This volcanic mountain region does not experience true winter snows like the High Atlas making it perfect for winter hiking. The Saghro is situated between the High Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert and makes a nice link to also camel trek overnight and explore the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga. You’ll completely traverse the Saghro Massif walking. High uplands and volcanic monoliths resemble the U.S. southwest with soaring mesas, sparse vegetated plateaus, hidden springs and canyon oasis where you can freely ramble. You’ll meet and have tea with Ait Atta nomads living in this harsh and remote landscape. Jackal, fox, wolf, toads, frogs, wild sheep, gazelle, vulture, Buzzard and the rare Bonelli-eagle survive here. Trees include date palms, acacia, tamarisk and oleander.
Transfer from Marrakech to Nekob in the Saghromountains, a journey of 300 kms including the Tichka Pass and the town of Ouarzazate. We load the mules and set off for a short walk to our first night’s accommodation in a Berber house (gite).
Oasis Tifdassine – Irhazzounen’Imlass This is a day of easy walking – about 5 hours in total – including the oasis of Tifdassine (1210m) to arrive at our camp near Irhazzounen’Imlass.
Amguis Valley – Bab n’Ili – Ousdidene Today’s route is along the Amguis Valley through the village of Amguis (1400m) and on past interesting rock formations to arrive, after about 6 hours, at Boilouz where we camp at the oasis.
Boilouz – Afourar Valley – Igli Oasis – Tassigdelt Over the course of the day we climb 700m to Tassigdelt, passing the small village if Igli on the way. We camp at Tassigdelt after a walk of about 6 hours.
Tassigdelt – Kouaouch – Almoun’Ouarg Today we reach the summit of Kouaouch (2600m) before descending to our camp site at 2300m. A total of 6 hours walking..
Iferd – Allili – Plateau de Tagdiite – Dades Valley – Ouarzazte – Marrakech Today we walk down to the Dades Valley, crossing Iferd (2450m) on the way, before picking up our transport for the 6 to 7 hour journey back to Marrakech.