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A waterfront trek through the Atlas mountains

An original trip combining swimming and hiking in the Atlas mountains. The whole family can enjoy the M'Goun valley with their feet in the water!
©Andrea Aigner
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©Andrea Aigner
Trek in Morocco

8 days / 7 nights

Atlas hiking with your feet in the water

Here’s a gentle, original and fun hike in the heart of the Atlas mountains. Starting in the Aït Bougmez valley, it descends southwards through steep-sided valleys. On the program: walking and swimming, warmth and coolness…
You’ll often be walking with your feet in the water. Gentle walking in arid landscapes will be alternated by walking along the bottom of valleys following the course of a torrent. But never too strenuous, as the average day is 5 hours long.

To sum up :
Easy walking level: around 4 to 6 hours’ walking per day. And the length of the stages can be adapted to the wishes of the participants.
Assistance of a mountain guide
Family-friendly tour.

Region visited during this trip to Morocco: Atlas Mountains & Sahara

N.B.: This trip to Morocco is an individual, tailor-made tour to be personalized with our Morocco specialist advisors.

The route
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Located in the heart of Morocco, Marrakech, also known as "the red city" because of the color of its buildings, enchants visitors with its many lush gardens, culture, crafts and the famous Jemaa el Fna square, the lively heart of the city.

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Aït Bougmez

You will be enchanted by the beautiful scenery, friendly people and traditional architecture of Aït Bouguemez, nicknamed the Happy Valley.

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The M'Goun mountain

Located to the east of Marrakech and the Toubkal National Park, Mount M'Goun rises to an altitude of 4068m. Once at the summit, an extensive view of the High Atlas and Saharan plains awaits you.

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The gateway to the deep south leads to the vast, arid expanses of the Moroccan desert. At the confluence of the Drâa and Dadès rivers, near the Ziz, the landscape becomes a kingdom of palm groves, orchards and gardens, as well as regs and ergs.

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Located in the heart of Morocco, Marrakech, also known as "the red city" because of the color of its buildings, enchants visitors with its many lush gardens, culture, crafts and the famous Jemaa el Fna square, the lively heart of the city.

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Details of your trip to Morocco

Day 1


Mosque Koutoubia in Marrakech
Mosque Koutoubia in Marrakech

Welcome at Marrakech airport, transfer and night at your hotel, lunch on your own.

Night in a 3* hotel in Marrakech.

Day 2

Marrakech - Azilal - Aït Bougmez

Ait Bougmez
Ait Bougmez

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel, transfer to the Atlas Mountains by minibus. Passing through Azilal, you continue along a small mountain road towards the Aït Bougmez valley,
Settling into a cottage in the valley, after a welcome tea, departure for a first stroll through the surrounding villages. Return to the cottage for dinner and overnight stay. You’re at 1800 meters, and despite the summer, the temperature is very pleasant.

4h30 drive – 1h30 walk.
Night in the Aït Bougmez valley.

Day 3

Tizi N’Ait Imi - Tighremt N’Ait Hamd

Early in the morning, the muleteers are ready to meet you. Departure for the first full day’s hike, via the 2,900-metre Tizi N’Ait Imi pass: a real natural barrier, it separates the two sides of the range. Descent to Tighremt N’Ait Hamd.
Isolated bivouac near the ruins of an old fortified granary at 2100 m altitude.

6-hour walk.
Night in tents – Bivouac.

Day 4

M’Rabtine - Tighrefte - Waouchki - Imi N’Irkt

M'Goun mountain
M'Goun mountain

Discover the upper M’goun valley. Here, life seems to have remained unchanged for centuries: the wadi weaves its way between the steep walls that isolate these villages in winter.
Hike through the villages of M’Rabtine, Tighrefte. Waouchki, and Imi N’Irkt.

5h walking.
Night in tents – Bivouac.

Day 5 & 6

Gorges d’Achaabou - Tiranimine

The most astonishing part of your trip: two whole days, or almost, of walking with your feet in the water: make sure you bring sturdy, water-resistant sandals. Continue through the Achaabou Gorge, characterized by its vertiginous vertical walls and narrowness: only 2m wide in some places!
Set up camp at Tiranimine (1920 m). Then to Isoumer, 1700m.

5h walking per day.
Night in tents – Bivouac.

