Toubkal, Mgoun and Essaouira

Spectacular trekking holiday in the High Atlas and on the coast




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Holiday Overview


  • Ascend Mgoun 4068m and the roof of North Africa - Toubkal 4167m
  • Explore the rugged Atlantic and the UNESCO town of Essaouira
  • Traditional villages, welcoming Berber and friendly local trek crew
  • Magical Marrakech and the spectacular Djemaa-el-Fna

This magical and challenging 2-week taste of Morocco begins with a journey to the enchanting Bou Gemmez Valley, the starting point for a 5-day traverse of Mgoun (4068m), North Africa's second highest summit. Taking us up onto the high pastures of the Berber Shepherds and including the passage of the Mgoun Gorge, this trek reaches its conclusion amongst timeless villages on the south side of the Atlas. We then transfer, via the edge of the Sahara to Imlil, at the foot of Mount Toubkal (4167m), Morocco's highest peak. We have allowed 2 days for the summit attempt, sure to be the highpoint of the holiday!  Then heading to the Atlantic coast, a 3-day trek takes us north across the wild sand dune and rocky cape landscape to the laid-back port town of Essaouira.  Returning to Marrakech the following day, we have ample time to explore the maze of souks and reflect upon our experience of this colourful and friendly country.


The Secret of Our Success on Toubkal and Mgoun.

We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide!  Although the mountains are neither particularly high nor technically demanding the experience and knowledge of our Moroccan leaders can make a big difference to your chances of success when attempting Toubkal and Mgoun. 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 with July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages. The beach walking is flat or undulating through the dunes. On the ascent of Toubkal, the traverse of M'Goun and 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. You should be comfortable with walking on good trails but with some steep ascents and descents, for up to 8 or 9 hours each day and for several days continuously.

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 trails following the Ikkis River to the source of the Tessaout River.
  • Early start for the spectacular ascent of Mgoun (4068m) along a dramtic ridge.
  • Trek to the impressive Ameskar Gorge via kasbahs, waterfalls and refreshing streams.
  • Trek through the `Petites Gorges du M’Goun` and paddle in rivers before reaching Aguerzaka.
  • Transfer to Imlil in the High Atlas via the Dades Valley, Oaurzazate and the stunning Kasbah route.
  • Trek on ascending 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 trekking along sea cliffs to the little harbour of Sidi Ahmed Srir.
  • Trek through contrasting scenery from rugged landscapes to villages with gardens and orchards.
  • 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.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

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

    After breakfast in the hotel we load our bags onto the transport and begin the journey to the trek start point. 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 will stop in the town of Azilal for mint tea, refreshments, and some lunch before making our way down into the Bougamez Valley, an arid, craggy ad starkly beautiful region, stopping close to the village of Agouti (1780m. / 5840ft.). Here we transfer to 4X4 vehicles and follow a rough jeep road to the village of Arous where we meet our muleteers, and the rest of the trek crew. As the pack animals are loaded we begin trekking through lush farmland and poppy strewn fields towards the rocky terrain of the Azibs n’Ikkis.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 300m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Trek along trails following the Ikkis River to the source of the Tessaout River.

    The path follows the left bank of the Ikkis river to the cirque at Tiwawakyhe. Crossing the ridge we gain a remarkable view of the north face of Mgoun and the Tilibiyt N’Tarkeddit plateau and of Tizoula which dominates the high valley of the Tessaout River. There is an ideal camping place close to the source of the Tessaout at around 2990m. We camp in a beautiful meadow surrounded by the peaks of the Central Atlas.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Early start for the spectacular ascent of Mgoun (4068m) along a dramtic ridge.

    A pre-dawn start is required today and we gain height steadily, at first by headtorch, 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 makes progress via switchbacks up a rolling ridgeline of subsidiary peak M’Goun Oest (3978m. / 13,051ft.). After 4 or 5 hours we gain the stunning ridgeline leading to M’Goun. Breaking left along the ridge, which drops away steeply on both sides, stunning views surround us. To the South the Jebel Sahro region frames the edge of the Sahara beyond, and Southwest we can see the Toubkal range in the distance. Looking back to the North our route of the previous two days is clear, dipping into the Bou Gemmez valley and the Draa region. A further hour, gently rising along the ridge brings us to the cairned summit of M’Goun itself (4068m. / 13,346ft.). After the obligatory summit photos we begin our descent by a different route making a traverse of the mountain. We head South initially 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 on vague tracks toward Tiguitine (2700m. / 8858ft.) and our camp for the night which we should reach in under 3 hours from the summit. Tiguitine is a very pleasant camp, surrounded by strange rock formations and babbling streams. Our crew will no doubt treat us to some Berber songs and dancing in the evening to celebrate our successful traverse of the mountain.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1170m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1270m

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

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

    A more leisurely start today as we continue to follow the river course 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 following undulating terrain, passing through small thickets of fig trees and criss-crossing streams before emerging from the undergrowth at Ifni Ait Hamou (2550m. / 8366ft.). A small café sits by the trailside in this improbable location offering mint tea and biscuits. In a further two miles we come upon the village of Tighremt N’Tichki, passing a large kasbah on the outskirts now used for communal grain storage – an impressive structure. As the river broadens we pass rushing waterfalls and use stepping-stones to cross where necessary. Taking advantage of riverside trees for shade we’ll stop for lunch. Another leisurely couple of hours along the river leads us to the village of Ameskar El Fougani, where we negotiate the field systems surrounding the village and continue to Ameskar El Tahtani (1990m. / 6529ft.) 2 miles further on. We make 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 paddle in rivers before reaching Aguerzaka.

