Undiscovered Atlas

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Trip code: 
TMA
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–16
Min age:
16

Remote trek amongst beautiful terraced valleys and stunning desert oases of Morocco

A fantastic winter trek in the dramatic and isolated Anti-Atlas mountains. Marvel at kasbahs perched above terraced valleys and wide oases, as well as distant peaks fading into the desert haze. The ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m) provides wonderful views of the snow-covered High Atlas. Walking through small Berber villages brings you closer to the locals and their way of life. The trek ends in Taroudant, with time to experience the souks and the ancient city walls.

Highlights

  • A genuinely remote trek in the stunning Anti Atlas
  • Fantastic mountain scenery of terraced valleys, in the isolated southwest
  • Scenic campsites close to local villages

Key information

  • 5 nights wild camping, 2 nights 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2531m, average 1830m
  • Travel by private minibus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

6 hours average walking per day. 

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 322.0km/13.7miles
Day 416.0km/9.9miles
Day 520.0km/12.4miles
Day 622.0km/13.7miles
Day 713.0km/8.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Agadir.

    Start Agadir; joining the group in the early evening for the group briefing. 

    Hotel Golden Tulip or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to Taroudant for lunch; continue to Irghem. Trek to first campsite.

    From Agadir we drive inland to Taroudant where we'll enjoy a brief tour, including time for a coffee on the square. We have lunch in the oasis of Tiout before continuing onto Ighrem, a copper town that has survived for centuries on its trade of pots and water urns with the Saharan caravans. It lies on a plateau near the Tizi'n'Touzlimt pass (1820m), where the road to Tata and the desert landscape meet the Anti-Atlas range. Here we start our trek into the mountains towards our camping spot for the evening, Tagragra No. 1. Perched on a plateau the sunrise in the morning is well worth any early night.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk to village of Tagdicht, a long but diverse day.

    A long first day as we climb over a col and then a series of spurs before entering a broad valley. After a picnic lunch we continue past an abandoned mine towards the head of the valley eventually reaching the beautiful village of Amal. Finally we cross over a pass for the final stretch of today's walk in the beautiful evening light to the village of Tagdicht. Here we camp on a traditional 'threshing' platform that lies between the many agricultural terraces and is just outside a village at the foot of Jebel Aklim.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m).

    Today is a steeper day's walking. We climb Jebel Aklim (2531m), one of the highest summits in the Anti-Atlas, that offers excellent views to the High Atlas as well as Jebel Siroua. The summit is reached via a high col and a series of spurs. Pausing for a scenic picnic lunch we then descend to our camp at Tagragra No.2. This area is one of the most remote in this range, yet is still surrounded by Berber villages. The valleys are full of brightly dressed women and children at the time of harvest, working in the fields.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Three day complete circuit of Aklim Range.

    We travel from Tagragra through the wonderfully remote village of Irtem. Walking through these villages, we have the opportunity to chat with the Berber people, enjoy their friendly conversation, (mainly through hand gestures and basic French), and gain true insight into their traditional way of life. We finally arrive at our campsite for the evening close to the village of M'dint (City of Cats). Nestled in a valley of olive groves and small trickling streams the camp site is protected from the elements and provides a peaceful resting spot.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Continue our trek through this stunning remote region. With a chance to swim in natural pools.

    Leaving the village of M'dint, we cross two cols, slowly weaving our way up the valley. The villagers are very friendly and if we are lucky we may get invited in to try some mint tea and local delicacies. Passing through ancient olive plantations we admire the irrigation channels before resting for a picnic lunch under the shady trees. Be sure to hunt out the small river for a soothing paddle! We work our way up the last pass of Tizgue for a steady uphill push, well worth it as we are rewarded with views of our entire route. Our campsite rests next to ancient argan trees and there is a natural series of rock pools where we can enjoy a swim and a wash as the sun sets.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Final day in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Drive to Oulad Berhil and Taroudant.

    Today offers picturesque walking through the date palms and rocky landscapes of the Anti-Atlas. We walk along a dry riverbed (wadi) before arriving at Anammer village for our final picnic lunch. In the early afternoon we transfer by minibus to Oulad Berhil, a journey of around 1 hour. After check in at our Riad, there will the option to rest and relax or make the short journey to Taroudant  (45 minutes) where we are free to explore the city, dubbed 'Marrakech in miniature'. There is the chance to visit the souk for some authentic Moroccan souvenirs or relax in one of the hammam steam baths before our farewell meal.

