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Holiday Overview


  • Ascent of North Africa`s highest peak - Mount Toubkal (4167m)
  • Explore beautiful Lake Ifni and cross four magnificent passes
  • Traditional villages, welcoming Berber and friendly local trek crew
  • Guided tour of Marrakech, the spectacular Djemaa-el-Fna and souks
Completing a splendid circuit trek of Mount Toubkal (4167m) and including the opportunity to climb to its summit, this Moroccan walking holiday provides the best of the Atlas Mountains within just a week and a half. Offering varied and picturesque scenery, rugged trekking trails, lofty peaks and passes, along with the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people, the Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect choice for dedicated hikers and trekkers. Our trek takes us across the central spine of the Atlas Mountains, by way of several pretty Berber villages and the cobalt-blue Lake Ifni, to the Neltner Refuge below Toubkal. From here, a straightforward trail leads to the highest point in North Africa, Mount Toubkal, which commands far-reaching views across the Atlas and southwards to the Jebel Sahro ranges and the distant Sahara Desert. This spectacular short trekking holiday, which includes 2 nights in the vibrant city of Marrakech, gives a real taste of Morocco.


A GENUINE SMALL GROUP ADVENTURE - The Secret of Our Success on Toubkal and in Morocco.

We are proud to say that our holidays in Morocco are limited to a maximum group size of 12, ensuring we leave only our footprints on the trails whilst enjoying a genuine small group adventure.  We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide and a successful group adventure.  On our Toubkal treks, the mountain is neither particularly high nor technically demanding, but the experience and knowledge of our Moroccan leaders, teamed with a smaller group size, can make a big difference to your chances of success on summit day.  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.  Our Mount Toubkal Circuit remains a great option for anyone looking for a slightly longer trekking trip. 

Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. However this trek does involve some days with a good deal of ascent and descent and one or two of the days (although broken with leisurely lunches in the shade) are quite long. Additionally, the summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and 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 which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. On the ascent of Toubkal and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. Because this is a short trip we have only given grade 5.


Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Morning sightseeing in Marrakech. Afternoon transfer to the Atlas Mountains and Ait Souka.
  • Acclimatisation day in and around the charming Aroumd Valley.
  • Trek to the cultivated areas of Ouanesekra via the Tizi-n-Tamatert Pass (2279m).
  • Trek up the Tizi-n-Likemt (3550m) and through a colourful landscape to Azib Likemt (2550m).
  • Trek alongside the Assif Tinzart stream to Tizi-n-Ourai (3109m) and the edge of the Agaz Ran valley.
  • Spectacular trekking day towards the beautiful Lac Ifni, the largest lake in the Central Atlas.
  • Trek over the superb Tizi-n-Ouanoums Pass (3650m) and ascend to the Neltner Refuge, Toubkal Basecamp
  • Exciting ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m) before descending to Ait Souka via Sidi Chamharouch.
  • Transfer to Marrakech. Free time to explore Marrakech before visiting Djemaa-el-Fna in the evening.
  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London & Manchester, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London.

If you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Morning sightseeing in Marrakech. Afternoon transfer to the Atlas Mountains and Ait Souka.

    On our first morning in Morocco, we will have a leisurely breakfast at our hotel and then visit the Djemaa-el-Fna. Even in the morning there’s a real bustle here as people go about their daily business and orange juice stalls and colourfully-painted horse-drawn open carriages vie for business. To escape the heat we’ll walk into the adjacent souk area. The shaded passages, streets and hidden squares of the souks cover a huge area on the north side of the Djemaa-el-Fna and we will be able to explore some of the most interesting and accessible parts. Pottery, carpets and leather goods are amongst the most interesting souvenir options. Hard bargaining is the name of the game when looking to make a purchase. After lunch, we will set off on the short drive to the start point of our trek. We drive southwards out of the city, with the peaks of the Atlas ahead of us. At the bazaar town of Asni, we turn away from the main road and begin to climb into the foothills of the Atlas. Our route follows the picturesque Mizan Valley and we begin to see the clustered houses of the mud-brick villages of the Berbers. In 1995, this valley (along with the Ourika Valley to the north-east) was devastated by a flash flood and the villages, agriculture and the road itself are only gradually recovering from this event. Imlil is effectively the end of the road from here we can either walk along the jeep road to the village of Ait Souka or continue in the vehicle. The area around Imlil was used in 1997 as the backdrop for parts of the major Hollywood movie “Kundun”. The old kasbah above the village was renovated and made to look like a Tibetan temple. We check in to an excellent gite at Ait Souka and can take tea on the roof terrace, with great views of a range of peaks including Toubkal itself.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

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  • Acclimatisation day in and around the charming Aroumd Valley.

