Undiscovered Atlas

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

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:
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5

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

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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 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 Taroudant where we have the rest of the day 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.

    Raid Hida or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Agadir.

    After breakfast, transfer to Agadir for our flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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, Tetanus 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 bread with jam and other condiments as well as tea and coffee.

Lunch and 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 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 also be fresh water from local springs available every morning to fill your water bottles up. This will need to be purified so please bring your own purification tablets and purify for 2 hours or as instructed on the packet. This is a popular choice to avoid purchasing plastic bottles.

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. 

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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 on this trip subject to availability and on request

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed January 2018
    John Heathcote

    Good trip

    Met my expectations - 5 + a bit days fairly challenging walking in desert mountain scenery. Food on trek (lunch and dinner) was exceptionally good by any standard - almost a let-down to eat in a posh restaurant at the end! Francophone countries never understand breakfast.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say - all days on trek were good. The penultimate day on trek is probably best - the greatest variety of scenery since it includes villages with enough water to have greenery, and the pools for a dip at the end of the day. There's not much running water to see on this trip, or even vegetation in winter.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohamed managed the group and the team well. Everything went like clock-work. Of necessity he spoke at least 4 languages (his native Berber, Arabic, French and English) and it was occasionally necessary to make sure that he had understood questions. Having understood the question correctly, there was no problem with the answer. Some of the walking is effectively trackless and therefore the group has to stay together. He set a comfortable pace that everyone could keep, without being frustrating to the stronger members of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The paths are generally very rocky and stony, much more so than mountain areas of the UK. No mud though! Walking along a wadi bottom is much like walking on a shingle beach, hard on the ankles and legs. The trip delivered the coup de grace to my well-worn boots. As a group we were surprised by how cold it was at night at the start of the trip - winter at 1700 m! I was glad that I had a thermal liner and long johns, as well as my 4-season sleeping bag. My tent-mate had a hired sleeping bag which was a bit thin. Mattresses are provided and were adequate for me on the stony camp sites. A karrimat would not have been enough. (Big) bottled water was provided and there was no need to sterilise water.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You'll need to have some spare room in your bag if you want to buy a djellaba.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Kevin Beards

    Undiscovered Atlas

    What a wonderful way to spend the Christmas break!-Beautiful scenery, great walking, a great group of fellow travellers, blue skies and wall to wall sunshine! My 4th trip with Exodus, and once again they came up with the goods! !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being served chips one evening!! Seriously though, the whole experience was inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muhammed was a great leader, but also felt part of the group. Top man and a credit to Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go in winter-the daytime temperature was just about right-I suspect it would be too hot later in the year for this kind of activity. Take warm clothes and 4 season sleeping bag for the evenings though-it gets cold!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you love your creature comforts this trip is probably not for you. If you don't mind roughing it a bit,don't hesitate to book- you'll love it!!
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Jayne Griffith

    Trekking in the Anti-Atlas mountains

    An absolutely amazing trekking holiday! This was my first holiday with Exodus and have booked another one as a result!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loving the holiday/adventure so much, wondering why I hadn't done this before!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed was fabulous! He led the group in a non- dominating manner, answering any questions with incredible knowledge and understanding of everything. He was friendly and very good company and everything he did seemed to go ahead seamlessly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have a good, down 4-season sleeping bag as it gets really cold at night. We had frost on the first one!! If gluten intolerant (as I am) take lots of carbohydrate snacks as rice was the only carbohydrate I could eat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Everything was superbly organised - the tents being erected and dismantled, the food served (in the middle of nowhere) was fabulous, the bus driver was there when needed, everyone involved seemed to be in the right place at the right time throughout the week. The cook, the helpers, the donkey men and of course, Mohammed, were just amazing. A week in my life that I shall hold dear. Can't wait for my next trekking trip already!!! Many, many thanks.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Helena Gray

    miss

    A really wonderful experience all round! A very well organised trip with each day being totally different. Brilliant walking, amazing scenery, really yummy food, lovely welcoming locals, and a wonderful group of people-drivers, camp team, guide and of course, fellow travellers- to share it all with!thanks exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    From walking along narrow hillside trails through barley terraces and wild flowers, to eating sumptuous picnic feasts next to trickling streams or high rocky peaks, or stargazing under the clear dome of the milky way, dancing by bonfire light to traditional music, or being welcomed into village schools and local lady Fatima's house for tea...I think the whole trip was pretty inspirational really!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Hamid was brilliant-very thoughtul and a real character!Full of energy and local knowledge, with a very funny sense of humour, and lots of patience, we were always well looked after throughout the trip and trusted him completely. I think its safe to say that our trip wouldn't have been the same without him!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    make sure you have a really good sleeping bag as it does get very chilly at night! Take the opportunity for a hammam, totally amazing! Other than that, put your heart into it and embrace all the wonderful people and experiences the trip has to offer, its worth it!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Ruth Lund

