Berber trek: 8 days / 7 nights with 6 days horse riding
Welcome to Marrakech. Transfer to Essaouira. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 2: Diabat – Ida or Gourd
Our hike begins at the mouth of Wadi Qsob and continues east along the river. A little later, we go through the sand dunes filled with a few junipers. We then go along the cultivated fields that precede the souk of Ida or Gourd. This first day will be an opportunity to familiarize oneself with the mount and we will have some opportunities to trot and gallop for it. On the regular trail that brings us back to the river at the foot of a hill, we shelter our first bivouac.
Day 3: Ida or Gourd – Aït Ouadil
Initially, we follow the foot of the small hill to reach the valley of Aït Ameur. The path leads into gorges dug by the river. The presence of water influences the presence of olive trees and various plants, mainly oleanders. We discover the last vestiges of a séguia probably dating back to the Portuguese presence that had to supply water sugarcane cultures spread at that time. The word Qsob also means cane in Arabic. There are also the vestiges of the system allowing to crush the cane to draw the sweet juice. This sugar activity came to an end in 1620. We gained farther from the hot springs which were used to treat kidney problems. These have been working for a decade. The continuation of the path that again plies in the middle of small fields leads us in the valley of Aït Ouadil (people of the vine) where we pose our second camp.
Day 4: Aït Ouadil – Immin’tlit
The region crossed today is that of Ait Zelten, one of the most beautiful paths of the circuit. We will pass near ancient villages (kasbahs) planted in the middle of the forest of argan trees and we stop at the feet of the kasbah of Ait Zelten. Then, crossing hills, fields and forested areas towards the souk of Immin’tlit. Visit of the cooperative of argane oil held by Berber women. Night in bivouac.
Day 5: Immin’tlit – AïtTizril
We climb back up to the Neknafa valley. The trail descends almost constantly throughout the morning. Many small ancient villages built in stone, dominated by the Zaouïa Sidi M’hend or Slimane (quranic school). We are engaging in new narrow gorges. One can distinguish a multitude of caves some of which are arranged in dwellings. Most importantly, that of Lalla Taqendout, a place of religious veneration. Stop at the exit of the gorges where, very often, a small reserve of water invites to bathe.
Further, we can see the ruins of an imposing house – Dar Caïd – former place of resistance to the French presence. The descent continues and the path leads to the village of Aït Tizril. Overnight in bivouac or at the inhabitant.
Day 6: Aït Tizril – Sidi Kaouki
Our path runs along a valley facing west, among the argan trees and herds of goats. We are then channelled on paths lined with small white stone walls that connect the last villages before reaching the coast. The day ends with the approach of one of the large deserted beaches where it will be possible to give our horses a time to catch their breath and relax. The bivouac is planted on the beach.
Day 7: Sidi Kaouki-Essaouira
The last day will be entirely dedicated to the discovery of the littoral. Succession of beaches, dunes, fishing villages and some cliffs or caps that will have to be circumvented. Many seabirds accompany us, but also many cows and dromedaries! The pace of progress picks up and we end up finding the mouth of the Wadi Qsob at the entrance of Essaouira.
Transfer to Marrakech and return flight.
- Explore stunning mountain terrain
- Enjoy spectacular views of Essaouira from up high
- Discover the romance of the Moroccan coastal landscape
- Climb up into the saddle of a friendly Horse/Camel.
- Enjoy your day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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INCLUDED WITHIN THE PRICE:
- Pick up & Drop off at your hotel/Apartment.
- Food, refreshments and accommodation.
- Hotel overnight stays for two nights.
- Air-conditioned tourist vehicle.
- Visits according to program.
- Professional guide.