There is possibly no wilder land in North Africa than in the province of Souss in Morocco. At 3305 meters, the volcanic peak of Jbel Sirwa dominates the skyline of the Anti Atlas Mountain region west of the Draa Valley. This is one of least frequented trekking regions in the entire Atlas range. Taliouine is in the heart of this region and is the main saffron growing area in Morocco. Harvest takes 4 to 6 weeks with the peak at the end of October, therefore trekking around this time would add the benefit of being able to experience this annual event. Jbel Sirwa is also known as Jebel Siroua and is an extinct stratovolcano set in a unique landscape famous for its Berber rugs. Depending on the time of year you choose to visit, the surrounding fields can be full of wildflowers, the transhumance shepherds in their stone built azibs with their summer flocks or the families picking the precious saffron stamens at dawn. Its remoteness and lesser popularity make this a perfect wilderness trek.
Day One: Arrival in Marrakesh
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Riad / Hotel in the center of city. Once you have settled in, you have the time to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square where you can see entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them and the general melee of activity. Dinner & Overnight stay in the accommodations Riad / Hotel.
Day Two: Marrakech – Talioune – Akhfamane
After an early transfer from Marrakech we arrive in Taliouine (984m), a main trailhead for treks in the Jebel Sirwa massif. Here we load our mules and set off for the first part of the trek, a straightforward and easy walk of about 4 or 5 hours to Akhfamane (1250m) where we spend the night in a Berber house (gite). (Alternatively we can drive to Akhfamane if we arrive too late from Marrakech).
Day Three: Akhfamane – Mazwad – Ti n’Iddr
Today’s walk takes us along two river valleys and eventually up to our camp site at Ti n’Iddr (1600m) – a total of about 6 hours walking. The area is generally barren with little shade, though we pass through several small typical Berber villages surrounded by terraces.
Day Four: Ti n’Iddr – Guilez
This is a more demanding day – about 6 – 7 hours walking – gradually climbing 1000m to Tegragra (2650m) where we camp for the night. It is at times difficult walking and we pass through Atougha, the last village before the summit of Sirwa. Once we have passed Atougha the trail becomes narrow and at times steep,with many zig zags. We pass just below Jebel Guiliz (2905m) before arriving at a large pool where we set up camp.
Day Five: Tegraga – Jebel Sirwa summit – Tizgui
After an early start to ensure reaching the summit before the full heat of the day, we set off for the summit of Sirwa (3305m), a ascent of 2 – 3 hours over difficult terrain involving steep climbs, some scrambling and ridge walking. But the views from the summit are breathtaking and well worth the effort. The descent to Tizgui (2200m) where we camp for the night takes about 4 hours.
Day Six: Tizgui – Tagouyam – Tizlit
We continue our gradual descent, passing through a number of typical villages on our way down to Tizlit (1700m) near where we set up camp for the night .A total of about 5 hours walking.
Day Seven: Tizlit – Ifrane – Tinfat
Although this is a long distance – about 20 kms – it is fairly easy going and should take about 6 – 7 hours. We continue our gradual descent passing through terraced fields and small Berber villages to arrive, finally, at Tinfat where we spend the night in a Berber house or camping.
Day Eight: Transfer back the Airport of Marrakesh
After breakfast then you have time for shopping or something else in the center of city … then back to your hotel preparing your luggage etc … transfer two hours and half to the airport of Marrakesh we arrive before two hours schedule of your flights.
Price on request.
What is included ?
Muleteers and Mules for Luggage
Full board on trek
Accommodation at Berber House, Gite, Tents
What is not included ?
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