Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas

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TMT
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Point-to-point Trips
Min age:
18
Group size:
6–16

Two week trek through remote gorges, passes and valleys of the High Atlas mountains

During this varied and challenging trek we aim to summit Jebel Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak (4167m), Jebel Ouanakrim (4088m) and Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m). We also discover seldom-visited gorges, passes and valleys and are rewarded with spectacular views as far as the Sahara. Campsites are mostly in high valleys and one night we camp near Lake Ifni with the chance of an afternoon swim.

When our trek is over we return to the fabulous city of Marrakech to cool off in its pleasant gardens or to visit the vibrant souks.

Highlights

  • Conquer three peaks over 4000m
  • Explore varied scenery from every peak and valley of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Trek through remote villages and discover the traditional Berber way of life
  • Soak up the vibrancy and culture of Marrakech

Key information

  • 8 nights semi-participatory camping, 3 nights gite with shared facilities & 3 nights hotel in en suite rooms
  • 12 days point-to-point walking
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2400m
  • Travel by minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Free transfers
  • Crampons if required

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Pace:

Average 6 hours walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 213.0km/8.0miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 611.0km/6.0miles
Day 719.0km/11.0miles
Day 810.0km/6.0miles
Day 98.0km/4.0miles
Day 109.0km/5.0miles
Day 118.0km/4.0miles
Day 1220.0km/12.0miles
Day 132.0km/1.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive to Marrakech.

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning transfer and trek towards Tizi N Tkhfiste.

    After breakfast we head out of Marrakech by private mini bus to Imi Noughlad. Here we meet our muleteers. We start our trek up to Tizi n'Msker (1500m), taking in the beautiful view through the Imnan Valley. From here we hike down to Imsker, where we stop by the river for our picnic. We then continue on to Tizi n'Tkhfiste, where we set up camp for the night.

    4 hours walking, 13KM, Alt gain 200m, alt loss 100m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Trek through Berber villages to Oukaimden.

    Today we start our walk in the village of Arg, before continuing uphill through more Berber villages, learning about the local way of life. We stop for our picnic lunch under the shade of walnut trees. Our route then leads us up to Oukaimden, a Moroccoan ski resort in winter, where we camp for the night.

    5 hours walking, 10KM, Alt gain 900m, alt loss 100m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Descent to Iaabbasen.

    Leaving the summer pastures of Oukaimden, we contiune, zigzagging up hill to Tizi n Ouatar (3100m). From here we will have beautiful views of the lush green Ourikai Valley below. We then dedcend down to Agouns for our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we take a small pass through the valley to Iaabbasen where we camp.

    6 hours walking, 13KM, Alt gain 500m. Alt loss 1000m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Cross Tachdirt Pass to Tachdirt (3200m).

    Today we take the Tachdirt Pass (3200m) through to the village of Tachdirt. Our accommodation for the night is a beautiful mountainside gite that dominates this small valley. Tea will be served on the large terrace, giving you time to relax and take in the beautiful panoramic view.

    6 ½ hours walking, 13KM, Alt gain 1000m, Alt loss 900m
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek to pass Tizi N’Likemt and on to Likempt.

    A quite demanding walk today as we start our ascent to the Tizi n'Likemt pass (3615m). On the pass, we continue for another 2hrs, descending to the pastures of Likemt (2600m). Our camp for the night is close to the river where we can enjoy some al-fresco dinner whilst enjoying the peace of the mountains.

    6 ½ hours walking , 11KM, Alt gain 1324m, Alt loss 1100m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Ascent of Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m).

    Today we have an early start in order to summit the first of our 4000m peaks, Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m). We walk to the summer pastureland of Adouz Azibs through magnificent wild mountain landscapes rarely frequented by tourists. On the summit we are rewarded with splendid views over Toubkal and the Siroua Massifs before finally descending to Aourai Camp (300m). When there are strong winds, this can be considered the most difficult peak to summit due to the exposure of the route. Those who choose not to do this peak can enjoy a gentle 3-hour walk with the muleteers to the next camp.

    8 hours walking, 19KM, Alt gain 1250m, Alt loss 1000m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

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    Today we walk up to the Aourai Pass, through a wild volcanic landscape. From here we can see as far as the Sahro range in southern Morocco and Toubkal is clearly visible as well. We descend towards the verdant valley of Tizgui and continue to our destination, the village of Amsouzart at 1700m. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to walk to the neighbouring village and water mill. Tonight we stay in a simple mountain gîte with a shop selling all sorts of treats such as chocolate and fresh orange juice. (Note: the gite does have solar power for lighting but no power points for recharging batteries). There may also be the opportunity to try out a Hammam (Moroccan steam bath).

