Nomadic Berber Migration
|Trip Length||11||Trip Code||MO - NE - 4|
|Tour Group||10 - 20||Age Range||8 - 55+|
Nomadic Berber Migration: Tour Information
This is a very rare chance to experience Nomadic Berber life with a Moroccan Berber family as they make there bi-annual migration with there goats and sheep from the High Atlas to the lower Dades valley’s and vice versa depending on the time of year. We will spend 11 days with our family and share in there Nomadic lifestyle. It really is a unique insight into how a traditional Moroccan Berber family still experience a nomadic way of life. We will end our experience with a free day in Marrakech to explore the exotic charms of this bustling city.
Berber Migration day 1: Arrival and hotel in Marrakech.
Berber Migration day 2: Transfer by minivan or 4x4 to Tamda (nomads camp starting transhumance), overnight in camp with nomads family. We visit the Ouzoud Cascades. Lunch in Azilal.
Berber Migration day 3: Tamada – Pass Tizi-n-Tirghiste (2629m) – Izourar plateau 2525m, Leaving a first camp to Izourar lake through Tizi –n-Tirghiste with panoramic view to Aït Bougummez valley, camp in Izourar, 5 h walk. Overnight at our nomad camp.
Berber Migration day 4: Izourar – Tizi –n- Igourane 3200m. To reach Tizi-n-Igourane pass, 4 h walk in Izourar plateau. Overnight at our nomad camp
Berber Migration day 5: Tizi –n- Igourane – Tizi-n- Tamgmart (2976m) . Leaving Izourar plateau to across a big mountain of the Central High Atlas and camp in a foot of Tizi Tagmout pass, 4 to 5 h walk.
Berber Migration day 6: Tizi-n- Tamgmart – Imejdag 2380m. Descent to Oued Imjedag and camp near of the river, 4 h walk, camp.
Berber Migration day 7: Imejdag – Tizi-n-Toudate 2800m- Imjegarne 1800m. After breakfast, start walking through Toudate pass (2800m), and descent to Imjedeg, 4 and ½ hours of walk. Overnight at our nomad camp.
Berber Migration day 8: Imejgarne (2380m)- Tizi-n-Mademt – Aït Youl Dadès 1600m. This last stage with the nomads family will end towards the valley of Dadès, 4 to 5 hours of walking. Camp.
Berber Migration day 9: Transfer to Marrakech via Ourarzazate and lunch in Aït Ben Haddou village, night at Hotel in Marrakech.
Berber Migration day 10: free day in Marrakech.
Berber Migration day 11: Tour ends after breakfast
Nomadic Berber Migration
Marrakech Welcome to Morocco! You arrive in Marrakech and, after a short transfer from the airport, spend the first night in a hotel in the centre of town and meet your fellow travellers at a pre-departure meeting at 6:00pm. (D)
Cascades D’Ouzoud Your trekking holiday begins gently as we travel by minivan/4x4 to see the magnificent Cascades D’Ouzoud. The three tiered waterfall drops an impressive 110 metres into the river below. There is a small foot bridge at its base and there are the many trails along the river for you to follow or you can paddle in the small pools. After lunch in Azilal we continue on to the nomad’s camp in Tamda, to meet the Berber family with their sheep, goats and mules, that we will be travelling with for the next 7 days of their bi-annual migration from the High Atlas to the lower Dades Valley. (B, L, D)
Variable Days 3 - 8: On the morning of day 3 we begin our Berber migration! Leaving Tamada we trek for 4 to 5 hours a day, the pace and distance covered each day will be dependent on the movement of the herd of livestock and the route is not set in stone. The pastoral nomadic Berbers have been making this journey all their lives and have an excellent knowledge of the area and the best routes to take dependent upon the conditions. The beauty of this experience is that we do not follow a rigid itinerary. Our journey starts in the majestic High Atlas Mountains, which is the highest mountain range in North Africa with several peaks over 4000 metres and breathtaking scenery. We will trek through rugged terrain, crossing steep passes with spectacular panoramic views and passing Berber villages tucked away in picturesque valleys. Camping each night in rustic Berber tents, we’ll have time to relax and enjoy our amazing surroundings, whilst a cook prepares tasty traditional Moroccan food for us. We will continue our gradual daily descent towards the Dades Valley, until we reach Ait Youl in the beautiful Gorges Du Dades on day 8, where we’ll camp for the final night. This signals the end of our incredible trek and the Berber family will settle in the lower valleys for the winter, where they are not exposed to the freezing temperatures of the High Atlas. (6B, 6L, 6D)
Ait Benhaddou Bidding farewell to the Berber family and this unique trekking experience, we head back to Marrakech today stopping en route at Ouarzazate, which African traders once used as a resting point, on their journey up to Europe. Ouarzazate has been used as a setting for several films including, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Our second stop is at the remarkable Aït Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route, between the Sahara and Marrakech. Aït Benhaddou is one of the best preserved ancient Kasbahs in the Atlas region. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, some Kasbahs date back to the 16th Century and the site has also been the setting for many famous films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Enjoy the comfort of a bed tonight as we return to the Riad in Marrakech for some well earned rest and relaxation! (B, L, D)
Marrakech Enjoy a free day exploring incredible Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina is a reality that is not that far removed from an exotic film set – a tangle of winding streets that open onto verdant gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks. The focal point is the central square, the Djemâa-el- Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, it is best seen in the evening, when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. Towering above the bustling square is the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque. (B)
Marrakech This Morocco trekking holiday ends on day 11 after breakfast. (B)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES - Hammam in Marrakech (prices from 150DH) - Hot air balloon ride over the High Atlas Mountains (2000 DH) - Ourika Valley activities in Marrakech (dependent on local river conditions): (DH = MOROCCAN DIRHAM)
Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.
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