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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Summit both Mount Mgoun (4068m) and Toubkal (4167m)
  • Trek the undiscovered Atlantic Coast and camp amongst dunes
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO medina and town of Essaouira 
  • Magical Marrakech, Berber villages and the majestic High Atlas 

This fantastic holiday in Morocco combines the very best regions in the country - a true walking journey from the mountains to the sea!  From Marrakech we head to the enchanting Bougmez Valley, home to one of the most beautiful mountains and spectacular ridges in Africa, Mount Mgoun (4068m).  As North Africa's second highest peak, Mgoun is surrounded by traditional villages and the high pastures of the Berber shepherds - a land where time has stood still for centuries.  The trail takes us through the Mgoun Gorge before we climb the mountain via the spectacular Mgoun Ridge.  After leaving the Bougmez Valley we transfer, via the edge of the Sahara to Imlil and the Toubkal Valley.  Surrounded by towering peaks and the highest point in the country, Mount Toubkal (4167m) is a highlight.  After the the mountains we head to the most undiscovered trekking region in the country, the beautiful Atlantic Coast!  Cliff top trails take us through a colourful landscape of sand dunes that we camp amongst.  We'll walk through rocky coves and along deserted beaches to the charming UNESCO town of Essaouira.  A colourful hive of activity, this bustling port and walled medina offers the perfect end to our journey before returning to Marrakech!  If you are looking for a walking holiday in Morocco that takes you on a special journey from the mountains to the coast, then this is the perfect choice! 

A Genuine Small Group Experience - The Secret of Our Success on Toubkal, MGOUN and in morocco

We are proud to say that our holidays in Morocco are limited to a maximum group size of 12, ensuring we leave only our footprints on the trails whilst enjoying a genuine small group adventure.  We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide and a successful group adventure.  On our Toubkal and Mgoun treks, the mountains are 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.

Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this trekking holiday is not great and with the exception of the single night at the Neltner Refuge (3207m), all of our overnight stops are below 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem.  The summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and this can have an effect on trekking performance and pace.   For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages, whilst the beach walking is flat or undulating through the dunes.  On the ascents of Toubkal and M'Goun, plus whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree.  You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and should be comfortable with walking on good trails with some steep ascents and descents.  There are a couple of 8 to 9 hour continuous days.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to the village of Agouti in the Bougmez Valley. Afternoon trek to Azibs n`Ikkis.
  • Trek along the Ikkis River to the source of the Tessaout for our first views of Mgoun.
  • An exciting ascent of Mgoun (4068m) along it's breathtaking ridge.
  • Trek to the impressive Ameskar Gorge via kasbahs, waterfalls and meandering streams.
  • Trek through the `Petites Gorges du M’Goun` and cross rivers to Aguerzaka.
  • Transfer to the High Atlas via the Dades Valley, Oaurzazate and the Kasbah route.
  • Trek on mountain trails through traditional villages to the Neltner Refuge (3207m).
  • Early morning start for the exciting ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Descend to Ait Souka.
  • Transfer from the High Atlas to Tafeda on the spectacular Atlantic Coast.
  • Excellent day of coastal walking along high cliffs to the little harbour of Sidi Ahmed Srir.
  • Trek through villages with gardens and orchards to our camp alongside high dunes.
  • Trek along beaches and through coastal forest to Sidi Kaouki. Transfer to Essaouira.
  • Morning to explore Essaouria. Afternoon transfer to Marrkech.
  • Departure Day. Transfers from Marrkech Airport are provided.
2017
Sat 24 Jun - Sat 08 Jul Code SMT /01/17/ Adult$1,275 Status Available Book now
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  • On Foot from The Atlas to The Atlantic
  • The departure reference for this tour is SMT /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 24 Jun and departs on Sat 08 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $115 - Group nights in Marrakech & Taroudant (does not include gites or single tent)
  • Single Tent $110
Sat 09 Sep - Sat 23 Sep Code SMT /02/17/ Adult$1,275 Status Available Book now
More information
  • On Foot from The Atlas to The Atlantic
  • The departure reference for this tour is SMT /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 09 Sep and departs on Sat 23 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $115 - Group nights in Marrakech & Taroudant (does not include gites or single tent)
  • Single Tent $110
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 at Marrakech Airport you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel. Depending on your flight arrival time and after settling in you may wish to head out and explore. Marrakech is a bustling 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. Around the square there are plenty of cafés with roof top terraces for a birds eye view of the activity going on. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal which for ease on day 1 is usually taken at the hotel due to the evening arrival of a number of flights. The group leader will give a briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to the village of Agouti in the Bougmez Valley. Afternoon trek to Azibs n`Ikkis.

