Ait bougmez valley (m'goun)

The Atlas Mountains is the country where the existence of a splendid afterlife is undoubtedly agreed upon. The Bouguemez valley & M’goun , nicknamed ‘Happy Valley’ for the purported disposition of its inhabitants, remains by all accounts Morocco’s most stunning high-altitude destination besides the Toubkal National Park , which would usually be mobbed with trekking-minded tourists at summer times. The Bouguemez Valley is, on the other hand, described as “the best-kept secret in Morocco.”

M'Goun massif Treks

The Bouguemez valley resembles the secluded mountain kingdom of the travellers’ imagination. The land is intensely cultivated in precise geometric patterns that form intricate mosaics on the fertile valley floor. Scattered here and there are clusters of fortified houses made from the same red clay that they rest on and stacked like blocks turned out from a child’s sand bucket.

The High Atlas valley of Aït Bougmez remains one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets. Vehicle access came just three years ago, by way of an awe-inspiring road that snakes up and over a high pass before dropping down to the fertile valley floor. This was an extraordinary feat of engineering and it’s not a route to be driven by the faint-hearted.
​​The valley still has the feel of a remote mountain kingdom that time passed by. Dar Itrane (which means House of the Stars) clings to a rocky bluff at the eastern end of the valley in the charming village of Imelghas, looking out across a patchwork of neatly tended fields to the snow-capped peaks beyond. This pisé-built inn, with 18 simple, homespun rooms, is an ideal trekking base and offers a unique insight into local Berber culture. What’s more, its French owners have a genuine commitment to the natural, human and cultural environment of this uniquely beautiful corner of the High Atlas, so by staying here, you’re helping to preserve the village and landscape.
Walks are as much or as little as you like each day and are moderate in their requirement of serious fitness

Ait Bougmez Valley Trek

Trekking the Ait Bougmez Happy Valley – High Atlas Foothills.Long accessible for a short 4 months of the year, and then largely only on foot, work upgrading roads and tracks since 2001 has opened up this beautiful area as never before. This new accessibility makes it easier to visit these once-remote villages, enjoy Berber, see timeless traditions and farming techniques, as well as new initiatives undertaken by the villagers to improve their lives and that of future generations; forget mobile phones, Ipads and all the stresses of modern living! Marvel at spectacular striped hills with soaring peaks as a backdrop to ancient rock and clay villages,

ait bougmez trek
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M'goun Ascent Trek

Trekking the Ait Bougmez Happy Valley – High Atlas Foothills.Long accessible for a short 4 months of the year, and then largely only on foot, work upgrading roads and tracks since 2001 has opened up this beautiful area as never before. This new accessibility makes it easier to visit these once-remote villages, enjoy Berber, see timeless traditions and farming techniques, as well as new initiatives undertaken by the villagers to improve their lives and that of future generations; forget mobile phones, Ipads and all the stresses of modern living! Marvel at spectacular striped hills with soaring peaks as a backdrop to ancient rock and clay villages,

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