Mgoun, Toubkal and Essaouira
- Experience the diverse highlights of Southern Morocco
- Trek through the Berber villages of the High Atlas
- Relax at the Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira
- Ascend Mt Mgoun and the roof of North Africa, Mt Toubkal
- Wander the ancient souks of Marrakech
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.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trekking holiday is not great and we do not spend any nights above 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.