Remote village in the High Atlas Mountains Incredibly varied scenery on daywalks Enjoy a Hammam at our Responsible Tourism project
This part of romantic Morocco is the ideal place for trekking the Atlas Mountains. Hidden deep in the High Atlas Mountains are the crumbling remains of the great fortress-palace of Telouet, which we visit before reaching the picturesque Tijhza Valley.
After a truly stunning drive over the impressive Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m), we arrive at the lush and remote village of Tijhza. Staying in a simple but pleasant gite, we enjoy optional walks each day from the front door.
The pace is relaxed, allowing us to enjoy this Morocco walking holiday, and we learn a little about the way of life of these hardy and friendly Berber people.
Finally, there's time in Marrakech to explore the busy souks or relax in the tranquil Majorelle Gardens - the perfect end to any North African experience.
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. Where possible, we use family-run and characterful accommodations, yet this is not always possible in major cities. Recycling is not fully integrated in Morocco, so we always respect the environment and take all rubbish with us.
Morocco Community project
Whilst staying at the gite in the mountains there is the opportunity to meet the villagers and learn what Exodus has achieved over ten years of supporting the village as one of our Responsible Tourism projects. 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. Our support is also shared with other remote communities including Tafedna, located near Essaouira.
- visit the village Hammam and help create a sustainable income for Tijhza;
- send your leftover dirhams into Amanda Ceraolo at the Exodus office;
- donate online via our website;
- join a volunteer departure (Trip code: AMO) led by project founder,Andy McKee;
- bring items with you to leave in the village (see our project page for advice). Please ensure that anything you bring is not passed directly to the children.
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Walking in the Atlas Mountains