Four 4000 Metre Peaks of Toubkal

The ultimate trekking holiday in Morocco`s High Atlas Mountains




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Holiday Overview


  • Trek to the summit of North Africa`s highest mountain - Toubkal
  • Moroccan high-altitude walking off the beaten track
  • Rare views of Morocco`s highest peaks from our four summits
  • Experience Marrakech and the spectacular UNESCO Djemaa-el-Fna

A new and challenging walking adventure holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, trekking to the summit of Toubkal and more! With their rugged walking trails, varied and picturesque scenery, lofty passes, non-technical peaks and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people, the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect choice to explore on an adventure trekking holiday. This excellent new walking holiday adventure to Morocco allows us to thoroughly explore the High Atlas Mountains around Toubkal including trekking to the summit of the four highest peaks in the area. The walking starts out from the Zat Valley in the east, after which we will be trekking into the foothills of the Toubkal Massif, taking a route that largely avoids the well-established trekking itineraries. En route we'll explore isolated Berber villages, walk through deep gorges and trek across largely unknown passes, we reach the first of our summits, Adrar n Dern (4001m), which provides us with brilliant and unusual views of Ouanoukrim (4088m) and Toubkal (4167m), our next two objectives. Highlights of our extended trekking holiday into the rugged, central part of the High Atlas Mountains will include our night in a gite at Amsouzart and the optional chilly dip in Lake Ifni. Finally, from the foot of Toubkal, we walk out northwards to trek via a high pass which gives access to the last of our summits, Bouiguinoussem (4025m). Seeking out some of the secret places around Toubkal, this trekking holiday in Morocco manages to explore the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains in a way that no other walking holiday can. On our return to exotic Marrakech, we have time to further explore the old Arab quarter of this fabulous city. The Marrakech souks (markets) and the quality of their handicrafts are celebrated the world over and to explore Marrakech on foot is a magical experience. The High Atlas Mountains of Morocco make the perfect choice for a walking adventure holiday and KE's ‘Trekking Four 4000m peaks of Toubkal' offers both a brilliant high-altitude trekking experience and a real taste of Morocco.


The Secret of Our Success on Toubkal and in Morocco.

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 a number of continuous High Atlas summits and Toubkal.  Those who are new to a more challenging grade of trek will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This trekking holiday traverses a variety of terrain from well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules, to zig-zag trails on scree during the ascents of the four peaks and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route. Daily distances walked are not particular large but the trek does involve a fair amount of ascent and descent and typically you will be walking for about 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day. Additionally, the summer months in the High Atlas can be hot with July and August particularly so, and this does have an effect on trekking performance. Considering that the highest sleeping altitude of the trip is only a little over 3000 metres, altitude related problems are unlikely to be a concern. However, trekking at altitudes above 3,000 metres does make extra demands on the body and will provide a challenge even for fit hikers. In consideration of the sustained nature of the trekking and the four ascents to 4,000 metres 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 6 or 7 hours each day and for several days continuously. To reach the summit of Ouanoukrim requires some straightforward scrambling. The optional ascents of the four peaks with the exception of Ouanoukrim present no technical difficulty and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Arba Tighedouine. Trek through the picturesque Zat Valley to Ait Stimane (1200m).
  • Trek onto the Yagour Plateau and Agdal n'Irkane, a spectacular high pasture used by Berber shepherds.
  • Trek via the bustling pilgrimage sight and town of Setti Fadma to Agadir Ait Boulmane.
  • Trek along mule tracks through a beautiful valley before climbing to the foot of Tizi Boukchoud Pass.
  • Cross the Tizi Boukchoud (2976m), covered in juniper bushes before descending to Adouz (2700m).
  • Early start for the ascent of Adrar n’Dern (4001m) before descending to the valley of Tinzart.
  • Trek across the col of Tizi n’Ourai to the Berber village of Amsouzart (1740m).
  • Trek via green and pleasant valleys to the breathtaking lake of Ifni before the Ounoums Gorge
  • Trek across the Tizi Ounoums with optional ascent of Ouanoukrim
  • Ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m) - the highest peak in Morocco.
  • Trek aross the Tizi Tadate, to Tamsoulte (optional ascent of Bouguinoussen).
  • Trek to Ait Souka and across the Tizi Mzik, which offers magnificent views over the High Atlas.
  • Transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon of guided sightseeing in and around the cente of Marrakech.
  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
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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' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip 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 & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively 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 taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to Arba Tighedouine. Trek through the picturesque Zat Valley to Ait Stimane (1200m).

