SUMMER SEASON : from April to end of October.  (CODE: 104)

A simple, no-frills lodge in the remote Aït Bougmez valley - a little-trodden corner of Morocco's stunning High Atlas mountains

The High Atlas valley of Aït Bougmez remains one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets. Vehicle access came just three years ago, by way of an awe-inspiring road that snakes up and over a high pass before dropping down to the fertile valley floor. This was an extraordinary feat of engineering and it's not a route to be driven by the faint-hearted.

The valley still has the feel of a remote mountain kingdom that time passed by. Dar Itrane (which means House of the Stars) clings to a rocky bluff at the eastern end of the valley in the charming village of Imelghas, looking out across a patchwork of neatly tended fields to the snow-capped peaks beyond. This pisé-built inn, with 18 simple, homespun rooms, is an ideal trekking base and offers a unique insight into local Berber culture. What's more, its French owners have a genuine commitment to the natural, human and cultural environment of this uniquely beautiful corner of the High Atlas, so by staying here, you're helping to preserve the village and landscape.

Walks are as much or as little as you like each day and are moderate in their requirement of serious fitness!