Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas

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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 18+
Activity level:
Challenging
Activity Rating - Challenging
Trip code: 
TMT
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–16
Min age:
18

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 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
  • 2 leaders for all walking days for groups of 11 or more

Key information

  • 7 nights full service camping, 4 nights gite with shared facilities & 3 nights hotel in en suite rooms
  • 12 days point-to-point walking
  • Free transfers for any flight
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2400m
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Countries visited: Adventure Holidays in Morocco

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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12

Days of Walking & Trekking
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 133.21km/2.0miles

Responsible Travel

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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.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning transfer and trek towards Tizi N Tkhfiste

    After breakfast we head out of Marrakech by private mini bus to Imi Noughlad, where 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 a picnic lunch. Then continue on to Tizi n'Tkhfiste, where we set up camp for the night.

    Full-service camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch 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. Stopping for our picnic lunch under the shade of walnut trees. Our route then leads us up to Oukaimden, a Moroccan ski resort in winter, here we stay in a simply but comfortable refuge operated by Club Alpin Français.

    Chalet de L'Oukaimeden or similar

    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 enjoy beautiful views of the lush Ourikai Valley below. Then we decend down to Agouns for our picnic lunch, before taking a small pass through the valley to Iaabbasen where we set up camp for the night.

    Full-service camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Cross the Tachdirt Pass to Tachdirt (3200m)

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

    Gite Ogog Tachedirt or similar

    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 taking in the peace of the surrounding mountains.

    Full-service camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Ascent of Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m)

    We have an early start today 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.

    Full-service camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Aourai Pass and Tizgui Valley

    Today we walk up to the Aourai Pass, through a wild volcanic landscape, with views as far as the Sahro range in southern Morocco and Toubkal.  From here 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 gite 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).

    Gite Amsouzert or similar

    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 is encircled by towering mountains and we camp close to the shores of 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.

    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 today on steep hairpin paths to the 3680m pass of Tizi n'Ouanoums. From here there is a superb views back over Lac d'Ifni and forward towards Jebel Bouiguinoussem (4025m). After our picnic lunch we start our descent to the Toubkal Base Camp at 3207m, where we will be spending the next two nights.

    Full-service camping with use of the refuge 

    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.

    We return to the refuge for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon reflecting on our journey so far. 

    Full-service camping with use of the refuge 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Ascent of Jebel Ouanakrim (4089m); to village of Aroumd

    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 Aroumd (1900m) for a welcome shower and night in a gite, with dinner on the terrace, facing back up toward Toubkal. 

    Hotel Armed or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Aroumd to Imlil; transfer to Marrakech.

    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.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    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.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    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, Typhoid 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.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

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 and terrain. The three ascent days are considered tougher. Although this trip is not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker as trails can be very rough and stony. 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 (April to June) 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 and clothing is necessary.

Altitude Warning - This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. One night is spent over 3000m in the most basic mountain refuge throughout the trip, which is understandable given its remote location.

Please note Ramadan runs from 5th May - 4th June 2019 and 23rd April to 23rd May 2020 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special 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 at sundown.

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Accommodation

Hotels, Camping & Gites

The majority of the nights camping on this trip are 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 10 and 11, we camp 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.  

On days 3, 5, 8 and 12 we spend the night at a simple gite with showers and toilets. All rooms are of a similar standard, clean and functional, breakfast might be quite basic.

The hotel in Marrakech is of a three-star standard, with a small outdoor swimming pool. 

It is possible to request single accommodation either for the hotel nights only or for the nights in hotels and camping. The supplements will differ. There are no single rooms available in gites. 

