Volcanic Jbel Saghro Treks

Morocco's Badlands

About Volcanic Jbel Saghro Treks

Summary

A Lunar landscape of rocky canyons, stony valleys, stark peaks & ruined kasbahs. A year-round wilderness challenge for all abilities.

Activity code: ITCTDS01/02/03m

Difficulty: GRADE TWO - Between easy and moderate, hiking mostly along zig-zagging mules tracks at upper valley levels for about 6 hours each day. The actual summit climb is non-technical but can be hard going. Good boots are essential. Suitable for anyone who leads a reasonably active life as hiking always involves some effort. Full support team.

Duration: 5 to 7 days

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

We reccommend three itineraries that include Jbel Saghro, each can be done in a week from Marrakech. It is possible to traverse the region from north to south or vice versa or do a circuit with the summit included. The region is a Lunar landscape of rocky canyons, stony valleys, stark peaks and ruined kasbahs; an area of the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains slowly becoming better known to serious hikers. Hours of simply nothing, no trees, no people, but barren, striated mountains, sudden canyons, volcanic plateaux and rock towers. A year-round wilderness challenge for those seeking something off-the-beaten track.

Choice of Treks:

  • 1. Traverse North to South (5 Days)

Hiking from the Dades valley through to N'Kob, includes stunning scenery throughout.

  • 2. Traverse South to North with Jbel Saghro Summit (5 Days)

 Draa Valley through to Boulmalne de Dades, summit on middle day.

  • 3. Jbel Saghro Summit Trek (7 Days)

 A complete circular trek including the summit, starting and finishing in Dades Valley.

Why book with Rediscover Trekking ?

Our trekking organiser (Andy in the UK) and our Head Guide (Houcine in Imlil) have many, many years of experience of arranging treks in Morocco. 

Like all our treks the "Dry Mountain" itineraries have been fully thought through and are tried and trusted - timings are based on a small party and allow for amendments and short cuts if necessary for any reason. We have detailed maps, which are difficult to obtain outside Morocco, and a wealth of experience in these areas so feel free to contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

NO hidden extras. NO groups. FULLY Insured.

What's Included in this trek ?

  • English-speaking, licensed, experienced local guide
  • Full support team to carry your luggage and general equipment (by mule)
  • All accommodation (modern igloo tents / Berber houses / mountain refuge)
  • All meals during your trek (breakfast on all days except first, lunch on all days & dinners on all days except last)
  • private round trip transfers from Marrakech as per individual itinerary.
  • Full insurance and emergency back up.

Essential Information

COST FOR THIS TREK:

All our holidays are tailor-made so the ultimate cost of each trek is based upon:

  • The number of people in your group
  • Where you are starting from and to where you wish to travel at the end of the hike;
  • Whether you are including any accommodation (e.g. in Imlil or Marrakech)
  • Extras such as WC tent, etc.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING (depending upon season): good walking boots; sleeping bag (3 seasons); waterproofs and fleece/duvet jackets, hats, balaclavas or ear muffs; gloves; rambler or ski pole; personal toiletries; small First Aid kit, thermal underwear (Dec-May); day pack; filled water bottles; torch and batteries (LED head torches are excellent), penknife (remember not to pack in hand baggage for flight); towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, hygienic wipes, nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred to tea and coffee, camping mug (otherwise it is small Moroccan tea glasses for everything), energy sweets and toilet rolls could come in handy!

MEALS ARE NORMALLY:

  • Breakfast - tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam, cheese plus porridge in the winter and cereal in summer.
  • Picnic lunch - fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, slicing sausage, tinned tuna fish and sardines, bread, fruit, mint tea.
  • Dinner - Tajine (chicken or mutton with vegetables), spaghetti, cous cous (main courses rotate depending on duration of trek), bread, coffee, tea, cake, fruit.

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

Contact us now to book one of these Treks for any date.

Itinerary

  • Trek 1: Traverse North to South - 5 Days

    Day 1 - Transfer from Marrakech to Dades Valley via Tichka Pass, Ouarzazate and Skoura (picnic lunch en route). In the afternoon a further drive off the main route, along the Valley of the Roses to Ait Youl.

    Day 2 - Ait Youl to Ano N'Igdad. A 6 hour hike across the Ouaouchene Plateau, a semi-desert region of strangely shaped, colourfull cliffs and sand-blasted hills. Overnight in the hamlet of Ano N'Igdad (Ano meaning "well" in Berber).

    Day 3 - Ano n'Ighdad to Assaka n'Ait Ouazzine. A further 6 hour hike through the Tizi n'Elmersse to the desolate plateau of the same name. Here you will pass unexpected palmeraies before descending alongside copper mines to Tagmout and the escarpment of Adrar Amgroud. Overnight at the Berber hamlet of Assaka n'Ait Ouazzine with nearby fields of barley and corn and stands of fig and almond trees.

    Day 4 - Assaka n'Ait Ouazzine to Tifdoussine. Much of the hiking on this day is along dry river beds passing nomadic shepherds of the fiercely independent Ait Attar Berber tribe. Overnight in the isolated hamlet of Tifdoussine.

