Map of Morocco Retreat: Ouirgane including Morocco

Escape to the serenity of the High Atlas foothills

The calm and comforts of Amazigh (Berber) hospitality await on this four-day Intrepid Retreats experience to Ouirgane, on the green edges of Mt Toubkal National Park. Leave the modern world of Marrakech behind and journey to a home away from home where olive trees and mountains make your backdrop. Surround yourself with the flavours and scents of this wild part of the country, hike the hills through small villages and farms, hang out with the locals, try your hand at making some iconic local dishes and, most importantly, take the time to sit back, relax, and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Comfort
Theme
Intrepid Retreats
Code
XMLO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Tap into the nomadic spirit of the Amazigh (Berbers) with a hike through the red earth hills and green-dotted valleys of a place that feels beyond the reach of the modern world.

  • Break bread with a local Amazigh family in their village, and get an insight into daily life in the High Atlas region.

  • Learn the secrets behind tea, tafarnout and tagine with a cooking demonstration and, best of all, feast on the delicious dishes for lunch.

  • Enjoy the comfort of your locally owned, unpack-once accommodation, where you’ll experience traditional Amazigh (Berber) hospitality and the small touches that make all the difference.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a hiking tour in the High Atlas Mountains. This will take approximately 3 hours and the difficulty of the walk will be adjusted to group abilities. A moderate level of fitness and appropriate footwear and clothing will allow you to fully enjoy this inclusion.

  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider carefully what time of year you travel. If you do travel in the warmer months, pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • Ramadan is an annual month-long festival, during which travel can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the day, such as restaurants or cafes, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider this when selecting your travel dates. You’ll find dates and further information in the ‘Climate and seasonal information’ section of the Essential Trip Information.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jul 2020 to 31 Dec 2022.
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Start your Retreat with a welcome meeting at 11 am this morning, followed by the journey from the city to your accommodation in Ouirgane (approximately 1.5 hours). Welcome to the serene foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Ouirgane is a place of peace and calm and a welcome escape from the bustling chaos of Marrakech city life. Settle into your own oasis for the next few nights. Your retreat is a locally owned, traditional Amazigh (Berber) guest house, built in the time-honoured style and full of character and the small touches that make all the difference. This truly is a home from home, and the bar, reading room, rose bush-surrounded swimming pool, and backdrop of olive trees and mountains will make it hard to even leave to explore. There will be a traditional, delicious dinner at the guesthouse, when the smells of lamb tagine, homemade bread and oranges with cinnamon fill the air.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ouirgane - Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
The welcome meeting will take place at 11am at the hotel listed as the Joining Point in the Essential Trip Information. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time and will head out towards Ouirgane straight after. If you are going to be late please let your booking agent or hotel reception know. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you in Marrakech, subject to availability.
Get your energy up at breakfast this morning reading for a half-day hike in the beautiful landscape of the High Atlas Mountains (approximately 3 hours). Explore the surrounds that feel beyond the reach of the modern world. The red earth hills and valleys are dotted with green pines and terraced farmland of almonds, cherry and apple trees. You’ll navigate boulders and crags, running streams, and pass through traditional Amazigh villages on the way, waving to the villagers as they go about their daily lives. Learn more about local life here as you finish your hike with lunch shared with a local Imazighen family (Berber people). Rest your legs back at the guesthouse with an afternoon to relax and soak up the atmosphere and the view of lake and mountains before another delectable dinner.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • High Atlas Mountains - Guided Hike
  • Ouirgane - Home-cooked lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast this morning you’ll get a chance to learn the secrets behind the delicious dishes you’ve been feasting on the last couple of days. Join in with a cooking class at the guesthouse and get a demonstration of how to make Morocco’s signature tea, using mint grown right here in the garden. Then, because bread baking is a key part of Amazigh life, learn how they work the dough to make a special type of bread called tafarnout. If that wasn’t delicious enough, get the inside info behind the iconic dish of the Imazighen, and Morocco as a whole – the tagine. Learn all the secret spices and techniques as it’s cooked outside over a wood fire. Then comes the best part – eating everything you’ve helped make for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free, maybe ask your leader about joining one of the optional activities detailed below, or snooze off your lunch by the pool in the shade of the trees.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ouirgane - Cooking Class
Optional Activities
  • Ouirgane - Women's Association Visit & Carpet Making Demonstration - MAD50
  • Ouirgane - Beauty Therapy at Domaine la Roseraie - MAD400
  • Ouirgane - Domaine la Roseraie Massage (30 minutes) - MAD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Make the most of the guesthouse surrounds during your final breakfast, before you depart for Marrakech. On your way back, your Tour Leader will lecture you about an Intrepid Foundation-backed project – which your trip helps support – called Education For All, which helps girls from remote villages in this region access an education.
Included Activities
  • Education For All (Intrepid Foundation Project) project talk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This trip finishes upon arrival in Marrakech on Day 4 at the Finishing Point, as listed in the Essential Trip Information. Please do not book any flights until after 2pm this afternoon. If you would like to stay longer in Marrakech, we are happy to assist in booking additional accommodation for you, subject to availability.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private minibus

Accommodation

Comfort style hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Ouirgane - Welcome Dinner
  • High Atlas Mountains - Guided Hike
  • Ouirgane - Home-cooked lunch
  • Ouirgane - Cooking Class
  • Education For All (Intrepid Foundation Project) project talk

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. This trip starts in Marrakech on Day 1 at 11am. The group will depart immediately for Ouirgane. This trip finishes upon arrival in Marrakech on Day 4. Please do not book any flights until after 2pm this afternoon.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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