425.749.7421

Morocco Explorer • Multisport

High Atlas Trek • Biking & Camel Riding

Details

Length:

10 days in Morocco

Trekking Season:

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trekking Grade:

Cost

$3200

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Tour Overview

Morocco – An ancient Kingdom known for its rugged High Atlas Mountains and rich Berber traditions. Few roads give way to this mountain stronghold, where the agrarian way of life has little changed in a hundred years. As we trek, we see Berber women in brightly colored dresses tending fields amid picturesque mud-brick villages, and higher up, we meet nomadic shepherds in summer pastures. Mountain Gurus presents two options to explore this scenic landscape. The High Atlas Trek is a pure trekking experience which combines hiking through Berber villages, the costal city of Essaouira as well as the Western Sahara desert. Our Adventure trip is geared for those seeking a host of activities, trekking, biking and Camel riding. Both options reach North Africa’s highest point, Mount Toubkal. The hike to the summit is challenging, but requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from the summit makes the hard work worthwhile.

High Atlas Trek • Mount Toubkal Summit • 10 day trek

morocco-mountain-touring-adventure

We begin our trip in Marrakech, located near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. While in Marrakech you’ll enjoy a tour of the old city as well as an opportunity to explore the colorful and culturally intriguing markets adorn with handmade carpets, leather goods and snake charmers. Our High Atlas trek discovers the mountains solely on foot. We carry light packs as mules carry all of our heavy trekking gear. Over the next few days we trek and climb Jbel Toubkal through Berber settlements crossing high mountain passes eventually reaching the lush village of Azib Tamsoult. From here, we trek along a moderately steep path to Tizi Aguelzim Pass and descend to Nelther Refuge known as Toubkal base camp. We leave before dawn and climb to the summit of Toubkal at 13,671ft, the highest mountain in North Africa. We enjoy beautiful views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. We descend to the trailhead at Imlil and the next morning drive to Essaouira where we explore the ancient coastal city. Our adventure now takes us across the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass towards the Western Sahara desert. We explore a riverside oasis and barren hillsides clustered with Kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We have the option of driving to Zagora, with beautiful views of the Draa Valley were we ride camels into the dunes and spend the night in Berber tents or overnighting near Ait Ben Haddou and explore the ancient region further. You’ll experience a beautiful desert sunset and enjoy a fantastic dinner.

Adventure Trip • Trekking • Biking & Camel Riding • 10 day multisport

morocco-mountain-biking-adventure

Once in Marrakech we tour the old city and explore the local markets and shops. Over the next two days we discover Berber settlements and the rugged high country of Morocco on mountain bike. From the village of Imlil, we trek to Toubkal base camp, fully supported by mule and climb Jebel Toubkal for amazing mountain views of this great range. Our multi-sport adventure now takes us across the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass towards the Western Sahara desert. We explore a riverside oasis and barren hillsides clustered with Kasbahs. We drive further to Zagora, with beautiful views of the Draa Valley were we ride camels into the dunes and spend the night in Berber tents. You’ll experience a beautiful desert sunset and enjoy a fantastic dinner. Come and experience the unique sites, culture and landscape of Morocco.

Mount Toubkal • Alpine Climb • 7 day climb

Climbing Mount Toubkal in winter provides for an excellent introduction into the world of alpine mountaineering. A winter ascent requires the use of ice axe, crampons and mountaineering equipment. Strong fitness is required

Itinerary

Flight Schedule: USA – Casablanca – Marrakech (RAK)
Trek begins and ends in Morocco


High Atlas Trek

Day 1 • Arrive Marrakech
Transfer airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 • Marrakech
After breakfast we begin our day with a walking tour, our city guide will explain the history, architecture, handicrafts, Marrakesh Museum, historical sites and culture of Morocco. Trek orientation and equipment check. Prepare for morning departure into the mountains. (B)

Day 3 • High Atlas Mountains
We depart Marrakech and drive to the Atlas Mountains where we meet our team at Aguerzioual the starting point of our trek. We walk towards Tizi Oudid pass via some Berber villages. Once we reach the pass, we enjoy great views over Imlil valley & Azzaden valley. We walk downhill to the place where we take lunch before continuing to Azib Tamsoult passing via Tizi Oussem village. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Toubkal Valley • 10,350ft
After breakfast, we set out eastward on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3,550 m), thence a further three hour’s southeast to the Toubkal Refuge which marks the spring snowline at 3,207 meters, where we enjoy dinner once at Toubkal basecamp. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Jbel Toubkal • 13,671ft
Start the morning early and enjoy the sunrise from Northern Africa’s highest point Jbel Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains. Return to the refuge for a snack and tea then descend into the village of Imlil. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Essaouira
After breakfast, transfer to the coastal city of Essaouira. (B, L)

Day 7 • Marrakech
After breakfast we tour and explore the old medina of Essaouira. In the afternoon, transfer three hours to Marrakech where we will spend the night. (B, L)

Day 8 • Zagora
First we cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. You will pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, riverside oasis and barren hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch we drive further to Zagora, with beautiful views of the Draa Valley. We will arrive there in the afternoon and after a short break you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night in berber tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner. We also have the option of overnighing near Ait Ben Haddou a UNESCO World Heritage Site and exploring the ancient region further. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Marrakech
After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site you will ride the camels back to the auberge. Drive back to Marrakech, again via Tichka pass. You will arrive in Marrakech early evening. (B, L)

Day 10 • Depart
Transport to Marrakesh Menara International Airport for flights home. (B)


Adventure Trip

Day 1 • Arrive Marrakech
Transfer airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 • Marrakech
After breakfast we begin our day with a walking tour, our city guide will explain the history, architecture, handicrafts, Marrakesh Museum, historical sites and culture of Morocco. Trek orientation and equipment check. Mountain bikes issued for the trek. Prepare for morning departure into the mountains. (B)

Day 3 • High Atlas Mountains
Transfer one hour outside of Marrakesh and start our bike tour into the High Atlas Mountains. Spend the night camping on the river or guest house. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Imlil • 5200ft
Spend the day riding up the valley passing through small Berber villages along the way. We continue our mountain bike journey riding up the valley over the mountain pass then descend into the village of Imlil. Spend the night in a private lodge and explore the village. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Toubkal Valley • 10,350ft
We start our trek up the Toubkal valley supported by mules and camp in the shadow of Jbel Toubkal. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Jbel Toubkal • 13,671ft
Start the morning early and enjoy the sunrise from Northern Africa’s highest point Jbel Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains. Return to the refuge for a snack and tea then continue down to low camp 8500ft in the valley. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Marrakech
After breakfast we will continue trekking down the valley into Imlil village. Here we will shower and have lunch. In the afternoon, transfer two hours to Marrakech where we will spend the night. (B, L)

Day 8 • Zagora
First we cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. You will pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, riverside oasis and barren hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch we drive further to Zagora, with beautiful views of the Draa Valley. We will arrive there in the afternoon and after a short break you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night in berber tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Marrakech
After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site you will ride the camels back to the auberge. Drive back to Marrakech, again via Tichka pass. You will arrive in Marrakech early evening. (B, L)

Day 10 • Depart
Transport to Marrakesh Menara International Airport for flights home. (B)


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group.

Details

Land Cost
Price per person: $3200
Single Supplement: $400


Deposit and Payments
$700 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
All scheduled land transportation in Morocco
Hotel accommodations in Marrakech
Guest house or tented accommodations during the trek
Scheduled meals during the trek
Professional guide
Porter or mule service
All group equipment for the trek (including tents, stoves, group gear)


Services not included
International airfare – USA – Kathmandu
Non-scheduled airport transfers
Non-scheduled meals
Snack food during the trek
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Gear List

Trekking • Morocco

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection.
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body.
Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each
other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a
sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and
are completely useless when damp.
• Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Three synthetic shirts for trekking. Three cotton shirts for camp and lodges.
• Hard Shell Rain Jacket w/ hood: Rain and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or
waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
• Insulated Synthetic or Down Jacket: Medium weight
• Wind Shirt: A nylon wind shell (not waterproof)

Handwear:
• Lightweight Synthetic gloves: One pair, optional

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof
nylon that has been “seam sealed”. (full side zips)
• Trekking Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on
cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear:
• Trekking/Biking Socks: Six pair synthetic medium weight
• Hiking Boots or Trekking/Biking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough
to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy synthetic sock.
• Sport Sandals: These are to wear in camp or lodges.

Sleeping:
• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit
so bring a warm bag(rated to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).
• Sleeping Pad: One closed-cell foam pad or an inflatable THERMA-REST© pad, optional

Packing and Backpack:
• Frameless backpack: One lightweight small size (2500-3000 cubic inches) comfortable pack
with some support, adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have
a good waist belt. Carry gear between 15 and 20 pounds.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One large size, transporting gear via mules or porters.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One medium size, store non-mountain gear during the trek.
• Travel locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels.

Climbing Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
• Water Treatment: We recommend you bring two bottles of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”,
crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water.

Personal Health and First Aid
• Small personal first-aid kit and medications
• Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and Lexan spoon
• Personal Items

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Travel

International Programs • Morocco

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Marrakech

Visa/Entry Information: A valid passport is required for American citizens to enter Morocco. American citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 30 days for tourism.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Morocco.

Flight Travel Information: USA – Marrakech (RAK)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide limited rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Rental items include: Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Helmet

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.