Drive south through the Tiz n Tichka pass in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains, then east to the Valley of the Roses to find the starting point for treks through hidden valleys where life remains almost biblical
Here Berber communities live lives dependent on their flocks - with few signs of modern life and its trappings; cars, electricity and even roads.
Our trekking itineraries in Morocco are typically four days/three nights, starting with a 4-5 hour journey by jeep to the starting point, where your private crew and camels await you. The treks take you up arid hills, plains peppered with sweet scented herbs and then, suddenly, impossibly lush valleys. Take a look at some sample trips for Morocco
Stone sheep folds yield up their flocks each morning, tended by nomadic Berber families, children appear and follow you, shy and curious, before peeling away as you walk on. Village men tend iridescent terraces of barley dotted with apple and almond orchards. These are biblical scenes and each day brings something new.
Your private camp is transported by camel. Watching the art of packing and balancing each camel’s load early in the morning by an expert crew is worth delaying the start of the day’s walking. Tents are white canvas, roomy and comfortable, with soft mattresses and colourful Berber carpets. A private washing tent with sectioned off shower and loo arrangement make this experience far from basic.
Your Berber cook produces food that would rival the best restaurants in Marrakech eaten in a silk lined tent, sitting low on cushions around a candlelit table. Mint tea and mineral water are provided but alcohol can easily be brought.
Breakfast consists of flat bread, baked on hot fire stones the night before, fig jams, soft sweet pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice. Delicately spiced soup and tagines prepared with all the knowledge of centuries of Berber cuisine are produced each evening, meals completed with sweet pastries and mint tea poured high from silver pots.
The trekking is gentle and the route can be planned in advance to suit you – whether you wish to walk 8 hours a day or 4. The treks we organise are always private so you wont join a group of strangers. You're accompanied by an experienced Berber guide and a crew of around 6, made up of muleteers, camel drivers and a cook.
A long lunch is taken each day, carried by the ‘lunch mule’. Expect something along the lines of lamb kebabs, tuna salads or a vegetable couscous, never a hasty sandwich. Mattresses are carried by the mule and midday siestas punctuate the day’s walking giving plenty of opportunity to contemplate your surroundins at your liesure.
The days spent walking are a time of peace, isolation from the 20th century world and spectacular scenery but as the trek ends you return slowly to modern Morocco, visiting the artisan industries of rose water production in the fragrant Valley of the Roses. It is worth extending the return journey to Marrakech with a visit to the crumbling but magnificent Glaoui Kasbah, home to the Lord of the Atlas.