Jebel Saghro Trek Morocco Grade: Moderate
Ocotber is the perfect time of year to undertake this classic Moroccan adventure. The Jebel Saghro trek is renowned for its dramatic geological landscape. There are rocky pinnacles reaching skywards, immense mountain plateaus, vast expanses of rust-coloured sand and the occasional welcome oasis with greenery and water.
Our 5 day trek is fully supported by an established team of local guides who will do everything from cooking our meals to erecting our tents. All we need to do is take in the extraordinary scenery and enjoy the walk. We spend between 4.5 and 8 hours each day on the trek which includes a restful lunch stop.
The itinerary has been designed to fit in with the UK school holidays. If you are not restricted by this, then it is recommended to stay an extra night in Marrakech in order to fully explore this amazing city with its famous medina, souk and mosque.
Itinerary (subject to change):
Day 1: Arrive Marrakech. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city. Depending on the flight time, you will have free time to explore before meeting for dinner and a welcome briefing.
Day 2: Travel to Tagudilt Today, we journey to our trek start point through the High Atlas mountains, dotted with Berber villages and beautiful scenery.We sleep in a Berber house with mattresses and pillows provided in shared rooms.
Day 3: Tagudilt – AlmouNourg The first day of our trek starts on a plateau before ascending the Azarzim Pass. After lunch, we continue to a shepherd’s home where we camp. 13km / 8 miles Ascent 650m, descent 100m. 8 hours
Day 4: AlmouNourg – Igli Today is the longest day of our trek and we head up to the top of Jebel Saghro (2,592m/8,504ft) where we are rewarded with breath-taking views. From here, we descend and end our trek at Igli among almond orchards. 16km / 10 miles. Ascent 600 m, descent 550 m 7.5 hours
Day 5: Igli – Bab N’Ali After breakfast, we head through a small gorge and follow a river to the rocky pinnacles of Bab N’Ali – an iconic sight typical of the area. After lunch, there is an optional walk to view a nearby waterfall before returning to camp. 11km / 6 miles. Ascent 250 m, descent 400 m 4.5 hours plus 2 hours optional walk
Day 6: Bab N’ail – AssifNirrazzoun Today, we continue along the valley seeing remote farms, almond orchards, fig trees and palm trees along the way.12km / 7 miles. Ascent 100 m, descent 300 m 7.5 hours
Day 7: Assifnirrazzoun – Handour Our last day of the trek takes us through a number of small villages ending in the village of Handour for lunch followed by time to relax and enjoy a well-earned rest. 12km / 7 miles. Ascent 250 m, descent 150m 5.5 hours
Day 8: Handour – Marrakech This morning, we say goodbye to the Jebel Saghro and return to Marrakech. We stop for lunch along the way and a visit to an imposing kasbah in Ouazarzate. We arrive in Marrakech around 6pm and meet for our final dinner and a wander around the main square, Jemaa el Fna which is full of colour and activity.
Day 9: Marrakech Departure Time to say goodbye. There will be a private transfer to the airport for certain flights. Depending on flight times, there may be time to have a final look around this fascinating city.