Ditch the smart phone, tablet and all those other technological crutches we’ve become so used to, for a chance to step outside of your comfort zone, experience a different way of life and to get back to nature on a migration with the Berbers through Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.
The Berber communities of Morocco are a nomadic people, who twice annually make an arduous trek between the Dades Valley and the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco with their herds of goats and sheep. During the summer months, they trek into the mountains to escape the heat, and during the winter they descend to escape the freezing temperatures of the mountains. It’s probably one of the few opportunities we have in this modern world to experience a life that runs according to nature’s timing.
Adventurous travellers can join a Berber family on one of their bi-annual migrations for a chance to get a rare glimpse at another way of living. Trekking between four and five hours a day, camping each night in rustic Berber tents, taking in the ruggedly beautiful surroundings and eating freshly prepared traditional Moroccan food, one really gets a chance to experience what life is like as a pastoral nomadic herder.
While the surrounds are beautiful, the journey does require a certain amount of physical exertion and is certainly quite different to some of those fly and flop holiday options out there. Trekking with the Berbers is about taking a walk on the wild side, stepping outside of your comfort zone, seeing life from a different perspective and experiencing something unlike – and so much better, than your average holiday. If anything you might find the journey quite relaxing in itself, or at least refreshing.
Joining the Berbers on one of their bi-annual migrations is a real chance to head for the hills. In just two days, on 18 May 2015, the Berbers are set to start their summer migration up into the Atlas Mountains with a few adventurous travellers in tow – if you’d like to join them next time round, we’ll tell you how.
Join the migration of the Berbers here.