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68Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comMorocco Africa & the Middle East T he Jebel Sahro in Morocco is lower than the High Atlas, so is suitable for winter walking, but still features some wonderful scenery and good trails. Less than four hours from the UK and here is a landscape more reminiscent of the Wild West than North Africa. We fly into exotic Marrakesh and travel south almost to the fringes of the Sahara. Then, over five days, we trek through spectacular gorges, under towering cliffs and beneath huge buttresses of red rock, variously called such names as 'the camel' and 'the elephant'. We will also visit small villages where we meet friendly villagers and drink mint tea. After our trek we return to Marrakesh via Ourzazate with time to visit the historic Kasbah of Ait Benadou, now a World Heritage Site.Private departures We can also offer this trip as a private holiday for a minimum of two people sharing for £845 per person, Land Only. International flights available from £175.F or those looking to discover Morocco at a relaxed pace and in comfort, this is the ideal holiday. Our travels begin in the exotic walled city of Marrakesh where Berber merchants still ply their trade in the mediaeval-style alleyways and squares of the old medina. Crossing into the Atlas Mountains, over the Tzi n'Tichka pass, we explore valleys little visited by tourists, from our luxury camp - complete with comfortable beds and handmade carpets. Continuing south we'll visit the impressive Ksar of Ait Benhaddou, walk amongst palm trees and oases on the edge of the desert and visit the Saadian city of Taroudant. We return to the mountains to enjoy walks in the dramatic High Atlas, before arriving at the coast to relax in the atmospheric whitewashed port of Essaouira. A Winter Walk in Morocco What better way to enjoy some winter sun than amid stunning mountain scenery.Gentle Trekking Riads & Kasbahs The scenic highlights of the south - with great walks and characterful accommodation throughout. £685£1,495£1,575£925£1,725£1,795Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 19 Feb - Sun 27 Feb 11Sat 19 Nov - Sun 27 Nov 11Sat 05 Mar - Sun 20 Mar 11Sat 08 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11Sat 10 Mar - Sun 25 Mar 12On Trek: 5 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 4 Camping: 4Optional: Single Room £125 Single Tent £15Insurance: £42Day Walks: 7 Local LeaderAccommodation: Hotels: 3 Luxury Camping: 2 Riads/Kasbahs: 10Optional: Single Room £325Insurance: £48Trek | Duration: 9 DaysTrek | Duration: 16 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 3 clientsGrade: Moderate Grade: Gentle Essaouira contemplation, Steve HarbertFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comTailor Made MoroccoHoliday extensions and short breaks Morocco is the perfect destination for a long weekend. A relatively short flight means that there are plenty of possibilities for a short break. The exhilarating city of Marrakesh can be combined with day walks in the Atlas Mountains or why not spend a couple of days in the atmospheric coastal port of Essasouria. Extra days can be added to all of our featured holidays or alternatively we can Tailor Make a trip to meet your own dates and requirements. We can offer a wide variety of accommodation from comfortable hotels to stylish riads and luxury desert camps. And walking options can vary from gentle day hikes to strenuous high mountain ascents. Just let us know what you want to do and when you want to do it, and we will provide a quote and arrange everything to meet your needs.Contact the office to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team - 0845 330 8579.

F or the fit and energetic trekker or hill-walker, North Africa's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal is a perfectly feasible objective for a one week holiday. After a night in Marrakesh we make the short drive into the Atlas mountains and meet our trekking crew near the village of Oukaimden. Over the course of the next few days we'll trek up and over a series of high passes that lead us ever closer to our ultimate goal. The scenery is dramatic with rugged peaks and deep plunging valleys. We'll pass through small Berber settlements and alongside icy mountain streams, before reaching the base of Toubkal via Lac d'Ifni, the largest lake in the Atlas. We'll make an early start to catch sunrise from the summit of Toubkal before heading back to spend a final night in Marrekesh - celebrating our trekking adventure amidst the exotic sights sounds and smells of the Djemma el Fna by night.Private departures We can also offer this trip as a private holiday for a minimum of two people sharing for £775 per person, Land Only. International flights available from £175.L eaving Marrakesh we head into the heart of the High Atlas to begin our traverse of the Toubkal Massif. We trek from the east through isolated valleys, crossing high passes and camping in open pastures or by rushing streams. From the busy little village of Amsouzerte we trek on via the turquoise waters of Lac d'Ifni to cross the Tizi n'Ouanoumss pass at 3,664m/12,010ft. Fit and acclimatised, it's now a straightforward climb to the summit of Toubkal, which rewards us with views over the High and Middle Atlas and occasionally the Sahara beyond. Over two more trekking days we complete our traverse westward, enjoying a traditional Meshui feast and perhaps a hammam (steam bath) before leaving the trail and heading back to enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakesh. Mount Toubkal Ascent 4,167m/13,750ftAn excellent short trek in the High Atlas to the summit of Jebel Toubkal.Berber Trails to Mount Toubkal 4,167m/13,750ftA unique trek, avoiding the busiest trails, to North Africa's highest peak - Jebel Toubkal. Toubkal dawn, John TurnerGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients£695£935Land OnlyFlight IncludedSun 29 May - Thu 09 Jun 11Sun 18 Sep - Thu 29 Sep 11On Trek: 9 days Local LeaderAccommodation: Hotel: 1 Camping: 6 Riads/Kasbahs: 4Optional: Single Room £95 Single Tent £30Insurance: £48Trekking Peak | Duration: 12 DaysOther Trekking Peaks - see pages 34, 44, 52, 65 & 70 Grade: Vigorous On Trek: 6 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Riads/Kasbahs: 3 Camping: 5Optional: Single Room £85 Single Tent £25Insurance: £42 Trekking Peak | Duration: 9 DaysOther Trekking Peaks - see pages 34, 44, 52, 65 & 70£595£835Land OnlyFlight IncludedSat 28 May - Sun 05 Jun 11Sat 10 Sep - Sun 18 Sep 11Sat 01 Oct - Sun 09 Oct 11Grade: Vigorous Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comAfrica & the Middle East Morocco69telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.com