This itinerary offers a diverse Moroccan experience with time working on a community project, exploration of the Djebl Sarho and the vibrant city of Marrakech. One of Morocco's greatest secrets is the Djebel Sarho, an almost mythical range squeezed in the wilderness between the High Atlas and the Sahara. It's a wild landscape of flat top mesas and volcanic pinnacles softened by the palm and almond groves of the fertile oasis. Like the landscape, the Nomadic Ait Atta peoples of the Djebel Sarho are both tough and generous, their legendary hospitality ensuring an unforgettable Moroccan trekking experience. We spend 3.50 days volunteering at a community project and absorbing the traditions and warm hospitality of the local people. We then travel by camels as we experience the dunes and oasis of this unique area and spend a night in a remote desert camp. We will also spend time in the vibrant and ancient city of Marrakesh with a guided tour of its religious sites as well as trips to the markets, mosques and museums. This is a unique opportunity to learn about one of the worlds most unique and fascinating countries - come and get involved!
We will meet at the airport for our flight to Marrakesh. Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to our group hotel. After time to freshen up we will meet our guide and have a trip briefing before heading out on a walking tour where you will have an opportunity to change money or visit an ATM. After our tour we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Today is a full day to explore this fantastically exotic Berber Imperial City. Our guided tour will show us the mosques, palaces, and the souqs of the old Medina and the humming centre of Marrakesh: the Djemaa el-Fna. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune- and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions. A return visit at night, when the square really comes alive, is a must. We visit a nearby restaurant for a special welcome dinner.
Departing Marrakesh early by private coach to the village of Tagdilte where we meet our crew of mule handlers and commence the trek over the Tizi n Tichka pass. Overnight village house
Breaking camp we trek towards the charming oasis of Bab N'Ali to climb up to the famous gateway, Ali Baba (two great rocky peaks). After lunch we walk to the nearby waterfall where our camp is located close to.
This morning leaving the village house and start our trek up to Tifdassine where you can clearly see the contour of the flat top mountain of Imaoun n Ougansa. After a lunch stop we continue with our trek to Ighazioun n Imlas where our nights camping will be set up for us. We enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening under the stars.
Over the next three days we will work on a pre arranged project. We begin around 08.00am and work till the early afternoon stopping for lunch. Depending on the project we may be painting, decorating, planting crops, building or constructing. We will be split into smaller groups and under the watchful eye of our guides and project manager, will be given set tasks to do. In the afternoon we have time to get to know the local village children, learn a Berber activity like making traditional peppermint tea, or help out the local families with their afternoon village chores.
Overnight village house
We will spend the next three nights here whilst we complete our community project. This afternoon we will have an orientation of the village and discuss the project with our guide and the project manager.
Overnight village house
We depart the service project and will be met by our vehicles which will transfer us along the Taoudachte valley to Nkob in the southern slopes of Djebel Sahro. From here it is a short drive to meet our camel handlers. Once acquainted with the Camels and after a safety briefing we begin our camel trek to the dunes of Foum Tizza. Just beyond the Dunes we find our nights camp.
Today we’ll rise before dawn to experience the amazing colours of a Saharan sunrise from the saddle of the traditional Berber transport: a camel. On returning to our vehicle we have breakfast and commence our journey to the Dades Gorge. En route we have lunch at the spectacular Todra Gorges and visit some of Morocco’s greatest antiquities, the Kasbahs of the eastern slopes of the High Atlas.
We drive on to the spectacular Dades Gorge where we stay in a small local hotel. We also take time to explore the countryside and wander for a few hours through the fertile fields and local villages soaking in the real Morocco.
Passing sandy coloured Kasbahs and the shy Berber women in their traditional black costumes, we leave the arid desert area and cross the High Atlas Mountains to arrive in Marrakesh late in the afternoon. Framed by the snowy heights of the Atlas Mountains and thousand-year-old palm groves, Marrakesh has a profound impact on all that visit it. Overnight Riad Yacout or Riad El Noujoum (or similar)
Free time doing some last minute shopping before being transferred at the appropriate time to the airport for your flight home to Sydney, Australia.
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