Map of Morocco: Women's Expedition including Morocco

Stray from the beaten path in Morocco on an unforgettable all-female expedition.

Join Intrepid on this incredible female-only adventure – an unforgettable expedition to the remote and less-travelled reaches of Morocco. Begin in Marrakech, then set off to experience the side of Morocco they don’t tell you about in the guidebooks. Break bread with Amazigh (Berber) families in remote homes, see how an artist co-op is empowering female rug-weavers in small villages, take in the beauty of the far-flung M’goun Valley over four days of hiking with the region’s first local female guide, and enjoy the singing and dancing of Moroccan women in cultural ceremonies in rural communities. With all the hallmarks of a classic Intrepid adventure – local leadership, private transport, real life experiences – and an added focus on female travel and female empowerment, this is a unique opportunity for women to blaze the trail in an incredible but often conservative country.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Women's Expedition
Code
XMRW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Find out what it means to be female in Morocco as you travel with an all-women group, a local female leader, the M’Goun Valley’s first local female guide, and meet plenty of inspiring women along the way.

  • Learn from the best as you take part in a traditional couscous cooking lesson, find out how to make fresh khobz (flatbread), and be welcomed into the home of a local woman in Marrakech for a meal you won’t forget.

  • Spend four days hiking between remote villages in the M’Goun Valley, accompanied by Mama Bia, a local female guide who will bring the region to life with her incomparable knowledge and experience.

  • Join your female hosts and take part in traditional music, singing and storytelling – a unique opportunity to get involved and learn about this joyful part of Moroccan culture.

  • Get dressed up in traditional kohl and henna make up and take part in a very special party imitating an Amazigh wedding.

  • Visit the historic town of Ait Benhaddou and its iconic mudbrick ksar. You’ll soon see why this eye-catching site has been used as a backdrop in many famous films.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves walking from 4 to 7 hours on Days 3-6. The walk will lead you through picturesque valleys but the terrain may be unstable in places, rocky and hilly. Consider appropriate footwear and necessary clothing, including a warm jacket and rain coat.

  • You will need to bring a 3/4 season sleeping bag on this trip. Even though you will be staying in guesthouses and gites, they may not be heated so a warm sleeping bag is essential.

  • The village accommodation on this trip is simple. You will be sharing rooms with other female travellers. On Day 5 there are two big rooms for the group so you may share your room with up to five other travellers. Bathroom facilities are shared, but you can expect a hot shower each evening.

  • You will have a chance to participate in different activities, from rug-weaving to baking and make-up workshops. While none are compulsory, we’d suggest you come prepared to share some fun times with other women while learning some new skills.

