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High Atlas Trek

A superb introduction to the mountains and traditions of Morocco, this trip combines a trek in the High Atlas Mountains with visits to the medinas and palaces of Marrakesh. Explore the narrow alleyways of the souqs and admire exquisite architecture in one of the country's most impressive imperial cities. Outside the bustle of Marrakesh we walk through traditional Berber villages, following trails to alpine pastures set beneath the impressive backdrop of the peaks of the High Atlas mountain range. We learn to respect the simplicity of life in these mountain villages and are awed by spectacular scenery. An ascent of Jebal Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in Morocco, is something to aim for on our trek. Not to be under-estimated, reaching the summit is a great achievement and a fitting highlight to round out this adventure.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
arrival & departure transfers (Days 1 & 11 only)
4 nights in traditional riads on a twinshare basis
2 nights in local homestay on a twinshare basis
4 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
group camping equipment including tent, sleeping bag and mat
English speaking tour leader, cook and camp crew
city guide in Marrakesh
mules and mule handlers to carry personal and group equipment on trek
mineral water during trek
park entrance and trek fees as listed in itinerary
emergency medical kit
private transport
Hightlights
Trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal (4167m)
Walk through traditional Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains
Cross the impressive and remote Tizi n'Ougalzim (3700m)
Explore the gardens, mosques, palaces and souqs of Marrakesh
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $1,480
Start Location
Marrakesh, Morocco
End Location
Morocco
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
17 Jun 201827 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,480
19 Aug 201829 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,480
16 Sep 201826 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,480
21 Apr 201901 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,480
19 May 201929 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,480
16 Jun 201926 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $1,480
18 Aug 201928 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $1,480
15 Sep 201925 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $1,480
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
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 Berta (or similar).
Day 2
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 Berta (or similar).
Day 3
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. Overnight Riad Berta (or similar).
Day 4
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
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. Overnight: camping
Day 6
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
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. Overnight: camping
Day 8
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. Upon reaching the top we see the next challenge awaiting us: Mount Toubkal. We descend to our campsite below and enjoy the alpine scenery with the surrounding dramatic peaks that the base camp offers us. Please note this camp is the only place to stay in this area and a National Park rule to stay here; for this reason it is utilised by many groups and unfortunately there might be evidence of rubbish or not as clean as we would like. Overnight: camping
Day 9
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. If you prefer, you have the option of a rest day relaxing in camp located at the foot of the peaks, and surrounded by mountains. Overnight: camping
Day 10
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 Marrakesh. Overnight Riad Berta (or similar).
Day 11
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).