    After breakfast we begin the journey to the Bougmez Valley and the start of the trek. In a short time we're beyond the Marrakech hustle and bustle and travelling on good roads through the farmlands of the Moroccan countryside. We'll stop in the town of Azilal for mint tea, refreshments, and some lunch before making our way into the Bougmez Valley. Known as the Shangri La of Morocco, this craggy and starkly beautiful region gives an impression of a land where time has stood still for centuries. We'll stop close to the village of Agouti and transfer to 4WD vehicles to follow a rough jeep road to the village of Arous. Here we meet our muleteers and the rest of the trek crew as pack animals are loaded up. We begin trekking through lush farmland and poppy strewn fields before entering the rocky terrain of the Azibs n'Ikkis, here we prepare for our first night under canvas and the stars!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 530m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 30m

    • Time 3 -4 hrs trekking

  • Trek along the Ikkis River to the source of the Tessaout for our first views of Mgoun.

    Leaving our muleteers to pack up the camp gear we make a steadily rising traverse towards the col known as Tizi-m-Oumskiyg (2910m). The river gradually peters out as we enter the higher mountain scenery of the Central Atlas. After a welcome rest at the col we bear left and upwards towards the ridgeline above. After a gradual ascent we arrive on a ridge and the viewpoint of Aghouixni Est (3400m). From here we have spectacular views of the beautiful peak of Mount M'Goun and it's dramatic ridge. We'll also be able to see clearly the next day's route. We now descend on good paths towards the high plateau known as Tilibiyt N'Tarkeddit, overlooking the Tessaout Valley. This is a strikingly beautiful green oasis area used frequently by Berber herdsmen. A high pasture which nestles beneath the peaks of the M'Goun massif, and spectacular rock formations surround the area. Late afternoon we can relax and soak up the nomadic Berber ambience of this tranquil spot.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • An exciting ascent of Mgoun (4068m) along it's breathtaking ridge.

    A pre-dawn start and head-torch is required today as we gain height steadily onto the lower slopes of M'Goun. An hour or so later the first rays of sunshine begin to creep across the lower slopes of the M'Goun massif. This straightforward route, with the odd rougher section follows a dramatic switchback up a rolling ridgeline to M'Goun Oest (3978m.) After 4 or 5 hours we reach the stunning ridgeline leading to the high summit of M'Goun. Breaking left along the ridge we are surrounded by stunning views. To the south the beautiful Jebel Sahro region frames the edge of the Sahara, whilst southwest we can see the Toubkal range and High Atlas in the distance. To the north our route of the previous two days is clear, from the Bougmez Valley and the Draa region. A further hour of trekking sees us at the cairned summit of M'Goun itself (4068m). After the all important celebratory summit photos we begin our descent by a different route making a traverse of the mountain. We head south on the ridge and then down scree slopes to our lunch spot by the river where wild camels graze the fertile valley sides. After lunch we continue onto our camp for the night which we should reach in 3hrs from the summit. Tiguitine is a very pleasant camp, surrounded by strange rock formations and streams. Hopefully over camp dinner we can celebrate our successful ascent and traverse of the mountain.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 9 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the impressive Ameskar Gorge via kasbahs, waterfalls and meandering streams.

    A more leisurely start today after yesterday's long day as we follow the river away from the high mountains and into the fertile farmland of the Central Atlas foothills. After a short ascent to a small col we lose height gradually and follow undulating terrain as we pass through small thickets of fig trees. We'll criss-cross streams before arriving at Ifni Ait Hamou (2550m.), where we should be able to enjoy mint tea at a small café by the trailside. Next is the village of Tighremt N'Tichki as we pass an impressive kasbah on the outskirts of the village now used as a communal grain store. As the river broadens we pass waterfalls and use stepping-stones to cross if necessary. Taking advantage of riverside trees for shade we'll stop for lunch before a leisurely couple of hours along the river leads us to the village of Ameskar El Fougani. From here we'll negotiate fields surrounding the village and continue to Ameskar El Tahtan, before making camp just before the entrance to the Ameskar Gorge.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek through the `Petites Gorges du M’Goun` and cross rivers to Aguerzaka.

    A fairly early start today and after leaving camp the valley walls steepen as awesome rock formations loom above as we hike through the 'Petites Gorges du M'Goun'. At times we'll have to wade through the shallow river surrounded by immense rock walls. Eventually the gorge opens out once more and gives way to open farmland. Crops line the riverbanks, whilst fruit trees and herbs are dotted around the landscape. After approximately 4hrs of trekking we reach our lunch spot beside a shady riverside nook. The afternoon of 2 to 3 hours sees us arrive in the village of Aguerzaka and our accommodation for the night is a welcoming gite.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 450m

    • Distance 23km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Transfer to the High Atlas via the Dades Valley, Oaurzazate and the Kasbah route.