    After breakfast, we will set off on the short (1 hour) drive to the start point of our trek. We drive southeast out of the city, with the peaks of the Atlas ahead of us. beyond the bazaar town of Ait-Ourir we leave the main road and head south into the foothills of the Atlas. Our route follows the picturesque Zat Valley as far as the village of Arba Tighedouine (800 metres), where we meet our muleteers and trek crew. From the town we start our trek, heading along the broad valley towards the village of Talatast which is renown for its pottery. Beyond this traditional Berber settlement, the valley narrows and fields become terraced. We pass walnut groves as we make our way to our overnight camp at the village of Aït Stimane (1200m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 hours

  • Trek onto the Yagour Plateau and Agdal n'Irkane, a spectacular high pasture used by Berber shepherds.

    Our route today takes us up onto the Yagour Plateau, trekking through sparse forest of juniper and oak, with good views up-valley of Bou Oughiwl and Aghoujdid. The village of Ouarzazt is considered the ‘gateway’ to the Yagour Plateau, and beyond its terraced fields of corn we climb into a desert world of red and yellow rock. This area is well-known for petroglyphs (rock carvings) and we will be able to see some of the best examples. We camp at Agdal n'Irkane, a high pasture which has been used for centuries as summer grazing for the Berber livestock. Altitude at camp – 2300 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hours

  • Trek via the bustling pilgrimage sight and town of Setti Fadma to Agadir Ait Boulmane.

    Crossing the plateau we traverse alpine meadows and traditional grazing areas to reach a wonderful terrace giving fantastic views over the Ourika Valley. We now descend more than 1000 metres to reach the bustling village of Setti Fatima, which is both a pilgrimage sight and a popular holiday resort. We take our lunch beside the river in the welcome shade of some poplar trees. Once the mid-day sun has moved off the zenith we continue our trek towards the gorge of the Ourika and set up camp among the terraces of the Berber village of Agadir Aït Boulmane. Altitude at camp is 1500m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Trek along mule tracks through a beautiful valley before climbing to the foot of Tizi Boukchoud Pass.

    We start the day following a mule track through this beautiful valley and passing the little visited villages of Tamatert and Amenzel. In places today it may be necessary to wade or paddle in the river itself and it is a good idea to have a pair of teva style sandals in the daypack just in case. We climb to the foot of the Tizi Boukchoud pass and make camp here at 2500 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hours

  • Cross the Tizi Boukchoud (2976m), covered in juniper bushes before descending to Adouz (2700m).

    Our first job of the day is to make the 470 metre climb to the Tizi Boukcoud (2976m). ‘Akchoud’ means ‘wood’ in the Berber language and the pass is covered in Juniper and other scrub trees. From the col we are treated to a superb view of the northeastern ridges of the Toubkal massif. Descending from the pass we enter the gorge of the Tifnoute river and on to Adouz (2700m) at the foot of our first peak, Adrar n’Dern.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Early start for the ascent of Adrar n’Dern (4001m) before descending to the valley of Tinzart.

    We make an early start for the traverse of Adrar n’Dern. The climb to the highest point of this little climbed peak (4001m. provides fantastic views of the surrounding ranges and valleys. From the summit we follow the ridge southwest and descend to the head of the Tinzart valley where we make camp in a meadow below the Tizi Ourai. While we make the ascent our mule team will take a more direct lower level trail and anyone who does not wish to take on the peak can walk with the crew. Altitude at camp: approximately 3000 metres.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hours

  • Trek across the col of Tizi n’Ourai to the Berber village of Amsouzart (1740m).

    A shorter day today and mostly downhill after the initial 30 minutes when we climb steadily to the col of Tizi n’Ourai. From here there are splendid views of Toubkal and the distant Anti Atlas. Dropping down on a gradually descending mule trail we pass high above several small villages and finally arrive at the valley floor. Tonight we will stay in a basic gite in the Berber village of Amsouzart (1740m).

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hours

  • Trek via green and pleasant valleys to the breathtaking lake of Ifni before the Ounoums Gorge

    Leaving Amzouzart we climb steadily once again through this green and pleasant valley. Above the village of Ait Igrane the path begins to climb more steeply and after a long series of zig-zags over moraine boulders we are suddenly confronted by the breathtaking sight of Lake Ifni, the biggest lake in the central part of the Atlas. We take a path which traverses high above the north side of the lake to reach its western end where we take our lunch. Above the lake, we follow the upper valley of the Assif a Moursaine climbing steeply through the mouth of a gorge to reach crude tent platforms at a stream confluence around 2700 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Trek across the Tizi Ounoums with optional ascent of Ouanoukrim

    From camp the trail continues through the gorge, heading ever upwards to one of the most spectacular pass crossings in the Atlas. The Tizi-n-Ouanoums is at an altitude of 3650 metres and it is a long climb of 3 to 4 hours to reach this rocky col, situated between the two highest peaks in the Atlas: Toubkal and Ouanoukrim. For those who wish to make the optional ascent of Ouanoukrim (4088m), we turn west a little way below the pass and traverse across scree slopes to reach the Tizi Ouagane from where we start the climb. On this ascent there are some rocky scrambling sections which are straightforward but require a hands-on approach. Anyone who does not wish to make the climb can descend from the pass directly to the meadows with the mule team. At the first level area, due west of Toubkal, stands 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. Altitude at camp 3207 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hours

  • Ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m) - the highest peak in Morocco.

