Ait Bougmez Valley Trek – 6 Days

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6 Days Ait Bougmez Valley Trek, the Ait Bouguemez Valley, also known as Happy Valley, is situated in the midst of a limestone massif, stretching over 30 km with numerous charming villages clinging to the rocks. The people in this region continue to lead traditional lifestyles, with Berber sedentary farmers residing in the north and semi-nomadic pastoralists in the south. The Ait Bouguemez Valley is known for its rich crops, especially apples, making it an enchanting, accessible, and culturally rich destination for those looking to explore the heart of the Atlas Mountains.

At First Sight

  • Group Size 2 to 16
  • 4 days trekking and Half of 5 to 6 hours
  • Max altitude – 2500 meters during this Atlas Trek
  • Airport Transfers Included
  • Join In Marrakesh
Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 2 Nights Hotels
  • 5 Nights in a Guest house/Lodge

Marrakesh/Casablanca (Google Map)

Trekking in Ait Bouguemez valley starts at 8 but may be subject to change depending on the season..

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GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
PRICE/PERSON €780 €770 €740 €710 €670 €630 €580

  • Picks up & drops by private car/Van/Bus/Taxi.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 03 nights in guesthouse, 2 nights in lodge, 02 nights in the Hotel 3* or Riad.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder English speaking Guide.
  • Muleteers and mules to carry your baggage and our equipment(the mules for your children).
  • Cooker will prepare hot meals with attention towards variety and hygiene and nutrition to serve you.

  • Lunch and dinner in Marrakech.
  • All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Tips for staffs and drivers.
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Highlights of this Happy valley trek

A 6 Days Ait Bougmez Valley Trek typically refers to a trekking adventure in the Geopark Mgoun territory, located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The highlight of this trek is reaching Ait Bouguemez valley, which is the best valley in the High Atlas Mountain. Here's what you can generally expect from the trek to Ait Bouguemez valley:

  •  Hiking to Ait Bouguemez valley.
  • Scenic Landscapes:
  • Geopark Mgoun offers breathtaking scenery with dramatic mountain landscapes, deep valleys, and traditional Berber villages.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to experience the local Berber culture, especially in the Ait Bouguemez valley, also known as the Happy Valley.
  • Many trekking routes pass through Berber villages where you can interact with the friendly locals and witness their traditional

Tourism has been our hobby since childhood, starting in 1994. Over the years, we have continuously improved our experience by accompanying groups all over Morocco. In 2003, we began leading groups officially as licensed guides under Number 420. Finally, in 2018, we established a fully licensed Travel Company based in Marrakesh, operating under license number 10P/19.

This ample experience that we will share with you will undoubtedly guide you to an unforgettable tour in Morocco.

Day 01: Arrival at Marrakech:

Upon your arrival at Marrakesh airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your riad or hotel for an overnight stay. If you arrive early enough, you can visit some of Marrakesh’s beautiful monuments, the famous Jamaa Lafna square, and take a stroll in the bustling markets of the Medina.

Accommodation: Riad or Hotel.

  • Take note: If you have plans to arrive at Casablanca Airport, please stay in touch with us
Day 02: Marrakesh – Ouzoud waterfall – Azilal – Ait Bougumez Valley:

Departure from Marrakesh by Minibus towards Ouzoud Waterfall, one of our day attractions that we will visit. Then, we continue to Azilal City., so far After a 50-minute drive, we arrive at the breathtaking views of the Ait Bougumez valley and the surrounding peaks. We continue our drive, traversing picturesque landscapes and passing through several villages in the charming Ait Bouguemez valley, adorned with terraced fields and ancient walnut groves. Upon our arrival at the charming guest house of Dar Afra, we will take a short break to check the rooms and have a cup of mint tea. We will then conclude our day with a 1-hour and 30-minute walk around.

  • Overnight stay in a guest house Dar Afra at an altitude of 1800 meters.
  • 4h drive, 3 hour of walking.
  • Elevation gain, totaling +200 meters
  • Elevation loss, totaling -200 meters
Day 03 : Ait Ziri – Tamzrit gorges – Ait Ziri : 6 hours of walk

After breakfast, we will continue our discovery of villages in the Ait Bouguemez valley, including Idkkalin, Taghida, and Agouti. We will walk down this beautiful and peaceful valley until we reach the Tamzrit gorges, where we will enjoy a pleasant stroll through the Arouss valley. After a lunch break, we will return, crossing the Tamzrite plateau, to the Ait Ziri village.

