Trek through wild scenery of Jebel Sahro and impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert
Morocco is truly a paradise for wild and dramatic scenery. This trek takes us to some wonderful summits in the Sahro Massif for panoramic views across a spectacular lunar landscape of jagged peaks, rocky plateaux and forests of volcanic pillars and deep canyons.
As winter sets in and the peaks of the High Atlas cover with snow, there is no better viewpoint than from these mountains of the Jebel Sahro. We can only appreciate the natural phenomenon of this pre-Saharan landscape once we have trekked with our camels through the endless sand dunes of the desert itself.
As a complete contrast, we enjoy the lively and exciting 'Pink City' of Marrakech and the souks off Djemaa el Fna Square. This trip is an ideal escape from the cold winters into a warm climate and a completely different world.
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.
Local people carrying straw, Jebel Sahro