Across the High Atlas

An unforgettable High Atlas trekking traverse in Morocco

22

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Breathtaking trek to the summits of Toubkal, Mgoun and Anghomar
  • Spectacular hiking through the mountainous land of the Berbers
  • Remote trails, uninhabited valleys and dramatically wild landscapes
  • Explore magical Marrakech and The UNESCO Djemaa el Fna

Viewed from Marrakech, Morocco's snow-capped Atlas mountains provide inspiration for a fantastic trekking holiday in Morocco and this is a mountain journey like no other. Our stunning trekking itinerary begins in the picturesque Bou Guemmez Valley and leads south-westwards through the impressive Atlas range, which includes North Africa's highest peak. En route, we visit the fortified villages of the friendly Berbers and climb on good trails through remote and often uninhabited valleys to reach high and scenic camping places. We have included the option of ascending three of the Atlas' high peaks, Mgoun (4068 metres), Anghomar (3608m) and Jebel Toubkal (4167m). Rich in cultural interest and wildlife, this is recognized to be one of the finest mountain walks in the world. On our return to Marrakech, we have time to explore the old Arab quarter, famous for its souks (markets) and for the quality of its handicrafts. This is the ultimate Atlas Mountain adventure holiday.

The Secret of Our Success 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. Those who are new to a more challenging grade of trekking will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business.

explore international

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?

The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we will not be camping much above 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. However, the trek does involve a considerable amount of up and down and some of the days are quite long. Additionally, in the summer months in the High Atlas it can be hot and this does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the route, we are following well-established routes between valleys and villages. These paths are used by pack-animals (mules) and are very straightforward for trekkers. On the ascent of some of the peaks and passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree and some easy scrambling. This trip includes relatively sustained trekking and a couple of long trekking days, especially on the optional ascents of Mgoun, Anghomar and Toubkal. 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 7 and occasionally 9 hours each day, and for several days continuously. The ascents of Mgoun, Anghomar and Toubkal involve climbing scree slopes and rock ridges but 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.
  • Superb transfer to Iskataffen in the beautiful Bou Gemmaz Valley.
  • Trek through pretty villages and walnut orchards in the `Shangri La` of Morocco.
  • Trek to the Tarkeddit Refuge (2900m) via the Tizi n-Oumskiyk Pass (2909m) and Tarkeddit Plateau.
  • Optional ascent day of magnificent Jebel Mgoun (4071m) via the spectacular Mgoun Ridge.
  • Trek through amazing rock formations to Tizi N'Asdrem (3200m) before descending to Tasgarnalte.
  • A relaxed trekking day of traditional villages, nomadic settlements and rivers to Ait Ali Nitto.
  • Trek on contouring trails passing shepherd huts and pretty hamlets to Azib Taoudja.
  • Ascend to Tizi n'Fredoute (2800m) below Jebel Anghomar before descending to Lake Tamda.
  • Optional ascent of Jebel Anghomar (3608m) which offers superb views to the High Atlas and Toubkal.
  • Trek through walnut and almond groves to the atmospheric kasbah of Telouat (1900m).
  • Trek over the Mahboub Pass (2400m) before descending to the Tizzi n Tichka and Afra plateau.
  • Trek onto the Yagour Plateau for the evening return of Berber shepherds and their sheep.
  • Trek over ridges to the mouth of the Agadir n'Aït Boulmane Gorge via bustling Setti Fadma.
  • A superb day of trekking on a spectacular balcony path to the village of Iaabassen (2300m).
  • Trek across Tizi n-Tacheddirt (3172m) into the Imenane Valley and village of Tacheddirt (2250m).
  • Trek on zig-zag paths across the Tizi n-Tamatert (2279m) before descending to Ait Souka and Aremd.
  • Optional ascent of Ouanoukrim (4088m) on the way to the Neltner Refuge - Toubkal Basecamp.
  • Ascent of Toubkal for a spectacular panorama of the High Atlas and surrounding peaks.
  • Morning trek down to Ait Souka. Afternoon transfer to Marrakech.
  • Free day in Marrakech to explore at leisure.
  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are included.
2016
Sat 28 May - Sat 18 Jun Code MAT /01/16/ Adult$1,620 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MAT /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 28 May and departs on Sat 18 Jun
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  • Single Supplement $130 - Group nights in Marrakech (does not include lodges, village houses or single tent)
  • Single Tent $175
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MAT /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 30 Jul and departs on Sat 20 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $130 - Group nights in Marrakech (does not include lodges, village houses or single tent)
  • Single Tent $175
Sat 24 Sep - Sat 15 Oct Code MAT /03/16/ Adult$1,620 Status Available Book now
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  • Across the High Atlas
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAT /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 24 Sep and departs on Sat 15 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $130 - Group nights in Marrakech (does not include lodges, village houses or single tent)
  • Single Tent $175
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, 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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  • trip direction
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  • transfer

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. Although there is no evening meal included, on arrival your guide will be able to advise you on the best places to dine.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Superb transfer to Iskataffen in the beautiful Bou Gemmaz Valley.

