View of the pool and people eating food infront of the mountain view in Morocco
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Hike and Yoga in Morocco's Atlas Mountains

5 nights
Moderate

Hike scenic Berber trails, explore colourful souks and practise yoga in the Atlas valley of Aït Bougmez - one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets

What's Included?

ACTIVITIES & CERTIFIED GUIDES

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking, qualified guides

ALL ACCOMMODATION

2 nights in a Moroccan riad and 3 nights in an eco-lodge

MEALS

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

TRANSFERS

Transfers to and from the airport and throughout the trip

Equipment

Everything you'll need for yoga

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

View of the pool and people eating food infront of the mountain view in Morocco
Local berber man pouring tea on a red rug in Atlas Mountains
Guesthouse Accomodation with outdoor pool in Aït Bouguemez
A smoking hot tub on a terrace in front of a valley in the Atlas Mountains
People trekking across the arid landscape of Morocco
Yoga Teacher stretching on an outdoor terrace
2 chairs in front of a window overlooking beautiful mountain scenery
Man cutting fresh strawberries at a table
People doing yoga outside in a mountain valley in Morocco
Table laid for lunch with a view of the mountains
Tomato vines in a greenhouse

Hike through the Aït Bougmez valley, passing traditional Berber villages, local souks and through the Ait Ouham canyon

Discover rich cultural traditions, with a hammam, Berber lunch and an evening of shared stories, music, and dancing

Dip in the pool, unwind in the hot tub, and stretch out with yoga before tucking into delicious homegrown food at your eco-lodge

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Marrakech

Fly into Marrakech airport where you'll be met by your host's driver who will take you to your riad for the evening. You'll have time to settle in and unwind, or spend the day exploring the bustling souks, where you can find everything from spices and textiles to intricate jewellery. Don't miss the unforgettable main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, where storytellers, musicians, and street performers create an ever-changing spectacle that has captivated travellers for centuries. In the evening, you'll meet your group and end the day with a local dinner and discussions of the adventure ahead.

Day 2

Road Tripping to Ait Bougamez

People trekking across the arid landscape of Morocco

Driving

4hrs

Hiking

3hrs · 9km · 150m up · 150m down

Yoga

1hr

This morning set off early to begin the long drive through the stunning Atlas Mountains, winding through scenic roads with views of terraced fields and traditional Berber villages. Arriving at the Eco Lodge, nestled in the serene upper Aït Bougmez valley, you'll settle in with a cup of hot mint tea. Set off on an afternoon hike to explore the local way of life, passing through villages like Aït Ouchi where you'll stop for lunch with a Berber family. This region is rich in cultural and architectural heritage, with daily life centred around agriculture: well-tended fields, the calls of farmers, and women gathering alfalfa for livestock. In the late afternoon, return to the lodge for a relaxing yoga class in the beautiful conservatory lounge and a fresh dinner with locally grown produce.

Day 3

Trek to Lake Izourar Plateau and relax in a wood-fired hot tub

People talking and eating on a Moroccan rug with a view of the valley behind

Hiking

4-5hrs · 12km · 500m up · 500m down

Yoga

1hr

Today, you'll be trekking to the picturesque Lake Izourar Plateau. Following a path that offers stunning valley views and winds through a juniper forest, you'll reach the plateau at 2525 meters. This high-altitude area is a traditional meeting place for the nomadic Ait Atta tribe during their seasonal migrations. After enjoying a picnic lunch surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, you'll return via the Ait Ouham canyon, passing through dramatic rock formations. Once you're back at the lodge, unwind with a yoga class before jumping into the hot tub on the terrace to admire the sensational valley views as you relax. Enjoy a farm-fresh dinner and then gather around to share travel tales as your local hosts shares stories of their culture through music and dance.