    Today is a day for acclimatisation in and around the charming Aroumd Valley. To help with this process, we’ll take a short day walk above the village. One option is to take an easy-paced stroll back towards Ilmil before heading up a side valley to reach a col at 2660m. The walk up the Mezzik Valley gives a good introduction to the type of terrain and trails we’ll be covering on our trek. The path is stony but clearly defined and winds its way up above cultivated terraces and walnut trees to reach a col – or tizi as they are known locally. We’ll take a leisurely lunch in the shade, allowing those with sufficient energy the chance to climb on to reach a viewpoint above the col. We retrace our steps to return to the gite, with an excellent view across to our route of the following day.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1350m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Descent 1350m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the cultivated areas of Ouanesekra via the Tizi-n-Tamatert Pass (2279m).

    Beginning our trek, we follow a trail towards the village of Tamatert. Beyond this traditional Berber settlement, a jeep road hairpins up to the Tizi-n-Tamatert (2279m) Our path cuts through the most radical of these zig-zags, leading to the pass in a total of around 2 hours. After pausing for refreshment we then follow a traversing track with good views across the Imenane Valley to the impressive Jebel Oukaimeden (3273m). To find a suitable camping place, we will need to walk up above the cultivated areas of Ouanesekra. Across the valley we can see the village of Tacheddirt, another popular base for trekking in the High Atlas where there is a Club Alpin Francais (CAF) sponsored lodge in the village.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Descent 550m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking.

  • Trek up the Tizi-n-Likemt (3550m) and through a colourful landscape to Azib Likemt (2550m).

    A harder day today as we start the climb to the Tizi-n-Likemt (3550m). The views improve as we gain height, passing through a landscape of multi coloured hillsides and rocky peaks, with the greenery of the valley below us. It is a 4-hour climb to the pass where we put on a couple of layers of clothes and may stop to eat a picnic lunch. Around 1000m of descent on the south side of the range takes us to the grazing area of Azib Likemt (2550m) where we camp alongside a stream. This provides the chance to cool our feet and to take a refreshing wash. There are some rudimentary huts on the Azib Likemt which are occupied in the summer months by Berber herdsmen from the lower villages. This is an unusual and quite complicated highland area, with high valleys separated by mountain ridges rising to 3500m or more.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking.

  • Trek alongside the Assif Tinzart stream to Tizi-n-Ourai (3109m) and the edge of the Agaz Ran valley.

    From camp we head north for a while until we can turn south to follow the stream known as the Assif Tinzart. Initially, this is a narrow and quite rocky valley, with the stream passing through a series of pools and gorges. As the valley opens out we reach a high meadow, beneath the windy col of Tizi-n-Ourai (3109m). From the col, far below us, we can see the green valley of the Assif Tizgui and beyond this, to the west, is the massive summit of Toubkal. Dropping down steadily, we pass through several small villages and finally arrive at the valley floor. The location of our campsite tonight will depend upon the season. If the terraces above the village of Amsouzart are free of crops we’ll camp here. Alternatively we’ll camp further up the valley on the edge of Agaz Ran.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Descent 430m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking.

  • Spectacular trekking day towards the beautiful Lac Ifni, the largest lake in the Central Atlas.

    this valley and plenty of opportunities to stop off for tea or coca-cola at wayside tea-stalls and lodges. A popular spot is the Café Toubkal, with tables set beneath the shade of a large walnut tree. We reach the lake after a long series of zig-zags and then take a path which traverses high above the north side of the lake to reach its western end. We arrive in time for lunch and will have time to relax by the biggest lake in the central part of the Atlas, or go for a swim to cool off. Tonight we’ll either camp near the lake shore or, water supply permitting, a further 45 minutes to an hour’s climb from the lake, thus slightly reducing our ascent the following day.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 40m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking.

  • Trek over the superb Tizi-n-Ouanoums Pass (3650m) and ascend to the Neltner Refuge, Toubkal Basecamp

    Above the lake, we follow the upper valley of the Assif a Moursaine, heading ever upwards to one of the most spectacular pass crossings in the Atlas. The Tizi-n-Ouanoums is at an altitude of 3650m and it is a long climb of 4 to 5 hours to reach this rocky col, situated between the two highest peaks in the Atlas: Toubkal and Ouanoukrim. Turning towards the north, we now drop down steeply on scree into the upper part of the valley of the Mizan River. At the first level area, due west of Toubkal, we arrive at the Neltner Refuge. This mountain hut was constructed by the Club Alpin Francais in 2000 and has been designed to resemble a Berber fortified dwelling. We camp on one of the level sites near the hut.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking.

  • Exciting ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m) before descending to Ait Souka via Sidi Chamharouch.

