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MGOUN MASSIF

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CENTRAL HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS: MGOUN MASSIF

A solid chalk mass morphologically dominated by tabular zones reaching an altitude of 2,500 m extends from Azilal to Ouarzazate. Here, the contrasting landscapes are similar to Colorado in the United States, with high plateaux, gorges and box canyons, and peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with Jbel Mgoun at 4071 m being the highest peak in this part of the High Atlas. The area is populated by Berbers.

MGOUN MASSIF

  • MGOUN SUMMIT 4 DAYS ,5 days ,6days

  • HAPPY VALLEY 4 DAYS ,5days ,6days

  • MGOUN VALLEYS : 5 days , 7 days

  • TRAVEL WITH NOMADS , 6 days

  • STAY WITH BERBERS

  • GORGES AND BERBER VILLAGES

  • SKIING

  • ROCK CLIMBING

  • OUZOUD WATERFALLS

  • 4X4

  • THE VALLEY OF ROSES

  • AIT BEN HADDOU AND OUNILLA VALLEY

  • DADAS VALLEY

  • TASSAOUTE VALLEY

  • MGOUN GORGES

  • TODGHA GORGES
  • FROM AGOUTI TO AIT ALLA via MAGDAZ
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M'Goun High Atlas trekking is one of the best Morocco trails to walk and climb.

Situated in the central High Atlas the M'Goun Massif (4068m) is second highest in North Africa to it's more famous brother the Jbel Toubkal (4167m) – higher by just a few meters. Longer trekking distances and variable Sahara weather patterns makes M'Goun the more interesting ascent to the summit.

M'Goun Massif lies between the central plains and the Sahara desert of Morocco. High rounded peaks, massive rock slabs and mud-formed spires overlook vast treeless valleys and sparsely vegetated plateaus. Split by rivers and canyons, the striking expansive landscape provides interesting hiking challenges. With a full 7 day walking traverse of the summit of M'Goun, followed by long descents and ascents through stark valley trails, and one day negotiating a narrow canyon filled with water, you will emerge back to civilisation on the Sahara side of the High Atlas. The nomadic Ait Atta people tribes graze their goat and camel herds at the foot of M'Goun during the summer months; hare and fox, wolf, toads, frogs, vulture, and the rare Bonelli-eagle make this barren land their home. Few trees include poplars, junipers, and scrub willows.

About the M'Goun Trek

Treks run with 2 or more trekkers,
Level Medium - challenging with an ascent to M'Goun summit,
Available July to mid-October
7 Days on trek includes 2 days transport - full High Atlas traverse of MGoun north to south or
5 Days on trek plus 2 days transport - circle route north side of High Atlas with ascent of MGoun or
3 Days on trek plus 2 days transport - circle route north side of High Atlas,
Highest elevation on MGoun 4068 metres and awesome views!

Includes:

Professional english speaking Berber guide,
Transport costs from and return to Marrakech,
All meals (vegetarians welcome),
Accommodation: tents, refuge shelter or gite d'tape (small Berber inn),
Mattresses for sleeping,
Kitchen tent and equipment and cook,
Mule handlers and mules to carry everything,
You carry only your day pack

Not included:
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Tips
Personal purchases
Marrakech hotels


Sample Mgoun Walking Trek

day by day routes may vary depending upon weather and trail conditions.

Day 1
Depart Marrakech to Azilal for lunch. Overnight in Idoukaln Berber village gite near Agouti.

Day 2 – 8
From Agouti you will trek, and see prehistoric rock-carvings from 5000 years ago, amazing views of rock strata, waterfalls and and cold plunge pool, stay in spectacular campsites surrounded by jagged peaks, climb Mgoun, a walkable approach to the main summit (4068m). Descend valleys and slot canyons (300 meters height by 2 meters wide and 50 long) through fantastic landscapes of chimneys, cliffs, and rock pilons. Enter the Saharan side of High Atlas and the rose valley of Mgoun peppered with isolated villages and gardens terraces, watered by gravity defying irrigation systems. Green valleys contrast with stark multicoloured peaks. Descend the river MGoun by a labyrinth of gardens and mountain valley oasis, arriving at the confluence of the river Mgoun and Touzrikt village in Boutagrah.

