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Raiders of the Lost Kasbah
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Morocco, Raiders of the lost Kasbah

Raiders of the Lost Kasbah

8 days | From £549 | Guided Group and Private Guided 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 discover remote and unspoilt traditional Berber villages. To plan your 2015 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 and Private Guided Departures

  • Explore the Southern flanks of the Atlas
  • Follow anold 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.



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Key / Legend for Walking and Trekking Routes on Google Maps

Day 1
Depart UK. Arrive Marrakech.
Day 2
Drive into the Atlas and start trekking into the mountains to Titoula village.
Day 3
Cross Tizi n'Telouet to Kasbah Telouet.
Day 4
Ascend the Adrar Taqqat; descend to the river and the village of Assaka.
Day 5
Walk via kasbah villages to Tizgui.
Day 6
Trek to Ait Ben Haddou via Assif Aounil.
Day 7
Visit Ait Ben Haddou kasbah; drive via Ouarzarzate to Marrakech.
Day 8
Depart Marrakech. Arrive UK.

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

History

It's 1893 and Sultan Moussay Hassan is returning with his bedraggled and depleted army from a failed punitive war with the anarchic tribes of southern Morocco. It is a harsh winter and not unlike the retreat of Napoleon's armies from Moscow, the remaining soldiers, camels and mules (as well as the Sultan himself) are suffering the terrible hardships of the bitter cold and starvation. There is still the wall of the High Atlas mountains to cross, with but three practicable passes and each controlled by a Berber warrior tribe before the Sultan can reach the southern capital of Marrakech. The Sultan determines that they will cross the pass known as Tizi nTelouet, which is controlled by the Glaoua tribe and their warlord chief Madani El Glaoui and his brother T'Hami from their Fortress Kasbah at Telouet. Not only do the Glaoua control this important mountain pass which is the main caravan route for the trade of dates, almonds and walnuts from the south, close to Telouet the Glaoua also control a salt mine, an exceptionally valuable commodity in those days with traders and their camels coming across the Sahara from Sudan, Mauretania etc to buy the salt. Thus the Glaoua are already both powerful and prosperous. History tells us that the Glaoua afforded the Sultan and his Imperial army every possible hospitality and consequently a few days later the Sultan crossed the High Atlas by means of the Tizi n'Telouet. The Sultan showed his gratitude by making Madani his personal representative (Khalifa) in the region, effectively giving the Glaoua command of all the tribes of the High Atlas and the Sahara. Probably more importantly a working, bronze Krupp cannon (the only one in all of Morocco outside of the Imperial army), as well as other arms and ammunition were presented to the Glaoua. From then on Telouet became regarded by the surrounding tribes as an arsenal of modern warfare and the Glaoua became ever more powerful.

  • Tour grade: B to C - Moderate to Demanding
  • tour code: TLKM
  • group size: Min 4, max 12
  • 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
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals included
  • Accommodation: Hotel x 3 nts, auberge x 1 nt, camping x 1 nt, gites x 2 nts
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