The Rose Valley

THE ROSE VALLEY

  • 8 days (6 on horseback)
  • Activity: Horseback riding
  • Comfort: Camping
  • Level: confirmed

Within the High Atlas mountains, this horseback trail ride takes you to the gorges of M'goun and Dades, famous for their rose blossoms, oases and kasbahs, which are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Morocco. An ideal ride for spring and autumn when the desert is too hot for horse riding.

  • Varied landscapes - canyons, snow-capped mountains and valleys full of flowers.
  • Traditional architecture of the kasbahs (fortified buildings) and ksours (castles), amongst the most beautiful in Morocco.
  • Experience traditional Berber culture, villages and rose essence industry.
  • Ride traditional Moroccan Barb and Arabian stallions which are well schooled and well balanced.
  • High level of service whilst camping during the ride.

THE ROSE VALLEY

*2021 prices from 3 pers.
DEPARTURE RETURN PRICE STATUS  
24/04/2022 01/05/2022 750€ OPEN  
01/05/2022 08/05/2022 720€ START  
08/05/2022 15/05/2022 720€ START  

Price details

  • Price per person and excluding flights.
  • Groups are composed of a minimum of 3 international riders and a maximum of 12 riders.
  • Please note: the ride will also confirm for 2 riders on payment of a supplement of c. €250 per person. Once the group has reached 3 people, we will remove this supplement from your invoice and refund you if you have already paid it.
  • Single supplement room/tent : 140€

Please note

The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES

Accompanying persons

1 French-speaking and/or English-speaking Moroccan guide following the group and 01 groom (on horseback) beyond 5 riders.


Logistic team

  • 1 vehicle and driver
  • 1 cook
  • 1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Inland Transportation

  • Minibus or 4x4 to reach the start of the hike from Ouarzazate.
  • Reception & airport transfers to and from the airport.

Type of accommodation

  • Camping/bivouacs: 3-seater tents for 2 people and foam mattresses
  • Hotel 3*** based on 2 persons per room in Ouarzazate.

Meals

  • Full board from diner D01 to breakfast D08.
  • Filtered water or in case mineral water served during the hike.

Miscellaneous equipment

Group pharmacy (first aid)

OPTION

Hosting

Single room and tent supplement on request.

Arrival

Pick up at the airport of Ouarzazate.
On request, pick up from another airport or another city.

OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Cancellation, Interruption and Repatriation Insurance.

Miscellaneous

  • Visits of Marrakech or Ouarzazate in case.
  • All museum entries and other during the trip.

Meals

  • Lunch on D1 and D8 (depending on your flight schedule)
  • Drinks and personal extras.

Miscellaneous

  • Supplement for groups of 2 participants: 250€ per person.
  • Tips for local teams.
  • Possibility of privatization. Quote on request.

Day 1 : Arrival in Ouarzazate airport

Accommodation : 3 star hotel in Ouarzazate

Meet & greet at airport

Overnight in hotel in Ouarzazate

Day 2 : Ouarzazate - Skoura – Aghbalou : 4 hours riding

Accommodation : Mountain camp

Transfer from Ouarzazate to Skoura (45 min)

Evaluation of everybody’s level & adapted dispatching of the horses in order to finalize all technical details before saddling up

We will get through Skoura palm grove & the arid plateaus of Aït Saïd Oumanssour

Camp at the foot of the Atlas Mountain

Day 3 : Aghbalou - Aguerd : 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Mountain camp

In the morning, we will cross the Tamassent plateaus to reach Toundount. We will get a breathtaking view on the almond tree valley.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy nice long gallops on a large plateau until we reach Tiflit village.

We will then climb up gorges to spend the evening & the night at the camp next to Aguerd village.

Day 4 : Aguerd – Taoujgalt : 5 ½ hours riding

Accommodation : Mountain camp

Today we will ride along Nait Tounert and past many villages with beautiful views over the cultivated terraces. After the picnic lunch, we will ride across a plateau and then to a pass that overlooks the Azaghar-N-Aiguer valley. Finally, we will ride along a narrow path that leads to our camping spot. Overnight in camp.

Day 5 : Taoujgalt – Agouti : 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Mountain camp

Today in the Assif El Qati Valley we will see many examples of the beautiful architecture of the typical ksour (castle) of southern Morocco. These look spectacular against the green background of their gardens and the ochre cliffs behind which perhaps were once lived in by troglodytes. Camp in Agouti.

Day 6 : Agouti – Boutaghrar : 6 ½ hour riding

Accommodation : Mountain camp

Well-preserved traditional villages will be part of the scenery all along the El Qati Valley

The paths we follow are fenced with wild rose bushes & in May, the blossoming roses exhale the most delicate perfume on our way.

The kaleidoscope of colours - pink for the roses, green for the plantations & ochre for the rocks- is a delightful show.

The region is famous for its rose plantations. The rose essence used in well known perfume blends is exported worldwide.

Overnight in camp on the way to Boutaghrar.

Day 7 : Boutaghrar – Timstiquite – Ouarzazate : 2 ½ hour riding

Accommodation : 3 star hotel in Ouarzazate

We leave the refreshing area of the M’Goun River and ride along mule-paths until we arrive in Timstiquite village. After lunch in the valley, return to Ouarzazate and the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day 8 : Ouarzazate - Airport

Breakfast and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.

Bearded stallion horses and bearded Arabs, selected and trained by our team, enduring, lively and docile. They are admirably adapted to the paths of the High Atlas: small sure-footed and big-hearted, their gaits are raised. Height at the withers: 1.45 m to 1.55 m.

