Morocco is the ideal place for trekking the Atlas Mountains. Hidden deep in the High Atlas Mountains are the crumbling remains of the great fortress-palace of Telouet, which we visit before reaching the picturesque Tijhza Valley.A holiday to Marrakech is like nothing you’ll have ever experienced before – as you step into its winding streets full of market stalls, musicians, street performers and donkeys.
Marrakech is a dazzling, chaotic city, set at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The pace is relaxed, allowing us to enjoy this Morocco walking holiday, and we learn a little about the way of life of these hardy and friendly Berber people.
The market at Djemma el Fna is the cultural heart of Marrakech, and a visit to this chaotic market square feels like taking a step back in time. During the day it’s a great place to grab a bargain from one of the many stalls, while in the evening it really comes to life, as traders arrive from all over the city to sell their wares.
These ornamental gardens were built in the 1920s, by the French artists Jacques and Louis Majorelle. Here you can unwind in the picturesque settings, where your senses will be assailed by a plethora of colours, shapes and scents. The gardens also house the Museum of Islamic Art.
If you’re interested in classical Moroccan architecture, then this palace should be high on your list of places to visit. It features breathtaking designs, with arches and ornate engravings, and is still in use by the royal family.
Just outside Marrakech to find the spectacular Ouzoud Falls. Here the water cascades more than a hundred metres down from the mountainside, and the dramatic rocky formations have led locals to call this place ‘Imi-n-lfri’ – or in English, ‘Gateway to the Abyss’.
Explore Marrakech. The ‘Pink City’ of Marrakech where we can soak up the atmosphere, with views of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas in the background.
Drive to Animiter. Walk to Tijhza and explore. The road up to the mountains is a real switchback but very scenic. Eventually we cross the Tizi’n’Tichka which, at 2260m, is the highest road pass in Morocco. This is a narrow range of mountains and we soon drop into the gorge on the other side.
Varied daywalks through the mountains. These are sometimes altered to suit the weather and the group’s abilities. A moderate 6-hour loop through the Tizi’n’Ourghsan and back down the Ouarikt River to the village. Starting in the terraced fields of Ouarikt we climb up through the high summer pastures to reach the Col with fantastic views of the Ouarikt Gorge.
Walk to Animiter; drive to Marrakech. Say goodbye to Tijhza gite and return to Marrakech by lunchtime leaving the afternoon free for more sightseeing such as Menara Gardens or some last minute shopping. Alternatively, you may decide to relax in the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool.
Drive to Wangdi after visiting Trongsa Dzong and Museum.