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Atlas Mountains Rides, Morocco
Ride through the Atlas Mountains discovering the landscape and culture of Morocco

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Horse Riding Holidays – Morocco Atlas Mountains Rides – 3 Itineraries

PRICES & DATES top

Morocco Atlas Mountains Rides: Dates & Prices 2024

Suitable for fit intermediate riders who are comfortable on forward going horses and secure in the saddle.
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  • Valley of The Roses – 7 nights
    14 – 21 April / 21 – 28 April / 28 April – 5 May / 5 – 12 May
    $1,328
    • GBP: 1,045
    • EUR: 1,218
    per person sharing
    12 – 19 May
    $1,283
    • GBP: 1,010
    • EUR: 1,177
    per person sharing
    Small group supplement of $604
    • GBP: 475
    • EUR: 554
    if only two riders confirmed
    Single Supplement – $127
    • GBP: 100
    • EUR: 117
  • The High Atlas Mountains – 7 nights
    16 – 23 June / 23 – 30 June / 30 June – 7 July

    $1,404
    • GBP: 1,105
    • EUR: 1,288
    per person sharing
    7 – 14 July / 28 July – 4 August / 4 – 11 August / 11 – 18 August / 18 – 25 August / 25 August – 1 September
    $1,480
    • GBP: 1,165
    • EUR: 1,358
    per person sharing
    Small group supplement of $604
    • GBP: 475
    • EUR: 554
    if only two riders confirmed
    Single Supplement – $127
    • GBP: 100
    • EUR: 117
  • The Saffron Trail – 7 nights
    19 – 26 May / 26 May – 2 June / 29 September – 6 October
    $1,436
    • GBP: 1,130
    • EUR: 1,317
    per person sharing
    Small group supplement of $400
    • GBP: 315
    • EUR: 367
    if only two riders confirmed
    Single Supplement – $127
    • GBP: 100
    • EUR: 117

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Includes – All riding, guiding, full board accommodation, camping equipment, drinks with meals, transfers from Ouarzazate airport.

Excludes – Flights, tips & alcohol.

How To Get There
Valley of the Roses, The High Atlas Mountains rides & The Saffron TrailInternational flight to Marrakech and domestic flight to Ouarzazate.

Transfers
Valley of the Roses, The High Atlas Mountains rides & The Saffron Trail – You will be picked up at Ouarzazate airport on day of arrival and transferred to your hotel.
You can also arrive in to Marrakech but you must be scheduled to arrive before 2pm to allow for the four hour transfer (extra cost) to Ouarzazate.
Arrival at other times is available but at an additional charge of €65 each way per car payable directly in Euros or Turkisk Lira.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Valley of the Roses
Within the High Atlas Mountains, this horseback trail ride takes you to the gorges of M’goun and Dades, famous for their rose blossoms, oases and kasbahs, which are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Morocco. Varied landscapes – canyons, snow-capped mountains, and valleys full of flowers. Traditional architecture of the kasbahs (fortified buildings) and ksours (castles), amongst the most beautiful in Morocco. Experience traditional Berber culture, villages and rose essence industry.

The High Atlas Mountains
Discover a horseback ride in the heart of the Moroccan High Atlas at the foot of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa (4167m). On barb stallions, docile and balanced, you cross the most alpine landscapes of Morocco. Discover the high plateaus and forgotten valleys of Morocco. Numerous earth and stone villages clinging to the mountainside welcome a Berber population with centuries-old traditions. The contrasting landscapes of the High Atlas : green valleys, dry plateaus, red mountains, snowy peaks and dense woodland.

The Saffron Trail
Discover the Siroua mountains on horseback, a volcanic range situated between the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas. The area is famed for its saffron production and is the ideal destination for spring/autumn when the desert is too hot for riding and the mountains too cold. The landscapes are varied, from beautiful green lawns mixed with dark volcanic rocks.

THE RIDING top

Horses –Barb Arabian horses, made up mostly of stallions who are very well behaved.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. There are long days in the saddle and the riding can be technical

Tack – English style, with good quality tack, English Saddles and mostly snaffle bridles

Weight Restriction – 90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone. Please do still contact us if you are over this weight as there may be some bigger horses available on the dates you request, depending on the group

Group Size – Maximum 10

ACCOMMODATION top

On the first and last night you will stay in comfortable hotel near to the historic Kasbah, it has good sized rooms and a swimming pool.

