Trek With Berber Tribesmen In The High Atlas

Solo adventurists – hearty hikers – rogue travelers – nouveau nomads – - here is a unique opportunity to walk amidst a nomadic Moroccan family of the Ait Atta tribe as they search out pastures for their vast flocks of animals. For nine wild, dramatic, amazing days you and your fellow trekkees will be totally unplugged from modern everything and immersed in the beauty and simplicity of Bedouin life. No souks. No shopping. No cells.

Migrant societies are increasingly rare, and this kind of a journey will provide insight directly into their unspoiled traditions and their intimate connection with the earth. The Ait Atta, nomadic Berbers of southern Morocco are a warm and welcoming people who are willing to share their ancestral lifestyle.

Days are spent hiking across varied terrain amongst hundreds of sheep, goats, camels, chickens and donkeys. Evenings are spent playing with the children, baking bread, enjoying a good three-course dinner and sitting around the campfires. Sleep under the stars in open-sided camelhair tents and only the sound will be made by chewing camels.

Start in the grazing lands of the High Atlas Mountains and travel east to the Dades Valley, a dramatic landscape of volcanic peaks, tabletop mountains and bright oases. How tough do you really need to be to participate? You must be able to walk 5-6 hours a day at a “gentle pace”.  No support van carrying champagne will be following!  And nothing will diminish your sense of wonder and pride of accomplishment at completing this migration with a Berber family.

Vancouver-based 17-year old BikeHike Adventures is rated one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. This extraordinary “Walking with the Nomads” trip is offered twice a year, when the family migrates: May and September, 2012 in two separate itineraries. Trip costs start at $2,099 (land only). Highly experienced and personable adventure guides will assist.

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