    Over breakfast we meet the rest of our group, where group leader will give us our journey brief. Heading out of Marrakech, we drive eastwards with the summits of the High Atlas clearly visible off to our right hand side. At Azilal, we stop to look around and to have lunch in one of the town’s many small restaurants. We now turn towards the south, climbing on a smaller, recently completed tarmac road, which eventually leads into the Bou Gemmaz Valley. This is an important and scenically very special valley which remains one of the most unspoiled parts of the Atlas. We reach our overnight halt at Iskataffen (1800m) where we stay in a gite or village house.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through pretty villages and walnut orchards in the `Shangri La` of Morocco.

    The Bou Gemmaz Valley has traditionally been cut off from the rest of the world by winter snows and it does have something of a Shangri La feel to it, with its pretty villages, productive agriculture and smiling Berber inhabitants. Accompanied by a team of Berber muleteers and a Berber trek crew, we begin our trek in the valley, soon turning southwards into the gorge of the Arous River. From the village of Ayt Sayd, with its thriving walnut trees, we have great views of our first objective, Ighil Mgoun (4069m). Above this last settlement in the valley, we traverse the Arous Gorge to our first camping place of the trip, just beyond the seasonal grazing encampment of Azib Ikkis (2350m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 625m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 170m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Tarkeddit Refuge (2900m) via the Tizi n-Oumskiyk Pass (2909m) and Tarkeddit Plateau.

    Today’s walk takes us via the pass of Tizi n-Oumskiyk (2909m) onto the summer grazing pastures of the Tarkeddit Plateau. We then cross the Tizi n-Tarkeddit (3250m) to reach the headwaters of the Tessaout River, where there is more extensive pasture and a number of stone enclosures. We set up camp near the Tarkeddit Refuge, below the summit ridge of Jebel Mgoun. Altitude at camp – 2900m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 940m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Optional ascent day of magnificent Jebel Mgoun (4071m) via the spectacular Mgoun Ridge.

    A day for the optional ascent of Jebel Mgoun. We make an early start in the cool of the morning for the 3-hour climb up one of the prominent ridges running down from Mgoun West. It is a further 2-hour ridge walk before we reach the true summit which affords splendid views southwards towards the Sahara. The ridge along to Mgoun is truly breathtaking and will feature amongst your most vivid memories of the Atlas traverse. As we started early in the morning there will usually be plenty of time to rest and relax in the afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1385m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1385m

    • Time 8 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek through amazing rock formations to Tizi N'Asdrem (3200m) before descending to Tasgarnalte.

    Walking to the western end of the plateau, we climb up through amazing rock formations to the Tizi N'Asdrem at around 3200m. Beyond, is a steep descent, passing more incredible rock scenery of varying shapes and colours, as we drop down into the Tessaout Valley, and to camp in the shade of the walnut trees on the outskirts of Tasgarnalte Village (2325m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 400m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 980m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • A relaxed trekking day of traditional villages, nomadic settlements and rivers to Ait Ali Nitto.

    An easier day today, as we walk beside the river passing several villages including the small nomadic settlement of Azib n'Ikkis and Ichbbakane. Continuing our gradual descent, we traverse though a gorge with the trail often criss-crossing the river to reach the village of Ait Ali Nitto (1800m), where we stop for the night in a gite.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 570m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 980m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek on contouring trails passing shepherd huts and pretty hamlets to Azib Taoudja.

    Beyond Ait Ali Nitto, we leave the Tessaout Valley to turn south up a side valley, following a well-marked path to the impressively located village of Megdaz (2000m). We make a steep climb out of the valley opposite Megdaz, before contouring around and climbing to the Tizi Awrghiz (2450m). It is then downhill, passing some shepherds’ huts and a small hamlet to reach Tagoukht (2020m). We set up camp close to Azib Taoudja.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Ascend to Tizi n'Fredoute (2800m) below Jebel Anghomar before descending to Lake Tamda.

