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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please read our FAQ before sending us a message.

Will English be spoken?

The project is led by an expert English/French/Spanish speaker. However, the Nomad Homestay requires a willingness to participate in a non-English speaking environment. We will teach you some basic, useful Tamazight (Berber) words and phrases before your stay, but the nomads generally know very little English, if at all. Individuals must be willing to brave the language barrier and learn to communicate using whatever means necessary..

What is the price for such an experience?

The cost is reasonable as well as benefiting the nomadic families. The exact price will depends on the transport you choose, number of days/nights with the nomads, number of people in your group and the point of departure.

What meals are provided?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily. The Moroccan diet consists mostly of tagines, which is a stew made in an earthenware pot. The tagines generally include chicken, with vegetables, often carrots and potatoes. Couscous and pita bread is common, as well as beans and salad. Fruit, such as banana, apples and pomegranates are available depending on the season. We also provide some special nomad meals..

How long is the tour?

Your tour can last from 1 day to 2 weeks during the months from October through June.

Where will I be sleeping?

Individuals participating in the Nomad Homestay sleep in Takhamt, which is a traditional nomad tent made of goat wool. You’ll have a mattress on the floor and plenty of warm blankets.

What do I need to bring?

This will vary depending on the season. Once you apply for the tour we will send you a list of items you should bring for your personal use.

Do I need to bring gifts for the nomads?

Bringing a gift is not required but it is a hospitable gesture that’s appreciated. The nomads are poor people living in harsh conditions clinging to their traditional ways.

Are the trekking tours suitable for families?

We have treks that suit every age and families are welcome. In the itineraries we mention the level of each trek and the duration. You should be confident in your fitness and endurance level, but if there are any doubts, we can recommend the most appropriate tour for you. Special accommodations can be made for children to ensure the tour fits their ability and they are safe and secure.

I have a medical condition. Do you need to know about it?

Please let us know (quietly if you wish) if you have any medical condition or are on any medication that you think might impact your trip. We are out for a great time and we want you to feel comfortable in your environment.

I have special food needs. Can you be more specific about what we’ll be eating?

All the meals included during the trek and are very healthy, including couscous, tagines, pita bread, vegetables, salad, fresh eggs, fish, olives, nuts and fruits. They are locally harvested and contain no additives or preservatives. Vegetarian meals are available and we’re happy to accommodate any other food allergies you may have.
The water is included in some of our treks otherwise it’s available to buy from villages, or you can use your own method to purify it.
Some people like to bring their own food supplements if they have special dietary requirements. If you like to drink herbal teas, bring your own. Moroccan tea tends to be a real energy booster with gunpowder green mixed with copious amounts of sugar (refreshing and delicious!) Sugarless tea can be requested.

What do you recommend I bring during for the trek?

The items required depend on the tour and time of year, but the list below is meant to be a general guide for what you’ll need.

  1. day-pack
  2. sleeping bag
  3. sunglasses
  4. towel
  5. camera, batteries and large capacity memory cards
  6. light wind jacket
  7. a sun hat
  8. lightweight long pants
  9. hiking boots
  10. sun block
  11. water bottle or bladder (most of the time it is possible to buy during the trek from villages)
 
What would happen in the case of a rescue or evacuation?

Adrar travel guides are designated as CFAMM, certified mountain guides and outdoor specialists. We are trained in first-aid and can deal with most ailments that might occur during a trek. In case of a more serious condition, evacuation would be made to the nearest hospital.

Can we change the itinerary?

Tours can usually be changed to suit your needs. Modifications need to be agreed upon in advance and some in-route requests will be accommodated. Inclement weather or unsafe trail conditions may change the trip in the interest of safety.

What is the accommodation in the trek?

During our treks we usually camp by a stream using tents or bivouac. In some night treks we lodge in a Berber house (gite) or mountain refuge.

Is the accommodation in Marrakech included?

We don’t automatically include accommodation in Marrakesh as part of our packages, but we can arrange accommodation or airport transfers.

What is included in the price?
  • Transfer from Marrakech at the start and transfer to Marrakech at the end of the trek, according to the reservation time.
  • Accommodation on the trek. This is usually in tents, occasionally in small guest houses or refuges.
  • All meals on the trek. Meals are typical Moroccan dishes and are freshly prepared.  Commonly they will be tagine, soup, couscous, bread, and fruit. Tea and coffee are included with meals.
  • The services of a qualified, experienced English/French/Spanish speaking mountain guide.
  • Mules, muleteers and cook. The mules carry your heavy luggage and a rucksack or hold-all is recommended. You only need carry a day pack.
What is not included in the price?
  1. Accommodation in Marrakech
  2. Travel insurance
  3. Bottled or mineral water during the trek.
  4. Medical or accident insurance
  5. personal gear, including sleeping bags, hiking shoes, etc.
  6. Gratuities
  7. Any expenditure of personal nature, including hot showers in some of the gites or mountain huts.
Do we pay in euros or MAD?

Most of the time we quote in euros, but the payment can be done in euros, sterling, dollars or MAD. Our prices are competitive. When you compare all the advantages we offer, they are the best in the industry, offering unsurpassed value.

In what kind of vehicle will we be traveling?

We will travel in a 4 x 4 vehicle for up to 5 persons. If your group is larger than 5, we will take two vehicles or a mini bus. Our vehicles are equipped with air-condition and very safe and comfortable.

How many people are in each tour?

We arrange private tours for couples, families, or groups of friends. But we can accommodate single travelers or pairs if there is an accepting tour with space.

How many kilometers we will travel each day?

Usually we travel 200km to 400km each day depends of the trip.

Are there any rest stops along the way?

Of course! We will stop for pictures, toilet, coffee, cash machine, phone calls or just to take in the view.

Are we traveling with a licensed driver?

Absolutely. Our drivers are licensed with years of experience in Morocco’s curving mountain roads as well as off road driving.

What is the camp in the desert like?

The camp is a group of Berber tents in the middle of the dunes. We provide each couple with a private tent with a bed and blankets. An outbuilding houses the toilet and shower which are rustic but clean. In the middle of the camp is a fire where we spend the nights, sing and play music.

Does this trip always start in Marrakech?

Not necessarily. We can depart from other nearby cities or you can reach us in Nkob, Agdez or Boumalen. Just notify us in advance and we can make arrangements.