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Morocco: Women's Expedition

8 Days | Leave the beaten path behind on an unforgettable all-female expedition

4.9 out of 5 based on 60 reviews submitted.
Women's Expedition
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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 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.

Trip overview

Map of Morocco: Women's Expedition including Morocco
Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Women's Expedition
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
XMRW
This trip generates 27.96 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

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 a local female guide who will bring the region to life with her incomparable knowledge and experience.
  • Dine on delicious local cuisine as you enjoy a private performance by The Houariyates, a female music band that will fill the room and your heart with joyful songs praising and celebrating women.
  • 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.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Education for All. Donations help them support girls in the High Atlas Mountains through secondary school, bringing a generation of women out of the cycle of illiteracy, poverty and early marriage.

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 raincoat.
  • 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

Map of Morocco: Women's Expedition including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

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

Activities
  • Bou Tharar - Amazigh music and local songs
  • Agouti - Couscous demonstration
  • Bou Tharar - Hike to Agouti
  • Amejgag - Rug-weaving workshop visit
  • Agouti - Hike to Amejgag
  • Amejgag - Moroccan breakfast preparation
  • Issoumar - Folk tales and music
  • Amejgag - Hike to Issoumar
  • Bou Tharar - Farm visit
  • Bou Tharar - Amazigh dress and make up
  • Issoumar - Hike to Bou Tharar
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Marrakech - Home-cooked dinner
  • Marrakech - Houariyates performance
Add on activities
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715

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Important notes

2023 ITINERARY CHANGES
There are no itinerary changes to this trip as a result of the recent earthquake.

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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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 60 reviews submitted.
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Morgan Grace · Traveled May 2023
Wow! What an amazing trip. Great food, great tour guide, great hiking, and an overall great experience. Everyone I interacted with on the trip was warm and welcoming.
Review submitted 02 Jun 2023

Emma · Traveled May 2023
The women’s expedition was a unique experience that lets you connect with local women, food and culture - and see some spectacular landscapes on the way.
Review submitted 08 Jun 2023

Roshana · Traveled May 2023
The women’s hiking trip in Morocco was a fantastic experience. It was the perfect combination of hiking in a beautiful place and learning about the culture. What stands out the most is the warm hospitality from our guides, support team, and hosts.
Review submitted 17 May 2023

Merianne · Traveled May 2023
Take the Women’s Group hike with Sara Chakir if you can. It’s a great hike and she creates an unforgettable experience for the group.
Review submitted 15 May 2023

Malikkah · Traveled May 2023
What a fabulous and unique experience traveling with this phenomenal and proud Berber guides/team in a very remote beautiful area. I wish I had bought a camel pak for water and an inflatable little mattress pad as the beds were quite hard. I loved being in the city for a few days, but really out in the rural area, enjoying the peace and quiet. The hiking wasn’t too strenuous except on one day when we hiked 25 km. Sarah, our guide was extraordinary, and I would go on any trip with her in the future as was our other guide Mama Bia. I’m ready for my next women’s expedition with Intrepid.😊
Review submitted 14 May 2023
Morocco: Women's Expedition
From
CAD $1,133