The rest of the nights are spent in simple tent accommodation, which is moved each day by the support team and transported in the support vehicle.
The tents are 2-man dome tents, with porch. You are provided with a foam mattress and need to bring your own sleeping bag. The camping site also includes a mess tent, a shower tent and a chemical loo. Everyone pitches in when setting up the camp site for the evening.

The food is good quality and freshly prepared each day. You can expect the following.

Breakfasts with cereals, bread, cheese and jams, tea & coffee.
Lunches are salads with couscous, rice, potatoes & fruit.
Snacks include dried fruits, tea, coffee and juice.
Dinners are always hot, typical Moroccan dishes like Kefta, Lamb Tagine and Tagine Makhoul.

Drinks include water, sodas, tea & coffee. Alcohol is not provided but you can bring with you.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

The following is the proposed itinerary but please note that changes are possible due to weather and local conditions. On occasions the itinerary may run in reverse.

Valley of the Roses

Day 1 
Arrive at Ouarzazate. If flying to Marrakech guests must be scheduled to arrive before 2pm to allow for the 4-hr transfer (extra cost) to Ouarzazate. If one can only get an evening flight to Marrakech, then they should plan to arrive the previous day. Meet at Ouarzazate and be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in a riad in Skoura palm grove.

Day 2
Skoura to Aghbalou
Meet at the horses’ winter base just outside Skoura. First there is an evaluation of riding levels and the allocation of horses.
After a ride briefing, set off through the Skoura palm grove and onto the arid plateaus of Aït Saïd Oumanssour. Camp at the foot of the mountains. (approx. 4 hrs riding)

Day 3
Aghbalou to Aguerd
In the morning, cross the Tamassent plateaus to reach Toundount. Here the riders will have a beautiful view over the valley with its almond trees. In the afternoon there should be the opportunity for some long canters on the plateau until reaching Tiflit village. Climb up through steep gorges to the camp situated next to Aguerd village. Overnight in camp (approx. 5 hours riding)

Day 4
Today, ride along Nait Tounert and past many villages with beautiful views over the cultivated terraces. After a picnic lunch, ride across a plateau and then to a pass that overlooks the Azaghar-N-Aiguer valley. Finally, ride along a narrow path that leads to the camping spot. (1900 m) Overnight in camp (approx. 5.5 hrs riding)

Day 5
Taoujgalt to Agouti
Today in the Assif El Qati Valley riders can see many examples of the beautiful architecture of the typical ksour (castle) of southern Morocco. These look spectacular against the green background of their gardens and the ochre cliffs behind which perhaps were once lived in by troglodytes. Camp in Agouti (approx. 5 hours riding)

Day 6
Agouti to Boutaghrar
Well-preserved traditional villages will be part of the scenery as the route leads along the El Qati Valley. The paths followed are fenced with wild rose bushes, and in May the scent of the blooming roses fills the air. The kaleidoscope of colours – pink of the roses, green of the plantations & ochreof the rocks- form a delightful show. The rose essence is used in well-known perfume brands and is exported worldwide. Overnight in camp on the way to Boutaghrar. (approx. 6.5 hrs riding)

Day 7
Boutaghrar to Timstiquite to Ouarzazate
Leave the refreshing area of the M’Goun River and ride along mule-paths until arriving in Timstiquite village. After lunch in the valley, return to Ouarzazate and the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Ouarzazate. (approx. 2.5 hrs riding).

Day 8
Ouarzazat/ Marrakech
After breakfast transfer to Ouarzazate airport for the return flight. If departing from Marrakech the flight should depart after 4pm (to allow for the four hour transfer).

The High Atlas Mountains

Day 1
Meet and greet at airport and immediate transfer to the riding centre. Depending on the arrival time, riders may get to meet the horses. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 2
Saddle-up for an evaluation of each rider before the horses are allocated for the week. There is a briefing and equipment double check before setting off. The first day’s route heads to the first foothills of the Atlas Mountain, along a ridge trail until reaching the first overnight camp site next to Tatult village. 3.5 hours riding.