    Riad Hida or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Agadir; fly to London

    Today we will check out of our Riad, and make our way to Agadir via Taroudant, where again there will be time to wander around and pick up any last minute souvenirs.  Those on the group flights are taken to Agadir Airport in time for their flight, which is usually in the evening. For those not on the group flights, the trip ends in Taroudant. It is possible to join the group transfer to Agadir Airport with prior arrangement.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

Moroccan food is generally speaking, excellent. At the beginning and the end of the trek there will be the opportunity to eat in restaurants where meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards.

On the trek all of the food is provided.

Breakfast is likely to consist of a variety of breads with jam and other condiments as well as tea and coffee, and porridge. Protein or fruit is a rarity.

Lunch is usually plenty of salads, plus a hote dish and vegetables. Dinner usually sees a variety of dishes served that include seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as some meat and tinned fish as well as various rice, lentil and bean dishes. The choice tends to be large so there is usually something for everyone. It is certainly not limited to cous cous and tagine and is often commented as a highlight of the trip!

Vegetarians can be catered for and there is usually a variety of bean/pulse dishes as well as omelettes and vegetables. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.

Bottled water can be purchased at the beginning of the trip and the team will store this for you throughout the trek, please note however that recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are increasingly a waste problem. Alternatively, there will be opportunities to fill your water bottles up from taps. This will need to be purified so please bring your own purification tablets of needed and purify for 2 hours or as instructed on the packet. This is a popular choice to avoid purchasing plastic bottles.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section). Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

 

Weather

For winter treks, the days are usually warm (above 20ºC) in Agadir and Taroudant while the nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping to 5ºC. Rain cannot be ruled out but is unlikely to be prolonged. On trek, the days should be warm (15-20ºC) with clear skies, but the nights are generally cold and sometimes drop below freezing. On the high ridges and summits there is often snow but not normally enough to stop us walking. Very occasionally snow has been known at lower altitudes but it does not lie for long. For spring and autumn treks, the days are pleasant (20-26ºC) in Agadir and Taroudant and the nights mild. Rain is infrequent. On trek the days should be warm to hot (18- 28ºC with clear skies and strong sun) the nights will be cool (8-18ºC). At this time of year it is unlikely there will be any snow on the higher ridges. Rain cannot be ruled out but is unlikely to be prolonged. Please note mountain weather is always unpredictable and as a result we may very occasionally be forced to amend the itinerary for part of the trek.

Is this trip for you?

This trip includes 5 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. The maximum altitude is 2531m, with an overall average of 1830m. This trek involves walking on rough trails and paths scattered with loose stones; some days are demanding although no great altitude is reached and there are no great extremes of temperature to contend with. It is possible that on some nights there may be a frost, especially between November and February.

Hotel accommodation on this trip is basic, but clean and comfortable. All nights camping are wild with no showers, but a basic toilet block is set up, for us to use. In recent months local authorities have been clamping down on wild camping, despite it being perfectly legal. It may happen that we have to move to gites on some nights. 

Please note Ramadan runs from 5th May - 4th June 2019 and 23rd April to 23rd May 2020 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at sundown.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

Camping on this trip is always full service but in wild camps, as official campsites simply do not exist in the areas we visit. Wild camping means there is no ablutions or toilet block. A basic toilet tent is erected at each camp. All camp chores are done for you from erecting and dismantling your tent to all the cooking and washing up. A table and chairs are also provided for meal times.

On our last night we stay in the pretty Riad Hida, on the road back to Taroudant near the village of Souss. It offers an outdoor pool with a furnished terrace and a beautiful Moroccan style garden. The perfect place to relax after 4 days under canvas. Single room (for hotel nights only) on this trip subject to availability and on request

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2019
    Jacqueline Keatinge

    Travelling around

    A great trek to take in the Anti Atlas. Traditional villages, blossoming almond trees, and unexpected blooming mountainsides. Delicious food, guides, Lahcen and Hassan were excellent and able to set a steady pace, catering for all levels. Fabulous fellow trekkers made it unforgettable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finishing the trek!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lahcen was excellent. Managed all levels of fitness very well. He and Hassan worked very well together. Both full of local information, not only about the people but the flora & fauna as well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare to enjoy yourself. Don't worry about anything, it will all be organised and looked after.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An unexpected delightful experience due to very good organisation, excellent guides and a fabulous group.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Jacqueline Keatinge