Day 9
Meet your transport back to Marrakech. If we have time, we'll stop for a vist to Ait Benhaddou world heritage site. Or you can add on 3 more days and continue to the Erg Chebbi, including an overnight by camel in the dunes.


What you need to know about trekking in Morocco

Because the High Atlas can involve some challenging elevation gains and losses over continuous passes (2000 m+), most High Atlas treks are rated medium, meaning you should have recent experience hill hiking, carrying a light day-pack, and a tolerance for climate changes. You will need light hiking style shoes or boots with a full-tread sole and good quality outdoor clothing. Spring and fall, snow remains on the high peaks. Nights might be cold and the days can be hot and sunny. We have a list of what you will need to bring below.

Fitness requirements: You should be confident of your fitness and endurance levels. The main recommendation is a sense of adventure! There is no age limit providing that you are in reasonable physical shape and you are aware of the rigors of trekking in higher elevations and have proper travellers insurance. Please make a point of telling us (quietly if you wish) if you have any medical condition/allergies or are on any medication that you think we should be aware of. We are out there for a great time and we want you to feel comfortable in your environment.

Accommodation in villages inns called gites with kitchens, sleeping areas and showers, or dome tents or, since Morocco is one of the the few areas of the world where warm temperatures combine with an absence of insects, you can sleep under the stars. Nothing can compare with a night under the brilliant starlight of North Africa. Tents, mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, food and personal baggage are carried by mules. You carry only a day pack for your water, snacks, camera and clothing. We have a limited number of sleeping bags, so you might be required to bring your own. We'll do our best to help you out with this.

All Food is included on trek and is very healthy, including Couscous, Tagine, fresh eggs, fish, olives, nuts and fruit. Please let us know whether you are vegetarian. Apart from eggs and fish (Tuna and Sardine) often served at lunch time with vegetable salad, there is not a lot of meat and when meat is available, separate dishes such as vegetarian Tagine is prepared.

Bottled water is usually available, but you might need to use your own method to purify water. Occasional villages allow for purchasing good quality bottled water along the way.

Some people like to bring their own treats and food supplements if they have special dietary requirements. If you like to drink herbal teas, bring your own. Moroccan tea tends to be a real energy booster with Gunpowder green mixed with copious amounts of sugar (refreshing and delicious!). Sugarless tea can be requested but not necessarily understood! Make use of your duty free allowance to obtain your favourite tipple.

As we are trekking in high mountains, geological variations create a full range of climatic conditions, which means it can get cold, wet, and windy. Bring a warm fleece and light weight wind jacket and long pants. During the day temperatures are relatively warm or hot, and normal attire with t-shirts and shorts will be fine. On average you can expect daytime temperatures of 20–30+ degrees Celsius.



What To Bring on a Walking Trek

*denotes essential or highly recommended

Pack light and pack tight.
Sleeping bag*
Day-pack *
sunglasses *
water bottles (collapsible bladders pack flat!) *
towel (Moroccan hotels don't always have them) *
ziplock baggies *
toilet paper * (buy it in Morocco)
needle and thread / safety pins
camera, batteries, memory cards, or film – bring lots!
sealable bag for your Digital camera* (essential!! for sand/dust)

Clothing
sarong (can double as a towel, lightweight sheet or scarf)
cotton long sleeved shirt (for intense sun) *
light wind-proof jacket
a hat (sun) *
warm socks*
light weight gloves*
lightweight long pants *
2-3 T-shirts
woolen sweater/fleece *
cotton scarf (doubles as a wash cloth)
Hiking boots or hiking shoes*

First aid – make sure you use water proof labelling if re-packaging
disinfectant creme / gel (Polysporin)
bandaids
Ibufrofen (Advil or generic – for pain, swelling) *
Tylenol (colds and fever)
cold medication – Echanacia / zinc lozenges
tweezers
Visine
Aloe vera gel (for burns)
Anti-hystamine tablets
diahrrea medication (Immodium) *

Personal
sunblock *
sanitary supplies with ziplock baggies to carry out
moisturiser / lip balm with sunblock *
simple english books / magazines / music – (cassette tapes are common in Morocco and make great gifts.)
small torch / flash-light (small bicycle lights make good travelling torches)
nail clippers
wet-wipes
soap / shampoo / toothpaste / toothbrush etc *
prescriptions in original containers
ear plugs *

Finally...
Please remember that things do change, prices go up and down, activities stop running or change format and weather can send the best laid plans out the door. We will do our best to provide what is described above but please take into consideration the nature of the journey that you are embarking on and the country that you are traveling in and understand that a certain degree of flexibility is necessary!