    We climb to cross Tizi n'Fredoute (2800m) below Jebel Anghomar (3608m) and contour through grazing areas and foothills to reach the rocky notch of Tizi n-Tghaghayt (2838m). We drop down to the unusual Lake Tamda which is impressively situated in a rocky bowl between Anghomar to the north and Adrar Zarzemt (3113m) to the south. This is one of the only permanent expanses of fresh water in the Atlas and is home to a colony of ruddy shelduck. We set up camp in this superb location.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 950m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Optional ascent of Jebel Anghomar (3608m) which offers superb views to the High Atlas and Toubkal.

    For those who wish there is the opportunity to make an ascent of Anghomar (3608m). The rewards of making this challenging climb are superb views over the Atlas to Toubkal and across the vast steppes of Ouarzazate. Those wanting an easier day can wait for the group at the lake or accompany the mules to Tighza. From the lake the descent continues, following the Ounila Stream to a confluence with the Tichkiwiyn Stream at the huts of Azib Anfergal. We drop down to the first village in this valley, Tighza (1980m), where we stay and enjoy the facilities of its beautiful gite.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1035m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1750m

    • Time 9 hrs trekking

  • Trek through walnut and almond groves to the atmospheric kasbah of Telouat (1900m).

    We start by walking through irrigated greenery and groves of walnut and almond to just after the village of Ighris, where we leave the piste to climb up onto a small plateau overlooking the Telouat Valley. Dropping down to the valley, we meander along a dry riverbed to reach the main village of Telouat (1900m) with its adjacent Kasbah of the El Glaoui family. Its crumbling exterior hides architectural wonders from a bygone era. The Kasbah is well worth a visit. We camp not far from the Kasbah.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 320m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 430m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek over the Mahboub Pass (2400m) before descending to the Tizzi n Tichka and Afra plateau.

    oday, we cross a small pass Mahboub (2400m), and trek down to the Tizzi n Tichka, where we cross the road that connects Ouarzazate with Marrakech (one of only two roads that pass over the Atlas range). We then join the Afra plateau and camp on the plateau.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 650m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek onto the Yagour Plateau for the evening return of Berber shepherds and their sheep.

    Our route today takes us up onto the Yagour Plateau. We start the day trekking through small villages and the gorges of the Afra valley, then through sparse forest of evergreen oak, with good views up-valley of Bou Oughiwl and Aghoujdid. Higher, we reach several shepherds huts and a small lake. 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 (2300m) on this wonderful high pasture which has been used for centuries as summer grazing for the Berber livestock. In the evening we can watch the flocks of sheep arriving as they are driven home.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 970m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek over ridges to the mouth of the Agadir n'Aït Boulmane Gorge via bustling Setti Fadma.

    This morning we have a front row seat to watch the daily dispersal of the flock to their grazing. Walking across well-used pastures with cows and goats, we make a short rising traverse up to a ridge, which provides us with more great views. To the south there are the majestic peaks of the High Atlas, whilst to north, over the ridges, we can see as far as the plains. Briefly, we walk this ridge, before dropping off its north side for a steep zigzag descent through a couple of villages to the Ourika Valley, which we now follow upstream as far as our lunch stop at Setti Fadma, a busy pilgrimage / holiday centre for Moroccans escaping the summer heat of Marrakech. After lunch we continue upstream through the shady Ourika Valley to our campsite at the mouth of the gorge of Agadir n'Aït Boulmane (1400m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 400m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • A superb day of trekking on a spectacular balcony path to the village of Iaabassen (2300m).

    We climb out of this Ourika gorge on a spectacular balcony path with views down into the gorge. We pass through three Berber villages, namely Tadrart, Anfi, and Tiourdiou, before reaching our lunch spot in the shade of the walnut trees at Timicha. After lunch we ascend to reach our campsite at the village of Iaabassen (2300m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 200m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek across Tizi n-Tacheddirt (3172m) into the Imenane Valley and village of Tacheddirt (2250m).

    After a long, slow climb, we cross the Tizi n-Tacheddirt (3172m), passing between the rounded summits of Bou Iguenouane (3615m) and the similarly high Angour. On the other side of the pass we enter the Imenane Valley and have an easy downhill afternoon means we can really take our time to enjoy the big mountain scenery. Arriving in the village of Tacheddirt (2250m), we make our camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1340m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 980m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek on zig-zag paths across the Tizi n-Tamatert (2279m) before descending to Ait Souka and Aremd.

