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Explore Morocco: Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa

Starts: Marrakesh, Morocco
Finishes: Marrakesh, Morocco

Visit: Marrakesh, Tasgount, Sidi Lahsen U Ali, Aït Ighmour, Tamazirt, Marrakesh

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Walking Tour

Overview

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Wild, remote, stunningly beautiful and rich in culture, the Jebel Sirwa is an incredibly traditional region filled with dramatic landscapes, charming valleys, flower-filled pastures, dry-stone villages, terraces of barley, fields of saffron and a unique Berber tribe called the Ait Ouaouzguit. Whilst following excellent trails which snake through this lesser known region, we gain a rare insight into the tribes simple lifestyle which guarantees a wonderful cultural experience. Hidden between the High Atlas Mountains and the Anti-Atlas, the extinct volcanic region of the Jebel Sirwa has scenery like nowhere else in Morocco. During the holiday we camp close to the Azib Tagrara shepherds where well have the opportunity to observe a nomadic lifestyle which has remained unchanged for centuries. From the south side of the Jebel Sirwa range we hike to the top of Guilliz Peak before making our way through enchanting rock formations and to the peak of Jebel Sirwa (3305m). This remarkable region of Morocco combines beautiful landscapes, a strong cultural journey, wonderful and ends with some to explore magical Marrakech.

Highlights

    • Head off the beaten track and walk through a beautiful volcanic landscape
    • Meet the Berber shepherds and see Morocco's magnificent saffron fields
    • Explore the colourful heart of Marrakech and camp beneath star-filled skies
    • Breath-taking views from Guiliz Peak and the summit of Jebel Sirwa
    • Easily combined with Edge of the Sahara Trek for a two week adventure

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125133
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Marrakesh, Morocco
Finishes: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on the first and last days of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $830 ($104/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Itinerary

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Morocco Marrakech, Jebel Sirwa, Tizi N Test, Aghbalou Tizgui, Guiliz Peak, High Atlas, Tissouitine, Tinzarine, Tamazight
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Walking Tour

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Gill L  

We really enjoyed this trek which felt remote yet could be reached so quickly from Marrakech.

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Andy H  

The views of Morocco east of the Atlas were stunning. The food was very good indeed and the guide extremely good company. I have known about you since it started - third time I've been with you . You are the only company offering the Jebel Sirwa trek.

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Christine L  

The food created by our trek cook was outstanding. How he created such excellent food with limited facilities was amazing. The guide is an excellent guide. He was kind, considerate and encouraging. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He made the trip very enjoyable. I enjoyed this holiday because it was in a remote and spectacular part of Morrocco away from other trekking areas.

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James E  

The ascent of Jebel Sirwa was really enjoyable. It was a pleasure to meet the Berber people again. The cold night and wet days at the end did not detract from the trek. The guide is a star and one of the best leaders I have met. I would be happy to travel with him again. The meals on this trek were among the best I have had on many treks. It was a surprise to have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday !

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Jane R  

Wonderful guide. Has a very pleasantly friendly and competent approach. Always good humoured, knowledgeable and happy to share his knowledge with us. This is a very experienced guide, happy in what he does and very good at it. All very smooth. Our muleteers and cook were hardworking, always cheerful and willing. I think they enjoyed themselves as much as we did (despite their hard work) Didn't want to come home. At the end of the trek, we just wanted a hot shower, change of clothes and to turn round and do it all again.

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Christopher P  

Our guide was really good -- always looking out for us but giving us space as well. And lots of extra information and lessons were a nice touch. Really enjoyed it -- would definitely consider another trip with you in the future.