    After a number of long trekking days, today is a welcome rest for the legs as we have a highly scenic day of driving as we transfer to the area of Toubkal - the highest summit in North Africa. Leaving immediately after breakfast we initially have a short jeep transfer to Boutaghar where we board our minibus for the drive out of the Dades Valley. Our route takes us along the famous 'Kasbah route' through Oaurzazate and across the Atlas via the Tizi n'Tichka pass to Marrakech. The journey to Marrakech takes approximately 5hrs, and from Marrakech a short transfer sees us arrive in the town of Imlil below Mount Toubkal. From Imlil there is a welcome opportunity to stretch our legs as we walk to the Berber village of Ait Souka and our gite for the night.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Trek on mountain trails through traditional villages to the Neltner Refuge (3207m).

    Leaving Ait Souka, the trail crosses the river and climbs steeply for an hour and a half to the village and holy shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m). Surrounded by rocky peaks a huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, a holy man lies entombed. Beyond here we have a steady climb of approximately 4 to 5 hours to reach the Neltner Refuge (3207m). The hike gently ascends next to a small stream with the looming Mount Toubkal on your left, the col of Tizi-n-Ouanoums ahead and the majestic peak of Ouanoukrim to the right. On arriving at the Neltner Refuge we'll be surrounded by towering peaks. The mountain hut was constructed by the Club Alpin Francais in 2000 and has been designed to resemble a Berber fortified dwelling. We camp on one of the level sites near the refuge and are able to purchase items from the small refuge shop. As the main "base camp" for the ascent of Toubkal, the site is a real hive of activity and generally surrounded by a number of international trekking groups.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1700m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

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

    A long and exciting day for the ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa's highest peak. After an early breakfast, we set off on a route which zig-zags eastwards, directly above the hut across scree and boulders. Next we pass between two rocky guardian peaks to reach a high corrie which usually holds patches of old snow. Continuing upwards across scree the views become more expansive as we reach a ridge-line which drops off steeply to the east. After approximately 3 to 4hrs we arrive at the Toubkal's summit and are surrounded by breathtaking views. We can see the peaks of the High Atlas to the north-east whilst the Anti Atlas and the Sahara fall away to the south. There will be time for the all important summit shots before we descend to the hut in 2hrs. After lunch we start the long walk down to our overnight gite accommodation in the village of Ait Souka.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1350m

    • Distance 21km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2500m

    • Time 10 hrs trekking

  • Transfer from the High Atlas to Tafeda on the spectacular Atlantic Coast.

    Making an early start we begin with a short walk down to Imlil as we leave the High Atlas, relax and enjoy the scenery for the transfer (approx 5 hr) to the fishing village of Tafedna on the stunning Atlantic Coast. A largely undiscovered walking region we'll be away from the trekking crowds as we enter a secret coastal region of Morocco. Over the next four days it will be very rare if we see another trekking group! Arriving in Tafeda there will be time for a walk along the beach or for a paddle in the sea if the weather is good. Our camping sites for the remainder of the week will be wild and amongst the dunes. After enjoying a stroll and setting up camp we'll enjoy dinner together before falling asleep to the sound of the ocean!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time

  • Excellent day of coastal walking along high cliffs to the little harbour of Sidi Ahmed Srir.

    LLeaving camp we climb above the sea into a wild plateau landscape of argan forest, where we may be lucky enough to see herds of goats grazing on the scrubby plants. The seed from these trees is ground down into an oil which is known for its cleansing and healing properties. The oil is also made into edible preparations for cooking and drizzling on food. However the most famous Argan oil is used to make soaps, and can be found in the traditional hammams (hot baths). We eventually drop down and walk beside the waves to our campsite at Sidi Ahmed Assayh, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Our camels will take a different route today, due to the terrain and we will take a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way. Tonight we camp next to the sea, so there will be time to stroll along the sand or beach comb before dinner.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek through villages with gardens and orchards to our camp alongside high dunes.

    We continue our traverse of the coast on the imposing cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean as we pass through several Berber villages. Today is a wonderful day of trekking as waves lap below a landscape of wild arable farming. We may see local fishing boats hugging the coast before we arrive in an exceptional landscape of dunes. We make camp beside the assif (river) Boud which cuts through the dunes to the sea. This is a great campsite surrounded by a sandy landscape, near a pretty waterfall, and close to the beach. This is a great place for showering under the warm waterfall and the surrounding dunes are magical for exploring. After our arrival at camp there will be time to explore the beach which appears to go on for miles or climb the magnificent dunes for far reaching views of Sidi Kaouki, the town where we finish our trek the following day.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek along beaches and through coastal forest to Sidi Kaouki. Transfer to Essaouira.

