Mount Toubkal and Berber Villages
Price from: £475.00
Explore rural Morocco on foot scenically beautiful and culturally inspiring
This trip has been designed for experienced walkers who are looking for a reasonably challenging trek in the Atlas Mountains with time to enjoy the exotic city of Marrakech.
- Stay in rural villages
- High Atlas Mountains
- Highest summit in N. Africa
- Moroccan cultural tour
- Peaceful trekking holiday
Marrakech sits in the foothills of the High Atlas but shares the predominantly Mediterranean climate of north-east Morocco. Summers are normally very hot and dry with scarce rainfall and temperatures of 40C plus. However, once you climb out of the searing heat of the valleys, temperatures are generally fairly comfortable, although it can be very cold on the highest peaks during the night. At this time of year, rivers and other water sources become mere trickles or disappear completely. Like all mountain systems, the Atlas ranges are liable to rapid weather changes. Snow is even possible on the summit of Toubkal in August.
The High Atlas mountains are possibly the greatest mountain range of North Africa. They are aguably the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. The region has retained a remoteness which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed very little for centuries.
We will follow little used mule tracks, which take us through rural Berber villages and fertile valleys to rugged mountain trails and over high passes. At 4167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. It's ascent is not a technical climb but is a rough scramble on scree slopes. The views from the summit are truly magnificent and are a more than sufficient reward for the effort. Far below to the north are the green plains of Marrakech while to the south are the Jebel Sahro mountain range and the vast expanse of the Sahara desert.
Arrive in Morocco and transfer from the airport to your hotel in Marrakech.
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours
Walking time: 5 hours
Walking time: 3 to 4 hours
Walking time: 5 hours
Walking time: 9 hours
Departure from Marrakech.
- This itinerary is intended only as a guideline. There are various factors which may affect the itinerary slightly such as weather condtions and routes will be chosen to guarantee your maximum safety.
Dates and Prices Info
This package is available all year round. Prices are based on groups of 2-4 people.
- Full event planning and client liaison
- Experienced local mountain guide, driver, muleteers and cook
- Accommodation: 4 nights camping or village houses in the High Atlas
- Accommodation: 2 nights in Marrakech including breakfast
- All Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included during trek
- Transport: minibus or 4x4 for transfers to/from High Atlas
- Big discount on clothing and equipment from Cotwold Outdoors and Montane
- International flights
- Sleeping bags
- Travel insurance
- Entrance Fees
- Lunches and evening meals in Marrakech
- Drinks and items of a personal nature
Although credit and debit cards are beginning to gain some acceptance in the Atlas Mountains, this is still only fairly rare. It is safest to presume that everything in the Atlas Mountains must be paid for in cash (Moroccan dirhams). Even though ATMs are becoming much more common in towns and cities, they are yet to reach many trailheads, less so mountain villages.
If you have any questions about this activity please do not hesitate to ask.
Those with some previous mountain walking experience as this trip involves 2 days of strenuous trekking. You will need a good level of fitness and be able to walk for 6 hours per day. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, so stamina is important. Trekking in the Atlas Mountains can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring).
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