Raiders of the Lost Kasbah
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Raiders of the Lost Kasbah

8 days | From £549 | Guided group departures

This walking holiday in the Atlas Mountains is unique to Walks Worldwide; a journey through Moroccan history on foot. You'll discover classic mountain passes off the beaten track, and remote and unspoilt traditional Berber villages. To plan your Moroccan adventure please contact one of our trekking consultants now. To check availability on this small group trekking holiday, simply click the Dates & Prices tab below.


8 days | From £549 | Guided group departures

  • Explore the Southern flanks of the Atlas
  • Follow an old trade route
  • Kasbahs, ksars and Ait Ben Haddou
  • Experience the exotic and busy souks of Marrakech

This unique trekking adventure takes you across the Atlas Mountains on the ancient caravan route to discover historic fortresses, crumbling kasbahs, lunar landscapes, fertile valleys, spectacular canyons, tiny villages and the iconic ksar of magnificent Ait Ben Haddou.

Nowadays the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou is better known as the backdrop to scenes from 'Gladiator' and more recently 'The Prince of Persia'. Gavin Maxwell's novel 'Lords of the Atlas', the true story of the rise and fall of the Glaoua Empire, the most powerful tribe of the Atlas, inspires this adventure.

More than just a trek, this is a journey on foot through the history of Morocco. Back in imperial Marrakech you'll have time to explore the souks and experience the magical evening spectacle of Djeema El Fna.

Map of Raiders of the Lost Kasbah
Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Marrakech
Arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport and meet at your hotel. Relax or explore the surrounding area.
Day 2. Drive into the Atlas, start trekking into the mountains to Titoula village
Transfer via Tizi n'Tichka to Taddert and trek along the dirt road to the village of Izihks where you?ll stop for lunch. Following local trails there?s around 400m of steady ascent to a small col before descending into an idyllic valley below which contains a smattering of tiny Berber villages. Continue to Titoula village.
Day 3. Cross Tizi n'Telouet to Kasbah Telouet
Follow the historic caravan trade route across the High Atlas to the Tizi n'Telouet. Here you'll see the 'other side' of the Atlas for the first time, which will appear remarkably different. From the pass, descend to Kasbah Telouet, where you'll have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the fortress.
Day 4. Ascend the Adrar Taqqat; descend to the river and the village of Assaka
Cross between the hills of Adrar Taqqat and Aguermougal and enter into a seemingly lunar landscape of rock and sparse vegetation. Descend into the river valley and pass through typical villages on your way to the unspoiled Assaka village.
Day 5. Walk via kasbah villages to Tizgui
Leave the old caravan route and follow the river's course. Meet the local Berber and learn about their lifestyle and trek through the gorge, passing crumbling kasbahs along your way to Tizgui.
Day 6. Trek to Ait Ben Haddou via Assif Aounil
Enjoy ascent, descent and the occasional river crossing. Walk through and above irrigated fields to Tazleft, where you'll descend and cross the river to ascend to Tamdakht. You'll then transfer by mini-bus to Ait Ben Haddou, where you'll have the afternoon to relax and enjoy outstanding views across the river to the Ksar.
Day 7. Visit Ait Ben Haddou kasbah; drive via Ouarzarzate to Marrakech
Head up to the top of the hill above the Ksar for a spectacular sunrise, and after breakfast explore the Ksar. Return to Marrakech, stopping along the way for an optional visit to the Glaoua Kasbah in Ouarzazate.
Day 8. Depart Marrakech, arrive UK
Depart Marrakech and fly back to the UK.

For a detailed itinerary and more information please click the 'Trip Dossier' tab above.

  • Trip grade: B/C - Moderate/Demanding
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip code: TLKM
  • group size: Min 4, max 12
  • Max altitude: 2,200m
  • Accommodation: Hotel x 3 nts, auberge x 1 nt, camping x 1 nt, gites x 2 nts
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals included
  • Departs: March until November (Except July & August)
  • overeseas joining point: Marrakech
  • important: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements
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