    Our final day is a beautiful day of beach walking through a spectacular landscape from one deserted beach to the next. During the morning session the light is particularly breathtaking and the wide ocean views are spectacular. Finally our caravan reaches the wide expanse of Sidi Kaouki beach which is very popular among wind surfers due to its constant warm wind. Here we say goodbye to our camel drivers and of course the camels before boarding a minibus for the 40 minute drive to the UNESCO town of Essaouira. This is a superb place to end the trip with its beautiful architecture, fascinating mix of history, vibrant colours, art galleries, open squares, walled medina and pavement cafes. The port is a bustling place to explore with the fort walls being excellent for taking wonderful photos of the ocean and white washed buildings.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Morning to explore Essaouria. Afternoon transfer to Marrkech.

    The morning is free to further enjoy the special ambience of Essaouria before we make the 2hr drive back to Marrakech. After checking in at the group hotel there will be time to explore the souks before an evening wander around the Djeema El Fna. Our farewell dinner together is taken in one of the traditional restaurants near the square.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure Day. Transfers from Marrkech Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. For those clients with evening flights the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets, souks and colourful sights of Marrakech. A popular option is to simply sit and watch the world go by from one of the restaurants overlooking the Djemma el-Fna. Complimentary Airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Marrakech and Essaouria
  • All meals
  • 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.

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

All meals are included within the package price, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 15.
All clients travelling to Marrakech Day 1 of the trip itinerary will be met at the airport by a local KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. 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.

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 "petit taxi" should be no more than 50 dirham (£3) 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 2 nights in a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. We will also spend 1 night in a hotel in Essaouria and a total of 3 nights in gites (trekkers' lodge) in Berber villages. Whilst on trek there is a total of 8 nights camping. Accommodation in hotels 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 2 hotel nights in Marrakech and 1 night in Essaouria, 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 at about 5 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 days, involving the ascent of Toubkal and later Mgoun, 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 an experienced English-speaking local leader throughout the trip and during the trek will have the support of a full trek crew and baggage animals.

Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approx £30 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 in the arrivals hall of the airport or in Marrakech itself, or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash.  Sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged.   Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

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

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your main bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Marrakech.

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

  • Walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)

  • Spare laces

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers

  • Underwear

  • 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

  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10°C)*

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Toilet roll

  • Water purification tablets

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

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

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

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Towel

  • Trekking poles

  • Insect repellant – (DEET)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

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

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

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

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.

It is usually very hot in Morocco during the summer months and we can expect temperatures on the July departure to reach 40ºC (over 100°F), dropping to around 25ºC / 77°F at night. Higher up, in the mountains, it will be cooler. Also during the coast walk a fresh breeze from the atlantic normally keeps the temperature at a pleasant level. Early and late in the year it will also be generally cooler, with maximum temperatures closer to 30ºC / 86°F. The weather is usually dry at the time of any 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.

To fully understand the culture and people in Morocco we recommend that prior to your departure, you read sections from the following books. This way you can enjoy your trip to the maximum, the Moroccan way of life and the beauty of hiking in the mountains.
  • Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco.

  • The Rough Guide to Morocco.

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

  • Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas. Richard Knight

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

  • Lonely Planet Moroccan phrasebook. Dan Bacon

Carte Du Maroc. 1:100,000 Series. Toubkal sheet

Carte Croquis. 1:50,000 series, Jebel Toubkal. This water-resistant map of the Toubkal area is one of the better to be published in recent years. The map is approximately centred on Imlil, and covers an area measuring 32km E-W by 22km N-S. Topographic detail includes contours at 20m intervals, hill-shading, woodland and scrub areas, springs, creeks, rivers and dry riverbeds. Mgoun Massif, Central High Atlas Mountains 1:100,000 Series. West Col Productions A map designed for trekkers showing relief by ridge lines, spot and peak heights. Roads, tracks and paths are clearly shown and villages are also marked. This map is approximately centred on Mgoun and covers an area approx. 80km E-W and 50 km N-S.

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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Into the Sahara Desert

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

Into the Sahara Desert

From $580 per person

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Marrakech Full Day City Tour

Marrakech Full Day City Tour

From $105 per person

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Golden Tulip

From $55 per room per night

Riad Villa Harmonie

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

Riad Slitine

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

Riad Petit Prince

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

Riad Aladdin

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

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