    Travelling around

    A great trek to take in the Anti Atlas. Traditional villages, blossoming almond trees, and unexpected blooming mountainsides. Delicious food, guides, Lahcen and Hassan were excellent and able to set a steady pace, catering for all levels. Fabulous fellow trekkers made it unforgettable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finishing the trek!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lahcen was excellent. Managed all levels of fitness very well. He and Hassan worked very well together. Both full of local information, not only about the people but the flora & fauna as well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare to enjoy yourself. Don't worry about anything, it will all be organised and looked after.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An unexpected delightful experience due to very good organisation, excellent guides and a fabulous group.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Sam Prout

    Perfect

    A wonderful get away from it all trek, well organised, great scenery, food, leaders and fellow travellers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The night skies were truly amazing, so many stars and no light pollution at all.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leaders Lahcen and Hassan and the team were fantastic, knowledgeable and helpful and looked afer us really well.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would happily go to Morocco again.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Yvonne Meronti

    Rocks

    One of our best trips with Exodus, great trekking weather but a tad chilly at night. Loved the vast expanses of beautiful stratus, cliffs, mountains, river beds and Beautiful old isolated villages. Lahcen and Hassan were the most fun professional guides and nothing was too much trouble. Would certainly return to Morocco 👏👏

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Totally amazing guides in every respect!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book now for Undiscovered Atlas.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Claire Harman

    Excellent all round (and up and down...)

    Excellent trip, fantastic food, really good group and guides who were experienced, knowledgeable and genuine. Would go again in a heart beat!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We all reached the summit together and the views all week we’re phenomenal.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Group leader was friendly, genuinely caring and brilliant at ensuring we all stayed together. He made us feel welcome from the very start and was part of the fun.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Julie Dickson

    Stunning scenery

    This is a fab trip to get away from it all. Stunning scenery, remote locations make you feel you have stepped back in time and are seeing a people who have lived the same way for centuries. We saw no-one except villagers who came out to smile and watch people mad enough to walk fur pleasure. We were looked after brilliantly by our guides and their team. The food was plentiful and delicious. Having no internet relaxed the brain! A wonderful relaxing trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Supporting all of the team todo the walk and get to the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - friendly, kiva and caring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are reasonably fit and have walked 10 miles plus at home then you will be able to do this (and enjoy it). Walking poles are a really good idea as they help on the scree which there is lots of.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Alex Jacobs

    Amazing Holiday!

    This is a wonderful, wild trek in the anti-atlas mountains. Stunning scenery in brilliant remote landscapes - we didn't see another tourist all week. The walking is not too challenging, but has enough uphill sections to make you feel you've earned your delicious lunch and dinner. The campsites were in incredible locations. Our guides Lahcen and Hassan were brilliant - so attentive, kind, and supportive - as were the fellow travellers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on the top of Jebel Aklim with panoramic views and a picnic lunch.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Cameron Edwards

    Excellent trip with excellent guides

    Had an extremely good time on this trip, and would definitely use Exodus again

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of the mountain range we were climbing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good, made sure to show us all the important parts, and had the answer to all our questions
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Kate Newbold

    Undiscovered Atlas

    What an excellent trip. The scenery was stunning, night skies breathe taking, the sunsets and sunrises beautiful. Lassan, our guide had great local knowledge, was patient, paced well and always had a plan B when required. We received great support from the whole team and special mention to the chef Hussain who produced very tasty food. The walking was great, hard at times but pitched at the right level. The icing on the cake was a great bunch of fellow traveller. A most excellent adventure indeed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Feeling like you are wandering in the wilderness, just our group and no other tourists.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is our third Exodus trip and certainly will not be our last.
  • Reviewed December 2018
    jim braiden

    Undiscovered Atlas

    Great trek- hard slog but worth it- stunning scenery- first class support from Lassan our guide and his team - particularly our cook Hussein- who was superb. Weather was great- tents etc very comfortable. Highlights- lunch under tree shade in Berber village, dip in mountain pool on second last day and the superb Riad we stayed at on last night. As usual with Exodus a first class experience- made even better by the people in the group - great bunch

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ascending Jebel Aklim

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lassan -fantastic, patient, competent, always has a fall back plan- he even remembered me from a previous trip - he was a junior guide when I did Toubkal

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes Last night in Riad - lovely place but no toiletries - so bring soap and shampoo !

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