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  • A genuinely remote trek in the stunning Anti Atlas
  • Fantastic mountain scenery of terraced valleys, in the isolated southwest
  • Scenic campsites close to local villages
  • 2 leaders for all walking days for groups of 11 or more
Start and end in Agadir, the Undiscovered Atlas tour is a guided deserts and canyons tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Agadir in Morocco. Undiscovered Atlas is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

A fantastic winter trek in the dramatic and isolated Anti-Atlas mountains. Marvel at kasbahs perched above terraced valleys and wide oases, as well as distant peaks fading into the desert haze. The ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m) provides wonderful views of the snow-covered High Atlas. Walking through small Berber villages brings you closer to the locals and their way of life. The trek ends in Taroudant, with time to experience the souks and the ancient city walls.
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4.9 - Excellent Based on 8 reviews
UNDISCOVERED ANTI ATLAS
5 - Excellent
“This was the second trip my husband and I have done with Exodus and we will go on more. We had a ball.”
Relaxed walking off the beaten track
5 - Excellent
“The key really is in the name of this trip - having already done Mt Toubkal and the High Atlas a few years before, I was curious how different it would be. The answer is it's very similar, but without the altitude and people. Any people at all in fact, other than local villagers. It's also a lot easier - much less ascent and easier days”
Trekking in the Anti Atlas
4 - Very Good
“Great trek to find some winter sunshine through remote mountains. We did not see any other tourists for 5 days only our group and the local villagers.”
Undiscovered Atlas
5 - Excellent
“The Anti Atlas Mountains are somewhere to visit if you, like me, have a yearning for real and intoxicating wilderness. The harsh but beautiful terrain in this region, with it's scattered villages clinging like patches of lichen to the unforgiving landscape, brings to mind the Old Testament, and the area is characterised by dramatic valleys, harsh red rock desserts, craggy mountain ridges and distant peaks fading into the desert haze. This is a truly awesome, remote area hike and Exodus and their ground crew in Morocco present it beautifully to their clients. It is a strenuous hike with most days being around 8 hours walking. It's rocky, very rocky indeed, with lots of steep up and downs -walking poles are almost essential. According to our guide it was unseasonably hot for our trek towards the end of October, with most days being over 30 degrees ( one almost 40!) there isn't any shade protection so high factor sunscreen and appropriate light clothing are important. And plenty of water! Our guide was Abdullah, a wonderful, caring gentleman who had grown up in Berber villages. He was very well supported by his crew - cook, camp and mule men. Meals were nothing short of spectacular and each day we'd arrive into to our lunch camp to find an amazing spread of hot and cold dishes, salads and fresh fruit. I was the only one in our group of 16 to fall ill with a stomach bug but I'm absolutely certain it had nothing to do with the quality of the food. ( on that note, make sure you have more than enough tissues, toilet paper etc to get you through a couple of days 'on the run' just in case!!). Camping gear was good quality and I was thrilled to see thick foam mattresses in our tents. Being classed a wild camp, there were no toilet facilities other than our toilet tent - which was the discussion of much humorous laughter almost daily. Water for washing is also scarce (a bowl at the end if each day) so bring plenty of wet wipes.”
Start Agadir; joining the group in the early evening for the group briefing. 

*Hotel Golden Tulip or similar*
From Agadir we drive inland to Taroudant where we'll enjoy a brief tour, including time for a coffee on the square. We have lunch in the oasis of Tiout before continuing onto Ighrem, a copper town that has survived for centuries on its trade of pots and water urns with the Saharan caravans. It lies on a plateau near the Tizi'n'Touzlimt pass (1820m), where the road to Tata and the desert landscape meet the Anti-Atlas range. Here we start our trek into the mountains towards our camping spot for the evening, Tagragra No. 1. Perched on a plateau the sunrise in the morning is well worth any early night.

*Full-service Camping*
A long first day as we climb over a col and then a series of spurs before entering a broad valley. After a picnic lunch we continue past an abandoned mine towards the head of the valley eventually reaching the beautiful village of Amal. Finally we cross over a pass for the final stretch of today's walk in the beautiful evening light to the village of Tagdicht. Here we camp on a traditional 'threshing' platform that lies between the many agricultural terraces and is just outside a village at the foot of Jebel Aklim.*Full-service Camping*
Today is a steeper day's walking. We climb Jebel Aklim (2531m), one of the highest summits in the Anti-Atlas, that offers excellent views to the High Atlas as well as Jebel Siroua. The summit is reached via a high col and a series of spurs. Pausing for a scenic picnic lunch we then descend to our camp at Tagragra No.2. This area is one of the most remote in this range, yet is still surrounded by Berber villages. The valleys are full of brightly dressed women and children at the time of harvest, working in the fields.*Full-service Camping*
We travel from Tagragra through the wonderfully remote village of Irtem. Walking through these villages, we have the opportunity to chat with the Berber people, enjoy their friendly conversation, (mainly through hand gestures and basic French), and gain true insight into their traditional way of life. We finally arrive at our campsite for the evening close to the village of M'dint (City of Cats). Nestled in a valley of olive groves and small trickling streams the camp site is protected from the elements and provides a peaceful resting spot.*Full-service Camping*
Leaving the village of M'dint, we cross two cols, slowly weaving our way up the valley. The villagers are very friendly and if we are lucky we may get invited in to try some mint tea and local delicacies. Passing through ancient olive plantations we admire the irrigation channels before resting for a picnic lunch under the shady trees. Be sure to hunt out the small river for a soothing paddle! We work our way up the last pass of Tizgue for a steady uphill push, well worth it as we are rewarded with views of our entire route. Our campsite rests next to ancient argan trees and there is a natural series of rock pools where we can enjoy a swim and a wash as the sun sets.*Full-service Camping*
Today offers picturesque walking through the date palms and rocky landscapes of the Anti-Atlas. We walk along a dry riverbed (wadi) before arriving at Anammer village for our final picnic lunch. In the early afternoon we transfer by minibus to Oulad Berhil, a journey of around 1 hour. After check in at our Riad, there will the option to rest and relax or make the short journey to Taroudant  (45 minutes) where we are free to explore the city, dubbed 'Marrakech in miniature'. There is the chance to visit the souk for some authentic Moroccan souvenirs or relax in one of the hammam steam baths before our farewell meal.*Riad Hida or similar*
Today we will check out of our Riad, and make our way to Agadir via Taroudant, where again there will be time to wander around and pick up any last minute souvenirs.  Those on the group flights are taken to Agadir Airport in time for their flight, which is usually in the evening. For those not on the group flights, the trip ends in Taroudant. It is possible to join the group transfer to Agadir Airport with prior arrangement.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 5 nights wild camping, 2 nights 3-star hotels with en suite rooms , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
Transport
  • Travel by private minibus  
  • Transfers for group flights
Others
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2531m, average 1830m
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Agadir are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Undiscovered Atlas tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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A deposit of 78 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 31 October 2019 full payment is required.

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The Undiscovered Atlas tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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