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Andrew R  

We are just back from our trek and extension. Thank you for your help in choosing our booking. We very much enjoyed the trip and suited what we wanted exactly. My wife is already asking about another one, which is quite surprising for someone who likes her comforts when on holiday. On the extension the Ryad Petite Prince is beautiful, like an oasis in a rather non touristy area of the Medina. The chef and service was of a very high standard in this Ryad as well. Hamid (the guide) and his crew were really good on the trek as well. Such a cheerful, friendly and open hearted bunch. The crew for me was a lot of the pleasure in the holiday as they were really good fun. Examples would be; The sight of Mohamed, a tall dark Saharan African looking man, appearing in the mess tent late each evening with the tea made it almost feel like a safari as well. The sound of all the crew quietly laughing and singing after dinner sending me off to sleep. Hamid, a peaceful but certainly in control Berber leader, being perplexed and in giggles with our English humour. The surprise of an endless supply of hot donuts and quality honey being ready from the cook on arrival from a very long day in the mountains. The big smile of the fun loving Abdula. It was all a very special experience that I was not expecting.

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Sue S  

It was not the trip I had intended to do I had opted for an easier trip to the Bougmez Valley. It looked as if it may not run so my husband persuaded me to try the Jebel Sirwa. I was very nervous about this trip and my capabilities. It was great and I felt a great sense of achievement. Wonderful experience would not of missed any of it even waking up in a blizzard. I thought it would be a much tougher trek. It was tough enough for me and some days I found the climbs realy challenging. It surprised and pleased me that I was able to do it with alot of encouragement from the guides and fellow trekers. Travelled with you last year for the first time and enjoyed the trip to Kerela. I also like the fact that I can call in to talk to a person in your office or on the phone or by email. Thankyou.

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Mark S  

Good accommodation throughout the trip. Food also excellent and plentiful. I did try to loose weight but failed!!! Support crew really good, everything done well also very friendly. Very well paced trek no rush or pressure. Logistics worked well. The guide was excellent, not only did he care for the group he also helped out the support crew who appreciated his help and this showed in their interactions with him and us, which made for a really pleasant trip. The guide was really approachable and knowledgeable. He was willing to go the extra mile to make sure everything went well. I really enjoyed the holiday, it was well thought out, well lead. The walking pace was also good, not a route march so plenty of opportunity to take photo's and catch up.

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Stephen M  

The guide was excellent. He put up with my constant questions on non-trek related subjects (obscure points of history) and knew the answers. This was my beast Morocco trek so far as it had the most variety. Most enjoyed - As I said the variety. High Mountains, lots of villages, green valleys. I also very much like Moroccan food and tea.

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Alena  

Fascinating trip to a mountainous region to the south of the Atlas. The walk was very varied, from walks through villages to scrambling up mountain peaks. Fabulous views, amazing scenery and a great crew and guide. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked for around 6-8 hours a day. Despite some quite rough sections and loose scree, the walking seemed quite easy. Our guide paced it very well to suit the group and we always had time to look at points of interest and, of course, have a lovely lunch!!

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Ian  

Positive points Excellent guide; as a Berber he was able to give us insights into Berber culture Varied, tasty and nourishing food As ever, very well organised Interesting group of people Negative Breakfast at Marrakech Hotel.

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Hazel  

The trekking is a mixture of paths and scrambling. Nothing difficult except for the final ascent of Jebel Sirwa - where ropes are needed. This is just the last 30ms - and you can decide not to do it - the views are still 360 degree panorama from the ridge just below the summit. The guide really looked after us. He was very informative and caring. The cook prepared some amazing banquet meals - even the lunches were amazing. Lots of fresh salads, vegetables and fruit and of course the tangines. Tents are very good and mattress (with cover) provided. It got cold at night - as soon as the sun went down. A good sleeping bag is needed. Plus a down jacket for the evening and early morning. Blue skies during the day but still cool - ideal for trekking. Take water purification tablets or steripen. Definitely recommend this trip - fortunate to have a small group of 5 - and we all had a great time.

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Marjorie  

Every morning a different view, each day a lovely walk - once again the Berber guide and his crew looked after us royally. Nothing was too much trouble for this caring, helpful guide. A super short holiday led at a comfortable pace by a knowledgeable and professional guide. Many thanks once again.

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