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Across the High Atlas Trek

Morocco
2 reviews
Available Departures: Jun, Sep, Oct

21 days from

US$2,320

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
CHALLENGING CHALLENGING

An epic trekking holiday to Mount Toubkal traversing the High Atlas Mountains including the three highest peaks in Morocco.

Trip Code: MAT
Holiday Grades

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To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Across the High Atlas Trek

Highlights
  • Summit Morocco's three highest peaks - Toubkal (4167m), Ouanoukrim (4088m) and Mgoun (4068m)
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and beautiful homeland of the Berbers
  • Head off the beaten track as you take in North Africa's wildest scenery
  • Stroll through the medina of Marrakech and taste its delicious street food

At a Glance
  • Group Size 6 to 15
  • 18 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 4167 metres
  • Join In Marrakech

Accommodation & Meals
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 18 Lunches
  • 18 Dinners
  • 13 nights Camping
  • 2 nights Hotel
  • 5 nights Gite / Hostel
Overview

There are very few trekking journeys left on this planet that ventures into areas where travellers are a rarity – however this holiday to Morocco is one of them. Rich in Berber history, jaw-dropping scenery and towering peaks, this incredible Moroccan holiday is described as one of the greatest mountain journeys in the world. From the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich Bougmez Valley, we head across the spectacular High Atlas Range all the way to the Toubkal Massif. Mountain trails lead us through captivating villages of the Berbers which lie nestled in uninhabited valleys.


We’ll camp on mountain pastures used by nomadic shepherds and immerse ourselves in Berber culture as we make our way through rural hamlets. KE have not only included the three highest peaks in Morocco – Toubkal (4167m), Ouanoukrim (4088m) and Mgoun (4068m), but the added peak of Anghomar (3608m) takes you truly off the beaten track and through an area that’s remained unchanged for centuries. This excellent holiday starts and finishes in Marrakech, home to stunning architecture, magical souks and a bustling ancient medina.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a proper trekking holiday. With 18 days continuous walking, and a number of long days (7 to 9 hours) especially on the ascent of the four highest peaks, you need to ensure you are physically prepared. There is a considerable amount of ascent and descent on each trekking day, and on the ascent of peaks and high passes we encounter trails on scree, rocky ridges and some basic scrambling. Bet …

This is a proper trekking holiday. With 18 days continuous walking, and a number of long days (7 to 9 hours) especially on the ascent of the four highest peaks, you need to ensure you are physically prepared. There is a considerable amount of ascent and descent on each trekking day, and on the ascent of peaks and high passes we encounter trails on scree, rocky ridges and some basic scrambling. Between the valleys and villages we follow well-established mule tracks. Our main summits take us to just over the 4000m altitude mark, with Toubkal (4167m) being the highest, then Ouanoukrim (4088m) and Mgoun (4068m). We also have the added peak of Anghomar (3608m). Our highest camping nights will be around 3000m. Acclimatisation is not usually a problem on this trip. Summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and this can have an effect on your trekking performance. This is our longest and most challenging trek that we have in Morocco, and probably the best in regards to scenery and remote mountain trails. You need to be a fit and experienced walker to be able to complete and enjoy this holiday.

Why KE?

Described as One of the Most Spectacular Mountain Walks in the World. Traversing Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is a unique experience and we believe offering this epic trekking journey is what makes us stand out from the rest.

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Itinerary

Your holiday starts at the hotel in Marrakech. On arrival at Marrakech Airport you'll be met by a KE representative who'll assist with the short transfer to the group hotel. Depending on your arrival time and after checking in, you may wish to head out and explore. Marrakech is a great city and easy to get around. Most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the beautiful tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. After dusk the main square of Djemaa-el-Fna comes to life as it fills with food stalls which are popular with both locals and tourists. The city has a number of highlights including Jardin Majorelle which was owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent from the 1960s to his death in 2008. Ville Nouvelle is a cobalt-blue exterior which is surrounded by a delightful garden full of rare desert flora plus fuchsia bougainvillea and deep green palms. The result is an explosion of colour nestled in the city. The Bahia Palace is a wonderful palace set in gardens and well worth a visit. Built in the late 19th century, this beautiful building was reputed to be the greatest palace of its time. With a name meaning brilliance, the palace was built by craftsmen from Fez.

