High Atlas Nomad Journey : Trekking with nomads

High Atlas nomad journey

High Atlas Nomad Journey is a transformative adventure unlike any other as you delve into the heart of Morocco’s rugged landscapes and ancient nomadic traditions. Trekking with nomads offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless rhythm of transhumance, where herds of livestock traverse majestic mountain ranges from Jbel Saghro to the high Atlas mountain pastures.  


This 12 days odyssey from Marrakech is not just a journey; it’s a cultural exchange, a communion with nature, a soul-stirring experience and real green travel in Morocco. As you follow in the footsteps of nomadic tribes, guided by seasoned local experts, you’ll witness breathtaking vistas, encounter warm hospitality, and gain insights into a way of life deeply rooted in harmony with the land.  


Each step along the trail unveils a new chapter in the nomadic narrative — from traversing rocky canyons and verdant valleys to camping under a blanket of stars in remote wilderness campsites. Here, amidst the rugged beauty of the Moroccan wilderness, you’ll forge connections with your fellow trekkers and the nomadic communities whose timeless traditions shape the landscape.  


Throughout the High Atlas nomad journey, you’ll have the chance to partake in age-old customs, such as sharing mint tea with Berber families in traditional tented encampments, learning the art of weaving from skilled artisans, and perhaps even joining in the rhythmic beats of traditional music around a crackling campfire.  


But trekking with nomads is more than just a physical expedition; it’s a spiritual awakening. Amidst the solitude of the mountains and the simplicity of nomadic life, you’ll find a profound sense of peace and introspection. As you disconnect from the distractions of modernity, you’ll reconnect with the essence of your own humanity and rediscover the beauty of living in harmony with nature.  


So, lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and prepare to embark on a journey that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Trekking with nomads is not just a trip; it’s a pilgrimage into the heart of Morocco’s rich cultural tapestry, where every step is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of tradition.  


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  • Experience the lifestyle by immersing yourself in the ancient customs and traditions of Moroccan nomads gaining a deep insight into their culture, daily routines and rituals.   

  • Explore the High Atlas landscapes as you journey through the beauty of the mountains marveling at breathtaking views of towering peaks, lush valleys and historic villages nestled among the hills.  
  • Engage, in exchanges with nomadic families sharing tales, meals and laughter around a campfire beneath the vast desert sky.   
  • Participate in transhumance trekking to witness firsthand the age tradition of migrations with nomads and their livestock discovering their harmonious relationship with nature. 
  • Embark on challenging hiking routes that lead you through terrains – from plateaus to green meadows – pushing your physical limits while relishing the untouched splendor of remote landscapes. 
  • Deepen your connection with nature by camping under starlit skies listening to wilderness sounds and witnessing sunrises and sunsets in natural settings. 
  • Forge lasting bonds with communities through hands on experiences such, as herding animals, milking goats and setting up campfires. These interactions transcend language barriers and foster genuine friendships. 
  • Sustainable Tourism: Contribute to sustainable tourism initiatives that support local communities and preserve traditional ways of life, ensuring that your journey has a positive impact on the people and environments you encounter.  

  • Memorable Celebrations: Participate in joyful celebrations and cultural festivities with nomadic families, experiencing the warmth of Moroccan hospitality and the rich tapestry of music, dance, and cuisine that defines their heritage.  

  • Personal Growth and Reflection: Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, gaining new perspectives, and insights as you step outside your comfort zone and embrace the spirit of adventure in one of the world’s most captivating destinations 

  • Duration of the trip:  12 days/ 11 nights
  • Accommodations: Riad In Marrakech + 10 nights camping
  • Transport: tourism transport 4wd cars/ mini bus
  • Period: Mid May
  • Departure: Trip from Marrakech
  • Arrival: Marrakech
  • Type of the trip: Transhumance, trekking and culture immersion
  • Age: It’s possible to do the hike from 12 years

High Atlas Nomad journey: Trekking with nomads

Join us for a remarkable journey through the heart of Morocco, immersing yourself in the ancient traditions and rugged landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains alongside nomadic tribes. Our meticulously crafted itinerary ensures an authentic and unforgettable experience: 

May Transhumance Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech Arrival 

Upon arrival at Marrakech airport, you’ll be warmly greeted by our knowledgeable guide. Depending on your arrival time, there may be an opportunity for a guided tour of the vibrant Marrakech Medina before retiring for the night in a traditional Riad. 

