Transfer to Sefoumt. The road is beautiful and varied. Quickly, we enter the valley of Asni and its villages of red soil surrounded by wheat fields and dominated by the foothills of the Atlas, then Ouirgane, beautiful village clinging to the mountainside, at 1000 meters. The road rises to the tizi n’Test, at 2130 meters, before diving into the Taliouine region, famous for its argan trees; we are at the edge of the Anti-Atlas and the plain of Souss. We return to the plateau. Two hour walk in the cultivated fields, then in splendid gorges and a superb valley that shelters some hamlets. Camping (1544m).
The arid and austere landscape gives way to the green valley of the assif n’Aït Oubyal planted with barley, rice and saffron. We cross the villages of Aït Esine, Aït Marouf, Aït Amrane, then there is an imposing set of basaltic organs, before reaching Tizgui and its collective graniers.
It’s a great day to discover the traditional way of life; the villages are magnificent, hanging on the slopes or built at the bottom of the valley, their walls of dry stones and soil are enlivened by windows and iron doors painted with bright colours. The women, with colours on their head and dressed in long multicolored skirts, cut the grass for the cows that stay at the barn ; the men, usually with a tagelmust and their burnous, come home with their donkeys carrying dry branches that will be used in the kitchen ; here and there there are sheep and goat flocks passing by. Camping at Aghbalou Tizgui (2400 m).
About 2 hours easy walking and very pleasant along a small stream that runs permanently; the limpid water happily leaps from pebble to pebble; the mule path slowly ascends along this green ribbon. Then, for a short hour, we follow small paths that zigzag between tufts of thorny. This is the summit of Guiliz (2900 m). The view is magnificent over the Siroua and the valley that we went to yesterday. An hour of easy descent to reach the valley that we abandoned to “reach the summit”: at first it is very dry and rocky, then we reach superb sheepfold isolated or grouped near the sources and magnificent terraced gardens; villagers move in early spring to plow and sow barley; they will return in the summer for the harvest. Overnight close to the stream, near the Tagragra caves (2600 m), inhabited by the shepherds of the Beni M’Zguid.
A very varied day: picturesque gorges and rocky chaos, mineral world and green valleys. In two or three hours we are on the ridge; the path zigzags between the thorns (but it is very easy to walk), then go through the middle of big blocks of sometimes surprising shapes, which stand out against the sky, before reaching the rocky peak of Siroua. In 20 minutes, we reach the summit; certain parts will need the help of our hands. The view is exceptional over the High-Atlas, Ouarzazate or the Anti Atlas. Descent. The path crosses the much eroded relief – superb moment -, then there are some tiny fields attached to the mountain, before some beautiful slopes cultivated terraces where saffron, barley and wheat grow. Camping close to the sheepfold of Tissouitine (2450 m), beautiful hamlet of dry rock at the foot of stacks of volcanic white ash.
We continue our descent in this superb valley where a small wadi runs; the villagers built irrigation channels to have beautiful crops. Magnificent sheepfold, leaned on some large rocks, enclosed by high walls of dry stones. These are true hamlet of alpine pasture. A room where the family’s belongings are stocked under lock, shelters and pens are provided for sheep and goats. Then, it is the climb to Anzounmer pass (2732 m), from where the view extends to the High Atlas. Descent by a good path in laces in a gorge, then along some saffron fields, before reaching the villages of Aït Ighmour and Idoughagh. Beautiful and huge walnut trees give shadow to our path along the wadi. We go back quietly in the hills covered with mugwort plants. Hike among beautiful gorges. The cliffs give way little by little to a more round relief, the valley gets bigger, goats and sheep come graze and drink water in the middle of pink laurels. Arrival to the village of Tinzarine, built at the foot of rocky peaks. Camping near the village.
After two hours walking in a magnificent landscape dotted of small villages, we reach the vehicle at Tamazight. Return to Marrakech by the road of tizi n’Tichka (2260 m) and its jagged mountain landscape. Arrival in the afternoon to Marrakech.
Easy “pre-saharan” trekking
5 h walk daily, for 4 days – 2 days with 2 hours
5 nights in a tent
Highest point of the Anti-Atlas, the djebel Siroua is old exploded volcano. Charming valleys where wadis flow with clean water; valley villages with high altitude sheepfold; deep gorges with small valleys; terraced fields with bare ridges… A preserved secret land, with rooted traditions.
What’s included in the price
– All land transport as described in the program in reserved vehicles for the group (minibus).
– Lodging as described, 5 nights in a tent.
– Full meal plan during the trip.
– The collective and individual kitchen equipment.
— An Aventure Berbère guide, from Morocco and English-speaking.
— The assistance from a local team (drivers, porters, cook).
— A first aid kit for the group.
What’s not included in the price
– Single tent supplement.
– Repatriation insurance.
– Everything that is not in the « What’s included in the price » section.