Trekking with a private camp in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains

A wonderful way to explore this beautiful wilderness area over a period of days

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Where
Morocco
When
Year round
How long
3 nights
How much
From £855 PP
why
Walk over several days in stunning wilderness. A wonderful off-grid experience. Combines easily with a wider Morocco tour
staying in
Lightweight Mobile Camps carried by mules

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 and three nights, starting with a 4-5 hour journey by jeep to the starting point, where your private crew and pack animals await you.  The treks take you up arid hills, plains peppered with sweet scented herbs  and then, suddenly, impossibly lush valleys.

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.

WE WALKED THROUGH DUSTY OCHRE FOOTHILLS, FOLLOWING A THIN STREAM LINED WITH WILD PINK OLEANDERS AND FRAGRANT THYME”

- RICHARD GRANT - THE TELEGRAPH

Day 1

Meet the camp

Your private camp is transported by mules or camels. Watching the art of packing and balancing each animal'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.  

Day 2

Up into the Mountains

Depending on quite how mobile and adventurous you feel like being a choice can be made between the lavish Caidal camp or a simple mobile camp at the planning stage. 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. 

Day 3

Days spent gently exploring

The trekking is gentle, but you should be prepared to walk for several hours a day through varied scenery. The treks we organise are always private so you won't 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. We can arrange riding mules for those who would like a rest from walking.

Nights under the stars

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. At night dinner is eaten in the warmth of the brocaded dining tent.

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Our experienced travellers include:

Rod Tether
Rod Tether
Andrea Hulme
Andrea Hulme
Olly Williams
Olly Williams

It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary.

All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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"Excellent experience - again - from trip design through to execution. Excellent staff in Natural High but also on the trek."

Paul & Liz

Excellent Service

"Really enjoyed the holiday. Was exactly what we were looking for. Service from Natural High was perfect. Would definately recommend and use again."

Patrick and Carmel

THE PERFECT TREK!

"Vanessa from Natural High Safaris provided a very responsive,personal and bespoke service which in turn led to a perfect trip, that was without fault! From our pack mules all the way up to our guide, Oulaid, it was outstanding. We were guided through the most beautiful and remote countryside to camp sites with the most awesome views. Oulaid had really thought about our route and request to be off the beaten track. It was a delight that we did not see any tourist for the whole trek. Our team were professional,hospitable and friendly, delivery a very well prepared and comfortable camp each evening.The camp chef did an amazing job bearing in mind the remoteness of our location, conjuring up very tasty and varied meals each day. If I could book another trip tomorrow I would.Next year beckons!Well done all!!"

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I will definitely plan an expedition with this company again.

"They promptly provided an itinerary in response to our desires. Feedback on the plan was well received. Closer to the time we were connected with our guides to further hone our trip. A group of 5 women, arriving from various destinations, camping and lodges in the desert with extraordinary guides. Yes, the cliche works here...a trip of a lifetime."

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