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. This Women’s Expedition begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm – please check the hotel reception for information about where and when it will be. After the meeting there's the option of joining your leader and fellow travellers for dinner. Afterwards, be sure to check out Djemaa el Fna, the lively town square in the centre of the Medina. Huge crowds converge at night to see singers, drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and even old medicine men and dentists mingling together in what has been called the 'greatest spectacle on earth'. If you arrive in town with some time up your sleeve before the trip starts, perhaps admire the outside view of the Koutoubia Mosque and its famous minaret, or discover the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). Also well worth a look is the architecture of the Palais Bahia, the ruins of the Palais Badi, and the recently uncovered Saadian tombs in the Medina.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Board your private transport and settle in for the journey to Bou Tharar village (approximately 7 hours). You'll be hosted by local women, and there will be some Amazigh (Berber) music and local songs to enjoy. A tasty, traditional meal will be waiting for you on arrival. Your accommodation is a beautiful terra cotta gite (rural guesthouse). From here, the views of the surrounding hills are superb, and you'll be greeted with warm hospitality from the local family who run the establishment.
Accommodation
  • Gite (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bou Tharar - Amazigh music and local songs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Set off on a hike from Bou Tharar village to Agouti Village (approximately 5–6 hours). For the next four days of hiking, you’ll be accompanied by Mama Bia, the region’s first local female guide. Mama Bia knows these parts like the back of her hand and will share incredible stories of the landscape and her nomadic past – walking with Mama Bia is sure to be one of the standout experiences of your journey. You'll be hiking in a westbound direction, passing through villages and meeting some of the locals on the way. In the afternoon, learn how to prepare some specialty dishes at a cooking demonstration. This is a really unique opportunity, so get involved and learn some new skills to take back home. Perhaps the most important part of the evening is watching how couscous is prepared in a traditional way. It's a classic and characterful component of Maghrebi cuisine. Its rice-like softness is perfect for soaking up the rich and buttery slow-cooked tagines found all over Morocco. The locals will show you the tricks to getting it just right.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bou Tharar - Hike to Agouti
  • Agouti - Couscous demonstration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s guesthouse is multi-share accommodation, so expect to be sharing a room with two or three other travellers in the group. Bathroom facilities are also shared but, most importantly, you can still enjoy a hot shower after a day’s hike.
Set off on a morning walk through Agouti Gorge, crossing through Almdoun Village to get to Amejgag (approximately 5–6 hours). The dramatic red walls of the gorge make for an otherworldly sight. Note the detail of the striped mineral deposits in the landscape while your leader provides some background information on the area along the way. At some point during today’s hike, you will need to cross a river, maybe multiple times. Depending on the water levels, you may need to roll up your trousers and take your shoes off. Alternatively, bringing closed-toed sandals could be a good idea too. Your experienced leader will make sure to find the best place to cross, but come prepared to get a little wet. After arriving in Amejgag Village, gain insight into an age-old craft by attending a weaving workshop run by a local ladies' cooperative. Put your skills into practice and try the ancient art of weaving yourself (under the watchful eye of some local experts!) Afterwards, there will be a walk through the village to see some of the interesting architecture.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Amejgag - Rug-weaving workshop visit
  • Agouti - Hike to Amejgag
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today you will be accommodated in twin rooms, however bathroom facilities will be shared. Hot showers will be available tonight.
This morning enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast comprised of a comforting homemade soup, tea, coffee, and (most importantly) olive oil served with Moroccan bread. Get involved in preparing this flatbread, otherwise known as khobz, which is widespread and almost synonymous with Moroccan food. There's nothing like making and tasting the real thing under the guidance of those who do it best. Set off to Issoumar, trekking through more of Morocco's spectacular landscape. The route crosses small hills and leads to Timtda village, where you'll take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch. From here, climb 200 metres uphill to the Tissardan pass, which offers a fantastic view of the M’Goun Valley. Then descend 300 metres to Issoumar village, where you will spend the night. This afternoon, listen to traditional folk tales and play music with the local women inside the guesthouse. Singing is a big part of local music so expect to sing along with your female host and perhaps try wearing traditional dress. This isn’t a performance, but rather a unique opportunity to get involved and be a part of the experience.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Amejgag - Moroccan breakfast preparation
  • Amejgag - Hike to Issoumar
  • Issoumar - Folk tales and music
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Tonight’s accommodation will be in two large rooms, each shared between six travellers. Bathroom facilities are shared and hot showers will be available tonight.
Follow the M’Goun River back to Bou Thrar (approximately 5–6 hours). You'll most likely see a few farmers going about their daily business along the way. After lunch, visit a farm and learn some traditional farming skills that have been practiced in this part of Morocco for centuries. Take the chance to feed the animals, often a very important part of the lives of Moroccan families, whose wealth depends on their livestock. After a long but rewarding day, take some time to rest before joining your fellow women in trying on some traditional henna and kohl makeup. You may have already learned about these skills earlier in the trip, but this evening stands out for a different reason. After having your dress picked out and make up done for you, head out to attend a very special party, imitating a Amazigh wedding. Make the most of this wonderful event while enjoying dinner with your group – your final meal with Mama Bia.
Accommodation
  • Gite (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bou Tharar - Farm visit
  • Bou Tharar - Amazigh dress and make up
  • Issoumar - Hike to Bou Tharar
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Return to Marrakech today. On the way, make a stop at Ait Benhaddou to check out the beautiful mudbrick ksar. Retaining its thousand-year-old allure, the ksar is southern Moroccan architecture at its finest. Unsurprisingly, this UNESCO-protected marvel has been used as a backdrop in a number of famous films, such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Once back in Marrakech, take a detour from the hustle and bustle of the medina and visit the home of Zineb, a local woman who will be cooking your dinner tonight. Tuck into a beautiful traditional meal as you hear how Zineb’s hard work and determination to provide for her children has led her to where she is today. A passionate and talented cook, this is sure to be a final meal to remember.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Home-cooked dinner
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Bid farewell to your travel companions as the trip comes to an end today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Gite (2 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Bou Tharar - Amazigh music and local songs
  • Bou Tharar - Hike to Agouti
  • Agouti - Couscous demonstration
  • Amejgag - Rug-weaving workshop visit
  • Agouti - Hike to Amejgag
  • Amejgag - Moroccan breakfast preparation
  • Amejgag - Hike to Issoumar
  • Issoumar - Folk tales and music
  • Bou Tharar - Farm visit
  • Bou Tharar - Amazigh dress and make up
  • Issoumar - Hike to Bou Tharar
  • Marrakech - Home-cooked dinner
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk

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Important notes

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1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 2 and 6 (Gite) and Days 3, 4 and 5 (Guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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