    UNDISCOVERED ANTI ATLAS

    This was the second trip my husband and I have done with Exodus and we will go on more. We had a ball.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip in itself was an inspiration. We loved the remoteness of the region, the beauty of the geography and the way the trek was organised.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I felt we were extremely lucky to have Hassan, a Moroccan as our group leader. I think he showed us an insider's view of Morocco that we may have got from a non-Moroccan guide. He was kind and thoughtful and I had complete trust in him. He was very good at setting the pace with the group. He left me with a very good impression of Moroccan men and their respect for women and all people in general.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Morocco can be bitterly cold in winter. A good quality sleeping bag is an absolute must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this trip. I felt it was extremely good value and Morocco is a very interesting country to visit. Exodus is a great company to travel with and it is our experience that it attracts a wide range of interesting fellow travellers.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Diana Maynard

    Relaxed walking off the beaten track

    The key really is in the name of this trip - having already done Mt Toubkal and the High Atlas a few years before, I was curious how different it would be. The answer is it's very similar, but without the altitude and people. Any people at all in fact, other than local villagers. It's also a lot easier - much less ascent and easier days

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There wasn't really an inspirational moment, but we had some fabulous sunsets and sunrises from camp, and lying in bed looking out of my tent at nothing but wilderness is the reason I do these kind of trips. Pretty good views from on top of Jebel Aklim also - well worth the climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I've met Hasan before on the Toubkal trip, and while he is never the most sociable of guides, I've come to admire his no-nonsense approach to trekking. While he stays in the background, it doesn't mean he's not constantly watching and ensuring safety, and when problems occurred, he sorted them quietly and efficiently. His approach lies in teaching people how to be responsible for themselves in the mountains, which is a lot more instructive (and safer longterm) than the mollycoddling approach that some guides take. He also has a wicked sense of humour and will happily chat away as long as you initiate the conversation.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a great introduction to trekking and wild camping for those new to it, or as an easy relaxing trip for those more experienced. Truly off the beaten track. Don't expect much from the "hotels" (don't expect mod cons like hot water or working light bulbs). But at the end of the trip, the hammam experience is definitely a must (and the only way to get properly clean if there's no hot water in the hotel!). Take plenty of warm clothes (even during the day, you can be in tshirt one minute and 5 layers the next) including good warm hat and gloves. For winter take the warmest sleeping bag and down jacket you can, it can get well below zero at night. Food is excellent and very plentiful, but take a few cereal bars or other snacks, as some of the days can be long and lunch may not be till well into the afternoon.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommended as either an introduction to trekking and wild camping, or as a relaxing trip for the more experienced, with fabulous scenery and plenty of peace and quiet.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Richard Broughton

    Trekking in the Anti Atlas

    Great trek to find some winter sunshine through remote mountains. We did not see any other tourists for 5 days only our group and the local villagers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having tea in the centuries old house in the tiny village of cats.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent and dealt with problems as they arose very well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Perhaps spend another day in Agadir on your own just to enjoy the modern site side resort promenade and beach on your own. Once in the Anti Atlas there is little civilisation and no opportunity to wash. When it did rain one day we stayed in a local gite, but in the more remote areas be prepared to become and stay wet.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Andrew Kelly

    undiscovered atlas

    really enjoyed the trip, well managed, well structured. not lucky with the weather but that didn't affect my enjoyment

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    watching the group leader and team playing songs around the fire. Simple enjoyment but we all loved it

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent, very engaging, great personality

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    pack properly ! I under assessed how cold it could be, and didn't bring enough clothes. Luckily, my kind fellow travellers helped me out
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Rebecca Ross

    Undiscovered Atlas

    Excellent trip if you can stand cold and frost at night! Beautiful scenery, great food and brilliant company.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing how people survive in the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hamid was excellent. He was great fun, wasn't afraid to take the mickey out of us all but kept control with the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In the winter months, take waterproofs and extra warm layers for the evening and night.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Robert Everall

    Morroco Anti Atlas

    Great trip spectacular views

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting up to the Coll before the highest mountain

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excelant all round could not do enough for us

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not to be missed

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just a wonderful trip

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