Atlas Mountain Retreat

High Atlas Excursion – A Day With The Berbers

Day Trip to Dar Tassa – Remote Berber Village & Valley in the High Atlas

Your first view of Dar Tassa

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Discover real Berber village life, far away from the mass tourism and commercialisation experienced in other High Atlas valleys such as Ourika and Imlil. Enjoy an authentic Atlas Mountain experience in a truly spectacular setting based at Dar Tassa – an award-winning eco-retreat set above Tassa Ouirgane village on the western flanks of Toubkal National Park.  This day trip includes a variety of experiences:  a guided walk in the Azzadene river valley, a visit to the local village and mill, local bread-making, a tasty Berber lunch in one of the most dramatic settings in the High Atlas, and a chance to sit back and simply relax soaking up the breathtaking views!

Factfile

Duration 1 day (10 hours) Tour Starts Your Marrakech Hotel/Riad
Group Size From 2 to 15 Tour Ends Your Marrakech Hotel/Riad
Trip Type Day Trip Explorer Prices From £50 pp
Operating Season All Year Round Private Departures Daily

Itinerary

Journey to Dar Tassa & Toubkal National Park

Colourful Berber villageLeaving the walls of the ‘Red City’ you will travel up into the high valleys of the High Atlas Mountains and Toubkal National Park. En route to the Atlas you’ll pass through the busy little town of Asni which is a buzz of activity as local Berbers ply to sell their produce and goods.

The final stretch of the journey to Dar Tassa is off-road on a rough track which twists and turns up through the fertile Azzadene Valley for 6 km.

Walk in the Azzadene Valley

Before lunch you’ll enjoy the first of two optional walks. This morning you’ll explore the Azzadene Valley, walking down through Tassa Ouirgane village to the river, learning about the local agriculture and typical village life in a community of only 40 or so families. Lunch is a leisurely affair, usually taken on the terrace of Dar Tassa, enjoying a home-cooked three course meal of Moroccan salad, couscous with lamb or perhaps a tasty Berber tagine, fresh seasonal fruits and tea.

Walk in Takherkhort Reserve / Optional Mule Trek

Activities from Dar Tassa - mule trekAfter lunch you’ll enjoy another walk exploring the Takherkhort Reserve (1 hour) above Dar Tassa.  Alternatively hire a mule (additional cost) and enjoy a fun 2 hour mule trek following local trails and searching for Barbary sheep or one of the 150 species of birds native to the area.

Back at Dar Tassa you’ll end your visit with a presentation of how to make fresh Berber bread al fresco and have chance to sample locally produced organic olive oil, wild thyme and lavender plus yummy organic honey. There’s lots of opportunity for taking photos on this trip, so don’t forget your camera!

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Schedule

The timings below are approximate and provided as a general guide.

0830 Depart Marrakech to Dar Tassa.  Stop to visit Asni market en route.

1000 Arrive at Dar Tassa where you will be greeted with fresh local milk and dates.

1030 Guided walk through fields and orchards of apples, peaches, cherries and apricots. Visit the old hydraulic mill and village olive press (both still in use).

1230 Lunch on the terrace with panoramic views of the stunning landscape.

1430 Walk in Takherkhort Reserve or optional 2 hour mule trek.

1630 Enjoy a glass of mint tea and watch a demonstration of how to make Berber bread.

1700 Depart on return journey to Marrakech.

1830 Arrive Marrakech.

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

Prices £50 pp (based on 4+ travellers); £60 pp (based on 3 travellers); £75 pp (based on 2 travellers)
Included Pick-up/drop-off at nearest parking to your Marrakech accommodation; travel in comfort in private 4×4 vehicle with professional driver (air-conditioned in summer months); English-speaking guide at Dar Tassa; 3 course Berber lunch (with a dramatic view).
Excluded Drinks, mule hire (250 dirhams per mule for 2 hours), tips and items of a personal nature.
Payment At confirmation by Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or Bank Transfer
Price Validity 01 Jan to 31 Dec 2013
Departures This day trip departs daily throughout the year and is subject to availability.
Late Bookings We require 24 hours notice for late bookings.

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