  • Overnight stay in a guest house Dar Afra at an altitude of 1800 meters.
  • 5 hour 30minutes of walking.
  • Elevation gain, totaling +200 meters
  • Elevation loss, totaling -200 meters
Day 04 : Ait Ziri 1800 m – Sidi Moussa 2005 m – Ait Ziri 1800m .

After breakfast, we will start walking from Dar Afra house, exploring the diverse cultures along the way and passing through the villages of Tamaloute and Aguerd N’Ouzrou. Next, we will ascend a stunning natural mountain pyramid to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Ait Bouguemez valley and explore the granary of Sidi Moussa. In the afternoon, we will return to Dar Afra house. The entire walk is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

  • Overnight stay in a guest house Dar Afra at an altitude of 1800 meters.
  • Elevation gain, totaling +200 meters
  • Elevation loss, totaling -200 meters
Day 05 : Ait Ziri – Ifran 2010 m – Zaouit N Oualmzi 2250m : 6h of walking.

After breakfast, we will depart from Dar Afra guest house in Ait Bougumez. Our day begins with a short transfer, followed by a delightful hike along the Ait Bougumez valley. This fantastic journey allows us to interact with villagers working in the fields, walking through apple orchards, and experiencing the irrigation ecosystem. The walk concludes in the last village, where we will have dinner and stay overnight in a lodge

  • Overnight stay in a lodge at an altitude of 2250 meters.
  • 10 minutes drive, 6 hours of walking.
  • Elevation gain, totaling +450 meters
  • Day 06 : Zaouit N Oualmzi 2250m – Izoughar 2600m.

After breakfast, we will start walking from the lodge. We will ascend towards the mountain pastures of the valley, where the nomads spend the summer season. We will reach the wide plateau of Izoughar (altitude 2500 meters), rich in water in spring and winter. In summer, it is considered the crossroads for nomads between Ait Bougumez and Ait Atta tribes. Lunch will be with the shepherds. In the afternoon, we will continue descending to the village of Zawit Lamzi and return to the same lodge.

  • Overnight stay in a lodge at an altitude of 2250 meters.
  • 6 hours of walking.
  • Elevation gain, totaling +400 meters
  • Elevation loss, totaling -350 meters
Day 07 : Ait Bouguemez Valley – Demnat – Marrakesh.

After breakfast, we embark on our transport and continue our journey through some valleys of the High Atlas, admiring magnificent landscapes. Along the way, we visit some of Geopark Mgoun sites, such as the rock engravings of Tizi N Tirghist and the dinosaur footprints at Iouaredn. We reach Demnat town and then continue for 1 hour and 15 minutes, arriving in Marrakech by the end of the day.

  • Overnight stay in hotel3* or Riad.
  • The distance covered on the drive from Marrakesh, 180 km/4hours.
  • Meal: B.L
Day 08 : Hotel – Airport:

Following our morning meal, our vacation officially concludes, leaving the entire day open for leisurely exploration through the vibrant and bustling city of  Marrakesh. You are encouraged to wander through the winding streets, immerse yourself in the lively markets, and indulge in the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the city scape. An enticing choice is to spend the rest of the day at your own pace. Meeting you and transfer to Marrakesh airport 3 hours before your fly time.

  • The distance covered on the drive from Marrakesh city to  Marrakesh Airport, 11 km/ 20minutes
  • Meals: B

Take note: This sort of trek is suitable for everyone. If someone feels tired and cannot walk the whole day, they can return home by a short transfer, or simply stay at home and walk around while the others are away. However, you can do each day shorter than described in the program.

Key Facts

We’ve gathered a selection of commonly asked questions to provide you with further insight into this extraordinary trek Through Ait Bougumez valley.

Meal Plan

All meals are included during this Atlas trek from Breakfast on Day 2 to Lunch on Day 7.

Food & Water

Drinking untreated water from the taps is discouraged. It is advisable to use purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water, or purchasing mineral water as alternatives.
During the trek, all food is sourced locally and prepared by our skilled trek cooks. Our cook team consistently amazes Morocco hike tours groups with their culinary creations!

Breakfast, tea, coffee, milk, chocolate… jams, honey, cheese… bread, sometimes Berber pancakes.

