9th to 16th september 2017

ZAUT 129 km

4 stages

From 26 to 38 distance per a day

Place & Country

Zaouiat Ahansal - Morocco



9th to 16th september 2017- ZAUT 129 km – 4 stages – difference 11370 m+/- from 26 to 38 distance per a day, and altitudes of 1000 – 3000 m+/-

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Zaouiat Ahansal est un très joli petit village, dans la province d’Azilal, adossé à une barrière de falaises ocres dominant les eaux tumultueuses d’un torrent frangé de verdure.

Cette région est d’ailleurs particulièrement connue pour la beauté de ses paysages.

The town of Imilchil represents a symbol of Berber culture, known for its festival, officially known as Betrothal Festival – the Souk Aamor Agdoud N’Oulmghenni. The legend goes that two young people from different tribes fell in love, but were forbidden to see each other by their families. The grief led them to cry themselves to death, creating the neighbouring lakes of Isli (his) and Tislit (hers) near Imilchil. The families decided to establish a day on the anniversary of the lovers’ death – when members of local tribes could marry each other. Thus the Imilchil Marriage Festival was born. In reality, the region is a large scattering of tiny villages, and when young person needs to find a partner, they can’t simply go and look for one, due to the conservative social norms. Thus, the festival allows for fathers to show their daughters and find husbands for them. When a woman accepts a man’s proposal to marry, she says “You have captured my liver”. (Tq massa n uchemt) Up to 40 couples take their vows on the same day. The festival is rich with music, dancing, feasts, and colorful clothing. The celebrations attracts many tourists to the area, and though contributing to local economy, there are fears that the rituals can be affected by the foreigners.

Program Zaouiat Ahansal Ultra Trail (ZAUT)

Day 1 : September 9th, 2017

arrive to the hotel on BB in Marrakech

Day 2 : September 10th, 2017

travel to Zaouiat Ahansal valley guest house on HB And technical checks day at the guest house.

Day 3 : September 11th, 2017

stage 1- departure from Zaouiat Ahansal to Aoujja 31 km, 2411m/-1570m, camping on HB

Day 4 : September 12th, 2017

stage 2- Aoujja to Anergui 26 km, 611m/-1577m, camping on HB

Day 5 : September 13th, 2017

stage 3- Anergui to Oulghazi 38 km, 2325m/-1778m, camping on HB

Day 6 : September 14th, 2017

stage 4- arrive to Imilchil 34 km, 598m/-500m, hotel on HB

Day 7 : September 15th, 2017

depart for Marrakech (6h), hotel on BB

Day 8 : September 16th, 2017

Airport transfers for flight home

600 Euro program ZAUT complete fees

100 Euro Local runners

ZAUT Part fees from 10th to 14th September (evening) for foreigner 250 Euro


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