*Food for thought: Moroccan meals begin with at least seven fresh or cooked salads and bread. The salads include green peppers, tomatoes, carrot or courgette purée, and a dish of local olives alongside zaalouk. This is a wonderful smoky aubergine dip, seasoned with garlic, paprika, cumin and a little chilli powder - delicious when scooped up with fresh bread.

Accommodation

Hotel

After breakfast we leave Marrakech and make our way eastwards with the summits of the High Atlas Mountains clearly visible. Our journey takes most of the day but is a great way to relax and watch local life go by. At the small town of Azilal we'll stop for lunch in one of the small local restaurants. After lunch we head south and ascend on a small tarmac road which takes us to the Bougmez Valley. Anyone looking for a destination that is unspoilt nature at its very best, the Bougmez doesn't disappoint. Here you'll find lush orchards and green valleys with views of snow-capped mountains. Small towns and villages house mud brick houses which are scattered throughout the valley and add to its relaxing atmosphere. Called the Happy Valley, here you'll be greeted by welcoming smiles and tonight we stay in a gite in Iskataffen (1800m).

Accommodation

Gite / Hostel

Meals

B L D

The Bougmez Valley was traditionally cut off from the rest of Morocco and even today it does feel very Shangri La. Here pretty villages with mud brick houses are surrounded by pockets of agriculture and small farms all tended by the smiling Berbers. Accompanied by a full trek team we'll set off through the valley before the trail turns south and makes its way towards the gorge of the Arous River. As we reach the village of Ayt Sayd, we'll be surrounded by walnut trees and here we'll be treated to spectacular views of our first peak, Mount Mgoun (4069m). As we reach the final hamlet in the valley, we make our way through the Arous Gorge before arriving at the first camp. This lovely place is just beyond the seasonal grazing area of Azib Ikkis (2350m). Today may seem a long first day on the trail but the route takes us through stunning scenery, and after a transfer day yesterday, it's the perfect way to get out and enjoy our first full day of trekking.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

750 M

Descent

250 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

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.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

920 M

Descent

450 M

Time

5 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

Today is a highlight of the holiday as we prepare for the ascent of Jebel Mgoun. Starting early in the morning we may our way up towards one of the most spectacular ridges in the country. Mgoun has two peaks so anyone who doesn't wish to do the final ridge walk can wait at the first summit for the group to return. Mgoun is a majestic mountain and the views from the top are truly breath-taking. The panorama in front of us reaches as far at the Sahara Desert. After taking in one of the most beautiful views in the country we make our way back down to camp. After our arrival the rest of the afternoon will be free to rest and relax. As we leave and return to the same camp, today is an optional peak and anyone who doesn't wish to head to the summit of Mgoun is free to relax at camp for the day until the group return.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1500 M

Descent

1500 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

20 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

400 M

Descent

1000 M

Time

7 hrs trekking

Distance

17 KM

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

Gite / Hostel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

500 M

Descent

500 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

20 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1150 M

Descent

650 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

800 M

Descent

450 M

Time

4 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

14 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1000 M

Descent

1700 M

Time

9 - 10 hrs trekking

Distance

20 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

450 M

Descent

500 M

Time

9 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1000 M

Descent

1000 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1000 M

Descent

750 M

Time

9 hrs trekking

Distance

25 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

900 M

Descent

1300 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

22 KM

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

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1250 M

Descent

700 M

Time

7 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

Today starts with a long climb to reach the top of the Tizi n' Tachedirt (3172m) before we drop down to a path just above the valley of Iminin. After walking through the villages of Ouaneskra, Tamguist and Timghrin we climb to the top of the Tizi n' Tamatert (2200m). From the summit we are surrounded by spectacular views over the valleys of valleys of Iminin and Ait Mizan. Finally we descend to our welcoming gite in Ait Souka where for a small fee we can use the relaxing hammam before dinner.

