Trekking with the Ait Atta
into Morocco’s High Atlas

A chance to experience 21st century nomadic lifestyle first-hand, joining the Ait Atta on their annual migration between Jebel Saghro and the High Atlas.

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TREKKING WITH THE AIT ATTA

This is a highly unusual opportunity to experience 21st century nomadic life first-hand, as organised by Natural High for the Telegraph in the wilderness of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.

Over six days, travel with a family of the Ait Atta, a Berber clan whose origins allegedly date back to Goliath, as they migrate with their livestock from their homeland in Jbel Saghrou through the Dades Valley to the summer pastures in the High Atlas Mountains. Your guide will be a member of the Ait Atta clan.

The Ait Atta live on an immense territory that extends from the High Atlas to the fringes of the Sahara. Each year, depending on grazing requirements and the vagaries of the climate, they follow a seasonal migratory pattern with their livestock and entire households. This journey involves six full days of walking with a nomadic family and takes you into the stunning M’goun Massif in the High Atlas mountains, where the sense of wilderness and dramatic landscapes are intoxicating.

The trek provides an insight into the lifestyle of the nomads, with the chance to share and closely experience their daily life during the seasonal migration as they travel, accompanied by their herds of sheep, goats, mules, donkeys and household. 

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Why we love this mountain experience

This is far from a standard tourist experience; travelling with the nomadic Ait Atta means fitting into the organisation of the caravan and accepting the decisions of the nomads’ chief for the breaks, campsites and departure times.

It also requires that each member of the team helps with simple chores; loading pack animals, collecting the firewood, gathering sheep and goats. However, while this will be a relatively unstructured journey with potential for surprises, it is unlikely to be anything but a unique experience.

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  • Private treks with Berber guides
  • Simple camps carried on the back of mules
  • Panoramic mountain views
  • Traditional food cooked over campfire
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““As you walk, you remember how to savour the present moment. It’s something many of us have forgotten to do in our daily lives, and it’s deeply good for the soul.”
– Alex Edwards, Natural High

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“We walked through dusty ochre foothills, following a thin stream lined with wild pink oleanders and fragrant thyme. The nomads moved with a loose, fluid gait that covered ground with deceptive speed. Khalid’s father fell further and further behind, but the expression on his face was pure joy.

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How fit do you need to be to trek with the Ait Atta?

The hike requires a certain degree of fitness, although it is accompanied by pack mules and camels to carry luggage, food supplies and the wherewithal for a simple camp.  Ideally you should have some previous mountain walking experience and be in good health and physical condition. The daily gain in altitude ranges between 500 to 900 metres. The trails we take have no particular danger and the duration of walking is from five to six hours per day.

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