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Highlights

  • A spectacular trekking circuit through the Toubkal National Park
  • Camp beside Lac d`Ifni before climbing the highest peak in Morocco 
  • Hike high passes, meet the Berbers and explore magical Marrakech
  • Trek with an experienced local team and fantastic leaders

A superb trekking holiday to the summit of Mount Toubkal in the stunning High Atlas Mountains of Morocco!  With their rugged walking trails, picturesque scenery, beautiful passes, stunning peaks and a guaranteed cheerful welcome from the Berber people, the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco is a magical place for an adventurous trekking holiday.  As the largest range in all Africa, the mighty high Atlas extends through Morocco for 500 kilometres, from the north-east to the south-west.  Steep sided valleys and rocky peaks are criss-crossed by trails through the picturesque terracotta-coloured villages of the Berber people.  This One Week Toubkal trekking holiday explores the very best of the High Atlas with a challenging circuit around the highest peak of the range, Toubkal (4167m) before trekking to its summit. Our route takes us across the backbone of the High Atlas and over high passes to the charming villages of the Tizgui Valley.  Once here we'll be walking to the beautiful cobalt-blue Lake d'Ifni before reaching “Toubkal Base Camp” - the Neltner Refuge.  Here a rugged trail leads up to the highest point in North Africa which offers far-reaching views across the High Atlas Mountains and southwards to Jebel Sahro and the Sahara.  Starting and ending in the 1000 year-old, ochre-coloured city of Marrakech, they’ll be plenty of time to explore the city at the beginning and end of the trek.  If you’re looking for a superb walking experience and a real taste of Morocco with time to explore magical Marrakech in just a week – then this is the only choice!

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

We are proud to say that our holidays in Morocco are limited to a maximum group size of 12, ensuring we leave only our footprints on the trails whilst enjoying a genuine small group adventure.  We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide and a successful group adventure.  Toubkal is neither particularly high nor technically demanding, but the experience and knowledge of our Moroccan leaders, teamed with a smaller group size, can make a big difference to your chances of success on summit day. Those who are new to High Atlas trekking will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business. Our One Week Toubkal Trek remains one of our best selling camping trips due to our fantastic local team.

Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000m, however in order to complete this circuit there are long days with a good deal of ascent and descent.  The summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and this can have an effect on trekking performance.  We follow well-established mule trails between valleys and villages, whilst on the ascent of Toubkal and over passes we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree.  This is one of our most challenging trekking holidays in Morocco and you should be comfortable with walking for up to 8 or 9 hours each day and for several days continuously.  The optional ascent of Toubkal presents no technical difficulty and should be within the capabilities of fit hikers.

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Oukaimeden. Trek over the Tiz N`Aaadi (2500m) to Foussarou (2500m).
  • Trek aross the Tizi-n-Likemt (3550m) before descending to Tizi N`Ourai (3109m).
  • Trek via Berber villages to the largest lake in the central Atlas - Ifni.
  • Trek to the Nelter Refuge (3207m) via the the spectacular Tizi N`Ouanoums (3650m).
  • Early morning ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Descend to Ait Souka.
  • Morning drive to Marrakech. Afternoon guided city tour of Marrakech.
  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
2016
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2017
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  • Single Supplement $85 - Includes group nights in Marrakech (n/a in lodge and single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $75
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 arrival time and after settling in you may like to explore. Marrakech is a colourful city 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 due to the later arrival of some flights. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to Oukaimeden. Trek over the Tiz N`Aaadi (2500m) to Foussarou (2500m).