Day 2: Marrakech – Tililitin 

Our High Atlas Nomad journey start with a scenic drive, traversing the majestic Tizi N Tichka pass, offering breathtaking views of the High Atlas Mountains and quaint villages. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in Ouarzazate before continuing to the enchanting Dades Valley, where you’ll meet your nomadic family and camp under the stars, setting the stage for your upcoming adventure. 

Day 3: TililitinImjgaren 

Awaken to the harmonious sounds of grazing goats as you prepare for a day of trekking alongside your nomadic companions. After breakfast and loading up the mules and camel, commence your hike through rugged terrain, immersing yourself in the nomadic way of life. Spend the night camping beneath the twinkling desert sky. Day 4: Imjgaren – Tizi N ToudatTaghighacht 

Embark on a challenging transhumance, trekking with nomads through the Timergal Plateau and traversing the rugged terrain for 4-5 hours. Follow the dry riverbed of Taghighacht before setting up camp amidst the Tawalt trees, surrounded by the serene beauty of nature. Choose to accompany either the goats or the mules, further enhancing your experience with the nomadic lifestyle. 

Day 5: TaghighachtBouisdrim 

After a hearty breakfast with your nomadic hosts, continue your trek through picturesque landscapes, crossing the Mjdeg River and assisting the goats along the way. Camp for the night in Bouisdrim after a fulfilling day of exploration. 

Day 6: Bouisdrim to Tamgwmaght 

As the goats and mules take divergent paths today, choose your route for a unique adventure. Trek for 5-6 hours through challenging terrain, experiencing the rugged beauty of the High Atlas Mountains. 

Day 7: TamgwmaghtTigzi 

Forge deeper connections with your nomadic family as you hike through the stunning mountainous landscape, engaging in insightful conversations with the guidance of our expert tour leader. Set up camp amidst the verdant beauty of Tigzi, reveling in the tranquility of nature. 

Day 8: Tigzi – Lake Izoughar 

Embark on a scenic hike through varied landscapes, following the herd and loaded mules. Arrive at the picturesque Izoughar Lake, a serene oasis nestled amidst the mountains. Camp alongside your nomadic companions, savoring the peaceful atmosphere of the plateau. 

Day 9: Lake IzougharIkis – Tizi N Tirghist 

After breakfast by the lake, trek towards Tizi N Tirghist, offering stunning views of the Ait Bouguemez Valley. Settle into camp just below the pass, reflecting on the adventures of the past days. 

Day 10: Tizi N TirghistTamda 

On your final day of trekking with the nomadic tribe, journey to the pastures of the Ait Atta tribe. Assist the nomadic family in setting up camp and enjoy a celebratory evening, commemorating the bonds forged during your journey. 

Day 11: Tamda – Marrakech 

Bid farewell to your nomadic hosts as you journey back to Marrakech, where the bustling energy of civilization awaits. Spend your final night in a Riad, reminiscing on the unforgettable experiences of your trekking adventure. 

Day 12: Departure 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure, carrying cherished memories of your immersive trekking experience with Morocco’s nomadic tribes. 

  • Comfortable car/bus with an English speaking drive
  • Local guide during the hike
  • 11 nights accommodation ( Riad in Marrakech/ camping during the trek)
  • Fall support and guiding during the trip
  • Full board during the hike
  • Camping equipments
  • Enough time to enjoy every part of the High Atlas mountains
  • Full assistance door to doo trip
  • Pickup/Drop off at Marrakech airport
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Dinner in Marrakech
  • Travel assurance
  • Personal expenses
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