They will amaze you on this hike by their resistance on sometimes the most difficult paths... You will come back for them!

THE HORSES AND LEVEL

Minimum technical requirements

Perfect mastery of the 3 gaits in outdoor and open terrain: trotting with the trotters off, galloping in balance and in groups, keeping control of the horse (distance, direction) at brisk paces with a light hand. Minimum academic equivalent of gallop 4.
Riders over 90kg and over 1m95 must consult us before registration. Good physical conditions required.

Paces

The basic pace in hiking is the step. Good regular trots and gallops every half day: from the small collected canter to unbridled gallops when the terrain allows it.Note that the gallops are done in line, especially at the beginning of the ride, because of the temperament of the stallions.

Autonomy and participation

Everyone is required to dress, saddle, bridle and unhook his horse. They are also expected to participate in camp tasks, including the setting up and dismantling of tents. You can participate according to your wishes in the care of the horses (distribution of water and food).

 

Level and experience required

Good physical condition and good endurance on horseback. Expect cold evenings in April & October.
A multi-day horseback riding experience is a plus, but is not mandatory. Riders who don't ride regularly must get back in the saddle before the ride.
Encountering different cultures and mentalities implies an acceptance of these differences and respect for them.

Equestrian Equipment

Tailor-made hiking saddles, very practical saddlebags are available.
Bombs or helmets are not mandatory but strongly recommended. Our partner has a few bombs, but preferably bring your own equipment. In case of request, please do so when you register.

Comfort

In camp: Tents for two people with mattresses, Moroccan caïdal tent for meals, shower tent with hot water morning / evening, toilet tent.
In Ouarzazate : Hotel 3 stars in double room.

Meals

Copious dinners, cold at noon and hot in the evening at the bivouac.
The cook takes care of everything.
In order to avoid plastic bottles, please provide micro-pure tablets or we provide filtered water (catadyn ceramic filter). We advise you to take with you one or two metal cans... to avoid plastic.

Climate

In the south of Morocco the rains are rare but not non-existent. Since a few years very important rainy events have been affecting the south of the country.
From October to November and from February to April the temperatures remain pleasant see warm 35°/20° (October and April) 25°/12° (November, February, March).
In the heart of winter, mornings and evenings are cool to cold (up to -5° at the end of December). At noon, temperatures reach 18°/20°C to decline fairly quickly in the evening. In summer, the climate is torrid (around 45°C) and riding is not organized.

Local Team Guide

French / English-speaking Moroccan equestrian guides assisted by grooms.

TIPS

It is customary, as a sign of thanks, to give a tip to the local teams. You can foresee about 30€ / 40€ for the whole team.

Packing List
Head
  • A riding helmet: it is seriously recommended and often mandatory. Manufacturers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème...) offer today ventilated, solid and light riding helmets, pleasant under all latitudes. There are also protective shells to put under your hat (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western helmets (Troxel).
  • Cap or hat for the sun (essential)
  • A bandana, scarf or chèche to protect the neck or face from dust and sunlight
  • A pair of high protection sunglasses
  • A hat or hood in winter (December and January)
Bust
  • Thermal underwear (December and January).
  • Cotton T-shirts + long-sleeved shirts (for protection against the sun) or T-shirts made of quick-drying technical materials.
  • 1 light fleece or equivalent
  • 1 warm fleece or equivalent (From November to mid-Februar).
  • 1 warm Goretex-type jacket (waterproof and breathable) (From December to mid-February) .
Legs
  • 2 riding breeches or long leather chaps
  • 1 spare pair of pants (hiking or jeans or equivalent)
  • 1 swimsuit may be useful (swimming, toilet)
  • Cotton or non-irritating synthetic underwear
Feet and Hands
  • 1 pair of light walking shoes (essential for the ascent of the pass) with chaps or boots with specific mini-chaps for riding
  • 1 pair of sneakers or equivalent light shoes for the evening.
  • Several pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of gloves to protect yourself from the sun, cold and rubbin
Little tricks on horseback
  • Soothing cream very useful in the corners of your intimacy irritated by long hours on horseback.
  • Nothing on your back, everything in your jacket or a banana on your belly: lipstick,sunscreen, passport, small camera or mini camera (waterproof), cords, glasses... more accessible than fonts.
  • Riding backpacks are not allowed
Sleep
  • Sleeping bag warm comfort 2 °/-5 ° (October to November and from February to April) and -5° or -8° (December and January).
  • We also advise you to double this one with a meat bag which will be very useful on hot nights.
Miscellaneous
  • Soft travel bag/case
  • 2 metal cans of 1 liter or equivalent
  • Headlamp, batteries and spare bulbs
  • Toilet kit (biodegradable wipes to replace water, micropur...)
  • Toilet paper + lighter to burn it after use
  • A Swiss Army knife or equivalent (in the hold!!)
  • Small paper bags to throw in the trash can
  • Earplugs can be useful for those who would have light sleep as a roommate.
  • Camera (with a spare battery)
  • A pair of binoculars possiblyt
Pharmacy
As a precaution, list your drug allergies in your pharmacy.
  • Personal medications
  • 1 Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Aspirin or paracetamol
  • Anti Diarrhea
  • Vitamin C
  • Highly protective sun cream for lips and skin
  • Eye drops
  • Moisturizing cream for after sun.
  • A roll of plaster
  • A 10 cm wide adhesive elastic band
  • A box of bandages is
  • Ready-to-use disinfectant pouches
  • Micropur or Hydroclonazone tablets to disinfect water
  • An anti-mosquito cream and spray

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