Yoga and Hiking from Marrakech

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  • Duration: 6 days
  • Departs: September 30, 2019
  • Price: €740

In the special atmosphere of mountain life we will hike and excercise yoga for 6 days in the middle of nature and traditional culture. Professional Kundalini Yoga teacher Tim Schipper is there for relaxing yoga excercises and to support your personal journey to reach the summit of Morocco’s highest mountain.

  • Focus on mountain hiking combined with special moments for relaxation and enjoying the place where you are. Our yoga teacher from Holland is Tim Schipper. He has been educated in Nepal and India and he teaches in English and Dutch. He is professional and warm hearted and he will make you feel comfortable.
  • For the Kundalini Yoga: whether you are an expert or just a beginner, with this kind of yoga you can join on the level that suits to you. Tim will take care that everyone gets the exercises that fit.
  • Nature & Culture: visiting the mountains in Morocco is much more than only beautiful mountains. With this trip you will get in touch with the local Berber people living in the small mountain villages. For the nights we stay in simple Berber guesthouses where you can enjoy the Berber hospitality.
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Good to know

  • We stay for 5 nights in the High Atlas Mountains
  • In this special and traditional atmospehere of the mountain life we will stay in the middle of nature and traditional culture, surrounded by the enourmous colourful mountains.
  • A cook will be travelling with us. He will prepare simple and healthy meals with a lot of fresh vegetables.
  • If you like there is the possibilty to walk up the highest mountain in Morocco; Jebel Toubkal 4.167m. / 13.671 ft. No obligations but for most people this will give an extra dimension to your trip and a wonderful feeling as ‘on top of the world’.
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Day 1

Visiting Marrakech

Upon arrival at the airport of Marrakech you will have a direct transfer to your nice Riad hotel in the central medina of Marrakech. Depending on the time of arrival of your flight you have the possibility to visit the imperial city Marrakech and enjoy your first Kundalini yoga relaxation excersises. Or you can join Jamila to the local vegetable and herb market. Here Jamila will do the shopping for our dinner which she will prepare with a lot of fresh vegetables.

Day 2

Transfer to the mountains – start hiking

Transfer to the Atlas Mountains to the special local ski-resort of Oukaïmeden where in summer time the shephards are staying with their flocks of sheep and goat. Our luggage will be taken by the muledrivers and their mules. We will walk with our day pack only to our first pass with an impressive view. From here we will walk down to the tiny and isolated Berber village of Tacheddirt. Here we will stay in a nice Berber guesthouse to enjoy the relaxing yoga excercises, beautiful views and an impressive sunset.

Day 3

Yoga and hiking in the mountains

Today even before breakfast we can enjoy yoga with nice mountain views or you can just enjoy the mountain views and add some relaxing yoga to it. After breakfast our local guide will take us for an acclimatisation walk to the high pass ‘Tizi’ Tacheddirt. Upon return we will have a nice picknick in the middle of nature. After a good relaxation we continue down to our Berber guesthouse. On our huge mountain view terrace we make some more special yoga exercises with a brilliant sunset – in sha’allah. And during the night do not forget to get out of your sleepingbag for a while to have a look at the stars.

Day 4

Yoga and hiking in the mountains

Today we pack our stuff to be loaded on the mules for transport to the next village. We will have to walk to arrive there as well. Nice and slowly to enjoy all moments. Especialle on the pass of Tizi Tamatert which offers nice views into two valleys. In the afternoon we will arrive in our next Berberguesthouse just below the tiny village of Aït Souka.

Day 5

Yoga and hiking in the mountains

Today we will continue our walking and we will go up as far as the Toubkal mountain hut (3.200m. / 10.499 ft.).
This is our basecamp to ‘attack’ Jebel Toubkal. Of course we will do some relaxation yoga in the afternoon to be well prepared.

Day 6

Yoga and hiking: Toubkal summit

We will get up very early in the morning to walk up the highest mountain of Morocco. In this way we will have the best chances for impressive views. Of course when you are going up there will be some moments you are regretting why you are here. This is what altitude does to you. However Tim and our local guide are prepared for some demotivation and they will talk you through the difficult moments. Because reaching the summit can be done by everyone with a normal condition. Just do it slowly; step by step. When you will reach the summit we are sure you will not regret it. After enjoying the nice views and your ‘top of the world’ feeling we have to go down again. Depending the hour and the condition of the group members we stay for an extra night in the mountain hut or we walk further down to the village of Aremd.

Day 7

Return to Marrakech

This is our last day in the mountains. Depending on where we ended yesterday we have to descent to Aremd / Imlil were our transport will be waiting for us. Or we can enjoy the mountain life and make a nice and easy walk around the Berber villages. Upon arrival in Marrakech we will stay again in our small and central located Riad hotel. So if you like to buy some ‘material’ souvenirs than this is the moment. For those who like there is a possibility to visit a tradional hammam where you can have a refreshing scrub-massage. Entrance fee for this ‘excursion’ is not included in the trip.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport

Your refreshing and inspiring stay for only one week in the Moroccan mountains will feel like much more than only one week. So many new impressions and so much new energy to take home with you. If you like it is possible to stay some more nights in Marrakech. At the end or at the beginning of your trip. Just tell us what you want when you book your trip. Extra nights in Marrakech will cost € 65 for a double or twin room per night and € 45 for a single room. Including breakfast and tourist taxes.

This trip is organized only once a year towards the end of September. In Marrakech you stay in a nice small Riad hotel near the famous square Jemaa el Fna. A nice rooftop terrace breakfast is included. In the mountains we are accommodated in simple but comfortable Berberguesthouses and a mountain hut. All meals are included, except for the last dinner and your lunches in Marrakech. All instructions for Kundalini Yoga with Tim Schipper are included as well.