Day 4

Hike amongst dinosaurs tracks

People doing yoga outside in a mountain valley in Morocco

Hiking

3hrs · 9km · 350m up · 350m down

Yoga

1hr

Experience the vibrant local mountain life at the Tabant market, the economic heart of the valley, located 20km from Touda Ecolodge. Sunday is souk day, an important event for valley residents who arrive on foot, by mule, or in shared taxis. Start with a short, uphill hike to Sidi Moussa's ancient granary, an impressive fortified structure with 360-degree views of the valley. Then, visit the bustling market and explore the beautiful village of Ait Imi with its water mills and traditional houses. Continue on foot to see the dinosaur footprints at the village of Ibaqliwns, offering a fascinating glimpse into the prehistoric past with tracks estimated to be around 185 million years old. At the end of the day, return to the ecolodge for a relaxing yoga class on the terrace (weather depending) and another home cooked dinner.

Day 5

Visit Ouzoud waterfalls & relax with a traditional hammam

View of Ouzoud waterfalls, Grand Atlas in Morocco

Yoga

1hr

Sauna

1hr

Driving

4hrs

Kick off the day with an early morning Hatha yoga class focussed on sun salutations and some simple breathing techniques (Pranayama) followed by breakfast. Next you'll be hitting the road back to do the 4 hour drive back to Marrakech. you'll stop half way for lunch and to visit to Ouzoud Falls, the most magnificent and impressive waterfalls in Morocco and North Africa. The Ouzoud Waterfalls are 110m high and located near the village of Tanaghmeilt in the Atlas Mountains. Arriving in Marrakech in the afternoon you'll check into your riad before heading for a traditional hammam experience (swimsuits required) to relax before heading out with your group to discover Marrakech by night and enjoy a final evening together.

Day 6

Goodbye Morocco

Person walking through a valley in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Enjoy breakfast at the riad this morning before being dropped at the airport for your flight home, or alternatively if you're extending your trip, you can ask to be dropped off in Marrakech city centre.

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Table laid for lunch with a view of the mountains

The food on this trip will be traditional and local Moroccan cuisine. At the ecolodge in Aït Bouguemez, you'll enjoy organic and fresh food, with ingredients sourced abundantly from the valley and some grown on site. You'll have classic Moroccan tagines with meat, vegetables, and dried fruits, typically cooked in a clay pot with a conical lid. You'll also try hearty soups, skewered meats, and birouates - traditional Moroccan pastries with thin layers of dough and fillings like spiced meat, cheese, or sweet mixtures such as almonds and honey. In Marrakech, you'll discover Moroccan staples like couscous, often served with a variety of vegetables and meat, rich argan oils, and, of course, copious amounts of fresh mint tea, typically served with sugar and a variety of herbs.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger information form..

What is the accommodation like?

Typical riad, Morocco. Photo: GettyImages-1198493196
Marrakesh

You'll stay in a beautiful riad – a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact riad will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size; however, all are chosen for their excellent reputation, great location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

2 chairs in front of a window overlooking beautiful mountain scenery
Ait Bougmez Valley

You'll stay at Touda Ecolodge, an eco-friendly retreat nestled in the heart of the Ait Bougmez Valley. Perched at 2200 meters above sea level, the lodge has stunning mountain views and a tranquil atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with traditional Berber decor, comfortable beds, and private bathrooms. You'll enjoy authentic Berber cuisine, mint teas, and soaking up the sounds of traditional live music. The lodge's outdoor pool is managed like a natural lake and is composed of a system of vegetal filters so it's completely organic, and needs no chemicals.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge – see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking, as this is subject to availability.

This trip has been rated as Moderate

You'll need a moderate level of fitness to enjoy this adventure and the ability to engage in 4-5 hours of activity each day. The hiking pace will be slow, with breaks to enjoy the scenery, markets and sights along the way. On Day 3, the longest day of hiking, you'll walk for a couple of hours before stopping for lunch and a rest, then continue on the journey back to the lodge. While a couple of steady climbs pose challenges, the breathtaking views along the way make the journey truly worthwhile.

The yoga that you will practise will be Hatha which is a slowish practice, and postures are held for longer than in a typical flow-style yoga class such as Vinyasa. Classes will be tailored to the experience, ability and mood of the group and will generally be 60-90 minutes long.

What will I need to carry?

