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Atlas Mountains Ride


Itinerary for Atlas Mountains Ride



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Fes
Transfer to Riad (traditional Moroccan house or palace).
Meals included: //
Overnight at Hotel Riad El Yacout in Fes

Day 2 (Monday): Introductory Ride
In the morning you will visit the medina of Fes. This old medina is very spectacular. Built in 808 by Moulay Idris II, you will feel like you're in the middle ages. You will see the old University, the Souk with its small shops, the magnificent mausoleum of the founder of Fes, the huge mosque of Karaouin, the tanneries, and so much more that you won't want to blink! An hour drive by car will bring you up to the Atlas Mountain, where you will have picnic beside a lake. Moroccans often comes here to enjoy the nature.
Afterwards we will transfer you to Ifran, built in 1929 by the French. This little town, with its pointy rooftops and flowery alleys sits at a height of 1700 meters (approx. 5500 feet) above the sea. Ifran is very popular for his agreeable climate in the summer. The horses are waiting for us outside Ifran (near Azrou) beside a lake – but there is only water if it had enough raining or snowing in winter. We will go for a short ride during which you will get to know you new friend. We'll spend the night in tents.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping in Ifran


Day 3 (Tuesday): Ifran to Lake Afnourir
The day will start on a high plain, with beautiful view over the Atlas. The local famers have bees and the region is very famous for the lavender honey. Big cedar trees grow beside the hills. In the forest are living many kinds of birds, the famous berber monkey of the Atlas and a few wild boars, which you may see occasionally. We will stop for lunch in an oak tree forest, enjoying the shade. 
In the afternoon, we will leave the woods and ride over big lonely planes (volcanic ground). Soon, we will reach a big forest of zederwood and the landscape changes completely. Later on, we reach a high plane where we find the natural reservoir of Afnourir lake. The lake gets water only from the rain. Many birds, frogs and small fishes populate the area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near Lake Afnourir


Day 4 (Wednesday): Lake Afnourir to Lake Wiwane
Our ride starts over the big plains and soon, forests can be seen on top of the mountains on both sides of the valley. When we reach the end of the plain, we go down the valley through the forest to reach the river of Zaouiet Ifran. Monkeys live in this region, and sometimes we will find them jumping from tree to tree. We cross the pretty village of Zaouiet Ifran and climb up on the other side of the valley, through the oleander bushes, which are in bloom in summer. We will take our picnic lunch around there.
In the afternoon we ride up again, crossing through beautiful forests and arriving by lake Wiwane in the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near Lake Wiwane


Day 5 (Thursday): Lake Wiwane to Lake Aguelmam Aghiza
In the morning, we ride around the lake. Our trail then continues on small mule paths across green pastures. Little rivers can be spotted from time to time. At one point, we will reach a river full of salt and the ground looks like it is frozen. Finally we reach the 40 springs of Oum Erbia. After a cool drink we climb up the hill. Once at the top we will have our picnic lunch by the river.
In the afternoon, we follow the river through the forest and again over green pastures with sheep, cow, horses and mules. Then, we cross through another beautiful forest with cedarwood and make our way down to the lake of aguelmam aghiza.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near Lake Aguelmam Aghiza


Day 6 (Friday): Ride across forests and grassy plains
After leaving the lake behind us, we ride across another beautiful forest populated by monkeys. Beautiful grassy plains invite us for gallops.
In the afternoon, we enjoy beautiful views over the valleys and the mountains. We will eventually reach a green valley and soon we will find our camp beside a salty river.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near Salty river


Day 7 (Saturday): Ride to Lake Aguelmam Sidi Ali
After following a small rocky trail, we reach a plateau and follow a small mule path through the forest. Later on, long gallops bring us over grassy planes. Along the way, we find a well so our horses can drink.
The picnic break will be taken in the mountains. There is not a lot of shade, but a cool wind might blow and bring us some fresh air.
After lunch, we go down to the lake of Aguelmam Sidi Ali. This is the biggest lake in the region and its water comes from underground.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near Lake Aguelmam Sidi Ali


Day 8 (Sunday): Lake Aguelmam Sidi Ali to smaller lake
In the morning we take some time to enjoy the lake and swim (with the horses if possible). We will start riding in the afternoon, making our way through a lonely valley with very old tuya trees. We will enjoy some gallops on the way, and cross a few rivers. Our camp will be beside a smaller lake this evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping


Day 9 (Monday): Ride to Azrou
For our last riding day, we climb up the mountain. We come across a small salty spring and then we cross a huge valley. Big heards of sheep are grassing here. At one point, the ground changes into volcanic stones. Herewe will carefully stay on the designated path. Some lonely farmhouses can be spotted from time to time. We will eventually reach Azrou where we say goodbye to the horses. From there, a car will bring us back to Fes in the Riad.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel Riad El Yacout in Fes


Day 10 (Tuesday): Departure
Individual return.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Atlas Mountains Ride
Tour Code: PG-MR10
10 days / 9 nights ~$1,060.00
Dates : July to Aug

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2020 07/03 - 07/12 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 4 /10 Expired
A 2020 08/14 - 08/23 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
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Tack: English trekking
Horses: Arab, Berber -- stallions & mares.
Pace: 5-8 hours in the saddle every day
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Fès-Saïs Airport (FEZ)
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