- Make your way through green valleys, canyons gauged out of orange-red rocks and the arid mountains of the High Atlas on your sure footed horse.
- Ride through villages perched on the mountainside and passed old cave-type dwellings.
- Experience good levels of service at the campsites during the ride
Day 1 1 : EUROPE - MARRAKESHFly to Marrakesh. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the evening. Dinner will be taken at the hotel. If riders all have flights that arrive early into Marrakech, then it is possible that you will be taken directly to Skoura and spend the night in the palm grove instead of in Marrakesh. (Flights not included but can be arranged if you wish)
Day 2 2: SKOURA – AGHBALOU - 4 hours ridingMoroccan CampYou will be met in the hotel reception at 7 a.m. for the transfer to Skoura equestrian centre, where the horses are based. This is a journey of approx 246 km, between 4.5 to 5 hours drive through the Tizi n'Tichka. You can expect amazing views across the deep gorges and colourful mountainside. On arrival you will be allocated your horse, and will go on a short introductory ride to settle in the saddle to make sure everyone is happy with their horses before you start your expedition. You will ride across the peaceful olive groves of Skoura and the desert plateau of Ait Saïd Oumanssour.
Camp out this evening with the opportunity to spend your first night under the Moroccan stars. Everyone is required to help at camp: looking after the horses, feeding and watering, and helping setting up your tent. Your meals are cooked over the campfire but a team of talented cooks who always seem to produce the most delicious dishes with the most basic cooking facilities!
Day 3 3: AGHBALOU - AGUERD - 5 hours ridingMoroccan CampToday you will ride through the Tamassent plateaus before arriving at Toundoute. Expect to be greeted with a superb view across the valley filled with almond trees. In the afternoon, good canters across a plateau take you to the village of Tiflit before climbing up the steep gorges to camp near the village of Aguerd.
Day 4 4 : AGUERD - TAOUJGALT - 5h30 ridingMoroccan CampYour ride will take you along the wadi Nait Tounert. All along the wadi, you will encounter villages and cultivated terraces on both sides of the river. After lunch, you will cross desert plateaus before reaching the Azaghar N'Aiguer pass that towers above the valley. You will follow a small path, which brings you to your camp for the night in the beautiful countryside at 1900m.
Day 5 5 : TAOUJGALT - AMESKER - 5h30 ridingMoroccan CampToday you are riding in the Dades Valley, discovering beautiful Ksour (fortified villages) with their traditional Berber architecture. The view is amazing with the green gardens and the red of the gigantic cliffs. You will camp further up in the Amesker gorge at 2100m.
Day 6 6 : AMESKER - AFLAFAL - 6h30 ridingMoroccan CampToday you leave the Dades valley to start the ascent to the Tizi N'ait Ahmed pass which is at 3010 m. In the afternoon, descend to M'goun wadi, which crosses beautiful villages with many kasbahs enroute. Tonight you will camp at the bottom of the Aflafal springs at 2300 m.
Day 7 7 : AFLAFALE - AIT BOUGMEZ - 5h ridingAfter enjoying the cool waters of the M'goun gorge, you go up to the valley of Oulilimt following small mule tracks to the high mountain pass Tizi N'ait Imi pass (2905 m). You will enjoy the panoramic views of the high central Atlas and the valley of Ait Bougmez before you start the dizzy descent on the North side of the Atlas. You ride down to the inn where you are staying for the evening.
Day 8 8 : AIT BOUGMEZ - NO RIDINGToday is a rest day - at least, for the horses. You are off hiking in the happy valley- Ait Bouguemez which is at the foot of the austere Jebel M'Goun (4,068 m). You will see fields, irrigated crops, orchards, villages with rustic architecture, everything is pleasing on the eyes. In the afternoon, you will have the choice between resting or going to meet the local community. Back to the inn for the night.
Day 9 9 : AIT BOUGMEZ - AIT BOULLI - 5h30 ridingToday you will be back on horseback where you will ride between fields and pine forests covering the slopes of the central Atlas. The track will take you to Wadi Ait Abbas. You will walk along the water’s edge to the village of Abachkou, passing villages before reaching the green valley of Aït Boulli where you will stay this evening in an inn.
Day 10 10 : AIT BOULLI - AIT BLAL - 6h30 ridingMoroccan CampA long ride is ahead of you as you follow along the high valleys. You see the terraced farm lands and the superb villages that are perched on the side of the mountain where Berber traditions are rife. In the afternoon you start to descend following a track along the ridge, far from any noise, to the village of Tizi N'Oubadou to set up camp.
Day 11 11 : AIT BLAL - LAC AIT TCHOUARIT - 6h ridingMoroccan CampToday you descend from village to village to the wadi Lakhdar where it is sometimes possible to swim. After lunch, you follow a narrow path to the Tizi n'Tachante pass with a bird's eye view of Lake Ait Tchouarit, where you will camp at the edge of the lake.
Day 12 12 : AIT TCHOUARIT - BOUHRAZENE - 5h ridingMoroccan CampAlways in the heart of the Berber tradition, the ride continues through the hills planted with olive and almond trees following mule tracks to the village of Sgate. In the afternoon, you ride across the plateaus of Wansoure and Bouhrazene.
Day 13 13 : BOUHRAZENE - OUZOUD FALLS - 3h ridingTake your last ride on horseback this morning to find the beautiful Ouzoud Falls. In the afternoon you will be given time to settle in to the guest house before you visit the waterfalls on foot.
