Valley of Roses and the gardens of the Atlas Star

randonnée dans le haut atlas au maroc

The most beautiful landscapes of the High Atlas of Morocco…
2 nights in the riad Omar in Marrkach + 5 nights in lodge

At 150 km from Ouarzazate, the Dades region is the link between the High Atlas and the gateway to the desert. There, exists valley called « Valley of Roses », going back into the High Atlas. Canyons and narrow gorges give passageway to camels to find their summer pastures and lush gardens to the Atlas. With the porting done by mules, we will access these fantastic landscapes, considered the best in all of Morocco. Every year in May a festival is celebrated in Kelaat Mgouna to celebrate the flowering of the roses. Walking in these places is to discover the most beautiful landscapes Morocco has to offer, with  its kasbahs shining in the sun and amazing ‘Gardens of the Atlas‘ where palm, almond, and apricot trees compete for space on the terraces shaped by the hand of man. With no technical difficulties, you will explore this land where ancient indigenous people have established their Berber villages and perpetuate their traditions generation after generation.

Period : Early March to late December

Location : Valley of Roses and gardens of the Atlas (south side of High Atlas)

Duration :8 days including 4 walking

Level : Easy

Price per person :

 

  • 2 to 3 persons : 485 €
  • 4 to 6 persons : 380 €
  • 7 to 10 persons : 330 €
  • 11 to 14 persons : 270 €
  • 15 to 20 persons : 230 €

The price includes :

  • Full room throughout the journey upon arrival in Morocco
  • Transfer from the airport to the riad (round trip)
  • Transfer to and from Marrakech, by 4×4 or minibus
  • 2 nights in a riad in Marrakech on half-board (round trip)
  • 4 nights in tandem tents
  • 1 trek cook (hot meals and variety)
  • Mules for carrying luggage
  • 5 night holiday with half-board
  • Muleteers
  • Guide services for 8 days

The price does not include :

  • Repatriation insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Entrance to history monuments
  • Drinks + personal gratuity to team

Program :

 

Day 1 :Reception at the airport of Marrakech by our team and then transport to riad Omar.

Transfer : 4×4 or minibus (15 minutes).

Accommodations at riad Omar.

 

Day 2 :Transport in superb fashion by vehicle through the Tichka Pass and descend into the valley of Ouarzazate. Many breaks will be taken on the pass to admire the scenery of the mountains and pre-desert/oases to Saghro- a gigantic palmary of fortified villages and kasbahs. Arrival at the exit of Kelaat Mgouna, overnight in a shelter at 1500m altitude. This is the meeting point with our mule team.

Transfer : 4×4 or minibus (5.5 to 6 hr route on paved road).

Accommodation : in lodging during your stay.

 

Day 3 :Along the Mgoun river, discover ancient kasbahs lined with hedges along the riverside where the famous rose blossoming fills the air with their fragrance every May… The attire of the women working the fields in this area are much different than in other valleys. Arrival at Ait Said late afternoon.

Hiking time : 5 – 5.5 hours.

Accommodation : lodge.

 

Day 4 :Here we are in the heart of the Valley of Roses and in the middle of the beautiful “Garden of the Atlas” which combines pomegranate, fig, peach trees, palm trees, and rose bushes in a spectacular sea of green.. A real treat for the eyes, a bonanza of colors and scents. Passage through the neck of Timstiguite then descend on the beautiful valley of Agouti. Night at a lodge or private house.

Hiking time : 5 hours.

Positive height difference : + 500 m.

Negative height difference : – 250 m.

Day 5 :Descend into the valley where ancient kasbahs add to the beautiful surroundings. Go through clay villages, matching the surrounding rock, perfectly hidden in the mountain faces. Exploration of the village El Host and arrive near Boutarard on a cliff overlooking the river. Mgoun river is below where women are busily working on the riverbanks and men are in the gardens attending to their work.

Hiking time : 4 hours.

Positive height difference : + 100 m.

Negative height difference : – 200 m.

Accommodation : in lodging.

 

Day 6 :Departure to the Dades Valley and experience the big change of scenery. See the whole section crossing the desert along a ridge that separates the two valleys, and descend into Boulmane Dades. Arrive late afternoon in the village of Ait Iyoul. Overnight in lodge here.

Hiking time : 4 – 4.5 hours

Positive height difference : + 200 m.

Negative height difference : – 300 m.

Accommodation : lodging.

 

Day 7 :Before making our way to Marrakech we will go back along the valley to visit Dades gorges among the apricot orchards, palm and pomegranate trees.. the green gardens sharply contrast with the surrounding tan rocks. We will then drive directly to Marrakech via Skoura, Ouarzazate, and Tichka.

Transfer : Minibus or 4×4.

Accommodations at Riad Omar right in the Djemaa el Fna square. (6 h drive)

Day 8 :Transfer to the airport according to departure time.

Safe Travels