    After breakfast, we leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and head off to the start of our trek. Driving southwards out of the city we can see the mighty peaks of the High Atlas ahead of us before turning away from the main road. We begin our climb into the foothills of the Atlas and after approximately 80km arrive at the winter ski resort of Oukaimeden. This area is normally snow covered and in operation from January to March. Although Morocco isn't known for its skiing, Oukaimeden situated between 2600m and 3200m has a couple of lifts, seven ski runs, a few hotels, some ski rental facilities and the highest ski lift in Africa at 3243m! Here we'll visit some ancient carved stones before taking our first picnic lunch prepared by our trekking cook. After lunch we'll meet the team, our bags will be loaded up and we'll set off for a steady ascent to the top of our first pass, the Tiz N'Aaadi (2980m.) On reaching the top of the pass we descend to our camp at Foussarou (2500m) which faces the Berber village of Tacheddirt. Tonight we'll enjoy our first dinner "al fresco" before preparing for an exciting night under canvas!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek aross the Tizi-n-Likemt (3550m) before descending to Tizi N`Ourai (3109m).

    After breakfast we leave camp and start the long climb to the summit of the Tizi-n-Likemt Pass (3550m). Today we hike through a landscape of multi coloured hillsides and rocky peaks whilst the greenery of the valley sits below us. It's a 3 to 4-hour trek to the top of pass but our efforts are rewarded with impressive views and ever changing scenery as we gain height. On reaching the top we'll make our descent on the south side to reach the grazing area of Azib Likemt (2550m) just in time for lunch. This welcome rest stop is alongside a stream which provides the perfect opportunity to cool our feet! After lunch we initially trek north until our trial turns south and follows a stream known as the Assif Tinzart. The final part of our trail takes us through a narrow and rocky valley whilst a stream passes through a series of pools and gorges. We continue hiking until the valley opens out and our camp tonight is on a high meadow beneath the Tizi-n-Ourai col (3109m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 2000m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Berber villages to the largest lake in the central Atlas - Ifni.

    Our morning starts with a short climb of around 30mins up the Tizi-n-Ourai Pass. From the col we can see the green valley of the Assif Tizgui beyond this and to the west, the massive summit of Morocco's Highest Peak - Mount Toubkal. Descending steadily, we pass through several small villages and hamlets before finally arriving at the valley floor and a much welcomed lunch stop! After resting and refuelling we climb steadily once again through this green and pleasant valley, passing the Berber villages of Amsouzart and Agaz Ran. We reach the lake after a series of zig-zags before taking a path which traverses high above the north side of the lake to reach its western end. At this fantastic location we set up camp at around 2000m and spent a night under canvas beside the biggest lake in the central part of the Atlas.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1750m

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Nelter Refuge (3207m) via the the spectacular Tizi N`Ouanoums (3650m).

    After breakfast our trekking day starts with a climb which takes us above the lake as we initially follow the upper valley of the Assif a Moursaine. As we steadily head ever upwards for approximately 4 to 5 hours,, our trail takes us towards one of the most spectacular pass crossings in the Atlas - the Tizi-n-Ouanoums. At an altitude of 3650m, this spectacular rocky col is situated between the two highest peaks in the Atlas - Toubkal and Ouanoukrim. From the top of the pass we turn northwards and drop down steeply on rugged paths into the upper part of the valley of the Mizan River. As we reach the first level area of the valley due west of Toubkal, we arrive at "Toubkal Basecamp" the Neltner Refuge. Constructed by the Club Alpin Francais in 2000 and designed to resemble a Berber fortified dwelling, the refuge is always a high of activity with international groups and trekkers using it as a base before they set off to the summit of Toubkal. Tonight we make camp on one of the level sites near the hut and prepare ourselves for tomorrow's summit attempt to the highest point in the country!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Early morning ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Descend to Ait Souka.