Accommodation

Gite / Hostel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1150 M

Descent

1600 M

Time

8 - 9 hrs trekking

Distance

20 KM

After breakfast we depart Ait Souka and start making our way up the Toubkal Valley. We head through the small village and pass the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. As we climb higher the area becomes more dramatic and stark as we are surrounded by the valley's high walls. We should see young shepherds looking after their mountain goats and sheep before we reach the mountain refuge at 3100m in meadows at the foot of Mount Toubkal. Here we camp outside the refuge.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1400 M

Descent

125 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

12 KM

Today is the day we climb the highest peak in North Africa - Toubkal. After an early breakfast we leave on our ascent. The route is non-technical but rocky underfoot, and we climb we'll be rewarded with panoramic views. The final ridge walk is wide with occasional boulders to clamber over. As we get closer to the summit we should see as far as Lake Ifni. Finally we reach the famed metal tripod on the summit where the Atlas Mountains, the Marrakech plain and the Sahara lie below us. Weather dependent we'll descend a different way back to our camp for a second night, where our team will be waiting for us.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1050 M

Descent

1050 M

Time

6 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

This morning we start walking head down the valley of Assif n'Aït Mizane. This valley appears softer and greener are the dramatic landscape we have been surrounded by over the past few days. After entering the valley we join a path which takes us onto a ridge and as we reach 3850m there will be short sections where we need to use our hands for a little bit of scrambling. On reaching the summit of Ouanoukrim (4088m) we have an excellent view of Toubkal opposite and the spot where we stood the previous day. Our descent takes us down to the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch before we reach our Gite for the night in Ait Souka.

Accommodation

Gite / Hostel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

950 M

Descent

2000 M

Time

8 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

The morning starts with an easy walk out of the mountains and down to the charming village of Ait Souka (1700m). Once here we pick up our vehicle and transfer back to Marrakech. We generally arrive back in the city late morning which leaves the rest of the day free for you to either relax or explore. After checking-in at the group hotel and freshening up, the rest of the afternoon will be at leisure. Why not relax and look back on your superb trekking journey by taking a seat at one of the cafes that look over the main square and enjoy a refreshing drink. Tonight is free for everyone to decide if they wish to meet up for dinner or to enjoy a free evening.

*Food for thought: Morocco is the home of the tajine, a glazed pot which slowly cooks a thick stew which is traditionally made with meat, poultry or fish together with colourful vegetables and fruit. Spices and nuts are also used and cooked with ginger, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and saffron. Paprika and chili are used in vegetable tajines but the food is not supposed to be spicy but more warming. A popular street food in Morocco and especially on the main square at night is snails. These are served in a stew in small bowls and eaten using a wooden toothpick.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Ascent

50 M

Descent

1470 M

Time

4 hrs trekking

Distance

12 KM

Your holiday ends after breakfast.

If you wish to explore more of Marrakech or Morocco then please don't hesitate to contact the KE office. We can help you by booking extra nights in the group hotel or in a recommended riad for a traditional Moroccan experience. We can also organise a Moroccan extension to the coastal gem of Essaouira or the magnificent Sahara Desert.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on Day 1 & 22 only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • 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.


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the hotel in Marrakech.

Airport transfers are provided for all clients on Day 1 and Day 21.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals which are included in the holiday price are 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 18 dinners. In Marrakech it is B&B.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

All food whilst on trek is purchased locally and cooked for us by our excellent trek cooks. KE groups are always surprised at what the cook team conjure up!

Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, muesli, bread, jam, honey and soft 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 couscous, 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, couscous, 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, and peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef), however 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.

During this trip we have 2 nights at a simple tourist hotel in Marrakech with rooms on an en-suite basis. While there are a range of high-end hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located base while maintaining a good value holiday.