Lunches usually starts with a cup of mint tea, assorted salads, and a hot dish, fruits,… (Vegetables are washed, peeled).

Dinner, starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, couscous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following – onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip, green beans, and peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef), however meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks and some fruits.

Special diets

While we make efforts to accommodate vegetarians, the options may be limited at times. Unfortunately, we may not always be able to accommodate special dietary needs due to the nature of our trips and the area we visit. It can be challenging, and in some cases impossible, to cater to a wide range of dietary preferences. You may need to bring supplementary food or snacks from home if your dietary needs are specific. For inquiries about specific dietary requirements, please contact our sales team. Please understand that we cannot guarantee to fulfill all requests and cannot be held liable for any issues related to dietary restrictions or intolerances.


During this happy valley trek, the group will spend two nights in a riad or hotel in Marrakesh on an en-suite basis. While there are a range of high-end hotels in Marrakesh, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located base while maintaining a really good value holiday. While trekking, we have 5 nights in a guest house/Lodge.

If you are traveling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single hotel rooms/or single rooms and single is available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads in Marrakesh are available on request.

Group Leader & Support Team

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader proficient in English or another language of your preference, depending on the confirmation date. Additionally, the group will be supported by a full trek crew, which includes a cook responsible for preparing our meals, as well as baggage animals (mules), and their handlers..


This Atlas trek involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of this trek you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Expending funds

Plan to hold around £150 per person (or its equivalent in US dollars or Euros) for tips, soft drinks, snacks, and other incidental expenses. Keep in mind that additional costs may arise for souvenirs, and optional activities, so it’s wise to budget for these separately.

While Moroccan Dirhams are not typically available for purchase outside the country, you can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs upon your arrival at the airport or in Marrakesh. ATMs offer the option to withdraw funds in pounds sterling, dollars, or euros, which you can easily exchange at the airport. Carrying a credit card is advisable for emergencies and additional peace of mind.

Direction on gratuities

Tipping is the customary way to express gratitude to your local guides and porters. It’s important to note that tips do not constitute a part of their wages; rather, they are viewed as a personal gesture of appreciation from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are not obligatory or expected but are rather a reflection of the service provided.
It is customary for the group to collectively decide on the final amount of tips to be distributed among the guide, cook, and porters, as their responsibilities differ. We suggest that approximately £70 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to them.

Suitcase Allotment

For this Atlas Trek, you should bring one piece of luggage (maximum weight on arrival at the group hotel is dependent on your international flight restrictions) and a daypack (of around 30 – 40 litres). no rigid suitcase, for your belongings (top opening, more practical); your bags will be handled several times and carried by the mules. (Maximum 15kg/person), and no fresh produce should be left in these bags.

You can, of course, leave any type of baggage at the hotel in Marrakesh, including any items you do not need on the trek, as well as your suitcase if you prefer to travel with it, and pick these up when you return.

Internet access

Upon your arrival at the airport, you can purchase a SIM card for 1 euro, or sometimes it’s free. Then, all you need to do is top it up with an internet option, and you’ll have a connection when needed. We recommend Maroc Telecom as the company, but please keep in mind that in some places, other companies might offer better service. It all depends on the reception in each area.

Group size & Trek Arrangements

All our trekking and tours proposals in Morocco by Morocco hike tours are guaranteed for a minimum of two people. There is a required minimum number of participants to ensure the trip proceeds. Once this minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’

Health & Vaccinations

If you suffer from a severe allergy, kindly notify the Morocco Hike Tours Team (support) prior to your departure. While we will make every effort to assist you, please note that we cannot ensure an allergy-free environment during Your trip to Morocco. It is imperative that you carry your own allergy treatment, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not provided as standard equipment by Morocco Hike Tours leaders and staff. Upon arrival, please inform your leader about your allergy and indicate the location where you store your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations:&It’s advisable to reach out to your physician or travel clinic to verify if any particular vaccinations are necessary for your trip.

Passport & Visa

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • Less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Travelers hailing from the UK, US, and EU typically enjoy visa-free access to Morocco. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that visa regulations can undergo alterations. Ensuring compliance with visa prerequisites falls under your purview for this journey. Hence, we advise consulting the closest embassy or consulate pertaining to your designated destination(s), as well as any countries involved in transit or transfer.