    A long day for those who choose to make an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa’s highest peak. After an early breakfast, we set off on the steep ascent. Our route zig-zags eastwards, directly above the hut across scree and boulders, before passing between two rocky guardian peaks to reach a high corrie which usually holds patches of old snow. We continue upwards across more scree, with the views becoming more expansive as we reach the ridge-line which drops off steeply to the east. After a total of 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at the metal tripod which marks Toubkal’s summit. There are breathtaking views of the peaks of the High Atlas away to the north-east and of the Anti Atlas and the Sahara to the south. Descending to the hut in 2 hours, we have lunch before making the long hot walk back down to our overnight accommodation in Ait Souka. On this descent, below the Neltner Refuge, we pass through the unusual hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch which is tucked under the steep mountainside, where a stream emerges from a rocky gorge. A huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, Saint Chamharouch lies entombed. Along the route today there are several wayside stalls where it’s possible to buy a cup of Berber tea or a cool drink. The descent to the gite in Ait Souka takes a total of 7 to 8 hours walking.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

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  • Transfer to Marrakech. Free time to explore Marrakech before visiting Djemaa-el-Fna in the evening.

    Today we make the short walk down to Imlil, where we meet our transport for the drive back to Marrakech. Arriving before lunchtime we check in to the group hotel and have the rest of the day free for sightseeing. In the early evening we will certainly want to check out the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances which become more and more animated as the sun sets. We could take a snack from one of the dozens of amazing food stalls which spring up as if by magic in the centre of the square, illuminated by hurricane lamps and offering all manner of mouth-watering delicacies.

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  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check-in for our return flight.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Marrakech with an English speaking tour guide
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our trek cooks. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a type of Moroccan “trail mix” with dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous cous, with a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip. green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All meals are included within the package price, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11.
All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 11 of the itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you intend to make your own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport, taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petit taxi" should be no more than £6 though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes.
During this holiday the group will spend two nights at a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While there are many more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday. Away from Marrakech we spend a total of 3 nights in a gite (trekkers' lodge) in the village Ait Souka and whilst on trek there is a total of 5 nights camping. Accommodation in Marrakech and while camping is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Accommodation in the gite is in dormitories. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the hotel nights in Marrakech single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional nights in Marrakech are available either at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads. Please see the page on hotels at the end of this dossier for more details. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call. After breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the muleteers given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken after around 3 or 4 hours of walking. On some days this stop will be extended into a break from walking of up to 2 - 2.5 hours to avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. We will usually reach our overnight camp well before dusk. On most days we will be walking for 6 to 8 hours, whilst on the longest day, involving the ascent of Toubkal, we can expect to be walking for 8 to 9 hours. During the day you are free to walk at your own pace, enjoying the scenery and stopping to take as many pictures as you wish. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

An English-speaking professional local leader will accompany the group throughout the holiday. In addition the group will be supported on trek by a team of cooks and camp staff and luggage and equipment is carried by baggage animals.

Approximately £100 - £150 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £30 tips for your trek crew. This should be sufficient to cover soft drinks, snacks etc and also lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day. Marrakech is a great place for souvenir buying and all major credit cards are accepted. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in the arrivals hall of the airport or in Marrakech itself, or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash.  Sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged.   Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We will provide guidelines on how much to tip the local staff along with your joining instructions but it should be remembered that this is your ‘thank-you’ to the crew and the final amount should be decided by the group. We estimate that approximately £35 per group member should provide an appropriate level of tips. However, for the KE leader, we leave the tipping amount totally at your own discretion.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your main bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers or sandals for camp

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Fleece hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5°C)*

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small towel

  • Toilet roll

  • Water purification tablets

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Equipment hire:

*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Morocco

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Morocco is the Dhiram.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also capable for walking up to 7 or 8 hours each day for several days continuously. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise plan. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as running, cycling and swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

When on trek and we start to gain height, we can expect daytime temperatures above 2500 metres being around 20 to 25ºC. At night the temperatures can fall very low but even at our highest camps, they are unlikely to fall below freezing except possibly during May departures. The weather is usually fine with sunny skies at the time of our scheduled departures. It is hot in Marrakech in the summer months. We can expect temperatures in Marrakech to reach as high as 40ºC in July and August, dropping to around 25ºC at night. In May, June and from mid September temperatures in Marrakech will average the low thirties Celsius and it can even be chilly enough to require a jacket in the evenings. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for extremes of climate.

  • Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco.

  • The Rough Guide to Morocco.

  • The Atlas Mountains. Karl Smith. (Cicerone Press).

  • Great Atlas Traverse – Morocco. Michael Peyron – 2 volume guide.

  • Classic Treks – Bill Birkett. (David & Charles pubs.)

Toubkal & Marrakech. Orientazion. 1: 50,000

Detailed, water-resistant trekking map of Toubkal and surroundings. Topographic detail includes contours at 20m intervals. On the reverse is a clear plan of Marrakech at approximately 1:8,700.

