Excellent 1 day trek in hot weather for inexperienced trekers.

If you want to meet the nicest people, have the nicest food, and see extraordinary scenery then this trek will be perfect for you.

We were on a weeks holiday in the area and wanted a 1 day walk into the Altas mountains. We are fairly experienced walkers but not serious treckers.

First these walks are not suitable for anybody who does not already have walking boots with them. We did. Second take the advice of Ahmed who will make sure that you walk where the sun is not too strong.

Both Ahmed and his brother Abdul (our guide for the day) are charming, friendly people. The day started with an excellent taxi service from our hotel which was an hour and a half away. This was included in the price. We traveled through delightful foothills of the mountains which were farmed (oats, barley, wheat, corn, sheep and goats) and we were surprised at how green the area was. In fact it does rain here at all times of year.

Then we met Ahmed and Abdul had mint tea and discussed the possible routes. Fortunately we took their advice and did not insist on the walk that we had booked. The sun was very hot this day and we were advised to take a shorter forest trail. We were glad that we did. It was a hard climb initially up to 2,200 metres. Then down into their Berber village where we were invited to meet their families and we were given a classic Berber lunch. It was the best food that we had in Morocco including some very expensive restaurants.

After lunch a fascinating walk down a river valley with waterfalls and an immense system of irrigation channels.

I strongly recommend these delightful people and their company for a fairly tough day out in the lower reaches of the Atlas Mountains. I understand that they do more extensive treks as well but we are just simple holiday makers, not serious treckers

May 2019 Max and Anya