When in the mountains we have 4 nights in village gites. Here the accommodation is in small dormitory rooms (mattresses on the floor), usually shared by 4-6 people. At the end of the trek, we have one night in a gite in Ait Souka.

We have 13 nights camping. This camping is fully supported with all baggage being carried by mules, as well as tents, a mess tent and a toilet tent. You will have a team of staff to look after you including a cook. A mattresses is provided, although some people like to bring their own thermarest as well. You will need a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are available to hire, please contact the KE office to arrange this.

If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single hotel rooms and/or single tents are available for a supplementary cost. Singles are not possible at the refuges and the gites, 6 nights total. If you are planning on extending your holiday additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader. The leader will speak English and French. The group will also have the support of a full trek crew including cook, baggage animals and their handlers.

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. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Approximately £200 per person (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for tips, soft drinks, snacks and miscellaneous expenses. Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and optional activities are additional so you may wish to budget for these.

You cannot usually purchase Moroccan Dirhams outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s on arrival at the airport in arrivals or in Marrakech. You can choose to take your money in pounds sterling, dollars or euros, and you will be able to exchange it at the airport. Credit cards are useful 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.

This is your ‘thank-you’ to the crew and the final amount should be decided by the group. We estimate that approximately £90 per group member should provide an appropriate level of tips. However, for the leader, we leave the tipping amount totally at your own discretion.

Please keep your passport in your day pack - occasionally there are check points when this will be needed.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage, which should be a soft and sturdy duffel bag and a daypack.  Your main baggage whilst trekking will be carried by pack animals and the packed weight of it should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Marrakech. You may wish to take a foldaway bag for this purpose.

For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

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.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Morocco

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

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

VACCINATIONS

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 Moroccan Dirham.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.

You should be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking 3 to 8 hours for consecutive days. Hill walking, with a good amount of ascent and descent, is the best training. Running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina.

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 good at the time of all our departures. However it's good to remember that mountainous weather difficult to predict. Occasional rain or even short-lived storms are not uncommon, so best to be prepared for all.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. 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 FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

Please note it is not possible to get a trekking map which covers the whole route due to the remoteness of some areas.  Below are examples that cover the main two areas of Toubkal and Mgoun.  

Mgoun Massif, Central High Atlas Mountains 1:100,000. West Col Productions
Ighil Mgoun Escala 1:60.000  Editorial Piolet
Toubkal 1:40.000  Editorial Piolet

 

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

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 should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers or sandals for camp
  • Socks & underwear
  • Trekking trousers / shorts shorts (please respect local culture and don’t wear in villages and town)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5°C)*
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Toilet roll
  • Small trek towel
  • 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:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (a foam mattresses is provided)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera
  • Travel clothes (can be left in Marrakech in a foldaway bag)
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Equipment hire:

*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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Extensions

Extension Details

Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

4 Days

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.

Extension Code: ESSR
Sharing Price from
US$520
Single Traveller Price from
US$925
Single Room Supplement from
US$115
Deposit Per Person from
US$200

Extension Itinerary

This morning you'll be picked up from your hotel for the picturesque 2.5hrs drive to Essaouira. On arrival, you'll check into the comfortable Riad Maison du Sud in the heart of the Medina. This pretty riad has two central courtyards, both charming examples of Moorish design and, are the perfect place to relax before setting off to explore.

A great place to explore is the Skala du Port, down by the harbour, offering the classic walled medina view. Complete with swirling seagulls and local fishing boats, this area is the best place to see local boat builders and the famous fish auction outside the port gates. Essaouira's UNESCO medina is a haven of winding streets, colourful shops, whitewashed houses and decorated doors.

Meals

B

The Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum has been lovingly restored and is housed in an old riad. It has a small but interesting collection of jewellery, costumes, amazing musical instruments and carpets of the region. From Essaouira beach, the "Purple Isles" of antiquity, two uninhabited islands are a sanctuary for Eleonora's falcons, which with a pair of binoculars, can be seen soaring above.