    Day 5 - Tifdoussine to N'Kob and back to Marrakech. Just a 3 hour walk down the valley, passing palmeraies and henna trees to Hamdour for the short drive to N'kob for lunch. Drive up the stunning Draa Valley road to Ouarzazate and then back over the High Atlas to Marrakech.

  • Trek 2: Traverse South to North with Jbel Saghro Summit - 5 Days

    Day 1 - Transfer from Marrakech to N'Kob via Tichka Pass, Ouarzazate and Draa Valley route. Overnight at the fabulous Kasbah Baha Baha overlooking the palmeraie of N'Kob.

    Day 2 - N'Kob to Tifdoussine. A 5 to 6 hour hike up the valley, passing palmeraies and henna trees to Hamdour. From here the route takes you to the upper slopes of "The Mountain of the Moon" (Tine Ouaiyour - 2129m), a monolithic mesa dominating this dramatically wind-blasted area, for an overnight camp.

    Day 3 - Tifdoussine to Igli. A 6 hour hike today, first along a dry gulley to the hamlet of Amguis then up on to a ridge to reach a rock strewn plateau facing the rock pinnacles of "Bab n'Ali". Further on is the tiny hamlet of Boilouz and some summer pastures (aazibs) then another indistinct trail to the cultivated fields of the village of Igli set amongst more cliffs.

    Day 4 - Igli - Jbel Saghro Summit - Imi n'Ouarg. The trek today starts up through rocky promontories and across a flat stretch of pampas to traverse the Tizi n’Ouarg and reach the Kouaoutch Plateau for a well earned picnic. From here hike through junipers, acacia and rosemary to the summit of Jbel Sarhro (2592m), rising starkly from the Plateau. The lunar landscape is dotted with rock towers, such as the "Isk n'Ifsane" (the Tiara of the Pond), "Isk n'Alla" (My Sister’s Head-dress) and "Isk n'Eferdj" (the Horns of Plenty). A short descent to the overnight campsite at Imi n'Ouarg.

    Day 5 - Imi n'Ouarg to Tagdilt and back to Marrakech. A short hike today through the Tizi n’Emrharne and down through stands of juniper trees and a dry river bed towards the north-east passing the black felt tents of the nomadic herders. A faint piste leads to the village of Tagdilt where you re-join your driver for a transfer along the stunning Dades Valley road to Ouarzazate and then back over the High Atlas to Marrakech.

  • Trek 3 - Jbel Saghro Circuit - 7 Days

    Day 1 - Transfer from Marrakech to Dades Valley via Tichka Pass, Ouarzazate and Skoura (picnic lunch). A further drive off the main route, along the Valley of the Roses to Ait Youl.

    Day 2 - Ait Youl to Ano N'Igdad to Ano n'Elmersse. A 6 hour hike across the Ouaouchene Plateau, a semi-desert region of strangely shaped, colourfull cliffs and sand-blasted hills; then through the Tizi n'Elmersse to the desolate plateau of the same name.

    Day 3 - Ano n'Elmersse to Tajalajt. A 6 hour hike up the stony and wild slopes to traverse the Tizi n’Tagmout, past the copper mines and the Berber hamlet of Assaka n’Aït Ouazzine with its fields of corn and barley and fig and almond trees. After lunch hike up a dry river bed, on through the remote hamlets of Akerkour, Berqiq and Tigniza, through pastureland and the occasional rock hut of the nomadic shepherds up to the village of Tajalajt.

    Day 4 - Tajalajt to Igli. A 7 hour trek up the Tassghdelte n’Ssi El Haj Plateau to the isolated hamlet of Tifdoussine and continue through Tizi Ighzoun to the remote hamlet of Ighzoun. From hike up the Assif n’Anoums to traverse the Tizi Tagourt and continue across the Plateau to meet up with a strange eroded rock formation in the shape of a camel’s head. and down to the tilled fields of the hamlet of Igli. Overnight camp near the well of the little palmeraie and almond trees belonging to the fiercely-independent, semi nomadic Aït Atta Berber tribe.

    Day 5 - Igli - Jbel Saghro Summit - Imi n'Ouarg. The trek today starts up through rocky
    promontories and across a flat stretch of pampas to traverse the Tizi n’Ouarg and reach the Kouaoutch Plateau for a well earned picnic. From here hike through junipers, acacia and rosemary to the summit of Jbel Sarhro (2592m), rising starkly from the Plateau. The lunar landscape is dotted with rock towers, such as the "Isk n’Ifsane" (the Tiara of the Pond), "Isk n’Alla" (My Sister’s Head-dress) and "Isk n’Eferdj" (the Horns of Plenty). A short descent to the overnight campsite at Imi n'Ouarg.

    Day 6 - Imi n'Ouarg to Tagdilt. A 6 hour hike today up through the Tizi Bou Ichlif and Tizi n’Emrharne and down through stands of juniper trees and a dry river bed towards the north-east passing the black felt tents of the nomadic herders. A faint piste leads to the village of Tagdiltfor your overnight stay in a berber gite d'etap.

    Day 7 - after breakfast join your transfer along the stunning Dades Valley road to Ouarzazate and then back over the High Atlas to Marrakech.

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