    We drop down with the Imnane valley crossing several villages before we go up on a zigzag path crosssing the Tizi n-Tamatert (2279m) and then descending to the village of Ait Souka. After lunch we begin climbing again passing through Aremd, the highest permanent settlement in the Mizan Valley, where we camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Optional ascent of Ouanoukrim (4088m) on the way to the Neltner Refuge - Toubkal Basecamp.

    We ascend a well worn trail as far as the holy site of Sidi Chamharouch. For the optional ascent of Ouanoukrim (4088m) we continue to 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. The views from the summit are well worth the effort. Return to camp on by the same route. From here we continue to the Toubkal Refuge, and climb up to a camp near the Refuge (3100m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Ascent of Toubkal for a spectacular panorama of the High Atlas and surrounding peaks.

    A long day for those who choose to make the ascent of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. We have chosen to climb the peak by an excellent yet little used route and we are unlikely to see any other trekkers until the summit. The ascent of Toubkal is entirely optional and anyone who does not want to make it can walk with the mules along the Mizan valley to the next camp. As we make steady progress up the rocky slopes, the views become more expansive. We have terrific views to down to Lake Ifni as we gain the ridge and after a total of 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at the metal tripod which marks Toubkal’s summit. There are good views of the peaks of the High Atlas away to the north-east and of the Anti Atlas and the Sahara to the south. We descend to the same camp as last night near the refuge.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Morning trek down to Ait Souka. Afternoon transfer to Marrakech.

    Walking down the Mizan valley we pass through Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd to reach the pleasant village of Ait Souka at 1700m in time for lunch. From here we transfer back to Marrakech and after checking-in at the group hotel and freshening up, we will re-group for dinner in a local restaurant. Walk distance approx: 4 hours, 1470m ascent & descent.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1470m

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 1470m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Free day in Marrakech to explore at leisure.

    A full free day in Marrakech and there is the option to do a sightseeing with an English speaking guide. There is plenty of time for buying 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.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are included.

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

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English-speaking local guide
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on Day 1 & 22 only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • A full service on trek including all equipment (except personal equipment)
  • Pack animals for baggage on trek
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and international, 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 piece of fruit (apple, orange), together with Moroccan “trail mix” of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality of mint tea, followed by a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas, rice, pasta or cous cous 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). All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. Desserts usually consist of fruit, some fresh but more likely tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All meals are included in the holiday price except for when in Marrakech, which is B&B.
All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 22 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 trip the group will spend 3 nights at a 4 star hotel in Marrakech. On trek there are 4 nights where we stay in gites or village houses and a total of 14 nights spent camping. All the accommodation except gites is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. 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 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

A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call. After breakfast, during which camp is struck and the muleteers are given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken at a shady spot after 3 or 4 hours walking, and on some days this stop will be extended into a long break of up to 2 - 2.5 hours to avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. The afternoon session tends to be shorter than the morning and we will usually reach our overnight stop with plenty of time to explore 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 - 9 hours. 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 and French 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 £200 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This amount will cover tips for the trek crew, soft drinks, snacks, and also lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day. It is not possible to obtain or exchange 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 or travellers cheques. (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged, but note that it can be difficult to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high). 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 £80 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. (33 pounds). 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. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

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

  • 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 (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

  • Shorts (should not be worn in villages)

  • 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.

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:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

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 preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise 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.

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: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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.

In Morocco in the summer months we can expect temperatures in Marrakech to reach the high thirties Celsius, dropping to around 25ºC 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 being around 20 to 25ºC. At night, the temperatures at our highest stops can fall below freezing, particularly on earlier and later departures. The weather is usually fine at the time of all 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.

  • Rough Guide to Morocco

  • Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas. Richard Knight.

  • The Atlas Mountains. Karl Smith. Cicerone Press.

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

This map is centred on Mgoun and covers an area approx. 80km E-W and 50 km N-S. An inset in the bottom left corner extends the coverage north-eastwards to include Jbel Aroudan. Physical relief is indicated by ridge lines and spot or peak heights with no hill-shading or tinting. .

Extend Your Holiday

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 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 $550 per person

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Marrakech Full Day City Tour

Marrakech History & Gardens

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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