High Atlas Trek

High Atlas Trek information and booking

from
$1490
  • Duration
    11 days
    Days
  • Group size
    6-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 13 day trip
  • 7 day trek
  • 6 nights hotels and local riads
  • 4 nights camping
  • 2 nights gites
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Gardens, mosques, palaces, and the souqs of Marrakesh
  • Crossing the impressive and remote Tizi n'Ougalzim (3700m)
  • Trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal
  • Peninsula town of Essaouira

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

There are few places in the world that offer a mix of pure 'exotica' with the sophistication and style of European cafe life like Morocco. This exciting journey begins in the oasis city of Marrakesh. We follow trails through Berber villages to alpine pastures set beneath the impressive backdrop of the High Atlas. An ascent of Jebal Toubkal is also on offer as well as time to explore the delightful seaside town of Essaouira. Accompanied by an expert bilingual guide with an unrelenting passion and knowledge of his country, the experience promises to be one of discovery, learning and fun.

What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Arrival & departure transfers (days 1 & 13 only)
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation in marrakesh and essaouira
  • All transport by private vehicle
  • Kit bag including sleeping bag and 7cm foam sleeping mat
  • Two-person tents
  • Dining tent and toilet tent during camping section
  • Mineral water during trek
  • Mules to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Group leader, mule handlers, camp hands and kitchen staff
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Emergency medical kit

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Marrakesh
On arrival in Marrakesh you will be met at the international airport and transferred to the group hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. Private transfers can be arranged if you are arriving before Day 1 (additional cost applies). Overnight Riad Yacout or Riad El Noujoum (or similar).
Day 2 In Marrakesh
Today we are led by our expert guide to discover the soul of Marrakesh. We visit gardens, mosques, palaces, and the souqs of the old Medina before reaching the humming centre of Marrakesh: the Djemaa el-Fna. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions. We return in the evening, when the square really comes alive. It is a must to taste the many wonderful dishes on offer at the stalls. Overnight Riad Yacout or Riad El Noujoum (or similar).
Day 3 In Marrakesh
Today is completely at leisure. The guide can provide plenty of suggestions as to how to best fill your day, or you may simply choose relaxation by the hotel pool. You will also be given your kit bag including your sleeping bag to pack your gear for the trek. During the evening we have arranged for dinner at a prestigious Riad: an ornately decorated house that displays craftsmanship indicative of the Moroccans' passion for detail, and where fine food, wine and skilled belly dancers enrich our last evening in Marrakesh. Overnight Riad Yacout or Riad El Noujoum (or similar).
Day 4 To Ouirgrane (drive 2 hours)& Trek to Tiziane(1600m, 5 hours)
Meeting up with our porters and their mules we begin our trek, walking through the National Park of Tassa. As we walk up the Azzadene Valley we pass small villages shaded by walnut and apple trees, plots of maize and stone walls with beautiful yellow pumpkin flowers creeping over. Overnight in a Berber house.
Day 5 Trek to Tizgui (1800m, approx 6 hours)
Leaving Tiziane via Tizi N'Touati (2100m) we ascend for 3 hours to reach the Tassaka Plateau passing holm oaks and junipers. Tonight we camp near Tizgui at Azib Assoul.
Day 6 To Tizi Oussem (1850m approx 5-6 hours)
We ascend steeply from Tizgui towards the Tizi N'Tagoudalte pass at 2700m where we will be rewarded with fine views. Our gradual descent to Tizi Oussem, passes through alpine areas overgrown with beautiful wildflowers: campanulas, red poppies, iris, walls of violets, various herbs and small succulents. Overnight at the village in a Berber house where you may have the option to enjoy a private hammam, local bath to wash away three days trekking.
Day 7 Tazagharte refuge (3000m, approx 5 hours)
Leaving Tizi Oussem, the last village in this valley, we continue to climb up the Azzadene Valley catching glimpses of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Taking lunch at Cascade d'Irhoulidene, we continue to wind our way up the mountain until we reach our accommodation for the night in a mountain refuge.
Day 8 Trek to Refuge Nelter (3200m approx 4- hours)
Today we cross the impressive and remote Tizi n'Ougalzim (3700m), a steep and rocky pass that zigzags its way steadily up, rewarding us at the top with magnificent views. There is an optional climb of Mount Bignousseen (4005m). Upon reaching the top we see the next challenge awaiting us: Mount Toubkal. We descend to our campsite below and enjoy the waterfalls and pools that the river offers us.
Day 9 Summit of Mount Toubkal (4167m, approx 7 hours)
We have an early start for our attempt on Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. The summit of Toubkal is neither technical nor very demanding, and once at the summit, the views are spectacular. We may start off in the dark to avoid the midday sun and to summit in time for sunrise. If you prefer, you have the option of a rest day relaxing by cool freshwater pools.
Day 10 To Imlil (approx 5 hours); drive to Essaouira
Today we walk down the valley passing through the deeply religious village of Sidi Chamarouch. This area is also rich in wildflowers and in spring we'll find the magnificent Peony Rose. We will also pass herds of goats traversing precarious mountain trails. We take lunch outside the village where we farewell our trekking crew and their mules before driving to Essaouira.
Day 11 In Essaouira
For a change of pace we spend the day in the peaceful Peninsula town of Essaouira. With its Greek-like whitewashed walls and its mixture of Portuguese, French and Berber fortifications, it has a completely different flavour to our previous destinations. Protected by the trade winds, Essaouira is a handicraft centre, particularly for artisans working with sandal, cedar and lemon wood. We will undertake a half day tour of the city to discover all its highlights with the afternoon free to take a relaxing walk along the Atlantic coastline or browse the souqs. Fishing is also one of the main industries of the town and the fresh catch is a specialty of the restaurants and the cheap harbour side fish markets are a must for lunch. Overnight Riad Mimouna or similar.
Day 12 Drive to Casablanca (approx 6 hours)
Leaving Essaouira we will travel north toward Casablanca, stopping at coastal villages where we may sample some of the local dishes and stop for a swim. On arrival in Casablanca, the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Idou Anfa or similar.
Day 13 Trip concludes in Casablanca
Our trip concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flights if departing Morocco today. Private transfers can be arranged on subsequent days (additional cost applies).