Extend Your Holiday


When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Imperial Cities of Morocco

This exotic extension starts in Meknes, the beautiful 17th-century imperial headquarters of Sultan Moulay Ismael.  A fortified city-within-a-city complete with elaborate palaces, decorative mosques, mystical dungeons and charming gardens!  After exploring the heart of Meknes we move onto the atmospheric UNESCO Roman masterpiece of Volubilis, the best preserved archaeological site in the country and an atmospheric place to explore.  However nothing can prepare us for the magical riot of Fez, with its UNESCO old town and city walls extending for 10 miles!  The fantastic medina, mediaeval Fez el Bali and the modern "ville nouvelle" is a wonderful melting pot on the senses. We finish in cosmopolitan Rabat, complete with tree-lined boulevards and beautiful colonial architecture. This fantastic extension ensures you are completely immersed in a variety of contrasting cities!  (Please note this extension includes a local driver but not a KE leader.  This gives you more freedom to explore at leisure pre/post KE group trip). 

Imperial Cities of Morocco

From $870 per person

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Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

Friendly Essaouira provides a beautiful base for this colouful Atlantic Coast extension which offers a  fantastic start or end to our holidays in Morocco.  Described as the prettiest town in the country, the UNESCO port and medina are a riot of colour and activity.  To ensure a relaxing time in Essaouira we take care of private return transfers and riad accommodation for 3 nights at the comfortable Riad Maison du Sud, situated within the ramparts of the medina and just a few minutes walk from the sea. Redecorated in Moorish style, it has a snug sitting room and sunny roof terrace with views of the Mellah and the Atlantic Ocean.  Essaouira has plenty of things to so and do so we leave your days free for you to enjoy at leisure.  This extension starts and ends in Marrakech.

Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

From $310 per person

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Into the Sahara Desert

For a real taste of the Sahara this adventure is hard to beat!  After journeying across the Atlas Mountains we arrive in the oasis town of Agdz for a night in a traditional Moroccan house.  Next we head to our comfortable fixed Berber camp at Erg Chegaga and take in a spectacular desert sunset before settling down under star-filled Saharan skies!  In the morning we'll watch sunrise over the dunes before exploring this magical landscapes by 4WD.  After a night in Ouarzazate, we make our way back to Marrakech via the magnificent UNESCO Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.  (Please note this extension includes a local driver but not a KE leader.  This gives you more freedom to explore at leisure pre/post KE group trip).

Into the Sahara Desert

From $580 per person

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Marrakech Full Day City Tour

Marrakech Full Day City Tour

From $105 per person

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Golden Tulip

From $55 per room per night

Riad Villa Harmonie

From $91 per room per night Located in the heart of the historic medina and just a short walk from the Djema El Fna, Riad Villa Harmonie is a beautifully restored riad. Built around 2 patios, with palm and orange trees, banana plants and roof-top terrace, this is the ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to explore the souks and medina on foot. Rooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style with modern comforts and private bathrooms. There are 3 different grades of room available depending on size, facilities and location.

Riad Slitine

From $157 per room per night Riad Slitine is in the heart of the medina, close to the Bahia and Badi Palaces, the Tombs of the Saadian Kings. The building dates back to the 17th century and has been recently refurbished in style. The house, built around four patios, has a swimming pool ideal for cooling off in the heat of the Moroccan summer. Complete with hammam, beauty treatments and jacuzzi, the Riad Slitine is truly luxurious. Riad Slitine has 16 luxury, air-conditioned rooms and suites, all with modern comforts including mini-bar, hair-dryers and wifi. Prices are reflective of room size, location and facilities.

Riad Petit Prince

From $113 per room per night Situated in the heart of Marrakech between the central Djema el-Fna and the new town of Gueliz, this family-run riad offers a serene and cosy atmosphere in the middle of bustling Marrakech. Riad du Petit Prince is comfortable and stylish with its leafy terraced seating areas and refreshing plunge pool in the shade of the courtyard. The restaurant serves both Moroccan and European meals. One advantage of staying here is that you are just as close to the shops, restaurants and clubs of the modern French quarters as you are to the Djema el Fna Square. There are 3 grades of room available. Massages are available (additional cost).

Riad Aladdin

From $122 per room per night Backing on to the Badi Palace in the medina, Riad Aladdin consists of three riads linked by a beautiful terrace where you can watch storks gliding to their nests in the Palace ramparts. With its terraces and comfortable lounges, there are many inviting nooks and crannies to escape the busy day. The 17 rooms are spread around the patios, each with its own Moroccan style. In summer you will appreciate the cool of the patio with its shady shutters, and in winter, the warmth of the hammam and the gentle breeze on the terrace. All rooms have air-conditioning and there are 3 different grades available.

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