    4 hours walking, 10KM,, Alt gain 100m, Alt loss 1350m
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Trek though volcanic landscape of Aourai Pass; to the idyllic Lac d'Ifni.

    After crossing the beautiful valley of Ait Ighrane and ascending alongside the river, we arrive at Lac d'Ifni (2300m). This is an idyllic spot encircled by towering mountains and we camp close to the lake. There may be the opportunity to take a swim (weather permitting) although this must be reserved for the very brave as at this height, the water is very cold.

    5 hours walking, 8KM, Alt gain 600m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Walk up to Ouanoums Gorge and Tizi n'Ouanoums Pass; to Toubkal Base Camp.

    We make our way up the Ouanoums Gorge on steep hairpin paths to the 3680m pass of Tizi n'Ouanoums. From here we have superb views back over Lac d'Ifni and forward towards Jebel Bouiguinoussem (4025m). We then start our descent to the Toubkal Base Camp at 3207m, where we will be spending the next two nights.

    7 hours walking, 9KM,Alt gain 1400m, Alt loss 500m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Ascent of Mt Toubkal (4167m).

    Today we take on another challenging 4000m peak, Mt Toubkal. At 4167m, it is the highest mountain in North Africa. The route is non-technical although there may be some sections of snow and scree along the way but these are safe to cross. The view from the summit is truly breathtaking, as you can see the entire Toubkal Massif, the Siroua Massif and, on clear days, all the way to Marrakech. By far, the most rewarding of all achievements over the last nine days.

    6 hours walking, 8KM, Alt gain 967m, Alt loss 967m
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Ascent of Jebel Ouanakrim (4089m); to village of Aremd.

    Our final challenge is the last of our three 4000m peaks, Mt Ouanakrim at 4089m. Although this is generally a non-technical ascent, there will be a section towards the summit where you will need to use your hands for 30-40 mins of scrambling. Anyone who doesn't wish to undertake this ascent can instead do part of the trek up to the col of Tizi n'Ougan (3750m) and return to camp along the same route (3½ hours round trip +/-600m). We retrace our steps to Base Camp and, after lunch, continue our descent to Aremd (1900m) for a welcome shower and night in a gîte.

    8-9 hours walking, 20KM, Alt gain 888m, Alt loss 2188m
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Aremd to Imlil; transfer to Marrakech.

    From Aremd we head down the valley into the green of the Ouirgane Nature Reserve, where olive and almond trees are abound, the scent of wild lavender and mimosa fills the air. We say goodbye to our muleteers and cooks before boarding the minibus for a transfer back to Marrakech. The evening is free to explore the city. Alternatively, you may choose to have a well-deserved swim in the hotel pool after our impressive feat across peaks and valleys.

    4 hours walking, 2KM, Alt loss 550m
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Guided tour of Marrakech; free afternoon.

    In the morning we have a guided tour (on foot) to some of the main sights of Marrakech and the afternoon is free for you to further explore this vibrant city. You may choose to take a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) round the old city walls, visit one of the palaces or the Saadien tombs. Haggle for some last-minute bargains in the souks or relax at the tranquil Jardin Majorelle. Finally, no trip to Marrakech is complete without a nighttime visit to the main square, the Djema el Fna.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Marrakech.

    Our tour ends after breakfast

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Tetanus and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

Weather

In the summer months, temperatures in Marrakech often exceed 35ºC and the nights are hot. In the mountains, the midday temperatures can be in the high 30's and we often have early starts and take long lunch breaks, walking in the cooler parts of the morning and afternoon. Even nights are warm to hot and it is only chilly at a couple of the higher camps. If you do not cope well with high temperatures, you should not travel to Morocco in July and August. June and September are cooler but with a slightly increased chance of rain in September. However the Atlas, like many mountain ranges can experience short sharp storms at any time, and this is not unusual. May and October can get cold at night and there is a slight chance of snow and ice at high altitude. It is not unknown for squally storms to blow through at this time of year and warmer clothes should be brought. The itinerary may be amended to take this into account. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech and mountain regions will be cooler than this.

Is this trip for you?

Point-to-point walking and camping are the best options to help us cover more remote regions of the High Atlas as well as the frequently-visited sections. Please note all nights camping are in wild camps as no official campsites exist in the areas we visit. On the treks we use mules to carry personal gear so only a light daypack is required, occasionally with a share of the picnic lunch.

