Jbel Sirwa Trek

The High Atlas Wilderness Trek

Summary

Definitely for those seeking something "off-the-beaten-track". An ideal trek for spring and autumn to avoid the harsh sun.

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

Activity code: ITCTJS01m

Difficulty: GRADE TWO to THREE [Between moderate and sometimes strenuous. Boots required; you need to reasonably confident of your fitness, preferably having had some previous experience of trekking and changes in climate. Full support team included.]

Duration: 6 Days Trek ONLY / 9 Days Holiday version

Jbel Sirwa (Siroua) is a popular option for the early season when Toubkal is still snow-bound; it is also a lovely alternative if you have already hiked in the main High Atlas area around Imlil. The route to/from Jbel Sirwa is truly a wilderness and ideal for those who wish to "get away from it all". On this trek you will encounter some incredible volcanic geology, a few hardy Berber hamlets and a vast open sky.

Full Holiday version also includes:

  • Round trip airport transfers (Marrakech)
  • 3nts on BB at a choice of riads in Marrakech
  • Private guided city tour of Marrakech

Essential Information

PRICES - most of our holidays are bespoke so the ultimate cost of each trek is based upon:

  • The number of people in your group
  • Where you are starting from and to where you wish to travel at the end of the hike;
  • Whether you are including any accommodation (e.g. in Imlil or Marrakech)
  • Extras such as WC tent, etc.

All our "from" prices are for a private group of 4 persons; if you are a larger group then the price will be discounted but if there were just 2 persons the cost would be slightly higher. The prices are inclusive for land arrangements only (starting and finishing in Marrakech), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Marrakech or Imlil as well as flights from your preferred airport.

MEALS - examples of food & drink during trekking:

  • Breakfast - tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam, cheese plus porridge in the winter and cereal in summer.
  • Picnic lunch - fresh Moroccan salad, cheese, slicing sausage, tinned tuna fish and sardines, bread, fruit, mint tea.
  • Dinner - Tajine (chicken or mutton with vegetables), spaghetti, cous cous (main courses rotate depending on duration of trek), bread, coffee, tea, cake, fruit.

It is recommended that you bring (depending upon season): good walking boots; sleeping bag (3 seasons); waterproofs and fleece/duvet jackets, hats, balaclavas or ear muffs; gloves; rambler or ski pole; personal toiletries; small First Aid kit, thermal underwear (Dec-May); day pack; filled water bottles; torch and batteries (LED head torches are excellent), penknife (remember not to pack in hand baggage for flight); towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, hygienic wipes, nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred to tea and coffee, camping mug (otherwise it is small Moroccan tea glasses for everything), energy sweets and toilet rolls could come in handy!

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Based upon 4 persons travelling.

Prices from £525 per person

What's included on your High Atlas Trek ?

  • English-speaking, licensed, experienced local guide
  • Full support team to carry your luggage and general equipment (by mule)
  • All accommodation (modern igloo tents / Berber houses)
  • All meals during your trek
  • Private transfers from Marrakech via Tichka Pass to Anezal and Tamlakhout to Marrakech
  • Full insurance and emergency back up.
  • All local taxes.

Itinerary

A reasonably early morning departure for an exhilarating drive south from Marrakech over the High Atlas at the Tichka Pass (2260m) then down the Assif Imini Valley to Taliouine d'Amerzgane. From here you will travel even further off the beaten track to the south-west and into the Assif Iriri Valley until you reach the village  of Anezal, an important animal market. Here, it is time to alight from the vehicle, take a picnic and meet up with your support team and mules. After lunch your trek begins with a two hour hike to the village of Tamlakhout (1700m); this is where your overnight accommodation is located, in a Berber Gite d'etape.

  • Trekking Time: 2 hours
  • Overnight at Berber Gite in Tamlakhout (1700m).
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

After breakfast strike out towards the south-west for a seven hour hike across the Oued n'Ait Ouissadene, through almond trees and a blasted stony plain with its occasional sparse fields of corn, potato and wheat, until you reach the remote village of Tamazzirt (1800m). In this region you will see few men, as they are off working in the distant towns in order to make ends meet. From here your route will take you along a piste which leads up to the Imghi Heights (2381m) where, around midday, your guide will prepare your picnic. The afternoon is spent hiking along the now almost-flat piste to the Berber hamlet of Tizouad (2030m) where you will stop for dinner and overnight accommodation, either camping or in a Berber family's home.

  • Trekking Time: 7 hours
  • Camp / Berber Gite in Tizouad (2030m).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Once breakfast has been tucked away set out for some seven hours along a piste leading you southeastwards across the wild, windswept plateau, up and through the stark Tizi (2300m) and down to the Oued Iriri, where you'll take a welcome pause for a picnic near some rare fields of potato. The afternoon is spent hiking towards the west and the end of the oued through a chaos of black rock until you reach the village of Asrir n'Tassirouat, where your team will have dinner ready. Your camp for the night will be set up amidst a volcanic moonscape.

  • Trekking Time: 7 hours
  • Camp at Asrir n'Tassirouat
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After an early breakfast, whilst the muleteers and mules set off for the Aazib n'Iriri, your guide will strike out with you for a two to three hour attack on the summit of this isolated volcanic twin-peak (3304m), with its strange columns of basalt, cones of petrified lava and towers of sunblasted rock. The final metres involve scrambling, but the panorama from this summit bridging the High and Anti Atlas ranges will provide a good idea of previous volcanic activity and of Nature's implacable progress. In view will be dramatic gorges, blasted plains, a cliff village and the nearby twin cones of Jbel Tikniouine (2948m & 2905m) to the north, Jbel Guiliz (2906m) to the south and Jbel Talzouggaght (2841m) to the west. When ready, you can set off back down along a winding path for some five to six hours steady hiking towards the north-east through fields of saffron crocus to the Aazib n'Iriri (2340m), where you'll meet up once more with your muleteers and a welcome picnic.

The afternoon is a leisurely walk down through a chaos of black rocks, stones and pebbles towards the remote village of Ammassine (2000m). You can take a stroll around this strange village with its large storage places of wheat and hay, prior to having dinner and camping for the night.

  • Trekking Time: 9 hours
  • Camp at Ammassine (2000m)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Breakfast tucked away, and off today on an eight hour hike down to the Oued Tachakoucht and along a winding piste through isolated groves of almond, olive and orange trees until you come to the village of Tachakoucht. After a brief visit, it's time to carry on to the Tachakoucht Reservoir and pass alongside fields of corn to a picnic spot by a spring. Later, continue down a stony piste skirting the hamlet of Tamazzirt to arrive at Tamlakhout, your Gite d'etape for dinner and an evening's entertainment provided by the merry band of muleteers.

  • Trekking Time: 8 hours
  • Overnight in gite at Tamlakhout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After a more leisurely breakfast, rejoin your vehicle to take you back over the Tizi n'Tichka, stopping at Taddert (1650m) for a lunch in the High Atlas mountains. Arriving back in Marrakech around 2pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 1 - arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your accommodation.

  • stay at one of our recommended riads - 2 nights BB

Day 2 - private guided city tour (am); balance of day for independent sightseeing.

Days 3 to Day 8 - on trek as per itinerary above.

  • stay at one of our recommneded riads - 1 night BB.

Day 9 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.

Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

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Why book trekking with us ?

  • Andy & Head Guide, Houcine, have many years of experience of treks in Morocco.
  • Routes are fully tried & trusted.
  • Timings are based on individual bookings, allowing for amendments & short cuts.
  • A wealth of experience - contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
  • NO hidden extras. NO groups. FULLY Insured.