Hospice trek4life Itinerary
Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech
On arrival in Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in and after your Guide briefing, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion. There are entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.
Day 2. Drive Marrakesh to Tamri and trek to Tidli Beach area
After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and head towards Chicahaoua before turning towards the coast. Today’s drive is approximately 5 hours and we’ll enjoy a lunch stop along the way. In the afternoon we reach the village of Tamri near the mouth of the wadi Ouassif and the start of today’s walk. It’s approximately 2 hours to our first nights camp which is just south of Tidli beach.
Total journey time 5 hrs, Trek 6km – 2 hours (B,L,D)
Day 3. Trek from Tidli Beach to Amderdiz’in
After breakfast we continue our trek at a relaxed pace along the beach and onwards to the coast near Imsouane. Todays walking will be a mixture of beach walking and scrub trails above the coast. It’s approximately 4-5 hours to the fishing village of Amderdiz’in and our camp for the night, located high on the cliffs with ocean views. Before dinner, enjoy a stroll down to the beach below
Trek 12km – 4-5 hours (B,L,D)
Day 4. Walk above hidden bays to the fishing village of Tafeda
This is a splendid days walk often high above the sea looking down on hidden bays and crashing waves. Continuing at the relaxed pace we make our way to Tafeda where the Atlas mountains reach the sea. Tafeda was once an important Portuguese sea port but today it is a small fishing village and we make camp just outside the village. After arriving, there will be time to stroll along the beach which seems to extend for milesTrek 18km – 5-6 hours (B,L,D)
Day 5. Walk deserted beaches to Sidi Ahmed Essayeh
Our trek today takes us into a wild landscape of argan forest, where goats graze on the scrubby plants. We eventually drop down and walk beside the waves, along deserted beaches to our camp at Sidi Ahmed Assayh. We will stop on route for a picnic lunch, meeting the camels again at our night camp located next to the sea.
After watching the sun set over the Atlantic, you can enjoy an evening surrounded by the star filled sky above the sea.
Trek 17km – 6 hours (B,L,D)
Day 6. Coastal paths to Bizergane Bay
Today we walk an impressive trail above the Atlantic passing through several Berber villages. In the afternoon we arrive at Bizergane where the towering dunes divided by the River Boud, a small river (assif) leading to the sea where you will often see small colourful fishing boats drawn onto the sand. Nearby you will find the waterfalls of Sidi M’barek where if the weather permits, you can enjoy a fresh water shower.
Tonight we camp in this beautiful location.
Trek 10km -4/5 hours (B,L,D)
Day 7. Sidi Kaouki beach and transfer to Essaouira
Today is the final leg of our trek and we enjoy an incredibly scenic walk from one deserted beach to the next with spectacular wide ocean views. Finally we reach the wide expanse of Sidi Kaouki which is popular among wind surfers. Here we bid farewell to our camel drivers and the camels and board a minibus for a 40 minute drive to Essaouira.
You will have some free time during the afternoon. Wander through the spice-scented lanes and palm-lined avenues of the fortified medina. Or browse the many art galleries and boutiques, and watch fishing nets being mended. Traditional boats are routinely constructed in the hugely atmospheric port.
This evening you will enjoy a celebration meal.
Trek 11km -4/5 hours (B,L,D)
Day 8. Essaouira to Marrakech
After breakfast we transfer back to the city of Marrakech (3 hrs). You can enjoy the remainder of your day experiencing the famous Jamaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech’s medina. Explore the souks or simply enjoy the day relaxing before you return home (B&B).
Day 9. Depart for London
You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to UK at the appropriate time. (B)
Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner