On this action-filled adventure through the High Atlas Mountains, explore some of Morocco's most remote and dazzling landscapes and enjoy superlative trekking. Kick off the journey by experiencing the sights and sounds of Marrakech's ancient medina and then set out to discover lush oases, age-old kasbahs, and traditional Berber villages. Spend five days on an extraordinary trek through majestic mountain scenery, camping in comfortable mobile camps in the wilderness, and climb the imposing Mount M'goun, Morocco's second highest peak.
Experience Morocco's historic cities, Berber villages, lush oases, and ancient kasbahs
Spend unforgettable days trekking the far-flung High Atlas Mountains, through mighty peaks and dreamy valleys
Summit Morocco's second highest peak, the magnificent Mount M'goun at 13,356' feet
Arrive in Marrakech this morning and meet a MT Sobek representative outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. After transfer to the hotel, lunch and a briefing, take a guided walking tour of the medina, the mesmerizing "old town" of Marrakech. Wander its maze of narrow streets and enjoy the hubbub of the famed Djemma El Fna square, with its snake-charmers and fire-eaters-a scene out of One Thousand and One Nights. Have dinner paired with a musical performance at a traditional restaurant inside a 19th-century family home.
After an early breakfast, set out for a scenic drive over the dramatic passes of the High Atlas Mountains, rising above a landscape of oasis pastures, willow and poplar groves, and fairy-tale villages. Stop for lunch near the mud-brick Telouet Kasbah and continue on to Ksar Ait Benhaddou. Marvel at this World Heritage Site with its earthen houses stacked one on top of the other, protected by a defensive wall, and learn about the distinctive Berber culture. Spend the night in a modern kasbah nearby.
Today, drive through the city of Ouarzazate, known as "the door of the desert," and head eastward along the Dadès Valley. Stop for a walk through the lush Skoura oasis with its giant kasbahs, and then continue to the Roses Valley. Drive up into the foothills of the middle Atlas to a remote area where you meet the mules who carry the luggage and camping equipment. Start hiking down the valley in shallow water towards the village of Aguerzeka and Tiranimine village, and to the first camp location at 5,577 feet.
Spend the day hiking through spectacular gorges that separate high ridges and escarpments of M'goun massif. Wind along the narrowing gorges on the riverbed, taking in colorful sandstone and limestone formations that punctuate this dramatic landscape, and pass over several river crossings. Climb up 985 feet, leaving the gorges, and set up camp where the valley widens, near the village of Imi Nirkt (6562').
This morning head out on another day-long hike downstream along the river in remote Ouzirimt Valley. Walking on narrow donkey paths, pass through picturesque clay villages and verdant fields. Reach Tighremt n'Ait Ahmed, ruins of an ancient granary formerly used as a stop for desert caravans. This evening set up camp near Aflafal spring, at 7218 feet.
Today continue on to the upper region of M'goun Valley, taking in the craggy mountain landscapes and surprising bursts of vibrant green that dot the dry red terrain. This evening camp at 9,514 feet, near a spring at the base of Oulilimte Valley.
Set out early this morning to start the hike to the peak of Mount M'goun. The second highest mountain in Morocco (13,356'), it offers a spectacular trek for seasoned hikers. This is the trip's biggest climb and longest trek. After reaching the summit, return down the same path to the upper M'goun Valley and down along two mountain passes with breathtaking views of the mountain range. End the day at the Ikkis shepherd huts in Arous Valley.
This morning head out for the last portion of the trek, along the dazzling Arous Valley, surrounded by remarkable peaks. Continuing on the rocky trails, take in the striking beauty of the lush green landscapes below, leading into Ait Bougmez Valley. Finish the trek here and board the vehicle for the transfer back to Marrakech. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.
Say goodbye to Morocco this morning and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
MT Sobek has been exploring Morocco since 1975, and no other company offers a more authentic experience.
This immersive adventure is led by our expert Berber guides, who hail from the Atlas Mountains.
The adventure takes in some of Morocco's most remote mountain landscapes, plus the highlights of Marrakech.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Moderate to strenuous hikes, including a trek to the summit of Mount M'Goun (13,343'), and a walking city tour of Marrakech.
MT Sobek mobile camps in the wilderness and a boutique hotel in Marrakech to bookend the trip in style.
Daytime temperatures in Marrakech range from 80-90°F, dropping to the 60°Fs at night. Mountain highs range from 60-70°F at lower altitudes and 50-60°F at higher altitudes.
Our hiking team includes experienced cooks who will prepare traditional Moroccan dishes like soups, tajines, couscous, pasta, and dessert with pancakes or Moroccan donuts.
On day 7, our group will attempt to summit Mount M'goun, a strenuous and spectacular trek for seasoned hikers. Our guides are able to modify todays hike if this trail is too challenging for the group. We also offer this trip as a private departure and can customize the hikes and length of the trip to your abilities and preferences.
We travel by 4x4, minibus and bus, depending on our group size.
Yes! We offer customized extensions in Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, and Essaouira. We can also help you book extra pre-post hotel nights.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
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