Certain local authorities furnish information regarding the requisite visas for their nationals. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a set of helpful links below:

Getting Ready for Your trip to Morocco

Preparing with some extra physical activity prior to embarking on an active vacation is highly advisable. Enhancing your fitness level beforehand will undoubtedly enhance the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Being in good physical condition and accustomed to walking for 3 to 5 hours on consecutive days is recommended. Engaging in hill walking, incorporating both ascent and descent, serves as optimal preparation. Additionally, activities such as running, cycling, and swimming are beneficial for improving cardiovascular endurance and stamina.


Morocco’s monetary unit is known as the Moroccan Dirham. Below are some currency exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily:
– 1 Pound Sterling = 12.5 Dirham
– 1 Australian Dollar = 6.5 Dirham
– 1 Canadian Dollar = 7.4 Dirham
– 1 US Dollar = 10.00 Dirham
– 1 Euro = 10.6 Dirham.

Washing Cloths

If you wish to have your clothes washed during this trekking in Morocco, it will be possible for an additional fee of 10 Dirhams per item (underwear not accepted) and 4/5 Dirhams per item for ironing.

Weather & Temperature

During this Mountain Atlas trek, the weather typically offers pleasant conditions with daytime temperatures ranging between 20 and 35°C, and nighttime temperatures dropping to 7 – 10°C. However, there are instances when nighttime temperatures may plummet to as low as 3°C, so remember to pack a fleece jacket. While rainfall is uncommon in this area of Morocco, being a mountainous region, it’s wise to be prepared for occasional showers.

Plastic & Rubbish

Morocco Hike Tours does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We ensure that all our staff across Morocco work together to reduce this issue and educate those around them. During our desert and mountain treks, we are committed to collecting our rubbish and bringing it back to the big cities. Our footprints are the only thing we should leave behind.

Travel Insurance

To participate in a holiday organized by Morocco Hike Tours, it is imperative that you possess a valid travel insurance policy. This insurance should adequately cover the expenses related to medical treatment and safeguard the value of your holiday in case of cancellation. Prior to obtaining insurance, please verify that the chosen policy provides coverage for the activities and altitudes specified in your itinerary.

In the event that one participant leaves the group for any reason, the customer must assume responsibility for the charges, and no reimbursement will be provided.

Season & Dates

This trek operates from February to November and is flexible to depart on any date of your preference within these months.

Booking Procedure & Payment

Please select the trek that piques your interest, then reach out to us via email to initiate a discussion regarding your preferred trek and to verify its availability. Once we have agreed upon the specifics of your trek, including its duration, route, and the number of participants, we will proceed to make a tentative reservation, providing you with the dates and associated costs.
To secure your booking, we kindly request a 20% deposit, which can be paid online through a bank transfer in Euros, pounds sterling, or US dollars. The remaining balance is settled upon arrival in Morocco, payable in cash using the same currencies—Euros, sterling, or dollars—at the outset of the trek.
Please note: Should you find it inconvenient to carry cash, you have the option to settle the balance online via bank transfer a few days prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Conditions

Our Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is canceled at the discretion of our agency, you will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid.
  • If the trip is canceled by you more than 31 days before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for two years (24 months).
  • If the trip is canceled by you less than one month (30 days or fewer) before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for one year (12 months).
How should you dress when traveling through small villages?

In areas with low tourist numbers (Berber villages in the desert such as in the Atlas), men are advised to avoid very short shorts, tank tops or loose shirts. The same goes for women, avoiding transparent fabrics and tight-fitting outfits. A scarf on your hair is not essential. You can try to dress in local fashion, which seems better suited to the climate.

Equipment list

This packing guide aims to assist you in organizing your belongings efficiently. It’s advisable to aim for minimal weight when packing your equipment.

Please ensure you have the following items with you:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers or sandals to wear after returning to the lodge.
  • Socks & underwear
  • Trekking trousers / shorts (please respect local culture and don’t wear in villages)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2), a camelbak or platypus is useful (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • A selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trek towel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

You have the choice to opt for the following items:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Extra services:
Single Room for all 7 nights: €300 per person:
Car rental: from €40, lease this via Morocco Hike Tours.

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the Ait Bouguemez Valley, also known as Happy Valley, is situated in the midst of a limestone massif, stretching over 30 km with numerous charming villages clinging to the rocks.

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