Mgoun, Toubkal and Essaouira
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,185 (land only) - from $1,380 (land only)
Reaching all new Atlas Highs!
Two superb 4000m peaks to summit followed by some spectacular Atlantic Coast walking - includes all meals, transfers and 11 days of fantastic trekking!
- Spectacular trekking holiday in the High Atlas and on the coast
- Ascend Mgoun 4068m and the roof of North Africa - Toubkal 4167m
- Explore the rugged Atlantic and the UNESCO town of Essaouira
- Traditional villages, welcoming Berber and friendly local trek crew
- Magical Marrakech and the spectacular Djemaa-el-Fna
This magical and challenging 2-week taste of Morocco begins with a journey to the enchanting Bou Gemmez Valley, the starting point for a 5-day traverse of Mgoun (4068m), North Africa's second highest summit. Taking us up onto the high pastures of the Berber Shepherds and including the passage of the Mgoun Gorge, this trek reaches its conclusion amongst timeless villages on the south side of the Atlas. We then transfer, via the edge of the Sahara to Imlil, at the foot of Mount Toubkal (4167m), Morocco's highest peak. We have allowed 2 days for the summit attempt, sure to be the highpoint of the holiday! Then heading to the Atlantic coast, a 3-day trek takes us north across the wild sand dune and rocky cape landscape to the laid-back port town of Essaouira. Returning to Marrakech the following day, we have ample time to explore the maze of souks and reflect upon our experience of this colourful and friendly country.
The Secret of Our Success on Toubkal and Mgoun.
We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide! Although the mountains are neither particularly high nor technically demanding the experience and knowledge of our Moroccan leaders can make a big difference to your chances of success when attempting Toubkal and Mgoun. Those who are new to High Atlas trekking will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trekking holiday is not great and with the exception of the single night at the Neltner Refuge (3207m), all of our overnight stops are below 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. The summer months in the High Atlas can be hot with July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages. The beach walking is flat or undulating through the dunes. On the ascent of Toubkal, the traverse of M'Goun and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking on good trails but with some steep ascents and descents, for up to 8 or 9 hours each day and for several days continuously.