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Ait Ben Haddou is the most well preserved and beautiful Kasbah in Morocco, it’s more like a collection of small Kasbahs. Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a UNESCO world heritage site and a 14th Century fortified hilltop village that was on the old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara.
The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou has featured in countless films and a whole new village has grown up around this beautiful structure.
For Trekking Atlas Mountains you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.
Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:
You will be picked up at 08:00am from your hotel and traverses the High Atlas mountains via the stunning Tizi n’ Tichka pass (2260m) and stop at multiple beautiful panoramas for pictures. On this Marrakech day trip to Ait Benhaddou and Telouet, you will have the chance to visit the best preserved Kasbahs of Morocco at Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet See the Berber villages of the green valleys on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several major films have been shot there, including Gladiator and The Mummy… It is situated on a hill along the Ounila river and is known for its kasbahs and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, ten families still live within the ksar. Once in Ait benhaddou, you have the choice to have lunch or visit the village first with a local guide. Around 3 pm we will drive back to Marrakech.