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Depending on your arrival time there may be some time for self exploration of the wonderful coastal city of Agadir.
We drive to Taroudant where we have a brief tour including time for a coffee in the square that is often filled with snake charmers and story tellers. 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. 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 the early rise.
A long first day as we first climb over a col and then a series of spurs before entering a broad valley. Then we walk past an abandoned mine towards the head of the valley and after reaching the beautiful village of Amal, we finally cross over a pass for the final stretch of today's walk in beautiful evening light to the village of Tagdicht. 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.
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 before pausing for a scenic picnic lunch and then descending 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 the fields.
We travel from Tagragra through the wonderfully remote village of Irtem. Walking through these villages, we have the real opportunity of communicating 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). Neslted within a valley of olive groves and small trickling streams this overnight is protected from the elements and provides a peaceful resting spot.
Leaving the village of M'dint, where the olives are still pressed in the traditional way, we cross two cols slowly weaving our way up the valley. The villagers are very friendly and if you are lucky you may get invited in to try some local mint tea and delicacies.We pass through ancient olive plantations and 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 foot dip! 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 trekking route. Our camp rests next to ancient argan trees and there is a natural series of rock pools where we can enjoy a swim and a wash to the sun setting.
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 vehicle to Taroudant where the afternoon and evening is free to explore the city, dubbed 'Marrakech in miniature'. There is the chance to visit the souk for some authentic Moroccan wares or relax in one of the Hamman steam baths before our farewell meal.
5 nights wild camping, 2 nights 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
5 days point-to-point walking
Between 5 to 7 hours walking per day
Altitude maximum 2531m, average 1830m
19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners included. 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 and French 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. Lunchtime and dinner usually sees a variety of dishes served that include seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as some meat and tinned fish and various rice and bean dishes. The chioce 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 with. 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.
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