    Summit day - one of the highlights of the week and a worth-while long day to make an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa's highest peak! After an early breakfast, we set off on a steep ascent as our route zig-zags eastwards, taking us directly above the hut across rugged paths and boulders. Next we pass between two guardian peaks to reach a high basin which usually holds patches of old snow. As we continue upwards the views become more impressive and we finally reach a superb ridge-line which drops off to the east. After a total ascent of 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at the metal tripod which marks the summit of Toubkal! There are breathtaking views of the peaks of the High Atlas and we'll have plenty of time for the all important summit photos! Away to the north-east lies the Anti Atlas, whilst the Sahara is visible to the south. The descent to the hug takes approximately 2 hrs, and we arrive just in time for lunch! The afternoon sees us walk back down to our overnight accommodation in the village Ait Souka. On this descent we pass through the unusual hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch, tucked under the mountainside and with a stream emerging from a rocky gorge. A huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, Saint Chamharouch lies entombed. Along the route today there are several wayside stalls where it's possible to buy a cup of Berber tea, a refreshing cool drink or a Berber souvenir. Tonight we stay in a welcoming gite in Ait Souka.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1400m

    • Distance 21km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2700m

    • Time 10 - 12 hrs trekking

  • Morning drive to Marrakech. Afternoon guided city tour of Marrakech.

    Today starts with a short walk down to Imlil, where we meet our transport for the drive back to Marrakech. Arriving before lunchtime we check in to the group hotel before a brief afternoon of sightseeing with an English speaking guide. In the early evening we will certainly want to check out the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances which become more and more animated as the sun sets. Dozens of food stalls 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 in a local restaurant to round off a fantastic week!

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure Day. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

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

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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
  • Half day Sightseeing tour of Marrakech with English speaking guide
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Whilst trekking, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our trek cooks.  KE groups are always surprised at what the local 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.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.
Airport transfers are provided free of charge to all clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 of the itinerary. 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. Clients intending to make their own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport should note that 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 "petite taxi" is normally around £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. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
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 look to strike a balance of comfort, convenient location and overall good value. Away from Marrakech we spend one night in a gite (trekkers' lodge) in the village Ait Souka and whilst on trek there is a total of 4 nights camping. Accommodation in Marrakech and while camping is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Accommodation in the gite is in dormitories. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the hotel nights in Marrakech single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional nights in Marrakech are available either at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads. Please see the page on hotels at the end of this dossier for more details. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

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

A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call at approximately 6 a.m.  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 at about 11 a.m., and on some days this stop will be extended into a break from walking of up to 2-2½ hours to avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. We will usually reach our overnight camp well before dusk. On most days we will be walking for 6 to 8 hours, whilst on the longest day, involving the ascent of Toubkal, we can expect to be walking for 8-9 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.

The group will be accompanied by a local English-speaking professional tour leader and for groups larger than 12, there will be an assistant guide. The grioup will also have the support of a full trek crew including cook, baggage animals and their handlers.
Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £35 for tips for your trek crew.  It will also be sufficient to cover soft drinks, snacks, and 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 on arrival at the airport in arrivals or in Marrakech itself.  Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

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

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your main bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. (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

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

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

  • T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Fleece hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

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

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)

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

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small towel

  • Water purification tablets

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

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

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

  • Toilet roll

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

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

Equipment hire:

*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

 

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

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

Visa Morocco

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

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

The unit of currency in Morocco is the Dhiram.

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

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 trip 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 8 or 9 hours each day for five days continuously. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better 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.

When we are on trek and in the mountains gaining height we can expect the daytime temperatures above 2500m. / 8000ft. around 20 to 25ºC. At night, the temperatures, even at our highest camps, will not fall below freezing. We can expect temperatures in the height of the summer in Marrakech at the hottest to reach 40ºC, dropping to a pleasant 25ºC at night. The weather is usually fine 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)

Orientazion. 1:50,000 series, Toubkal Hiking Map & Marrakech Street Plan

A good scale map centred roughly on Toubkal. This is currently the best map readily available for trekkers at a useful enough scale to follow the route on the ground.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

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

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

Imperial Cities of Morocco

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

Imperial Cities of Morocco

From $870 per person

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Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

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

Essaouira Riad and Atlantic Coast

From $310 per person

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Into the Sahara Desert

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

Into the Sahara Desert

From $550 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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