heading to Morocco in a couple of weeks and was planning to do a 5-6 day trek in the mgoun massif area, part camping/part staying in gites.
Is it quite easy to navigate your way with a map or do you really need to hire a guide?
Also are there some places to buy food along the way? i dont mind carrying some but not all.
As a female traveller, I would be wary of trekking without a man in any country in N. Africa. I personally would avoid it, unless it is with at least one male travel companion I can trust.
I am going with my boyfriend, I am more worried aboutus getting lsot than anything else.
I am going with my boyfriend, I am more worried aboutus getting lost than anything else.
A few years ago I trekked from Tabant through the Ait Bou Goumez valley over the Mgoun Massif and into the Mgoun valley. The Ait Bou Goumez part has a dirt track through it so if you want to just follow the road you could do it on your own. Crossing the Mgoun Massif and for the first day of trekking in the Mgoun valley there is not even a dirt track so you're better off finding a local to show you the way unless you're very adventurous, have a very detailed map and compass and lots of water and supplies in case you get lost. A guide will also help you meet locals, get you invited in to people's houses, etc.
The best part of the trek was a little detour to a place called Lake Izourar (on the Ait Bou Goumez side of the Mgoun Massif) which is not even mentioned in Lonely Planet. Loads of nomads camp out around its shores and they were by far and away the nicest, most genuine people I met anywhere in Morocco.