Day 1, Marrakech
Upon arrival at Marrakech airport, you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city or just relax at the hotel. This evening we take a group meal together at the hotel.
Day 2, Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs
After breakfast, we depart the city and head out across the Western High Atlas. We head southeast across Haouz Plain and wind our way up to the Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) – Morocco’s highest road pass. We continue through the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs. Along drive brings us to Tagdilt where we overnight in a simple village house – perfect for a cultural introduction as well as being the starting point for our walk the next day.
Day 3, Tizi Ouzarzam Pass
Today we meet our trekking crew who will accompany us for the next few days. Our trek takes us through a small oasis dotted with fields of barley and slopes of fig trees eventually we make our way through an incredible valley before heading uphill onto the volcanic sides of the Saghro. The landscape is full of deep gorges and red rocky peak and hidden amongst the terrain are Ait Atta nomadic camps and local shepherds with their grazing flock. We make our camp after passing through Tizi Ouzarzam Pass (2300m).
Day 4, Mount Kouaouch
Today we seek altitude and make tracks for Mount Kouaouch at 2600m – Once we reach the highest point of our journey today, we will be rewarded with the incredible views of some of the most beautiful mountains in Africa as well as the snow-capped peak of Mount Mgoun. After we have taken our amazing summit photos we start our descent to the campsite on the rocks of Tassigdelt, known as the Camel’s Hump!
Day 5, Tadaout ‘n Tablah
Today we experience a total contrast as we head up on high plateaux of Tadaout ‘n Tablah. This amazing region is famous for its incredible rock formations including the Elephant’s Head, Organ Pipe and Camel’s Head and the mighty Bab n’Ali known as Ali’s Gate. As we stand below the 60m monoliths in an area very similar to Monument Valley in the USA. Our campsite tonight is very close to Ali’s Gate.
Day 6, Hanedour Valley
Ali’s Gate – Hanedour Valley. Our journey today takes us through some scenery not too dissimilar to that of the American southwest – lots of quirky rock formations and monoliths. We’ll pass many dirt roads that are still used as trade routes with the neighbouring Sahara Desert as we continue to the foothills on the other side of the Jebel Sahro. We’ll pass through small villages, hamlets and farms in the Hanedour Valley. The are is known for producing wheat, clover, carrots, tomatoes, chillies and orchards of almond trees. Tonight we set up camp for the last time before heading back to Marrakech tomorrow.
Day 7, Tizi n’Tichka
Today we make our final journey back to Marrakech. We head past the snow-capped Atlas peaks and across the Draa River. We stop briefly in Ouarzazate – ‘the Hollywood of North Africa’ – where blockbusters such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and the Prince of Persia were filmed. Once again we drive over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass before our afternoon arrival into Marrakech. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Marrakech before we meet tonight for our last dinner together.
Day 8, Marrakech
Today offers free time for you to independently explore Marrakech, before your return flight.
Deposit: £170 per person | Dates: 20 – 27 Apr 2020
Group Size: 8 | Fitness Level: Medium
Kev Sidford FRGS, International Mountain Leader
Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
Ideally, your footwear needs to be lightweight and fabric. You will only suffer wearing new boots so make sure they are well bedded in but equally not falling to pieces. Please note feet tend to expand in your boots after a long day in the desert so allow for some swelling of the foot. A sewn in tongue will help to keep invasive sand, Goretex is not a lot of use in the desert so save some pennies as it reduces breathability.
AdventureCode recommends Altberg but equally, there are other good brands such as Lowa and Meindl.
It’s well worth getting your feet measured and finding a boot that you’re really happy with. A desert expedition can be hard on your feet so take the time to find the best desert boot for you.
SOCKS TO COMPLIMENT YOUR BOOTS
Wearing synthetic socks is a passport to trench foot we suggest wool or natural fibres is a preferred option because of the natural wicking properties.
Lightweight cotton combat trousers are most versatile for desert conditions There are also some alternative nylon options with elastane for extra stretch. A zip off version gives the flexibility both as shorts and river crossing in areas like Morocco. Wearing shorts all day is NOT RECOMMENDED due to exposure from the sun.
When considering buying appropriate clothing these are the qualities that are required; breathability and durable. Thinking underwear cotton retains moisture which will cause chafing and possible sweat rash. Ideally, underwear should have moisture-wicking properties.
TOP HALF PROTECTION
As previously mentioned in the legwear section cotton is the fabric to have in the desert. Moisture retention creates a cooling effect which can be a blessing. All shirts should be long sleeve this gives extra protection against the sun and avoids endless applications of suncream which also attracts windblown sand that will then promote sunburn. In the evenings it can get cold a synthetic duvet jacket that can be packed to smaller than a kilo of sugar.
Like operating in the snow you need to protect your eyes from reflections on the ground, the sides and above so eye protection needs to cover the eye socket. Ideally, lenses should be Grey, Brown or Polarised Grey. AdventureCode recommends RXSport, Great North Road, Wittering, Peterborough PE8 6BX For sat navs please use postcode: PE8 6DF firstname.lastname@example.org
A must is wide-brimmed and made of cotton or breathable natural fibres, do not even think of a baseball cap as they do not provide enough sun protection around the neck and cheeks. Warning some sun hats can be heavy and non-breathable at AdventureCode we recommend a lightweight Tilley Hat or Brazilian Tarp Hat a wind cord will be really useful. Alternatively go local and wear a Shesh.
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Tour Cost: £850 per person | Deposit: £170 per person
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