Ouirgane Day Hike 3

Berbers & Salt Mines, Wild Valleys & Plateaux

About Ouirgane Day Hike 3

Summary

A lovely, gentle walk in the foothills of the High Atlas. Essentially, this walk takes you into charming hidden valleys to witness the traditional life of the mountain Berber families in their own environment.

Activity code: ITCTtoRAK13

Difficulty: GRADE ONE - walking mostly on paths at lower levels, sometimes rocky, seldom flat, for about 6 hours each day. Good shoes would do but take boots if you are used to them. Suitable for anyone who leads a reasonably active life. NB. Hiking always involves some effort.

Duration: 1 Day

This hike is designed to start by walking directly from your accommodation in Ouirgane, e.g. Chez Momo or Marigha, e.g. Kasbah Tatfi. All hikes include a guide, picnic lunch and full back up if required. All hikes are individual, tailor-made reservations so can be arranged for any number of people on any start date.

What's included:

  • experienced, licensed, English-speaking mountain guide throughout,
  • Picnic lunch (fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, tinned tuna fish*, bread, fruit).
    • * If vegetarian or vegan, please pre-advise.

We recommend you bring:

  • walking boots or stout shoes suitable for walking,
  • rambler pole (optional),
  • hat,
  • sunscreen,
  • nibbles,
  • hygienic wipes (or gel),
  • filled water bottle(s).

NB: all our prices are for land arrangements only (starting and finishing in Ouirgane), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Ouirgane / Marigha or Marrakech (hotels and riads) as well as flights from your preferred airport.

Contact us now to book this recommended day hike for any date.

Itinerary

  • OUIRGANE - IMARAGHEN NOUFLA - TINZERT - TIZI nTARABZA - TAGADIRT NOUSSNI - OUIRGANE

    After an early breakfast set off at 9am from your hotel with your Moroccan Mountain Guide towards the south along mule tracks near a long salty stream to arrive some 90 minutes later at the village of Marigha Izdern (1205m) and on to Imareghan Noufla (1224m) with its age-old stone oil presses still using the traditional grinding round of donkeys or mules. From here, with the Adrar Takherkhourte (2660m) to your right, trek for another 45 minutes alongside scattered fields of maize, seasonal wild flowers, olive tree stands and occasional Berber hamlets to the little village of Tinzert ('nose' in Amazigh, the Berber language).

    Here, surrounded by mountains, you’ll come across a centuries-old salt mining industry - cavernous wells from which the local peasants draw water into large salt flats so as to evaporate out the water. Doubtless you may see the womenfolk riding from hamlet to hamlet, selling their salt from the back of their donkeys - or on to the local entrepreneur. You should also, depending on the weather and time of day, get to see the Berber women in their brightly-coloured clothing sitting on their haunches for a chat after gathering wood and hay, which they still carry on their backs.

    Salt has been a currency for ages, more precious to these people than gold and once a prime destination of the caravans from Mali and Mauritania. Some 35 minutes trekking past this special village your guide will prepare your field picnic near stands of olive, walnut and almond trees. Afterwards continue walking for 45 minutes up to the top of the Tizi n'Tarabaza (1706m), affording a magnificent panoramic view of the Plateaux of Tarabaza, Khik and Moulay Brahim; of the distant Tizi n'Test, Jbel Oukaimeden and the Oussertek Valley.

    Later the route continues downhill for some 60 minutes along zig-zagging mule trails alongside ochre sandstone and milk-white limestone hills to the village of Tagadirt n'Oussni in the Ait Mizane Valley where your guide will rendezvous with your transport taking you back to your hotel.

Prices

Ouirgane Day Hike no.3

Day Hike in Ouirgane valleys with English-speaking guide and lunch included, starting from your accommodation in Ouirgane or Marigha (also includes transport back to your hotel at end of hike from Tagadirt n'Oussni).

Ouirgane of Wild Valleys & Plateaux - available between 01/12/2015 and 31/10/2016

1 person2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 12 people
£ 103£ 56£ 41£ 37£ 31£ 28£ 23

All prices are per person

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