    For those who choose to make an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa’s highest peak we have an early breakfast and 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 by a different and more direct route we return to our camp in 2 hours.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hours

  • Trek aross the Tizi Tadate, to Tamsoulte (optional ascent of Bouguinoussen).

    Leaving camp we make an ascent to the pass known as Tizi Tadat ('pass of the finger'). The climb is quite steep with some short scrambling sections. From this col at 3800 metres, we get a superb view of yesterday’s route on Toubkal. For those who wish there is now the opportunity to bag our fourth 4000er of the trip. To reach the summit of Bouguinoussen (4025m) we climb from the col along a rocky ridge. The route up to this summit is the most technical of the trek and does involve more scrambling than the previous peaks and the leader will go through the route and summit attempt, which is optional. We return by the same route, a round trip of approximately 2 hours. From the col of the Tizi Tadat we descend first to the Tazarat refuge and then follow the assif Melloul down to our last camp at Tamsoulte (2100m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hours

  • Trek to Ait Souka and across the Tizi Mzik, which offers magnificent views over the High Atlas.

    The final climb of this mountain odyssey takes us across the Tizi Mzik covered in Junipers with the reward of a magnificent view across to the summit of Ouanoukrim and over the beautiful valley of Imlil. We descend on a good trail to reach Ait Souka.where we stay tonight in a comfortable gite. For those who wish to relax even further there is the possibility of visiting the local hot baths (hammam).

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon of guided sightseeing in and around the cente of Marrakech.

    Today we make the short walk down to Imlil, where we meet our transport for the drive back to Marrakech. On arrival, we check in to the group hotel and have an afternoon sightseeing with an English speaking guide. There is plenty of time for buying last minute souvenirs in the souks and to experience the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performance. 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 mouthwatering delicacies. We have our final dinner tonight, a Moroccan buffet taken in a local restaurant.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. Depending on flight times the day is free to explore the streets, souks and colourful sights of Marrakech. A popular option is to simply sit and watch the world go by from one of the restaurants overlooking the Djemaa el-Fna. Complimentary Airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local 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
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Marrakech with English speaking guide

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

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.

All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 15 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.

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 3 or 4 hours walking and 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 7 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.

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.

During this trip 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 one night in a gite (trekkers' lodge) in the village of Amsouzart and one night in a gite at the end of the trek in Ait Souka. Whilst on trek there is a total of 10 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 gites is in single sex 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 2 hotel nights in Marrakech single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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

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 is 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 included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15.

Approximately £150 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £50 for 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 Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash. Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged but note that travellers cheques are more difficult to exchange and attract a higher rate of commission. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

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, baggage animals and their handlers.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. It is important to remember tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give tips as a group rather than from individual group members and suggest you decide together on a level of tips that suits everyone. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around £50 (in equivalent local currency) per group member to a 'pool' should provide an appropriate level of tips.

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.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

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.

No visa is required for travel to Morocco by the holders of the following passports: United Kingdom, United States of America or Australia. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to Morocco and that this entitles you to stay in the country for up to three months. Holders of passports not on the above list should contact the Kingdom of Morocco visa information service to see if a visa is required. (Most people will find that no visa is required).

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

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 / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack c.30 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag*
  • 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
  • Shorts (should not be worn in villages)
  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Equipment hire:

  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

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Know before you go

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.

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 regime. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preperation but if this is not possible, regular excercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as jogging, squash 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.

It is very 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. Once we are on trek and we start to gain height, we can expect the temperatures to be rather lower, with 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. 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.)

Mgoun Massif, Central High Atlas Mountains 1:100,000 Series. West Col Productions

A map designed for trekkers showing relief by ridge lines, spot and peak heights. Roads, tracks and paths are clearly shown and villages are also marked. Latitude and longitude margin ticks are at 20’ intervals. The map is approximately centred on Mgoun and covers an area measuring approx 80km E-W and 50 km N-S

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Essaouira Beach 4 Day Riad Extension

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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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