Jbel Sirwa Trek

The High Atlas Wilderness Trek

About Jbel Sirwa Trek

Summary

Definitely for those seeking something "off-the-beaten-track". An ideal trek for spring and autumn to avoid the harsh sun.

Activity code: ITCTJS01m

Difficulty: GRADE TWO to THREE [Between moderate and sometimes strenuous. Boots required; you need to reasonably confident of your fitness, preferably having had some previous experience of trekking and changes in climate. Full support team included.]

Duration: 6 Days Trek ONLY / 9 Days Holiday version

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

This itinerary is a popular option for the early season when Toubkal is still snow-bound; it is also a lovely alternative if you have already hiked in the main High Atlas area around Imlil. The route to/from Jbel Sirwa is truly a wilderness and ideal for those who wish to "get away from it all". On this trek you will encounter some incredible volcanic geology, a few hardy Berber hamlets and a vast open sky.

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. All our trek routes have been fully thought through and 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)
  • 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 via Tichka Pass to Anezal and Tamlakhout to Marrakech
  • Full insurance and emergency back up.

Holiday Version also includes:

  • Round trip airport transfers (Marrakech)
  • 3nts on BB at the fabulous Ksar Anika in Marrakech
  • Private guided city tour of Marrakech (half day)

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 or Imlil as well as flights from your preferred airport.

Contact us now to book this Trek for any date.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: MARRAKECH - AMERZGANE - ANEZAL - TAMLAKHOUT.

    A reasonably early morning departure for a 178km drive towards the south from Marrakech, over the Tizi n'Tichka (2260m) of the Western High Atlas and along down the Assif Imini Valley to Taliouine d'Amerzgane, to turn towards the south-west and the Assif Iriri Valley until you reach the village, and important animal market of Anezal. Here, it is time to alight from the vehicle, take a picnic and meet up with your mules and muleteers, always a fun part of our hiking holidays. After lunch set off towards the west for a 2 hour hike to the village of Tamlakhout (1700m) for your dinner and overnight accommodation in a Berber Gite d'etape.

    • Trekking Time: 2 hours
    • Overnight at Berber Gite in Tamlakhout (1700m).
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 2: TAMLAKHOUT - TAMAZIRRT - TIZOUAD.

    After breakfast strike out towards the south-west for a 7 hour hike across the Oued n'Ait Ouissadene, through almond trees and a blasted stony plain with its occasional sparse fields of corn, potato and wheat, until you reach the remote village of Tamazzirt (1800m). Here you shall see few men, as they are off working in the distant towns in order to make ends meet. From here your guide will take you along a piste which leads up to the Imghi Heights (2381m), where, around midday, your guide will prepare your picnic. The afternoon is spent hiking along the now almost-flat piste to the Berber hamlet of Tizouad (2030m) where you will stop for dinner and overnight accommodation, either in bivouac or in a Berber family's home.

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Camp / Berber Gite in Tizouad (2030m).
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: TIZOUAD - OUED IRIRI - TASSIROUAT.

    Once breakfast has been tucked away set out further south-east for some 7 hours along a piste leading you across the wild, windswept plateau, up and through the stark Tizi (2300m) and down to the Oued Iriri, where you'll take a welcome pause for a picnic near some rare fields of potato. The afternoon is spent hiking towards the west and the end of the oued through a chaos of black rock until you arrive up at the village of Asrir n'Tassirouat, where your team will have dinner ready whilst your camp for the night is being set up amidst a volcanic moonscape.

    • Trekking Time: 7 hours
    • Camp at Asrir n'Tassirouat
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 4: TASSIROUAT - JBEL SIRWA SUMMIT - AAZIB N'IRIRI - AMMASSINE.

    After breakfast, whilst the muleteers and mules set off for the Aazib n'Iriri, your guide will strike out with you for a 2.5 hour attack on the summit of this isolated volcanic twin-peak (3304m), with its strange columns of basalt, cones of petrified lava and towers of sunblasted rock. The final metres involve scrambling, but the panorama from this summit bridging the High and Anti Atlas ranges of dramatic gorges, blasted plains, a cliff village and the nearby twin cones of Jbel Tikniouine (2948m) (2905m) to the north, Jbel Guiliz (2906m) to the south and of Jbel Talzouggaght (2841m) to the west give one a good idea of previous volcanic activity and of Nature's implacable progress. When ready, you can set off back down along a winding path for some 5 to 6 hours steady hiking towards the north-east through fields of saffron crocus to the Aazib n'Iriri (2340m), where you'll meet up once more with your muleteers and a welcome picnic.

    The afternoon is a leisurely walk down through a chaos of black rocks, stones and pebbles towards the remote village of Ammassine (2000m). You can take a stroll around this strange village with its large storage places of wheat and hay, prior to having dinner and camp for the night.

    • Trekking Time: 9 hours
    • Camp at Ammassine (2000m)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 5: AMMASINE - TACHAKOUCHT - TAMLAKHOUT.

    Breakfast tucked away, and off today on an 8 hour hike down to the Oued Tachakoucht and along a winding piste through isolated groves of almond, olive and orange trees until you come to the village of Tachakoucht and, after a brief visit, it's time to carry on to the Tachakoucht Reservoir and sudden fields of corn to picnic by a spring. Later, continue down a stony piste skirting the hamlet of Tamazzirt to arrive at Tamlakhout, your Gite d'etape for dinner and an evening's entertainment provided by the merry band of muleteers.

    • Trekking Time: 8 hours
    • Overnight in gite at Tamlakhout
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 6: TAMLAKHOUT - ANEZAL - AMERZGANE - TADDERT - MARRAKECH.

    After breakfast, rejoin your vehicle to take you back to the north up over the Tizi n'Tichka to stop at Taddert (1650m) for a lunch in the High Atlas mountains. Arriving back in Marrakech around 2 in the afternoon.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Holiday version - Summary of Full Itinerary:

    Day 1 - arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your accommodation.

    • Stay at e.g. Ksar Anika - 2nts BB

    Day 2 - private guided city tour (am); balance of day for independent sightseeing.

    Days 3 to Day 8 - on trek as per itinerary above.

    • stay at e.g. Ksar Anika - 1nt BB.

    Day 9 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Prices

Jbel Sirwa - The Wilderness Trek

Fully guided and supported trek in High Atlas. Includes English-speaking guide, transport, all meals and all accommodation. Holiday version also includes extra 3nts accommodation, airport transfers and city tour.

Full Holiday version

1 person2 people3 people4 people
£ 1368£ 702£ 693£ 626

Trek ONLY version

1 person2 people3 people4 people5 people6 to 7 people8 to 10 people
£ 917£ 478£ 482£ 410£ 392£ 343£ 336

All prices are per person

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