A hearthwarming trek tailor made to our desires
For us this was a most amazing and personal experience. We went on a 5 day hike/ 7 day trip (around 15-20km hike per day) including the Jebel Serwa summit, we started from Marrakech and ended in Ouarzazate.
Two months before we already contacted english speaking Chris and Ahmed to discuss our level of hiking and equipment that we needed/had. We could leave excess luggage in the gite we stayed the first night. Prices were discussed transparently, although take into account that you will need to dispense some drinking money here and there. Prices were about 50-75 euro per day per person, everything included. When I say everything included, I mean really everything, with the best service one could get.
We experienced the harvesting of saffron in the middle of nowhere, shared picknicks with nomads and sheep, enjoyed tea on the summit of Jebel Serwa, ate fresh bread from a village backery, ate apples from the trees, visited an amazing and well preserved and still in use Agadir/Ighrem (grainary).
It was the best way to come in contact with the real berber life and understand what they were saying. We even learned a few songs on the way. Our guide Ibrahim made sure everything was ok for us at all time, the pace, the weather, sleeping arrangements. He also modified the tour a bit, with our agreement, to make the summit climb more pleasant and to pass through iziwai because it was more beautiful. There were a lot of local sources of spring water but the mules carried also some big bottles we bought.
Ibrahim made us a delicious variety of tagines and other food during the whole trip, we were always provided of berber whiskey. We slept a few nights in a tent that was provided and carried by the mules, we had a tent for dinner too. We slept in the most amazing places that we would otherwise have never seen or known.
We want to thanks Ahmed, Chris, Ibrahim, Lahcen and Ibrahim once again to take us on this adventure. This tour certainly enriched our minds and hearths.
Lynn and Filip