In this one-of-a-kind experience, become part of the biannual migration of nomadic Ait Atta tribes people, a tradition that has taken place through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco for over 4,000 years.
A unique chance to walk with the Berber Nomads in Morocco. Travel from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains as you join a local Berber family making their annual journey from the hot city to the cool mountains.
For thousands of years, Berbers have been guided by the seasons and the nomadic traditions of the Ait Atta tribes. Become part of the family on a very special eight-day walking expedition.
You’ll sleep in remote mobile campsites and help with the daily chores like animal herding and food preparation. Travel through Berber villages along the way and breath the ever fresher air as you leave the city behind. If you’re looking for a chance to make strong connections with people living a deeply authentic and completely different way of life, this is the adventure for you.
- Discover the Medina in Marrakech and try to not get lost
- Cross one of the highest passes in Northern Africa, the Tizi N Tichka pass
- Enjoy delicious home cooked Moroccan dishes
- Learn how to bake bread in the traditional nomadic way
In Marrakech you’ll have time to explore the city before heading out. Enjoy the tropical gardens once owned by French painter Jacques Majorelle and check out the twisting endless alleys of the Medina. When it’s time to leave the city, you’ll be heading to Imassen at the base of the Atlas Mountains. This is where you’ll meet the Berber family that you’ll be joining on this journey. The work starts right away as you help to pack and prepare the equipment before dinner.
The first day of walking (about 4-5 hours) takes you to Bouyeghd. As you walk you’ll have the chance to start getting to know your hosts and to start getting a feel for the nomadic lifestyle. You’ll see that the ease of finding water depends on recent snow and rain fall. Days start early, and that there is always work to do before there’s a chance to sit down for the evening.
The journey takes you through places like Imi n Taghia village, Laasker gorge, Aklim village, and Valley Ait Hmad. The trek ends near Ait Hmad and, if you’ve been paying attention to the cooks, you’ll have a lovely opportunity to prepare a thank you dinner for your hosts before departing in the morning. The last night is spent in the vibrant Jemaa el Fna – a square that comes to life each evening when the story-tellers, musicians, and fire-eaters arrive. It’s a fun and perfect way to end your week in Morocco.
Immerse yourself in another culture and a new (yet ancient) way of life. Enquire today to learn more about this walking with the Berber Nomads in Morocco adventure.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Spend the week with a Berber family, getting to know them personally.
- Experience ancient nomadic culture and participate in daily chores such as milking goats, tending animal herds and learning to bake bread in the traditional way
- Get involved in life on the road, learning how to organise a camp every evening (and pack it up each morning)
21 March 2020
28 March 2020
4 April 2020
11 April 2020
19 September 2020
26 September 2020
3 October 2020
10 October 2020
Welcome to Marrakech, Morocco!
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Hotel (2 nights), Nomadic camp (5 nights)
Who is this trip for?
This trip has a physical rating by the operator of 2 out of 5. Get in touch to find out more about what this means and what to expect.
This is an active expedition – you’ll be walking on average 4-5 hours / 9-15km a day. That being said, the walk itself isn’t particularly challenging. While the path is rocky and you’ll be crossing some dry riverbeds, there are no mountains or passes to cross (so altitude sickness shouldn’t be a problem), and we take regular breaks along the way for tea and lunch.
Still, we recommend that you have a decent level of fitness, and that you bring comfortable clothes, socks and supportive walking shoes. Please see the trip notes for more information about what to bring.
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Please note that you’ll be required to help with setting and packing up the campsites each night and morning, as well as doing some basic chores. None of it will be physically demanding, and you’re sure to learn a lot more about nomadic life by getting involved.
Is this a hands-on adventure?
Please note that you’ll be required to help with setting and packing up the campsites each night and morning, as well as doing some basic chores. None of it will be physically demanding, and you’re sure to learn a lot more about nomadic life by getting involved. You’ll get to experience ancient nomadic culture and participate in daily chores such as milking goats, tending animal herds and learning to bake bread in the traditional way.
Will it be very hot?
Even though we plan for this trip to depart at a good time of year weather-wise, we may encounter unexpected heat waves during the day. Please be mentally (and physically) prepared for this possibility, and understand that it’s normal. Rain and wind storms are also possible; in these cases, nomads don’t move as conditions can be dangerous. Trust your leader and Berber family – they have a lot of experience dealing with the elements.
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In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
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