- Truly remote trek in Anti-Atlas Mountains
- Beautiful terraced valleys and stunning desert oases
- Warm hospitality from small Berber communities
This is a fantastic short winter trek in southern Morocco; untouched, dramatic and rarely visited by Europeans. The Anti-Atlas is in fact a volcanic mountain chain extending southwest from the High Atlas. Fortified kasbahs perch above beautiful terraced valleys and wide oases and the distant jagged peaks fade into the desert haze.
On trek, there is plenty of contact with the local villagers, while the ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m) gives us wonderful views of the snow-covered High Atlas to the north, and the desert range of Jebel Bani to the south. Agriculture is the way of life in this area, which we see every day walking through small, isolated, self-sufficient villages.
The trek ends in Taroudant, one of Morocco's five imperial cities, with time to explore the souks and the ancient perimeter walls.
What makes this trip responsible?
This itinerary visits local cooperatives that help keep local agriculture alive and fair. With regular training between UK leaders and local staff, we can ensure our responsible tourism practices are passed onto local leaders. Wild camping in these remote destinations brings tourism to the areas that really need it but it also means our actions as a responsible traveller are even more important. As recycling is not fully developed in Morocco, we recommend taking neutralising tablets to avoid using too many plastic water bottles and creating waste problems.
Morocco Community project
After funding a water tower for the remote village of Tijhza in 2000, we have been involved in a variety of schemes requested by the Berbers to improve their community life. With a new water pipeline system fitted in the village, every house can now enjoy running water and our funds have also stretched to paying for much-needed operations for some of the children. Our biggest achievement is the village hammam (Moroccan steam bath) that will help with important hygiene issues as well as creating a self-sustainable income.
Get involved by sending your leftover dirhams to Amanda Ceraolo in the Exodus office; donate online via our website or join a volunteer departure (Trip code: AMO) led by project founder, Andy McKee.
For more information, please see Project page.
5 - 7
Group walking through rugged country, Anti Atlas