In the breathtakingly beautiful mountain areas of Boumalne Dades and Toudgha (Todra) Gorge, we offer Walking with Nomad experiences. Anything from a half day loop to a 4 day trek, you will be staying in nomadic encampments and learning more about the way of life of these ancient tribes people.

Despite being in the mountains this is hiking and not climbing and the experience can be easily slotted into your tour of Morocco. There is also the opportunity to stay overnight (before or after your trek) in one of the cave rooms at the Eco Lodge in the heart of the gorge.

Day One: Circular Hike from Toudgha Gorge

Half Day Nomad Loop

Description – 13km / 460m ascent / easy to moderate level

The hike will start in the stunning Toudgha (Todra) Gorge as the sun rises over the glowing red canyon walls. We’ll walk up to breathtaking panoramic views of the local area, passing goat-herders, wandering donkeys and local people along the way. The path will become increasingly serpentine as we ascend the ravine until suddenly we’re at a viewing point with dramatic views across the valley. Here there is an option to take an additional section to the summit for 360 degree views of the different terrains.

We will stop at a Nomad camp and drink tea, fondly known as Berber whiskey, with a local family whose home is a collection of caves and tents. Then we continue on our way down, winding along the narrow track and into the gardens of Tinghir Oasis, where you will see women working their crops along the river. then finally, back to Tizgui where the hike finishes.

There is also the option to have a picnic pack lunch at the top.

Note: This circular hike will start after breakfast. In the cooler months an afternoon start is also possible (1pm latest). The Nomad Loop Hike is possible all year round but we don’t recommend June to August because of the heat and the winter months can be made more difficult by snowfall. As the weather starts to warm up in early spring, snow melt can cause flooding making the paths impassable. Therefore the ideal time would be September / October / April / May.

You will need to carry your own water, snacks if required and minimal personal belongings. We will supply the picnic. Robust trainers for this nomad loop would suffice but hiking shoes or boots are better. The terrain is not tough but the ground is uneven with loose stones. It can get windy at the top and suitable clothes will be required. All meals will be vegetarian and can be vegan on request. There is some connection en-route and we recommend an INWI Sim card as there is no Orange connection in these mountains.
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