Out of eleven days walking (with full porterage), four are considered less demanding due to the duration of the walk and the terrain. The three ascent days are considered a higher. Although this trip is not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker as trails can be very rough and stony and the trek passes through some primitive areas. A lot of the walking is at some altitude on mule trails or piste, and the sun can be very fierce in the summer. The temperature at a particular time of year can make a difference to how tough this trek feels. Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Be prepared as well for some stormy weather during the summer.

The ascents of Mt Toubkal and Mt Adrar n'Dern are non-technical and no special equipment is required during the summer months. Jebel Ouanakrim requires a small amount of scrambling near the summit and is optional. If any of the high peaks are covered in snow and ice later in the season (which is rare but can happen) an ascent will not be attempted. Although unlikely, it may be necessary for trips at the beginning and end of the season to be modified if snow blocks some of the higher passes. If this happens we will ensure that the trip remains as close to the original itinerary as possible in both content and grade. We always strive to make a summit attempt of Mt Toubkal regardless of alterations to the itinerary. We also advise before departure if extra equipment, (such as crampons) is necessary.

Altitude Warning: this trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness.

Ramadan: Please note Ramadan runs from 15th May to 14th June 2018. During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, it does need to be recognised that the energy levels of our local staff may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a unique time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air every night.

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Accommodation

Hotels, Camping & Gites

Camping on this trip is always in wild camps, as official campsites simply do not exist in the areas we visit. Wild camping means there is no ablutions or toilet block; however, there is sometimes the possibility to find a private spot at a nearby river for a quick wash. Ground conditions and space permitting, a basic toilet tent is erected at each camp. All camp chores are done for you from erecting and dismantling your tent to all the cooking and washing up. A table and chairs are also provided for meal times.

On days 4, 7 and 11 we spend the night at a simple gite with showers and toilets. On days 9 and 10, we stay at Toubkal Basecamp with toilets and warm showers available in the refuge building for a small payment. Please note the refuge can be rather crowded with other independent travellers.

All the hotels we use are of a similar standard, clean and functional although the rooms and facilities may be basic and limited and the breakfasts simple.

Single supplement GBP100

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2016
    Doug Florence

    Well paced trek off the beaten track (except Toukbal)

    An excellent trek. Well paced to build up to the altitude, early starts and big ascents and descents with more restful days following harder ones. Going to high peaks and high passes was followed by descent into valleys for the night. The first part of the trek was on less popular routes, the final few days around Toubkal were a bit busy. Toubkal summit is bit like Snowdon on a busy day, but hey, you have to do it. Enthusiastic and efficient support team of muleteers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably ascent of Anoukrim, final 4000m peak. Some impressive early morning light and sunrises. Some very nice winding paths over steep terrain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Friendly with a humorous attitude. Very good at pacing the day's walk and keeping the group interested. Good local knowledge and obviously enjoys being in the mountains. I had the impression he managed the support team of muleteers very well and obviously got on with them very well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trek is quite physically demanding but should be within the abilities of anyone who is used to consecutive big days in UK. The main challenge is making a fairly big walk every day for 12 days. Altitude effect was perceptible but not debilitating and there were few if any problems with headaches etc, due to the well planned ascent profile. Excellent food considering the location and a very good support team.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It seemed unnecessary to subject the trek leader to the final day in Marrakech. The walking tour was good but it had a different guide and I felt his presence was superfluous and I had the impression that so did he! His mountian skills and knowledge are wasted in a city. I did not enjoy being rushed through the souk and only stopping at one shop. I think it would have been better to explain that we were going to make a rapid transit of the souk as a familiarisation and leaving us to go back later
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Megan Kaye

    Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas

    Absolutely fantastic! Loved every second of it and couldn't of wished for better trip. The views were astonishing and the pride after completing the peaks is overwhelming, everyone should do this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of all of the peaks is just amazing, especially to complete them with the new great friends you make on the trip. Swimming in the lake is unforgettable, with views to die for.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was incredible, he was constantly checking up on each member of the group making sure everyone was safe and enjoying their time. He made the trip factual too and told us all about the places we visited during the walk and our time in the villages. He was just fantastic and made the trip unforgettable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't waste your time thinking about booking the trip, book it now and be ready to make some incredible memories that you will never forget!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Absolutely Awesome !
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Catharina Van Ramshorst

    Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas

    The Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas holiday in Morocco as organised by Exodus was a wonderful trip. We used it as a private group of 12 and I cannot fault the organisation. The 12 day trip with three 4000 meter peaks was a tough walking trip but it was very doable and we were taken care of magnificently. Our guide Hassan was great, our Muleteers were enthusiastic and hard working, our cook was the best and provided us with great meals. The trip was well planned in that we gained lots of height slowly and descended often enough to let us get used to the high altitude. Because of this nobody suffered bad altitude illnesses and most of us completed all three 4000 meter peaks. There are many big descends involved but luckily most of our knees survived. It is recommended to take trekking poles. We camped half of the time and slept in gytes the other nights, and this variety was great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Many inspirational moments were there on this trip. Off course to feel the achievement of going to the summits of the great peaks and having spectacular views. But also the interaction with the people of Morocco who were without exception all very welcoming and very friendly. The landscape is stunning. Special moments are also the brilliant night skies one has when camping in the middle of nowhere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan our group leader is a great guy, leading our group onto every hill. He is enthusiastic and full of knowledge. We had many laughs with him. I can't fault him in any way.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is quite a tough trip, but if in general good health and used to lots of walking over tough terrain, this holiday is great. Because of the high ascents and descents (often 1000meter up or down) and some long walking days (max 11 hours) one has to be reasonably fit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Make sure you do not bring too much luggage. It is not needed. Make sure you take dehydration tablrts as one sure way to enjoy this holiday is to drink plenty!. Also take tablets to clean drinking water as although bottled water is available, the environmental impact is too big to rely on these alone. Aldo keep good hygiene all the time, as a tummy bug is easily got, and would spoil the holiday.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Abi Wynn-Jones

    A challenging and enjoyable trip

    This was my first experience of high and hot trekking and it was everything I hoped it would be and more - a delightful experience, a superb guide, and a unique opportunity to see views and landscapes that were out of this world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The people - people I travelled with, the people we met on our journey, and the people who helped us get through the tough days were all lovely. The moment I will remember forever is standing on top of the highest mountain in north Africa, having got there thanks to the hard work of a wonderful team.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was great, full of useful information and facts, always enthusiastic, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure our experience was the best possible. He made 13 hours of walking seem easy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's a challenge, but so worth it. Keep a few layers of clothes available - the weather high up changes often and dramatically!
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jakub Gloser

    Great little experience

    This is a great trip for anyone who likes mountain walking and camping. The scenery is absolutely stunning and local people are really nice and polite. This trip is perfectly put together so you start off with the easier days and slowly day by day it gets a little harder so you have time to get used to the environment, distances and altitudes. Our guide was so nice, informative and funny. He always kept an eye on our group while walking and kept us company at lunches and tea breaks. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone who likes mountainous outdoors.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Local culture and amazing views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Super guy!!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for massive temperature differences. I went in late September and days can be very hot and you gotta cover up from the sun while mornings and peaks can be freezing and very windy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    GO!
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Phil Burrows

    Peaks and valleys of the Atlas Mountains, Morroco

    What an adventure! This is a brilliant trek that pushes you to your limits with 12 days in the Atlas Mountains trekking through remote berber villages, ascending a gorge and many ridges and plateaux and climbing North Africa's highest peak Toubkal. There is a mix of wild camping and accommodation in gites with an opportunity of swimming in Lac d'Ifini lake.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational part of the trek was ascending the Ouanoum Gorge after a relaxing time at Lac d'Ifni lake. The steep zig zag path takes 6-hours ascent reaching an altitude of 3680 and afording spectacular views looking back down it. Also ascending Mount Toubkal was an other highlight

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was our leader. Always attentive to everyones needs and regularly checked that people were okay. He had great kwowledge of berber life and would often stop and inform us of various cultural/geographical issues. The pace was good and he allowed plenty of rest stops. Hassan also had a brilliant sense of humour and was always around in the evenings with us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most of us suffered from sickness for some of the days- difficult to pin point but could be a culmination of heat, altitude or food/water. Take water purifiers such as sodium chloroxide tablets and keep rehidrated using dioralite sachets. For descending screes particularly on Toubkal trekking poles are a must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I trekked with 15 others and the camaradery with fellow trekkers was excellent and hope to stay in touch. The leadership of Hassan and all the staff including cook, and muleteers all gave 100 percent which all made this a holiday to remember. And not to miss our Morag the mule who assisted me on one occasion while I suffered with cramp.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Michael Johnson

