Programme details:

A 9-day, 8-night programme, including 3 nights in Marrakech and 6 days actual trekking time with your Berber hosts.

Day 1: Saturday - Arrival in Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to your Riad (4* option) or 3* Hotel.

Day 2: Sunday - Transfer to Imlil

Meet your driver at 8:00am and travel to your trek start point in the High Atlas Mountains at Imlil.

Days 3 to 6: Monday to Thursday - Trekking in the Atlas

You will trek each day with your Berber guide, stopping for lunch and enjoying the superb scenery of the Atlas Mountains.

The massive chain of the High Atlas Mountains separates Marrakech from the arid plains and semi-Saharan dunes to its south. Rugged peaks rise to over 4,000 m (13,000 ft) and are usually snow- or ice-covered from November to April, although in recent, warmer winters they have often had little more than a dusting.

With their myriad of remote and friendly Berber villages tucked high up on the plateau, and the network of mule paths that links them, this region is a walker's haven, particularly in spring (April - May), when the winter snows have melted, daytime temperatures are pleasant, wild flowers abound, and emerald green terraces contrast dramatically with the forbiddingly brown and barren hillsides. Rich in precious and semi-precious stones and crystals, they're also a geologist's delight.

The unruffled world of the mountain Berber tribes is remote and only recently open to visitors but this has helped to keep the people unaffected by western influences. Shepherds still lead their flocks on the mountainside; women still gather at the village wells, mule trains still carry walnuts to the weekly souks and mountain Kasbahs perch on defensive spurs.

Day 7: Friday - Return to Marrakech

Finish your trek at Ouad N'Fis and transfer back to Marrakech. Spend the night in your Hotel.

Day 8: Saturday - Marrakech

Day at leisure to explore the wonders of Marrakech. Spend the night in your Riad or 3* Hotel.

Day 9: Sunday - Departure

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

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