Trek Atlas Mountains Coast


Trip details

12 Days, 8 Days trek, Period: Autumn to Spring Level: Easy , Assistance:    icone camel

South of the imperial Marrakech, rises the magnificent Atlas Range. East from the Toubkal, far from the big trek classics, the mount Meldsen 3596m stands as an eternal witness of a rich pre-history and a traditional way of life that kept all its charm. Rounf this magnificent summit, progressing in beautiful landscapes, this trek takes us through the Yagour plateau where we can admire some pre-historic carved rocks, before we join the Zat Valley. It is certainly the best introduction to our treks in the Atlas. 
After our "ballad" in the Atlas, a transfer will take us to the south of Essaouira "the white"; the coast extends to the infinite. Our paths pass cliffs dominating the ocean, sand dunes, and Argan tree forests. The life of the Berbers of these regions, the Haha tribe, is divided between land and sea. Such will be our walk to the discovery of wild beaches, fishermen hamlets, on the sound of the waves breaking tirelessly on the shores.

 Day1. Marrakech

You will be welcomed by your guide or a Maroc Nature representative at Marrakech Airport. You will be driven to your hotel/Riad in the Medina. (Meals: B).

 Day2. Marrakech - Ihlouan - Timlilt / 4h30 trekking / Altitude, gain: 800m; loss: 400m

At your hotel, you will be met by your guide and drive south towards the Atlas Mountains and the lush Zat Valley.  We meet our muleteers  and start our challenging climb towards the ridge of the Djebel Yagour. From the pass, you will enjoy the fantastic views of the first Atlas High peaks and the green Yagour Plateau. In this area, villagers from the valleys around perpetuate a secular  transhumance tradition. Each year they bring up their herds to graze from July and leave the high plateaus at the first snow falls. Today you will have walked one of these routes and camp on the foothill of the imposing Mont Meldsen (3695m), our camp is pitched in a lovely spot at 2200m high, (Meals: B, L, D).

 Day3. Yagour Loop  / 4h00 trekking / Altitude, gain: 300m; loss: 350m

Today is a cool walking day, we are going to follow the red sandstone gorges of oued Timlilt. At the Azib Adarnan, you will discover one the most amazing prehistoric sites of the high Atlas! On sandstone slabs, prehistoric Lybico Berbers left some superb carved rocks representing: Humans, animals from sub Sahara, weapons ...  Our walk carries on between lush terraces and a beautiful "forest" of old juniper trees. Our loop end at the same camp near the stream of Timlilt, (B, L, D)..

 Day4. Timlilt - Tizi n'Acheg / 4h30 trekking / Altitude, gain: 300m; loss: 600m

After breakfast, we head towards the western slopes of the Yagour. You will overhang  the beautiful Ourika Valley, surrounded by the Atlas "Giant" peaks. The path snakes down through a narrow gorge before we cross the beautiful villages of Anamer.  We will then climb towards Tizi n'Acheg where our camp will be set in another great location, (Meals: B, L, D).

 Day5. Tizi n'Acheg - Ourika / 3h30 trekking / Altitude, gain: 300m; loss: 800m

For our last stages with our mules and muleteers  we will take a hillside path that will lead us to our meeting point with our minibus in the lush Ourika Valley. After farewell to our muleteer team, a very short transfer will take us to our lodge, (Meals : B, L, D).

 Day6. Ourika - Essaouira / 3h30 Transfer - 2h30 trekking

After breakfast, we will meet our driver and minibus and drive west  towards the southern coast of Essaouira. After 3h30 drive we meet our caravan at the beach of Sidi Kawki, and begin our coast trek. Our camp will be at Sidi Mbarek, after 2h30mn walk. (Meals : B, L, D).

 Day7. Sidi Mbarek - Ahmed Essayeh / 4h30 trekking

Today we cross an area where we will observe a few "Shrines", typical buildings where a venerated saint of the region is buried. The villages we cross on our way look poor, because the land is dry and the soil is not very fertile. In this region is cultivated the famous sapoutilha from which an oil is extracted to be used for lighting. At mid afternoon we will pass by the village of Tifardine with their houses of stone and small gardens with horticultural products. 
by the end of our hike we will reach the beach and camp near Sidi Ahmed Essayah. (Meals : B, L, D).

 Day8. Sidi Ahmed Essayeh - Tafedna / 4h30 trekking

Walk on trails along the forest , going up and down the hills to avoid the steep cliffs and inaccessible coast of Cape Tafelnay and climb a water line across the forest of Tuias and Juniper. We will traverse the villages of Tigart n’Boufous, Iskoua, Tagant n’Bou Dhag and go down to the beach and reach a small fishing port of Tafdena, a very lively port where we can buy some fish for dinner.  Camp will be set further down in the lagoon. (Meals : B, L, D)..

 Day9. Sidi Ahmed Essayeh - Tafedna - Essaouira / 4h30 trekking

Walk on trails along the forest , going up and down the hills to avoid the steep cliffs and inaccessible coast of Cape Tafelnay and climb a water line across the forest of Tuyas and Juniper. We will traverse the villages of Tigart n’Boufous, Iskoua, Tagant n’Bou Dhag and go down to the beach and reach a small fishing port of Tafdena, a very lively port where our coastal adventure ends. After farewell to our team, we meet with our minibus for an 1h00 transfer to Essaouira. Overnight in a nice Riad in the Medina. (Meals : B, L, D).

 Day10. Essaouira

Spend the day exploring Essaouira's souks, ancient port or galeries. There is so much to see in this peaceful city (Meals : B).

 Day11. Essaouira - Marrakech

Today we leave Essaouira in the morning towards Marrakech. In the afternoon, you can visit the Djemaa Lafna Square, the souks or relax near the pool. (Meals : B)

 Day12. Return flight

Depend on your flight timing, a transfer is organized for you to Marrakech Airport.

Extension Option
After Essaouira, we propose an extension of your trip to El Oualidia, a nice old fishing town located on the Atlantic coastline between the historic towns of El Jadida and Safi. It is a perfect location for few days relaxing on the beach

 

Dates & prices

Thu 10 Nov 2016 - Fri 10 Nov 2017 Code 0023 Adult930€ Available Book now

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