Activities

Besides day hikes in and around the gorge, Todra's vertical rock faces offer sublime rock-climbing routes (French grade 5 to 8), some of them bolted. Many of the routes are over 25m long, although there is some spectacular multipitch climbing where routes run over 300m. Pillar du Couchant, near the entrance to the gorge, offers classic long climbs, while the Petite Gorge is better for novice climbers, with good short routes. Few of the routes are mapped, although many hotels keep logbooks detailing current information on local routes. Otherwise, internationally certified guides and reliable equipment can be hired from Aventures Verticales.

From the centre of the gorge, you can walk back to Tinerhir through palmeraies (palm groves) in three or four hours. With a 4WD or a couple of days walking, you can cover the rough piste west of Todra to Dadès Gorge. There are no banks in the gorge and limited connectivity and phone coverage, so carry enough cash.

Hiking Todra Loop

For a vigorous morning hike, try a three-hour loop from north of the gorge to Tizgui, south of the gorge. A 30-minute walk beyond the main gorge is the Petite Gorge, where you’ll find a trailhead near Auberge le Festival. Take the track leading uphill to the left (southwest) – regular donkey and mule traffic keep this path well defined. Head to the pass, and from there, ascend southeast to the next pass. This would be a good place to stray from the main route to look over the rim of the gorge, but be careful, as the winds are powerful up here. From the second pass, descend to the Berber village of Tizgui, where you can stroll through the palmeraies back to the gorge.

Sleeping

Most accommodation is within 20km of Tinerhir. You'll find a varied range of offerings: simple campsites, budget-friendly guesthouses and colourful boutique lodges.

Eating

Most visitors take their meals at their guesthouses. If you're not packing a picnic, the best lunch spots are at Camping le Soleil and the restaurants in the small village of Aït Baha Tizgui.

Drinking & Nightlife

There isn't any nightlife in the area, though you can order drinks at many guesthouses.