Ait Bouguemez Valley Treks

Ait Bouguemez 

After the tumultuous Marrakech, radical change of scenery! Direction further east, towards the Valley of Aït Bouguemez, nicknamed the Happy Valley, in the heart of the Moroccan High Atlas. One of our undisputed favorites in Morocco. A haven of peace, sublimated by extraordinary landscapes, with incredible colors. A green valley, framed by ocher, red and orange mountains and canyons. We had never seen anything like it. These postcard panoramas have made the roads – or rather the endless paths – much more pleasant. But before this magnificent stage, we stopped halfway at the Cascades d’Ouzoud, much more touristy but also superb. We let you discover in more detail this new Moroccan journey!

Morocco is a country of mountains, we often forget it. With a very welcoming population, a varied nature and a mountainous screen extending over nearly 900 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean borders, the country lends itself perfectly to hiking offering a multitude of paths, in particular in the amphitheater of Haut Atlas, which can be admired from Marrakech.

Ait Bouguemez Valley Trek 5 Days

The history of this region dates back millions of years: it constitutes a privileged geological sector, characterized by the presence of famous and spectacular footprints of sauropod and theropod dinosaurs, including the prehistoric site of Iroutane (Demnate region) and at various sites in the heart of the Ait Bouguemmez valley.

The region has seen the discovery of an almost complete skeleton of a sauropod called Atlasaurus imlajei, which is currently on display at the Museum of Earth Sciences in Rabat. The M’goun geopark is also full of fauna rich in endangered species, such as the Barbary sheep, the golden eagle, the bearded vulture and the Tamga panther.

In addition to the archaeological heritage, the site is rich in architectural and historical heritage of great value (kasbahs, ighermans, collective granaries and rock carvings).

  • Trip code: ABT
  • Duration: 5 days of walking.
  • Period: All Year
  • Level: Easy
  • Travel: on foot.
  • Accommodation: Berber House / Basecamps / Tents.
  • Meals: typical Moroccan dishes (tagine, couscous, …).
  • Activity: Walking & Trekking
  • Group size: 2–16
  • Ages: 16+

We offer adventure Atlas Mountains and Mountain activities, tours and things to do available daily throughout the travel season with local guides.

Services Included:

  • English speaking guide.
  • All meals.
  • Berber House or Mountain Hut
  • Mule to carry your staff.
  • Transfer from & to Marrakech.

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Own Expenses

Ait Bouguemez Valley Trek 5 Days

Ait Bouguemez Valley trek:

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the foothills of the Moroccan High Atlas and in the middle of the arid mountains, nestles a multitude of Berber and authentic villages where we live to the rhythm of the times of yesteryear! A valley of paradise, to which happiness gave its name of “Happy Valley” anchored in the center of the Atlas and set with hamlets made of ocher earth and melting in a natural, wild and green setting.

Itinerary Day per Day:

Day 1: Marrakech -Ouzoud – Azilal – Ait Bougmez

After breakfast, we meet our guide and we leave for the High Atlas, on the way we stop to discover the Ouzoud waterfall (because is the most beautiful in Morocco). So from there, we continue towards the Ait Bouguemez valley passing through Azilal. When arriving we take our first hike in the valley of the happy people, to make a great first impression. Dinner and overnight in the village of Aguerd N’ouzrou at the Auberge de la Kasbah at 1800 meters above sea level. The walking time is about 1.5 hours, and the driving time is about 5.5 hours.

Day 2: Ait Bougmez valley – Trekking in Ait Bougmez

In the morning we climb to the attic of Sidi Moussa (the most beautiful in the country) and we walk along with the irrigated fields, to discover an ancestral way of life, to the rhythm of the work in the countryside. Many legends intertwine around this collective attic; located on top of a hill. Before a few decades, the people of the valley kept their crops and family possessions here in small rooms. The place is still very important today because according to popular belief, power emanates from it. This is attributed to Sidi Moussa, who is revered as sacred. As the small mountain is at the fork of the valley, we have a panoramic view of the two parts of the valley that we are going to travel. We choose the right or north bank of Ait Bougemez and join our lunch break in Ait Imi (1900 m). Night in our accommodation in Aguer n’Ouzrou. Walking time about 4 hours; (Ascent: 100 m; Descent: 100 m)

Day 3: Villages, Tabant, To the Footprints of the dinosaurs.