Day 14 OUZOUD FALLS - MARRAKECH - No ridingYou will be transferred early this morning to Marrakesh (about a 3 hour drive). You will be taken to the hotel and the afternoon is free in Marrakesh where you can visit the souks, the medina, the Majorelle Gardens, and many other curiosities. Marrakesh is a beautiful and vibrant city, and captures the essence of modern Morocco perfectly, while maintaining a traditional, authentic character.
Day 15 15 : MARRAKESH - EUROPETransfer back to the airport for your flight back to Europe. (Flights not included but can be arranged if you wish)
Dates & prices
- If there are fewer than 5 riders in the group then a small group supplement applies (£220). This will be waived once the group reaches 5 riders.
- Single room supplement (tent and hotel) is €170/£150 for the hotel nights and tents. Single accommodation might not be guaranteed in Ouzoud, please contact us in advance.
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
1 backup guide
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
Return airport transfers (if your flight times don't match the group's - €20/£18)
Local, standard hotel in double or triple rooms
Bottled or filtered water
Price doesn't include
Extra drinks and personal extras (laundry...)
Visas and personal purchase
July - August 2020
Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status 02/08/2020 16/08/2020 £1,335 Open Book now
Height at the withers: 1.45 m to 1.55 m.
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
If you weigh more than 90kg or are over 1.95m tall then please contact us to enquire about a suitable horse.
Please note that canters are always in single file due to the fact you are riding stallions.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Temperatures are cooler in the mountains than in Marrakech because of the altitude but it can still be hot and very sunny in summer. Please remember than there is always a level of unpredictability when riding in the mountains and you may experience wind, cold or even storms.
Having previous experience of riding a trail of several days is compulsory on this ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces. You also need to be fit enough to walk on foot and lead your horse in the mountains.
You will ride across inhabited valleys and cross desert mountains. The support vehicle may not be able to reach you every day, so please make sure to pack your saddlebags sensibly (water, sunscreen, lip balm). On the days where the vehicle can't reach you, a train of pack mules takes over so it is important you bring a soft bag rather than a hard-sided suitcase.
Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.
Saddlebags are provided.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
In Marrakesh: a standard hotel in double rooms.
One bottle of water is provided per person each day but you may wish to take some micropur or similar purification tablets with you in case you require more than this.
During the summer months the mountains offer a good alternative to the heat of the desert or Marrakech. The nights are cool without being cold (9-14c depending on altitude) and the days are usually sunny with temperatures around 25c. In short, the climate is ideal from May to September, with temperatures dropping in March/April and October.
Marrakech has a Mediterranean climate which is usually hot summers and a clear blue sky, with cold winters. The best season to visit this city is Spring/Autumn when the temperatures are pleasant all day (22-30c).
Guide and local team
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and dust
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Layering is key to cope with the fluctuations in temperature between day and night
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps as long chaps/long boots can get very hot.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
- Thermals are a good option for sleeping in, or a t-shirt and shorts for warmer nights
- A woolly hat when camping (nights can be cold)
- Sleeping bag - we recommend a comfort factor of 0°C/-5°C. We also recommend taking a silk or fleece liner for an extra layer
Other useful items
- Towel. Camping towels will pack lighter and dry more easily
- Sarong (for going to/from the shower tent)
- Water bottle (1.5 litre or two x 1 litre)
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes for when showers aren't possible
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night
- Toilet paper and small plastic bags for taking rubbish away
In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Small penknife
In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Rehydration sachets (dioralyte or similar)
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Ear plugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper
- Micropur or similar water purification tablets
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided and you should pack it into two bags if it weighs more than 15-20kg so it's easier for the team to transport between camps
- Take a second, smaller bag to pack things you may need during the day such as a book or suncream then you can easily access it during the long lunch break. You are not allowed to ride with your backpack but saddlebags are provided.
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
Visa & Health
We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/morocco.htm l (US citizens) or https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements (UK citizens) for further information.
To enter Morocco, a passport valid for the duration of your stay is required by all British, American, Canadian and EU nationals. However, the Moroccan Consulate General in London advise that your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. If your passport does not meet this requirement you may face difficulties and you should check with the Moroccan authorities and your travel provider before travelling.
You should ensure that your passport is stamped when you enter the country. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
Visas are not required by British, American, Canadian and EU nationals for stays in Morocco of up to three months.
Addresses of consulates
- Paris | Ambassade du Maroc
5, rue Le Tasse
Tél. : 01.45.20.69.35
- Ambassade de France au Maroc
1 rue Aguelmane Sidi Ali Agdal BP 602
Rabat - Chellah
Tél. : +212 5 37 27 66 00
Fax : +212 5 37 27 67 11
- Moroccan Consulate
97-99 Praed Street, Paddington
W2 1NT London
Tél. : +44 020 7724 0624
Malaria is very rare and present only in a few remote areas. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net.
Budget and money
• Banknotes 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 dirham
• Coins 1, 5, 10, 20 santimat; ½, 1, 2, 5, and 10 dirham
Telephone and jetlag
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in towns and cities, and across the west of Morocco, but a little more erratic east and further south.
Time zone: GMT
Did you know?
Did you know?
On this trail ride across the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, you will be riding Barb horses - and mostly stallions.
The Barb horse is a breed originating from Northern Africa well-known for its great temperament and great stamina. Barb horses were bred to run and withstand the high temperatures of the desert and rugged terrain of the mountains.
Physically, it is a light riding horse with a rather short back and powerful front end. They are relatively small, but full of energy and they will take you on exhilarating gallops without even breaking a sweat! They are mostly black, brown, bay and grey.
In the present day, Barb horses are mostly found in northern Africa: mostly Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.