 

Happy Valley:

Ait Bougmez is perhaps the most beautiful valley in the High Atlas. Visit picturesque villages and breathtaking landscapes, and mix with friendly locals…
Walk through amazing landscapes in the High Atlas and take part in ancient traditions

Ait Bougmez (Happy Valley) is perhaps the most beautiful valley in the High Atlas surrounded by an amphitheatre of stunning mountains of which the highest is M'Goun (4068 m), the country's second highest peak.
During this trip we travel and walk through picturesque villages built of soil, immerse in intense green valleys and wild landscapes, visit the breathtaking Ouzoud waterfalls and experience the vibrant souqs of Marrakech. We will have spectacular views of terraced fields and scattered flora and fauna and meet nomads tending their sheep at Izourar Lake. We will also have the chance to take part in ancient traditions, dance and drum with locals and mix with the welcoming friendly native Berber people.


Itinerary
Arrive in Marrakech
Marrakech – Azilal – Agouti
Agouti – Aguerd n’Ouzrou – Ait Imi
Ait Imi – Rbat – Ait Ouchi
Ait Ouchi – Izourar Lake – Ait Ouchi
Ait Ouchi – Aguerd n’Ouzrou
Aguerd n’Ouzrou – Azilal – Marrakech
Leave Marrakech

Day 1 / Arrive in Marrakech
Arrive in Marrakech – the ‘Red city’ – any time and meet your guide in the hotel or riad.

Lodging: hotel or riad

Provision: -



Day 2 / Marrakech – Azilal – AROUS
After crossing the lowlands of Haouz plain we visit the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Morocco, the “Cascade d’Ouzoud” (110 m high). Then we carry on to Azilal and to Ait M’Hamed and through Aghbar Col (2200 m) to have the panoramic view of the second summit of Morocco (M’Goun 4068 m). Then we descend to Happy Valley, the Valley of Ait Bougmez and we spend the night in AROUS (1900 m).

Lodging: gîte (mountain hut)

Provision: breakfast



Day 3 /AROUS– Aguerd n’Ouzrou – Ait Imi

After breakfast we begin our trek through the valley along paths normally used by villagers and their mules. We walk through cultivated fields, orchards and meadows of wild flowers. After crossing many villages – including Aguerd n’Ouzrou village where there is some dinosaur imprints back to 180 millions of years – we get in the Ait Imi village, where we spend the night.

Lodging: gîte (mountain hut)

Provision: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Walking: 4 hours

Altitude: 100 m gain



Day 4 / Ait Imi – Rbat – ZAWYAT OULMZI

We leave Ait Imi and direct to Rbat where we stop for a tea with a family. After climbing gradually Adezn we meet some nomads of Happy Valley, and then we descend in the other side of the valley called Ait Hakim. We spend the night near to Azourki Mountain (3700 m) and discover the lifestyle of local people.

Lodging: gîte (mountain hut)

Provision: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Walking: 6 hours
Altitude: 400 m gain, 200 m loss



Day 5 / ZAWYAT OULMZI – Izourar Lake – ZAWYAT OULMZI

Today we have a gentle walk in the valley till Ighrin village, and then we ascend to Izourar Lake enfolded by high mountains with peaks of up to more than 3700 metres. We have lunch near a lake – with nomads around us in their camel-wool tents and great flocks of sheep and goats. We return by following a gorge to get to Ait Ouham spring, i.e. the beginning of the green river that flows within the valley. We spend the night in a gîte owned by a local family in Ait Ouchi.

Lodging: gîte (mountain hut)

Provision: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Walking: 5 hours

Altitude:400 m gain, 400 m loss



Day 6 /ZAWYAT OULMZI– TIMMIT

We go down the valley, following paths between the gardens and the river, crossing several lively, bustling villages. After lunch we continue as the valley becomes wide and villages are richer. Before we arrive to our destination, we climb a small hill where the shrine of Sidi Moussa is located and enjoy the amazing view from the top. We spend the night in a kasbah.

