Jebel Sahro Trek
South of the High Atlas Mountains, and less than a day’s drive from Marrakech, lies the Jebel Sahro range, one of the few areas close to Europe whose climate lends itself to winter trekking. These mountains, though running parallel to the main Atlas range, are very definitely part of the great Sahara Desert. In the winter the days are mostly warm (although the wind can be cold), with clear skies above, which makes for good trekking weather.
|Costs per person
|All our treks include an English speaking guide, mules and a cook, transport to and from Marrakech and all food whilst on the trek.
Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi n’Tichka Pass – Ait Youl. We make an early 7am start for the long drive over the magnificent Tichka pass (2220m), one of only two through the High Atlas chain. We have lunch in Ouarzazate and then drive past the Barrage El Mansour Eddahb Lake along the Route des Kasbahs in the Dades Valley, arriving at Ait Ait Youl village mid-afternoon to stay the night in a simple Berber gite. Dormitory style sleeping.
Day 2: Ait Youl- Titakit . We begin our walk by heading south towards the heart of the Sahro range. A half-day walk will bring us through hot dry riverbeds to our campsite at Titkit (1800 m), which affords views to the north, and the Mgoun Massif – spectacular if snow-capped. (4 hours walking).
Day 3:Titakit – Tagmout . We continue to walk south, up and over a low pass, entering a delightful gorge then heading up to a baked-dry plateau where we lunch by a well head. In the afternoon we reach the Tagmout Pass (2000m) again giving wonderful views of the bigger mountains to the North, then descend to the village of Tagmout to camp (1825m). (5-6 hours walking).
Day 4: Tagmout – Assaka-n-Ait Ouzine. Some of the great contrasts in scenery of the Sahro are seen today. Our morning-only walk takes us East along a (dry) river valley, and then we enter a small gorge with clear rock pools. We continue to our camp near a Kasbah in Assaka-n-Ait-Ouizzine (1650m/4 hours) much to the amusement of the locals!!
Day 5: Assaka-n-Ait Ouzine – Ighazoune n’Oumlas A wonderful walk full of interest and scenic contrast. We descend along a river valley into an ever-deepening gorge of rock pools full of fish and frogs. Just after the gorge opens out we have lunch. In the afternoon we head into scenery like that of a Western movie across a hot dusty plain. Nomads and their camels observe our progress inscrutably. After a small col beneath a giant rock-face we descend to camp by the village of Ihazzoun-n-Imcas. (1330 m) (7 hours walking).
Day 6: Ighazoune n’Oumlas – Nkob – Marrakech. We drive back to Marrakech, stopping en route near Tizi n’ Tihka near where we have lunch (Included). We return to Marrakech late afternoon. End of trek