibrant Marrakech at night
  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - Berber village in the Imenane Valley
  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - Looking down onto a turquoise lake
  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - Mules faithfully carrying your luggage
  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - The mules make light work of your bags as you walk
  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - One of the Berber villages that you may visit
  • Three Valley & Berber Villages Hiking Holiday - A superb vista of the Atlas Mountains

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