Day 7

Allemdoun - Kelaa m’gouna - Ouarzazate - Tichka - Marrakech

Majorelle garden
Majorelle garden

Last walk to reach the road to Alemdoun. Meeting point with the minibus. Return to Marrakech via the Rose Valley, Kelaa m’gouna, Ouarzazate and the Tichka Pass.
Lunch en route. Arrival in Marrakech at the end of the day. Check-in at your hotel. Dinner on your own.

1h walk – 6h drive.
Night in Marrakech in a 3* hotel.

Day 8



Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport.

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Your accommodations for this hiking trip in Morocco

Please do not hesitate to contact our team to find out more about the accommodation we have selected for you.
The accommodations proposed in our programs are selected according to criteria of comfort, services and location. As Morocco like a local is a travel agency specializing in tailor-made tours, we strive to meet your expectations as closely as possible by offering you 100% customizable programs. This is why all the accommodations mentioned in our programs are only suggestions, and it is entirely possible for you to modify them according to your wishes, your budget and seasonal availability.

Nights in detail

> Bivouac during the trek: Every evening, igloo tents (Ferrino brand) are set up near the kitchen tent and mess tent where meals are taken. Mats and carpets provide comfort, and lanterns add to the atmosphere! Toilet facilities are basic and the amenities rustic. The most important aspect of this type of trip is meeting the local population and getting to know the Berber teams (guide, cook, camel driver). Rest assured, your guide and Berber team will help you set up your tent if necessary.

> Lodging: 1 night in a mountain lodge

> Hotel: 2 nights in a *** hotel in Marrakech, breakfast included.

> On the menu during your trip: We do our utmost to provide you with varied, tasty, balanced and… Moroccan food. Here’s what we plan to serve you:
Breakfast: cereals, bread, jam, milk, black tea, mint tea, coffee, chocolate
Lunch: mixed cooked salads or vegetable ratatouille, cooked cheese, seasonal fruit, mint tea.
Dinner: Moroccan soup, hot tagine dish or couscous, or a pasta dish + dessert, verbena, herbal tea.
Snack/Dessert: pancakes, apple fritters, seasonal fruit salad, cinnamon oranges, dates, rice pudding.

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Estimated price per person: 800 euros

Your trip starts at €800 per person based on 2 people.
This rate is based on people traveling together and sharing a double room.

The final price may vary according to the number of participants, your departure dates, vehicle category and availability during the selected period.

Included in this travel

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Marrakech with breakfast
  • 4 nights in an itinerant bivouac in an igloo tent
  • 1 night in a mountain gîte. Shared rooms for 2 to 4 people. Shared bathroom
  • Airport transfers. Arrival and departure
  • Transfer to and from Marrakech by private minibus
  • Mules to carry luggage and logistics
  • Meals provided from midday on day 2 to midday on day 7 inclusive
  • Bivouac equipment (igloo tent, mess tent, single toilet tent, foam mattress, cooking utensils)
  • Berber guide for the hiking section
  • Cook to prepare your bivouac meals
  • Pharmacy provided by guide

Not included in this travel

  • International flights to and from Morocco
  • Complementary travel insurance, not mandatory
  • Meals in Marrakech, excluding breakfast
  • Medina visits and other optional excursions
  • Single room supplement
  • Saddle mule
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented on site)
  • Tips, drinks and extras
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Our tips for this hiking trip in Morocco

– Take water purification tablets with you.
– Validate the route of each stage with your cook before starting each hike.
– Pack a rain cape in your daypack. Risk of thunderstorms.
– Bring shoes for walking in water. Some passages possible.
– Bring enough water each morning before starting the hike.
– In the event of bad weather (e.g. thunderstorms), keep your cook in sight.
– Avoid walking during the hottest part of the day, and cover up to avoid sunstroke (cap or hat).
– Wash your hands with soap before each meal.
– Dress appropriately for village crossings.

> Supervision: A qualified mountain guide with Ministry of Tourism accreditation. He knows how to adapt to the walkers he accompanies, from beginners to experienced hikers. He is assisted by a cook and one or more muleteers, depending on the size of the group.

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Trek in Morocco

8 days / 7 nights

  • Crossing the grandiose landscapes of the upper M'Goun valley.
  • Walking in the water, very pleasant in the heat!
  • Crossing isolated Atlas villages.
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