Hike Saghro and Draa Valley in 10 Days

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Introduction :

Saghro and Draa Valley Trek: A 10-day trek that combines the Saghro Mountains and the Draa Valley to discover its palm groves, oases and Sahara dunes. Atlas trekking requires preparation like any other mountain trek. Days can be warm and sunny, but mountain weather can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (from fall to late spring). Please do not leave any trash behind. Execute what you bring to the table.

Highlights :

  • Explore the city of Marrakech
  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic Tizi n’Tichka (2260m)
  • Stay overnight in the Roses Valley
  • Attempt the summit of Jbel Saghro (2712m)
  • Walk by the Oufourar Gorge to emerge at the twin rock towers of Bab n’Ali, considered by many to be the jewel of Saghro

Program details :

1 Day 1 : Marrakech–Tichka–Ouarzazat–Tagdilt

After an early departure from Marrakech, we will drive towards Ouarzazate via the Tizi N’ Tichka pass. You will discover the Dades Valley and its thousand Kasbahs and then we will continue south through a desert plateau to the village of Tagdilt.The night will be with the locals at 1650 meters above sea level.The day includes 6 hours of driving.

2 Day 2 : Tagdilt–Col N’Iferd–Irefd -Plateau N’Ouarg (2250 m)

Before we start our 5 ½ hour hike, we will witness the complicated loading of the mules. We will cross a huge plateau before climbing towards the Tizi N’iferd pass (2400m). You can enjoy a beautiful view of the Central High Atlas rock massif.Then we will descend towards the plateau of Iferd . We will pitch our tents on a plateau, 2250 meters above sea level, often traveled by the semi-nomadic herders of Ait Atta.

3 Day 3 : Almou N'Ouarg-Summit of Kouaouck (2600m)-Igli(1700m)

On our third day we will climb to the summit of Kouaouch(2600 m). This climb will not require any technical skills. Our cook will provide a picnic for us. The descent will be via Tassegdilt . We will spend the night in tents in Igli at 1700 meters above sea level. Again, we will be walking for about 5 ½ hours.

4 Day 4 : Igli–The gorges of Afourar–Bab n’Ali–oasis of Ighazzoun

We will spend our fourth day descending down to the Afourar valley which gradually turns into gorges. We’ll pass by the small oasis of Bouallouz, after which we will arrive at Ousdidene. The landscape will open out onto an immense plateau dominated by the peaks of Bab n'Ali. After the climb to the famous Bab n'Ali gate . we will continue our journey to the oasis of Ighazoune.We will spend the night in tents. The day includes 5 hours of walking.

5 Day 5 : Oasis of Ighazoun–Tifdassine–Handour

We will depart Ighazoune around 8:30 and hike through the small pass of Tifdassine, a long descent to the beautiful valley of the same name. We will enjoy a good lunch under the almond trees provided by our cook. We will then take the road back to the village of Handoure. The day includes 5 hours of walking and the night will be at a village homestay.

6 Day 6 : Handoure–Ighazzoun–the Draa Valley–Nesrate

We say good-bye to our muleteers and we will drive to the town of Nkob. We will then descend to the Draa Valley with its magnificent ksars and impressive fortified villages. We will reach the town of Zagora and continue towards the great desert of Nesrat where we will meet our team of camels .We will spend the night in tents. The day includes 4h30 of driving and 2 hours of walking.

7 Day 7 : Nesrat–Bou Gaiwarne Dunes–Tidri Dunes

Our day begins by descending into the Draa Valley and passing through its charming Berber villages of Ignaoun and Moulay Ali Achrif and meet its inhabitants. Then we will head to the village of Zaouiat Sidi Salah (the capital of the region). We will be able to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a cook on the edges of an oasis. After 1 ½ hours of walking we will arrive at our camp at the foot of the big dune of Tidri. We will again spend the night in tents. The day includes 5 hours of walking.

8 Day 8 : Tidri–Erg Sahel

This eighth day will be a beautiful stage during which you willclimb and descend the golden dunes of Tidri. We will cross a Reg (a hard and rocky plateau) with its impressive stone desert. You can enjoy the silence of the Erg Sahel desert. You can stroll through the dunes to enjoy the magnificent sunset at the end of the day. In the evening, we will prepare a campfire and bake bread in the sand. We will spend the night under the tent. The day includes 5 hours of walking.

9 Day 9 : Dunes of Erg Sahel– Ergabi–Oulad Adriss

On our last day of walking you will discover magnificent desert landscapes near the village of Bonou. Lunch will be near the village of Ergabi, after which you can enjoy its adobe architecture. Then we will reach the village of Ouled Driss. We will spend our final night in our tents. The day includes 4 ½ hours of walking.

10 Day 10 : Ouled Driss–Ouarzazate–Marrakech

The last day will be the transfer to Marrakech (450 km) by the Draa Valley road, Ouarzazate and the Tizi N'Tichka pass. Along the way, we will make some photo stops.

Included :

  • Fully escorted by local mountain guide, muleteers and cook
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinners mentioned in itinerary
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Marrakech, 5 nights camping and 2 nights in small hotel
  • Transport: minibus or 4x4 car

Not included :

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Walking poles
  • Tips
  • Soft drinks , Meals not mentioned
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