Our trekking in Ait Bougmez valley takes us along paths of fields and crops, small streams, and apple and walnut trees. The traditional architecture of clay houses is still common in the villages. Rammed earth constructions play the role of thermal insulation, it keeps heat in winter and cools in summer. We walk towards the rock slabs placed on the slope, on which we can see traces of dinosaurs. These are fossilized traces that the herbivorous colossi left about 180 million years ago on the rather muddy ground. Natural history becomes visible here! In the High Atlas, there are other such sites, and bones, teeth, etc. were found by archaeologists. Night in our accommodation in Aguerd n’Ouzrou. Walking time approximately 3.5 hours; (Ascent: 50 m; Descent: 150 m)

Day 4: To the Arous Gorges near Ait Bouguemez

We walk out of the valley for another one more mountainous and rugged. Through the village of Ait Said with its rose mosque, we go deeper into the rocky gorges of Arous. The village of Arous, which has retained its traditional character, is already located at around 2,000 m. After lunch, we return to the first village and from there, the possibility of taking a taxi back to our “Kasbah” – our last night in Aguerd n’Ouzrou. In the evening it is worth taking another short walk not far from the hostel in the green valley. Nightingales and other songbirds can often be heard there in the evening. Walking time about 4-5 hours; (Ascent: 250 m; Descent: 250 m)

Day 5: Ait Bougmez – Marrakech

Today we return to Marrakech. This time, we take a different road, but more beautiful, we drive towards Demnat via the valley of Ait bouolli. Here, we visit Imi N’ifri natural bridge , picnic and we continue to Marrakech. . The journey time today will be around 4 hours drive. Arrived in Marrakech, end of our services.

Number of People:

1 – 2

3 – 4

5 – 6

7 – 9


Price per Person:

800 €

785 €

695 €

545 €

400 €

A trek in Morocco could include the Atlas mountains, (for example Jebel Toubkal, Jebel M’goun or Jebel Siroua), the Sahara Desert or the famous Moroccan valleys and kasbahs. Depending on your fitness level (and the season!), you can trek, walk or ramble all over Morocco.

Our Treks start from several villages and valleys in the Atlas Mountains.

We offer adventure Atlas Mountains and Mountain activities, tours and things to do available daily throughout the travel season with local guides.

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  • Portage: For walkers a small backpack for the day’s belongings. Mules are available for carrying luggage.
  • Supervision: By a Multilanguages speaking Moroccan mountain guide assisted by a cook and muleteers.
  • Accommodation: Riad Atlas Imlil, Bivouac in a 2-person tent with mattresses, lodgings during the hike, or at the mountain hut in the winters.
  • Meals: typical Moroccan dishes (tagine, couscous, …). Fresh products and complementary preserves, meat bought in the mountains. Picnic or salads at noon, hot and cooked meal in the evening.
  • Climate: dry and hot in spring, cold at night in winter. Thunderstorm possible
  • Supervision: Berber guide speaking French and English, cook, mule drivers.

List of equipment to bring back: The weight of your luggage must be limited and contain all of your belongings. A flexible travel bag with side openings or a rucksack without frame, do not bring back rigid bags and suitcases.

  • The list:
  •  A sleeping bag (warm for winter)
  •  A small backpack for the day.
  •  A pair of light walking shoes that hold the ankle well.
  •  A spare pair of shoes and a pair of sandals.
  •  Loose pants for walking
  •  A sweater or fleece (from October to March) and a lighter one to wear underneath.
  •  A mountain jacket & waterproof jacket & pant
  •  A change of clothes.
  •  A flashlight + spare battery.
  •  A gourd.
  •  Sunglasses …