- Immersion in the heart of the Berber culture : beautiful villages and traditional farming
- Mobile trail on traditional Moroccan Barb stallions which are well trained
- Panoramic views over the High Atlas from the mountain paths.
- High level of service whilst camping during the ride (dinner tent, shower tent, toilet tent)
Day 1 1 : ARRIVAL IN MARRAKECH - TAHANAOUTInternational flight to Marrakech
Welcome in the airport and transfer to the first foothills of the High Atlas just beside the Toubkal National Park (30mn drive). You will be settled into your ecological lodge where is situated the horse stable. The place is made with and for local population, with an exceptional panorama over villages and on the peak summits of mountains. You will have dinner with the other riders, then, if you want, you can admire the stars and Marrakech lights.
Day 2 2 : TAHANAOUT - ASFLALA - 3-4 hours ridingMoroccan CampToday, you will meet the team and your horse. After a short ride to ensure everyone is happy, depart for High Atlas. You will follow a trail along the crests of red ground until reaching your campsite close to the Berber village of Catulte.
Day 3 3 : ASFLALA - TINZERTE - 5-6 hours ridingMoroccan CampThis morning, continue on the same trail and then climb by mule path up to the Kik Plateau. From the plateau you should have impressive views of the High Atlas, with some peaks towering above 4000 meters. A panorama of 360° will reveal the Toubkal Mountain Massif, the valleys and crevasses of Amezmiz valley, Takerkoust lake and houses following the slope of the mountain and blending into the landscape. Stop for a picnic lunch after the Tizi N'ousaud path.
After lunch, descend on a trail through a wood of thuyas and green oak. Camp near Tinzerte village at a height of c. 1300m.
Day 4 4 : TINZERTE - TIZIANE - 5 hours ridingToday you ride through the Tassa Ouirgane valley until reaching Oued Azaden, one of the most beautiful valleys of the Toubkal massif. This area shelters some of the most amazing Berber villages in the High Atlas. You will have lunch on the banks of the river in Azerfssane.
In the afternoon, continue along the Azzadne valley on mountain paths before reaching the village of Tiziane. Here you spend the night in a local gite/shelter.
Day 5 5 : TIZIANE - TACHDIRT - 6 hours ridingMoroccan CampA tough morning for your horse as you ascend the N'Oudile path up to 2100m before dropping down to the Matate village at 2000m, deep within the scenic Ghighaya valley. Picnic on the banks of the river in Aguerssiwal.
Back in the saddle you follow the Aguerssiwal path (1500m) and then ride along the magnificent valley of Imnane where villages hang from foothills of Toubkal - Tachdirt at 2350m is the highest Berber village in the Atlas range.
Day 6 6 : TACHDIRT - IFGHANE - 5-6 hours ridingMoroccan CampAnother day of climbing as you follow a track to Tizi N'Addi at 3400m high up. This high point of the ride offers a stunning panorama over all the High Atlas, including the summit of Toubkal - at 4167m this mountain is the highest in North Africa. Ride across the Oukaïmeden plateau at 2800m and then descend through the Houze plain until reaching your campside near to the village of Ifghane.
Day 7 7 : IFGHANE - TAHANAOUT - 5 hours ridingYour last day on the trail takes you in the direction of Asni along a track through a wood of oaks and junipers. Your picnic lunch is taken in the shade of pine trees alongside theDjebel Choucht. There is a chance for a final canter along pleasant tracks until reaching the stables and lodge. Settle into your room before your farewell dinner.
Day 8 8 : TAHANAOUT - DEPARTURE FROM MARRAKECHTime to say goodbye to the team and horses before being transferred back to Marrakech airport for your flight home.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room/tent during the ride.
- Groups are composed of a minimum of 3 international riders and a maximum of 12 riders.
- Please note: the ride will also confirm for 2 riders on payment of a supplement of c. €505/£440/$535 per person. Once the group has reached 3 people, we will remove this supplement from your invoice and refund you if you have already paid it.
- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a room/tent with another guest of the same sex. To guarantee your own room/tent there is a single supplement of €115/£100/$125.
- Transfer is included for an arrival in Marrakech before 4:00 pm on the first day (transfer is leaving at 5:00 pm) and after 12:00 noon from Marrakech on the last day. For flights not matching the transfer times, a private transfer can be organised at an extra cost of €25/£20/£30 each way.
- Rider weight limit: 90 kilos, 14st1lbs. Heavier riders please contact us.
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 groom and horse guide assistant
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
Private bus or Landrover
2 people in a 3 man tent
Double room in hotel standard 3/4*
Filtered or bottled water
Price doesn't include
Lunches not included on day 1 and day 8 depending on your departure time
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Guide & local team
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Please note that the horses are only c. 15hh so if you weigh over 90kg or are taller than 6ft 5inches then please contact us before booking so that we can check there is a suitable mount for you.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Having previous experience of riding a trail of several days would be an advantage but it is not compulsory. Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the 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.
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.
Whilst camping, you stay in two person tents with mattresses (you must bring your own sleeping bag). There is a communal tent for dining, a shower tent with hot water (morning/evening) and a toilet tent.
One night is spent in a gite/shelter in a twin or quadruple room with shared shower and toilet.
Water is provided but you should bring your own bottle.
Special diets can be accommodated, however please note that some foods can be difficult to find in Morocco. Certain diets may incur a supplement (gluten-free diets can be accommodated at a supplementary charge of €100/£90/$110 for instance). All dietary requirements must be specified at the time of booking.
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).
-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 (desert nights can be cold)
- Sleeping bag - we recommend a comfort factor of 2-5c (Oct-Nov and Feb-April) and minus 5 - minus 8 for Dec/Jan. We also recommend taking a silk or fleece liner for an extra layer
- 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 15kg 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
- 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!
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
- Travel light. It's a little known fact, but the lighter you pack, the better for the environment as heavy bags will produce higher emissions (when flying a plane or driving a car!).
- Reduce plastic waste. Take your favorite reusable bottle with you. Avoid single-use bags, cups, or straws.
- Preserve nature. Always take your rubbish with you during the ride and recycle them. Leave all the flowers or plants as you found them, and never get too close when observing wildlife. Make sure to use eco-friendly products such as body wash or laundry detergent (if camping) to protect both your skin and the environment.
- Choose your experiences carefully. Respect animal life by not participating in any activities that abuse wild animals (shows, elephant rides, etc.).
- Support local populations. Buy local handicrafts, be respectful of customs, and learn about the culture of local communities.
- Share! Raise awareness among your family and friends about sustainable tourism.
Did you know?
Did you know?
The Atlas mountains stretch 1,600 miles across north-western Africa, through Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The mountain range seperates the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans from the Sahara desert and its highest peak is Jebel Toubkal at 4,167 metres.
The Atlas mountains are inhabited by Berbers - an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa. Historically they spoke Berber languages but when the French invaded northern Africa they were forced to speak French and forbidden access to other languages. Despite this there are still 25-30million Berber speakers in North Africa, but the number of ethnic Berbers including non-Berber speakers is much greater. Well-known modern Berbers include Zinedine Zidane - the French-born international football star of Algerian Kabyle descent.
Berber's are nomadic or semi-nomadic, following the cycle of grazing with the their livestock. Traditionally men take care of the livestock whilst women look after the family and weave. Each tribe has it's own appearance/distinctiveness within their woven tapestries or kilims, with most having a wide variety of stripes and some also including geometric patterns. The Moroccan kilims often include extra decoration such as sequins or fringes.
You will ride past Berber villages and meet local Berber people on all our horseback rides in the Atlas mountains.
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