The trek starts from the trail-head town of Boumalne Dades, you can arrange transport with us, or take the national bus to be in Boumalne the previous day and meet your guide on arrival. Accommodation will be organised for you either way. The guide will organise all the shopping and a meeting point for the mule-team. You will take local transport from Boumalne to Tagdilt where you meet the mule team and load up the mules. Please make sure you have everything you require as there are no places for shopping except very occasional local shops that are not always open. Please also respect the baggage weight allowance of 15kg.
4 Day Trek to traverse the volcanic lunar landscapes of the Saghro Mountains.
Day 1: Boumalne Dades - Tagdilt - Imi n´Ouarg
Once loaded up, the trek starts, at this point you have crossed the open plain between the Dades Valley and the outer edges of the Saghro range. The trek starts with a gentle walk along a dry river bed and along a sandy road passing a few houses with almonds, figs and a few vegetables. The first village you encounter as you trek towards the mountains is a curious mixture of sub-saharans from Mali and Senegal that have long since settled here and blended with the local tribes. The rest of the day is easy trekking as you gain height. Lunch in a sheltered spot by a water source. The route follows the river, often dry, but the size of the rocks and smoothness show that at certain times of the year, a huge force of water does flow through. Small homesteads with fruits and vegetables appear as you trek up the valley, mountains rising on both sides. The late afternoon brings you to your campsite in a field. Dinner in the mess tent. Wood is very scarce so campfires are very rare. Exceptional night skies however are much less rare.
Day 2: Imi n´Ouarg - Jbel Kouaouch 2592m - Igli
After breakfast, the trek starts while the mule-team pack up; they will catch up and go ahead to prepare lunch. Continuing up the valley, boys pass on their way down to school a few kilometres below, near our lunch stop of the previous day. Today includes a long 600m ascent to the highest point of Jbel Kouaouch at 2592 metres and then descends 800m through volcanic landscapes full of amazing geological rocks and mountains. Lunch in a small grove of trees by a water source; the only trees for miles. You will pass nomadic camps in the afternoon as you continue the descent to the lunar landscapes this region is best known for and where your campsite will be waiting. Sunset and sunrise are unbelievable in this location as are the panoramic vistas.
Day 3: Igli - Bab n´Ali- Ighazoun n´lmlas
After breakfast, you set off with the guide on a stony track that leads through this rocky landscape down past rivers of solidified molten lava and black rock.
Day 4: Ighazoun n´lmlas - Hanedour Valley - Nkob