Meals

B

After breakfast, you'll be picked up for your return drive back to Marrakech. If you are flying out that day, you'll be transported to the airport, ensuring a relaxed end to your time in Morocco. Alternatively, you may wish to fly direct from Essaouira to start your onward journey and your airport transfer would be included.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • B&B riad accommodation (3 nights)
  • Transfers to and from Essaouira
  • Departure transfer to Marrakech Airport
What's Not Included
  • Lunches & dinners - Essaouira has an excellent range of restaurants to suit all budgets
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as drinks & souvenirs etc
Extension Details

Into the Sahara Desert

4 Days
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).
Extension Code: SAHA
Sharing Price from
US$1,005
Single Traveller Price from
US$1,790
Single Room Supplement from
US$150
Deposit Per Person from
US$200

Extension Itinerary

After breakfast we cross the magnificent High Atlas via a spectacular pass "Tizi N Tichka" before continuing onto Ouarzazate - The Door of the Desert. This stunning area was a popular location for films which included Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. After passing through the Palm Kasbah at the foot of Djebel Kissane we arrive in the oasis town of Agdz for our first night.

Meals

B D

Today we leave the tarmac behind and journey towards the desert in a private 4WD vehicle. We head towards Tammegroute, the ancient centre of learning and religion to view ancient manuscripts. Arriving into the desert we make our way across to the Dunes of Chegaga for a spectacular sunset before returning back to our charming fixed desert camp complete with hot showers and star filled skies!

Meals

B D

A must-do Saharan highlight is an early morning start to watch a memorable desert sunrise! After breakfast we make our way across the beautiful sand-filled plateaus of Oued Namm and Oued Laatache as we slowly start to leave the desert. Along the way we'll pass the magnificent Dune of Ezarh before joining a track to Ouarzazate. Tonight we experience a night in a traditional riad.

Meals

B D

After breakfast we head to the wonderfully preserved UNESCO Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a fabulous example of Southern Moroccan architecture. Next is the Kasbah of Telouet located on an ancient caravan route and once the stronghold of the Lords of the High Atlas and Pasha of Marrakech. Kasbah Telouet is beautiful and the perfect finale on our adventure before we make our way back to Marrakech.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • 1 night in Rose du Sable - a traditional guesthouse with a small swimming pool in the oasis town of Agdz
  • 1 night in a desert Berber Camp Chez Naji with twin/double and triple tents with proper beds and linen and shared facilities
  • 1 night Le Petite Raid a small maison/riad with swimming pool in Ouarzazate (all accommodation is subject to change and availability)
  • All breakfasts and all dinners
  • Transfers to and from Marrakech
  • 4WD with local driver
What's Not Included
  • Tips
  • personal expenses
  • lunches
  • beverages
  • Any additional hotel nights or transfers in Marrakech
  • Monuments & entrances fees

Reviews

4.5 out of 5 from 2 reviews

An interesting journey across the High Atlas ★★★★

I enjoyed the trek because of the route, the trek crew and the group of fellow travellers. The only aspect I would change would be the last four days in the Toubkal massif. Having journeyed through such a wonderful landscape to then arrive at the squalid base camp that serves all the climbers of Toubkal, I found detracted from my enjoyment of this trek. I would have preferred to have spent more time exploring the ridges , valleys and high grass plains of the High Atlas. For future travellers my advice ,with reference to the kit list , is to be prepared for a very hot and dusty climate. Cold is not a big issue even on summit days, normal walking gear will suffice. All the camps are near to streams, so washing every day is possible of yourself and clothing. Walking conditions are often on rocky, stony paths with descents requiring poles to deal with loose gravel. A good trek but could be better by avoiding the Toubkal area. Summit baggers are well served by a choice of other treks.
By Adventure from Rugby | 10 July 2017

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. It can be quite a shock arriving at Toubkal base camp after the quiet trails and Berber villages that make up the majority of this holiday. However, we think it right to include the highest peak in our 'Complete Traverse of the Atlas'. Your advice to future travellers is all good, but it would be remiss of us if we did not point out that conditions can vary and it can be cold at 4000 metres on the summits of Mgoun and Toubkal.