    Peaks and Valleys of the Atlas

    Brilliant trek. Challenging but well balanced with plenty of rest time and opportunities to clean up in gites after the extremely basic camp sites. Mountains are very impressive and more varied that I expected with lots of streams, flowers and trees in the valleys as well as exposed ridges and peaks above the cloud level. June is a good time to go. We saw very few other walking groups until we got to Toubkal and even then it wasn't really busy. Hot but a cooling breeze most of the time and not too cold on the summits. Definitely recommend it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ascent of Mt Ouanakrim at the end. Looks daunting and only half our group did it but such fun and a great sense of achievement. One of the best climbs I have ever done.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was excellent. Regularly checked I was ok (I was the oldest and it probably showed), answered our never ending questions in a helpful and patient way and organised the meals and accommodation with unfailing efficiency. Did this and led all the walking while fasting all day because of Ramadan. Truly amazing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure your boots are in good nick because they take a terrible pounding on the loose rock and scree. And take some super glue in case the sole starts to come off. In June we didn't need padded jackets, thermals or super warm sleeping bags just several layers including a decent fleece and lightweight jacket to protect against the wind. Factor 50 sunscreen.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Marrakesh is a bonus at the end if you haven't been there before. Fascinating historical sites, beautiful Moorish architecture and crazy markets. Enjoy!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Sarah Boyd

    2 weeks in the Beautiful High Atlas Mountains

    A truly incredible trip! Made better by our trusty leader Hamid, who has exceptionably talented, knowledgeable and humorous and of course the rest of the group who were just as enthusiastic and a joy to be around!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many, where to begin! We were unable to follow the exact itinerary due to unpredictable weather constraints, this however seemed to make the trip all the more exciting! Watching the storm roll in from our fixed campsite perched high in the mountains, with a bowl of popcorn to share was almost a cinematic! Then came the snow making for lots of fun and games on our Toubkal ascent. Aside from the unbelievable landscapes, valleys and snow covered peaks - meeting the muleteers family for breakfast at his home and joining the cook at his for tea was a real privilege and highlight. The team that looked after us were amazingly hospitable and friendly and contributed significantly to the experience of the trip - plus they fed us loads! And put so much effort into the presentation, it was great. Overall top draw, can't wait for my next Exodus trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hamid was fantastic - I don't think its possible to say a bad word against him. He put 110% into his role of our leader, constantly smiling and joking, even when he got toothache and sneaked away in the middle of the night for emergency treatment (that's commitment), he shared stories with us, reassured us when we were unsure, was environmentally responsible, and taught us about Berber culture and everything in between, there wasn't a question he couldn't answer. It was very clear how much he loves his job, he knows the mountains like the back of his hand and grew up in a nearby Berber village, it was a genuine pleasure to have him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for all weather types, not uncommon in the mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're thinking about doing this trip, go for it! Although there are a lot of days walking and some pretty serious heights it's very much manageable. Everyone went at their own pace and we as a group didn't fall too far apart from each other, plus there is plenty of time to relax with Moroccan tea when you get to camp (with some pretty exceptional surroundings to enjoy with it) Thank you Exodus!
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Marylyn Mcquaide

    Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas

    Extremely varied trek, both terrain and weather, with spectacular scenery and amazingly welcoming and hospitable atmosphere.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Certainly Mt Toubkal, being a fair weather climber I was surprised how much I enjoyed the challenge and sheer exhilaration of climbing knee deep in snow!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hamid is quite unique, in a crazily good way (!) and takes great pride in his role. He has excellent language skills and knowledge of his "patch" and beyond. Hamid possesses an amazing ability to get to know each member of the group and has an engaging and inclusive relationship with the cook and muleteers.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    May departures may see variable weather conditions, be prepared for some sweltering days, thick snow and perhaps the odd thunderstorm... Personally this all added to the experience - we travel for adventure right?!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Being a vegetarian and animal lover, I cannot fault the delicious food and more importantly the fair treatment of the mules. Weather conditions varied our itinerary from the trip notes, as such I will be delighted to return to repeat this trip in the not too distant future.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Michael Crothers

    Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas

    A really excellent, aventurous walk with an all night thunder storm and blizzard conditions on Mt Troubkal. Quite strenuous but well worth the effort. A great group of people to walk with and an excellent guide. The scenery was breathtaking

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Camping at high altitude and looking at the briallant night sky

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hamid was a really good group leader and was excellent in both looking after us and also the accompanying mule team. He was very informative about all aspects of Atlas mountains and their communities. As well he was encouraging when the going got difficult and very amusing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Trips in May may be altered due to residual high snow, but the alternative itinery is equally as good. Bring plenty of adequate clothing for both hot and cold weather.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was an amazing holiday and very good value.

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