Saffron trek in the Siroua
tour of culture and exchanges
Length of trip: 8 or 10 days / 4 days hiking
Level of difficulty : easy / around 4 or 5 hours of walking a day
Recommended time of year: end of October, beginning of November (Saffron festival)
Portage by pack mules
Supervisory staff: Moroccan guide and a local team
Size of groupe: minimum 4 participants
Arrivals possible: Marrakech, Agadir or Ouarzazate
We invite you to take part in a saffron perfumed trek in the High-Atlas during the harvest season of “red gold” saffron in the mountains of Siroua. We will also visit the saffron festival in Taliouine for a week that combines hiking and culture.
Experience the saffron harvest season during 4 days of hiking around the villages of Jbel Siroua where you will have the advantage of homestay accommodation. Starting at dawn, you will participate in harvesting saffron and the painstaking work of extracting the golden threads. You will explore several marvelous valleys and remarkable sites: the granaries of Atougha and Tizgui, the Tislit gorges, and the terraced mountain fields.
Upon returning to Taliouine, you will learn the basics of Moroccan cooking with saffron, assisted by Fatima. If your trip corresponds with the Saffron festival in Taliouine, you can also experience the convivial and musical ambiance as you wander among stands of local saffron producers, local associations, concerts mixing singing and traditional tachelhit (Berber) dancing, as well as concerts by more famous Moroccan groups.