With wild mountain trails, fascinating people, and a dozen summits aspiring to 4000 metres (14,000 feet), they're not called the High Atlas for nothing! Lower elevation and Sahara desert hikes are available too. A certified English speaking guide(s) will show you the essential Morocco, and his team will cook your meals, set up camp, and their mules carry all the essentials. You can enjoy hiking light with only a daypack, and spend your days exploring ancient Berber villages, pastoral valleys and hidden passes that lead to panoramic desert ridges. Far above dramatic stark crags and rocky trails contrast with terraced mountain village gardens and ruined kasbahs, and endless views over the Sahara desert. Wander at will and perhaps bag a few peaks, or have tea with nomads in the middle of nowhere.
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Choose a route based on the number of days you have available, number in your group, difficultly of trek, and time of year.
High Atlas - moderate to difficult, May to October
M'Goun Massif - moderate to difficult, May to October
Saghro Massif - easy to moderate, October to May
Per person/per day: 750 MAD dirhams plus transportation costs.
Because the High Atlas can involve some challenging elevation gains and losses over continuous passes (2000 m+), most High Atlas treks are rated medium, meaning you should have recent experience hill hiking, carrying a light day-pack, and a tolerance for climate changes. You will need light hiking style shoes or boots with a full-tread sole and good quality outdoor clothing. Spring and fall, snow remains on the high peaks. Nights might be cold and the days can be hot and sunny. We have a list of what you will need to bring below.
Fitness requirements: You should be confident of your fitness and endurance levels. The main recommendation is a sense of adventure! There is no age limit providing that you are in reasonable physical shape and you are aware of the rigors of trekking in higher elevations and have proper travellers insurance. Please make a point of telling us (quietly if you wish) if you have any medical condition/allergies or are on any medication that you think we should be aware of. We are out there for a great time and we want you to feel comfortable in your environment.
Accommodation in villages inns called gites with kitchens, sleeping areas and showers, or dome tents or, since Morocco is one of the the few areas of the world where warm temperatures combine with an absence of insects, you can sleep under the stars. Nothing can compare with a night under the brilliant starlight of North Africa. Tents, mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, food and personal baggage are carried by mules. You carry only a day pack for your water, snacks, camera and clothing. We have a limited number of sleeping bags, so you might be required to bring your own. We'll do our best to help you out with this.
All Food is included on trek and is very healthy, including Couscous, Tagine, fresh eggs, fish, olives, nuts and fruit. Please let us know whether you are vegetarian. Apart from eggs and fish (Tuna and Sardine) often served at lunch time with vegetable salad, there is not a lot of meat and when meat is available, separate dishes such as vegetarian Tagine is prepared.
Bottled water is usually available, but you might need to use your own method to purify water. Occasional villages allow for purchasing good quality bottled water along the way.
Some people like to bring their own treats and food supplements if they have special dietary requirements. If you like to drink herbal teas, bring your own. Moroccan tea tends to be a real energy booster with Gunpowder green mixed with copious amounts of sugar (refreshing and delicious!). Sugarless tea can be requested but not necessarily understood! Make use of your duty free allowance to obtain your favourite tipple.
As we are trekking in high mountains, geological variations create a full range of climatic conditions, which means it can get cold, wet, and windy. Bring a warm fleece and light weight wind jacket and long pants. During the day temperatures are relatively warm or hot, and normal attire with t-shirts and shorts will be fine. On average you can expect daytime temperatures of 20–30+ degrees Celsius.
*denotes essential or highly recommended
Pack light and pack tight.
water bottles (collapsible bladders pack flat!) *
towel (Moroccan hotels don't always have them) *
ziplock baggies *
toilet paper * (buy it in Morocco)
needle and thread / safety pins
camera, batteries, memory cards, or film – bring lots!
sealable bag for your Digital camera* (essential!! for sand/dust)
sarong (can double as a towel, lightweight sheet or scarf)
cotton long sleeved shirt (for intense sun) *
light wind-proof jacket
a hat (sun) *
light weight gloves*
lightweight long pants *
woolen sweater/fleece *
cotton scarf (doubles as a wash cloth)
Hiking boots or hiking shoes*
First aid – make sure you use water proof labelling if re-packaging
disinfectant creme / gel (Polysporin)
Ibufrofen (Advil or generic – for pain, swelling) *
Tylenol (colds and fever)
cold medication – Echanacia / zinc lozenges
Aloe vera gel (for burns)
diahrrea medication (Immodium) *
sanitary supplies with ziplock baggies to carry out
moisturiser / lip balm with sunblock *
simple english books / magazines / music – (cassette tapes are common in Morocco and make great gifts.)
small torch / flash-light (small bicycle lights make good travelling torches)
soap / shampoo / toothpaste / toothbrush etc *
prescriptions in original containers
ear plugs *
Please remember that things do change, prices go up and down, activities stop running or change format and weather can send the best laid plans out the door. We will do our best to provide what is described above but please take into consideration the nature of the journey that you are embarking on and the country that you are traveling in and understand that a certain degree of flexibility is necessary!
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PRAISE FOR OUR WALKING TREKS
This was the first time that we had taken part in an organized trek and I must say that we enjoyed the experience in almost every respect. The scenery was fantastic and walking on old mule-tracks gave us a real sense of being where not too many visitors have been before. We were agreeably surprised at being able to cope with the high level walking and will be looking for other similar treks to do in the future and would be happy to deal with you again.
The canyon river-walking - the scenery was spectacular and walking in the river was good fun. The ride on the mules we got part way through added a bit of extra excitement - I'm sure the guide was right to be concerned about the danger of flash floods although there was no problem in the event.
The guide clearly knew the area well and when we were able to ask him questions he was able to give us interesting and well-informed answers. All the other people involved in the trek were great. The mule drivers were excellent – and the guide who picked us up at the last auberge was everything we could have wished for, discussing politics, history, music etc etc and taking us out of the way sightseeing.
The meals were fine - the tagines in the tent at night and Hassan's trail-mix being particularly memorable. The wild camping all worked out fine and was very enjoyable especially on the wonderful bright starry nights.
So overall - a very memorable trip - lots of photos, and memories, nothing that would put us off trying another expedition with Morocco Explored
L & K Morss, scotland, 2011
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