Atlas Mountain Retreat

Ouirgane Valley Hike (1 day)

Ouirgane Valley – One day hike
This one day hike explores the Ouirgane Valley and surrounds. Here you can enjoy the varied nature and splendid scenery whilst getting a taste of local mountain life in this region. You enjoy a comfortable, leisurely lunch at our mountain retreat enroute.
 
Route
  • Ouirgane
  • Marigha
  • Tassa Ouirgane
  • Touroud
  • El Khemis
  • Ouirgane

 

Itinerary

Your Atlas Mountain Trekking experience begins as you walk towards the east through fields of corn and flowers. You follow the rivers course up and down small hills dotted with red juniper. Pass by isolated Berber hamlets until you reach the salt mines at Marigha. The Berber peoples have been mining salt by their traditional method that is unchanged for centuries gone by. You may see people riding from village to village, selling their salt from the back of their donkeys. You should also, depending on the time of day, get to see delightful Berber women sitting on their haunches for a chat after gathering wood.

From here you enter the immense Tassa Ouirgane Valley via a piste which leads through more fields and orchards of apple, peach, cherry and apricot. Pass near the vast forest of Takherkhourte until you  reach Dar Tassa a Berber guest house in the village of Tassa .  Relax and enjoy lunch on the panoramic terrace.  Continue taking in the panoramic vista of the entire valley and of the forestry station which protects the area’s horned mountain sheep. On through the woods you take sight of the Toubkal Massif National Park with its distant range of High Atlas peaks. Walk down the slopes to a ford on the river and take the small path on the other side of the Valley through stands of juniper and tall fir trees to the foothills of the Adrar Takherkhourte (2309m) . Head towards the northwest through orchards of peach, plum and pomegranate and vineyards to go through the villages of Tourourd and El Khémis. Your Atlas Mountain trekking experience finishes back the start point in Ouirgane Centre at around half past six in the evening.

 

Essentials
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Duration / Grade 1 day (5 1/2 hrs walking) – Easy to Moderate
Accommodation None included
Included Meals 1 lunch
Transport None included
Local Support Crew Specialist Morocco local trek leader/mountain guide
Is This Trek For You? This trek takes you up and down but is not strenuous. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in comfort at our mountain retreat base.
Equipment needed Good trainers or walking boots, rambler pole (optional), Hat, sunscreen, nibbles, hygienic wipes, filled water bottle

 

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