Your larger bag suitable for all your belongings will be transported for you, and then a small rucksack to carry personal items during each day of hiking is needed.

The best time for hiking through the Ait Bougamez valley is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is warm and the landscape is at its most beautiful. From March to May, the temperature is pleasant, with daytimes around 20-25°C. Nights can still be cool, dropping to around 10-15°C. The hiking season resumes in September as temperatures start to cool after summer. Daytime temperatures can still reach around 30°C, but the heat becomes more bearable, especially in the mornings and evenings. In October and November, the weather cools further, with daytimes ranging from 20-25°C. Nights become increasingly chilly, with temperatures dropping below 10°C. Like much of Morocco, Ait Bougamez has a dry climate, and rainfall is rare. If it does rain, then it is typically brief and intense, providing a welcome relief from the heat.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK) or Marrakech Centre

11:00 Marrakech Airport / 12:00 Marrakech Centre

Transfers

On arrival you will be collected at Marrakech airport, a transfer is included for anytime you arrive on Day 1.

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Marrakech airport at 11:00 and we recommend booking any flight that departs after 13:00. Alternatively, you can be dropped off in Marrakech city centre: just let your host know.

For those wanting to stay on, extra nights and transfers can be arranged with your host at an extra cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are daily flights to Marrakech from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Marrakech airport. You will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

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What's included?

  • All your equipment for yoga

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Small daypack (15-20 litres)

CLOTHES

  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight long sleeve top for sun/wind protection
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Scarf/something to cover shoulders for women (around Marrakech)
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

FEB-MAR/OCT-NOV only:

  • Warm hat
  • Gloves

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Double or Twin)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Double or Twin)

Per Night

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Single)

Per Night

Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade

Airport transfer to/from Marrakech airport to accommodation (one way)

Payable Before Departure

Airport transfer to/from Marrakech airport to accommodation (one way)

Per Person

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 156kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Yoga classes will take place at the eco lodge in the beautiful conservatory lounge with mountain views or outside on the terrace (weather dependent). You'll mostly practice Hatha yoga during the trip which puts emphasis on controlled breathing and asanas. Hatha is a slower type of practice where postures are held for longer than in a flow-style yoga class such as Vinyasa, and the practice will generally be 60-90 minutes long. Classes will be tailored to your group, and adjusted depending on experience and preferences. There may be opportunity to try other styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, for a more energising experience or Yin for a deep zen.

The Moroccan hammam is a deeply ingrained ritual and social activity in Morocco involving exfoliation, massage, and cleansing. As is custom in a Moroccan hammam, you will be segregated by gender. The experience begins in the 'bayt al-dukhan' or 'house of smoke,' a warm room where heat opens your pores and induces sweating. An attendant will vigorously scrub your body with a mitt called a "kessa," to deeply cleanse your skin. Next, black soap (beldi), made from olive oil and eucalyptus, is applied to soften the skin and as the soap works its magic, you enjoy a steaming session. The soap and dead skin are then rinsed off with warm water and a rhassoul clay mask, sourced from the Atlas Mountains, is applied. The ritual ends in a cool room, where you can relax and rehydrate. You'll wear a swimsuit for this activity, so be sure to include it in your packing.

Drinkable water will be supplied at the accommodations, and water bottles can be filled up to take out with you each day, so please bring a reusable bottle.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

50 MAD per person, per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Ramadan in 2025 is expected to begin on 28th February to 1st March 2025. The national holiday of Eid ul-Fitr will follow for 2-3 days. Ramadan is an Islamic festival where the religious do not eat or drink during daylight hours. While this is a really interesting time to travel, especially to witness celebrations where the fast is broken in the evenings, you can expect some business hours will be shortened, alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and some restaurants will be closed during this festival period. Activities for local people tend to be limited during the day and the nights are very active in cities with lots of different foods being sold and consumed. Ramadan will not affect the inclusions on your trip, although you should be aware that dinners will be served after locals break their fast in the evenings.

For current advice about travelling in Morocco, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

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DEPARTURE DATES

November 2024

Thursday • 14th November 2024

to Tuesday • 19th November 2024
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