    A fairly early start today to avoid the heat later in the day. Leaving camp the valley walls steepen quickly and awesome rock architecture looms above as we press on through the ‘Petites Gorges du M’Goun’. We have to wade the shallow river at times as the immense rock walls close in. Eventually the gorge opens out once more giving way to open farmland. Crops line the riverbanks and the smell of fruit trees and growing herbs fills the air. We reach our lunch spot, a shady riverside nook, after around 4 hours trekking. We will have an hour or so for relaxing, eating and perhaps some paddling in the river to cool off before we make the final 2- 3 hour meander to the village of Aguerzaka. Our accommodation tonight is in a gite.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 150m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

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

    We have a long but highly scenic day of driving to transfer to our next mountain objective, Toubkal – the highest summit in North Africa. After breakfast we have a short transfer by jeep to Boutaghar where we board our mibus for the drive out of the Dades Valley along the famous ‘Kasbah route’ through Oaurzazate and across the Atlas via the Tizi n’Tichka pass to Marrakech. This journey will take around five hours and from Marrakech we drive a further 2 hours to Imlil below Mount Toubkal. A short distance beyond Imlil is the Berber village of Ait Souka and this is a welcome opportunity to stretch our legs as we walk to the gite where we stay overnight.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Trek on ascending 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 seasonal village and holy shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m. / 7579ft) surrounded by rocky peaks. A huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, a holy man lies entombed. Beyond here it is a steady climb of around 4 to 5 hours to reach the Neltner Refuge (3207m. / 10,522ft.). 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 Ouanoukrim to the right. Before you reach the col you arrive at the Neltner Refuge. This mountain hut was constructed by the Club Alpin Francais in 2000 and has been designed to resemble a Berber fortified dwelling. We camp on one of the level sites near the hut

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

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

    A long day for the ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa’s highest peak. After an early breakfast, we set off on the steep ascent. Our route zig-zags eastwards, directly above the hut across scree and boulders, before passing between two rocky guardian peaks to reach a high corrie which usually holds patches of old snow. We continue upwards across more scree, with the views becoming more expansive as we reach the ridge-line which drops off steeply to the east. After a total of 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at the metal tripod which marks Toubkal’s summit. There are breathtaking views of the peaks of the High Atlas away to the north-east and of the Anti Atlas and the Sahara to the south. Descending to the hut in 2 hours, we have lunch before making the long hot walk back down to our overnight accommodation in the village Ait Souka. On this descent, an hour or so below the Neltner Refuge, we pass back through Sidi Chamharouch where there are stalls to buy a cup of Berber tea or a cool drink. The descent from the Neltner Refuge to the gite in Ait Souka takes a total of 2 to 3 hours walking.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 - 9 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. Here we board our minibus for the 5 hour drive to the fishing village of Tafedna on the Atlantic Coast. Arriving in Tafeda there is time for a walk along the beach or for a swim if the weather is good.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time

  • Excellent day of coastal trekking along sea cliffs to the little harbour of Sidi Ahmed Srir.

    In contrast to our hikes in the Atlas, today we walk along sea cliffs for sweeping vistas of the Bay of Tafedna. We move inland to skirt around the impassable cliffs of Cape Tafelnav and then return to the coast where we pass several fishing villages. We walk along trails through the tuias and juniper forest, and over the undulating dunes to reach the little harbour of Sidi Ahmed Srir.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek through contrasting scenery from rugged landscapes to villages with gardens and orchards.

    Today we cross an area with marabouts, small religious buildings or tombs of a venerated saint. This is a harsh landscape for farmers and the villages here struggle with lack of fresh water and poor soils. Passing through the village of Tifardine we can see the difference a good well makes and this whole village seems more affluent with many vegetable gardens and orchards. Continuing our coastal walk we today reach Sid M’Bark.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

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

    On today’s walk there are some sections where we leave the beach to walk paths through coastal forests but for the most part this is a beach walk as we travel northwards accompanied by the sound of the crashing Atlantic waves. After around 4 hours of walking we arrive at Sidi Kaouki where we say good bye to our camels and their drivers and use local transport to travel to nearby Essaouria. This is Morocco’s most favoured coastal town, a busy fishing port, Essaouira has in recent years become renowned for it’s laid-back atmosphere and thriving art scene. We check in at our hotel and the rest of the day is free to explore the town walls, shop in the souk or enjoy the beach.

    • 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 and we then make the 2 hour drive back to Marrakech where we check in to the group hotel. There will be time for last minute souvenir buying in the souk and an evening wandering around the Djeema El Fna is not to be missed. Our farewell dinner together is often taken in one of the numerous excellent eateries that line 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.

    • Meals b

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.

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

All meals are included within the package price, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 15.

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 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.

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 Marrakech, Taroudant and Essaouira, or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash or travellers cheques. (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged but note that travellers cheques are more difficult to exchange and attract a higher rate of commission). Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We estimate that approximately £30 per group member should cover these tips. 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.

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.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
  • 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 1800 cu in
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Headtorch / headlamp with 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).

The following items are optional:

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Towel
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-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.

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

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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: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It 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.

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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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