ASSIF ZAGRAOUN TREK
Guided moderate day walk to the Green Valley.
High Atlas mountain views
Visit Torort Berber village
Visit Tikhfist hilltop village
Tamgercht walnut forest
Hike into the Green Valley
Village of Assif Zagraoun
Scenic 4x4 drive to Kasbah
This is a moderate day walk suitable for experienced walkers. The walk departs from Kasbah Africa (1,041m) and ends at the beautiful Berber village of Assif Zagraoun (1,700m) after approx. 13 km. The trek includes an initial ascent to Tikhfist village, ancient mule trails which contour around the mountains, a mountain pass and a gradual descent to our end point. Depending on ability and individual pace you'll be walking for 6-7 hours.
First we walk along the Azzaden Valley to Torort village. We then trek up to Tikhfist village with impressive views of the Azzaden Valley behind us. We continue south of Tikhfist along a footpath leading to orchards of pomegranate, plum and peach trees. Further on we pass juniper and carob trees then scrub with wild marjoram (oregano). Also keep an eye out for birds such as Eurasian Jay, Subalpine Warbler and Grey Tit.
After views of surrounding green mountains and further afield to the Agafay Desert and Kik Plateau we'll enjoy a picnic break under the shade of walnut trees in a small valley. Next we ascend a mountain pass and cross into the 'Green Valley' and follow the piste which leads to Assif Zagraoun. Eventually a beautiful Berber village is revealed nestled into the mountainside. We take a late tagine lunch in the home of a Berber family before returning to Kasbah Africa by 4x4.
0730 Meet guide and depart Kasbah Africa (1,041m).
0750 Torort village; start slow ascent to Tikhfist village.
0915 Reach Tikhfist village (1,300m); great views of Azzaden.
1200 Picnic break under shade of walnut trees.
1430 Reach Assif Zagraoun (1,700m). Lunch in a Berber house.
1600 Depart Assif Zagraoun by 4x4 on piste track.
1700 After a 27 km drive, arrive back at Kasbah Africa.
Timings indicated should be used as a rough guide and may vary depending on season, photo stops and individual physical ability.
This guided trek operates daily throughout the year on a private departure basis.
To take walking shoes or boots plus sun protection.
PRICES PER PERSON
Local mountain guide; picnic break en route & tagine lunch in a Berber home; return transfer to Kasbah Africa by 4x4.
Beverages and meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature.
Price for children 5 to 11 years old is £4 (50 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.