Superb experience of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains! ★★★★★

For anyone who likes a strenuous, totally involving and spectacular trek, this really is the business! As promised in the KE brochure, we were led across the main part of the High Atlas mountains, with 4 high peaks on in the itinerary, including Toubkal, the highest in North Africa. Our guide Hassan was superb, highly skilled and approachable, with a deep knowledge of the terrain and the culture. Our cook managed to conjure up amazing meals (fresh salads at lunchtime, couscous, vegetables @ meat in the evenings, fresh fruit etc). With a train of 8 mules carrying all the gear, we were able to get into the remoter parts of the range, so this really felt like the real deal. I came away from the holiday fit, healthy, and feeling like I had really learned about the place. A wonderful experience, totally recommended!
By Christopher from York | 24 August 2016

Traveller Reviews
4.5 out of 5 from 2 reviews

An interesting journey across the High Atlas
★ ★ ★ ★
I enjoyed the trek because of the route, the trek crew and the group of fellow travellers. The only aspect I would change would be the last four days in the Toubkal massif. Having journeyed through such a wonderful landscape to then arrive at the squalid base camp that serves all the climbers of Toubkal, I found detracted from my enjoyment of this trek. I would have preferred to have spent more time exploring the ridges , valleys and high grass plains of the High Atlas. For future travellers my advice ,with reference to the kit list , is to be prepared for a very hot and dusty climate. Cold is not a big issue even on summit days, normal walking gear will suffice. All the camps are near to streams, so washing every day is possible of yourself and clothing. Walking conditions are often on rocky, stony paths with descents requiring poles to deal with loose gravel. A good trek but could be better by avoiding the Toubkal area. Summit baggers are well served by a choice of other treks.
By Adventure from Rugby | 10 July 2017

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. It can be quite a shock arriving at Toubkal base camp after the quiet trails and Berber villages that make up the majority of this holiday. However, we think it right to include the highest peak in our 'Complete Traverse of the Atlas'. Your advice to future travellers is all good, but it would be remiss of us if we did not point out that conditions can vary and it can be cold at 4000 metres on the summits of Mgoun and Toubkal.


Superb experience of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
For anyone who likes a strenuous, totally involving and spectacular trek, this really is the business! As promised in the KE brochure, we were led across the main part of the High Atlas mountains, with 4 high peaks on in the itinerary, including Toubkal, the highest in North Africa. Our guide Hassan was superb, highly skilled and approachable, with a deep knowledge of the terrain and the culture. Our cook managed to conjure up amazing meals (fresh salads at lunchtime, couscous, vegetables @ meat in the evenings, fresh fruit etc). With a train of 8 mules carrying all the gear, we were able to get into the remoter parts of the range, so this really felt like the real deal. I came away from the holiday fit, healthy, and feeling like I had really learned about the place. A wonderful experience, totally recommended!
By Christopher from York | 24 August 2016

DATES & PRICES

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2024

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  • Across the High Atlas Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: MAT /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 14 Sep and ends on Fri 4 Oct
  • This departure is available and departs within 54 days. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement Price: US$115 - Includes 2 group hotel nights in Marrakech. Single tent supplement for 13 nights priced separately. No single available for 5 nights in the gites/refuges.
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$235
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2025

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  • Across the High Atlas Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: MAT /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 7 Jun and ends on Fri 27 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$115 - Includes 2 group hotel nights in Marrakech. Single tent supplement for 13 nights priced separately. No single available for 5 nights in the gites/refuges.
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$235
  • Download Trip Notes

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  • Across the High Atlas Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: MAT /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 13 Sep and ends on Fri 3 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$115 - Includes 2 group hotel nights in Marrakech. Single tent supplement for 13 nights priced separately. No single available for 5 nights in the gites/refuges.
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$235
  • Download Trip Notes

Land Only Information

We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis allowing you the flexibility to choose the travel method which best suits you. The holiday starts at the hotel in Marrakech and transfers are provided from Marrakech Airport.

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