Lodging: GîTE

Provision: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Walking: 5 hours

Altitude: 200 m gain, 300 m loss



Day 7 / Aguerd n’Ouzrou – Azilal – Marrakech

We return to Marrakech through the Ait Abbes Valley with its distinctive adobe buildings. We have a picnic for lunch and after we have enough time in Marrakech to sample some sights and sounds of the ‘Red city’ like the medina, the souqs, the Koutoubia Mosque or the Koranic School. We can finish the day in the well-known open-air central square, the Djemaa el-Fna famous for its food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers and acrobats.

Lodging: hotel or riad

Provision: breakfast, lunch



Day 8 / Leave Marrakech

End of trip and we say goodbye. Have a nice flight back to home.

Depending on the time of your flight you may have time to visit some more sights like the Saadian tombs (back to 16th century), the Bahia Palace or the beautiful Majorelle Gardens. Please note that we are able to organise a post-trip accommodation if you wish to extend your stay for a few more days.

Lodging: -

Provision: breakfast


NOTES
Please note, that in the beginning and end of the season (i.e. April and November) there can be still snow in some places in the mountains and therefore we might need to modify the program and/or itinerary of the trip.
In mountain huts (gîtes) there is shared accommodation and shared facilities (shower and toilet) are available.



Services Included

All transport within Morocco, except from and to the airport
All accommodations: hotels/riads, gîtes (mountain huts), kasbah
All breakfasts, one picnic lunch, other meals (lunch, snack, dinner) for 4 days (7B, 5L, 4D)
Professional tour leader and local staff during the whole trip



Services Not Included

Flight ticket to and from Morocco
Airport transfer (available for extra charge)
Insurance covering all your adventure activities (obligatory, please bring a copy with you)
Lunch and dinner in Marrakech (allow EUR 10 to 15 for each meal)
Soft drinks and personal purchases all over the trip
Entrance fee to monuments and optional activities (e.g. hammam)
Tipping local staff (tour guide, driver, muleteers) – not obligatory, only if you are satisfied



Transport and Porterage

Walking (4 days)
Comfortable minibus, Four-Wheel Drive vehicle (4WD) or taxi (depending on the size of the group)
Bearing of luggage by mules



Team

Berber mountain guide certified by Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism to give you interesting information about the places you visit, the history and the culture of the country
Local Berber cook, who will introduce you to the cuisine of Morocco
A devoted team of experienced drivers and muleteers



Food

All breakfasts and picnic lunch on day 7 are included
All other meals during the trek (4 days) are also included:
Lunch: varied salads, hot dish, dessert
Snack of tea or coffee with biscuits or cook’s specialty
Dinner: soup, traditional hot dish, dessert, hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate)
All other meals and drinks (e.g. water) will be for your expenses. Your guide will help you to discover the local restaurants
Please inform us of any dietary, vegetarian or special meal requirements at the time of reservation



Highlights included

High Atlas (Ait Bougmez, Ouzoud Waterfalls), dinosaur imprints, Marrakech


Adventures

Walking, nature, local people, hammam (optional)


Grade

Easy


Transport during the tour

Walking (4 days)
Minibus, 4WD or taxi
Mules (to carry our staff and luggage)


Accommodation

Hotel/riad: 2 nights
Gîte (mountain hut): 4 nights
Kasbah: 1 night


Meals included

All (7) breakfasts
5 lunches
4 dinners



Notes

Recommended for families
Runs from April to November

 

MGOUN MASSIF

M’Goun Global Geopark
M’Goun Geopark is located in the middle of the Central High Atlas mountains in Morocco. The Central High Atlas is the highest and largest of mountain ranges in the country. The geological heritage of the Geopark includes outstanding mineralogical and paleontological features, like abundant dinosaur trackways of theropods and sauropodes, geomorphologic sites like the Jurassic limestone bridge Pont d’Imin Ifri, or waterfalls, and impressive conglomerate cliffs.
There is also ample evidence of human occupation since prehistoric times including rock art and artifacts.. Its rich cultural heritage, bears witness to the centuries-old presence of the Amazigh (Berber) people with typical traditional architecture and granaries.