Day 3
Today the trail climbs up a path in the direction of the N’Kik plateau for a remarkable view on Amizmiz Valley and Takerkoust Lake. After crossing the Tizi N’Ousaud pass, stop for a picnic break. In the afternoon, the trail descends and follows a path across a forest of Thuya and green Oaks until reaching the camp site near the village of Tassa Wourgane Saline. 5.5 hours riding

Day 4
After breakfast, ride across the Tassa Ouirgane valley and enjoy the fresh air at Azzadne Oued (river) with its pretty Berber villages. The lunchtime picnic will take place beside a river in Azerfssane. The afternoon will be spent in Azzadne valley along mountain paths before taking the trail to Tiziane village. Overnight with a local family. 5 hours riding

Day 5
This morning the group climb out in the direction of the Tizi N’Oudide pass (2100 m) before heading down to Matate village overlooking Gheghaya valley. Today the picnic lunch is beside the river in Aguerssiwale. In the afternoon, ride up to the Aguerssiwale pass and then along the superb D’Imnane valley with its pretty villages nestled at the foot of the mountains. Overnight with a local family in Ounskra down the Toubkal summit (highest in Morocco). 6 hours riding

Day 6
Today the route gains altitude from one pass to another. Reach Tizi N’Addi (3100 m) which offers a spectacular view over the High Atlas and the Toubkal Summit (4167 m) before riding through the Oukaïmeden plateau (a winter sport resort in another season). Enjoy our picnic near the Tizi ‘N Ouka pass (2800 m). In the afternoon, ride down the trail overlooking the Haouz plain until reaching Tiselit, where the camp site is already prepared and snacks are waiting. 5-6 hours riding.

Day 7
The last day of riding takes the group to the village of Asni, through a forest of oaks and junipers. Enjoy a picnic in the shade of the Alep Pine trees at the foot of Djebel Choucht. Enjoy the last canters in the afternoon and back to the starting point for dinner and overnight in the hotel. 4 hours riding.

Day 8
Breakfast and airport transfer (3 hours before departure) Depending on flight schedules, an optional extra visit to Marrakesh can be arranged on request.

The Saffron Trail

Day 1
Arrival in Marrakech. Meet and greet at the airport and check-in at the hotel. End of the day and evening at leisure, lunch at your own expense.
The hotel is located in the Gueliz district. There are plenty of dining options in the surrounding area. Jemaa el Fna Square is a 5-minute taxi ride and a 20-minute walk.

Day 2
Meet at the reception of your hotel at 8 am. Drive to Ait Marssid, in the Siroua massif, 4 hours south of Marrakech. Welcome by your equestrian guide and the logistics team. After lunch, you will meet your horses in the Oued Anzal. Assigning the horses and getting into the saddle for the first time before starting the ride. It starts with the banks of the Oued d’Anzal which we follow until we reach the village of Tamllakoute where we branch off towards our first bivouac.

Day 3
You take a small track to enjoy the paces before passing the small village of Tinzaline, you then continue in a much more mineral environment to the village of Tizgzawine lost in the mountains. Picnic and continue to the hills of Merzoug before arriving on the immense plateau of Amezri. Beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

Day 4
Today the stage takes you to the peaks of Siroua, crossing the village of Ait Tigga which dominates the superb valley of Ait Semgane and its terraced saffron crops. You climb up to a small pass while enjoying the view of the many Berber villages that dot along the valley to reach the picnic spot at the top of the Tisswatine sheepfolds.
In the afternoon, continue to the famous and high pass of Tizi n’Anzommer at 2732 m where the panorama extends over the entire massif. Descent along steep shepherds’ paths to reach your bivouac at the bottom of the valley in Mdist.

Day 5
The hike continues along a beautiful track that crosses a mountainous and desert landscape but very rich in medicinal plants. The Siroua is crossed by Berbers who collect a number of plants that they will sell to the souks of the whole of Morocco!
Descend by a beautiful path to a wadi, beautiful view of the Ighighi gorge. After a short break in the water, a treat for our horses, you go back up to Djebel Tazoulte for lunch.
After lunch, take a few strides on a path before arriving on a track that you go up to the Azib (sheepfolds) Azazougzane mountain pastures for the bivouac.

Day 6
Continue the horseback ride between sheepfolds on green meadows in an exceptional rocky setting. Picnic in the middle of the sheepfolds and climb up to the tizi n’Ait Qalla, panoramic view of the large typical village of Anmid. Installation of the bivouac at the bottom of the village.

Day 7
Last breakfast in nature and you take the direction of the village of Agrilaoune. You go up a large track that dominates beautiful Berber villages clinging to the steep sides of the mountains. You end your hike with a last gallop before getting back to the minibuses for the return to Marrakech (4 hours drive).
Check-in at your hotel. Dinner at the end of the hike

Day 8
Transfer to the airport.

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