Call for general departures:
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1 800 267 3347
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2019
    Derek Armshaw

    Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas Sep-2019

    Great trip. Could be renamed 'Peaks & Passes . . .' as most days involve significant ascent and descent. Scenery and walking was fantastic - rugged mountains, less-travelled paths, authentic Berber villages and summer pastures. Loop ensured good acclimatisation by the time Toubkal was reached, but I think the Lac d'Infi and the Ouanoums Gorge were the highlights for me.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Milky Way fill the sky at Iaabbasen; the pre-dawn start and sunrise on Tizi n'Likemt; camping in the wide-open valley at Aourai; swimming at Lac d'Ifni; climbing up through the Ouanoums Gorge and crossing the Tizi n'Ouanoums . . .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lachan did a great job of leading and managing the trip. He was always mindful of safety and well-being, and freely shared his love of the mountains and the Berber people and culture, including hosting us for afternoon tea in his own home.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of toilet paper, as it isn't provided in camp or in most of the gites/huts.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tents are maybe due for replacement, most had broken zips, tears etc. Mess tent was a bit small for 16. Luggage and sleeping mats would have benefited from being bagged to protect from dust while on the mules.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Stephen Secretan

    This trek is no push-over

    A mixed trip - lovely valley walks, challenging mountains and a lively city to end.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the feeling of achievement both at the top of a high mountain and then going into camp / hostel at the end of a hard day. The feelings were definitely enhanced by being with a good group to share the experience

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was great. Lhousine knows the area and the local people and explains everything well. It was clear that he had an eye open for anyone struggling / straggling. Very approachable and happy to talk with us and share his considerable experience of the great outdoors and listen to ours. Lhousine was also very much in control of the logistics - getting us, muleteers, mules bagage, food... to the right place at the right time. Our hard-working support team were truly brilliant in looking after us and our chef, Hamida, worked marvels in producing tasty and attractive meals even when we were miles from any resources

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I found the sleeping mats too thin and would strongly recommend taking an inflatable or similar. Many of the paths we walked on were rock covered with small stones and easy to loose footing. Have boots that are right for that terrain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was sceptical about what the walking tour of Marrakesh would be. But I am so glad I did it because it was a highlight of the trip and, for me, the best part of our time in the city. Our guide there, Ibrahim, could not have been more informative
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Tracey Taylor-Preston

    Peaks & Valleys Of The High Atlas

    I enjoyed this trip immensely. Just the right level of challenging. A great fun mixed group of people who all encouraged each other through the trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a number of inspirational moments - the views are breath-taking, how the Berber people live was so far removed from the day-to-day life we expect - no electricity or running water, almost inspiring myself by how I could actually sleep in tents and achieve the high altitude climbs

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Omar was excellent, his knowledge of the mountains extensive. I do feel as though he could have done with more support - ie a back marker. We did have one issue where a member of our trip became ill. It was thought to be mountain sickness - however this particular member was an experienced trekker and climber and knew his illness wasn’t that. They ended up paying a passing guy with a mule to get him to the refuge where that evening, he arranged for a taxi to Marrakech. He had to have stents in Marrakech as a result. I gel that had we had a back marker - that person could have got him to Marrakech sooner, or had Omar had a satellite phone -there could have been a quicker result. As it was it fortunately turned out ok in the end.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take plenty of snacks. The food is good, but it’s amazing how much energy you use, and whilst camp food is also good, it can’t help but feel a little repetitive by the end of the trip. Food is fuel on these trips. Insurance - given the experience of a member of our trip. Make sure you have the correct travel insurance. Walking poles a necessity - a couple of members of our group didn’t bring them. I would suggest they are a necessity.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Michael Batt

    Atlas Peaks and Valleys

    This was a very good trek. Sadly had to miss out the most remote 4000m peak due to weather, but our guide did a great re-route. This is a good mix of trek and exposure to Berber culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed being with the group, but also enjoyed at the day's end taking a bit of time to sit and savour the views alone.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I can't speak highly enough of our Berber group leader. A highly capable mountain leader who shared his culture with us, and was extremely thoughtful towards all members of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Brace yourself for drop toilets and sometimes unhygienic toilet conditions. Take t roll and sanitiser. Take a few of your favourite snack bars for the longer trek days. Take it steady at altitude. Be fit enough for 8 hours hill-walking in the UK without being exhausted and you'll be okay on this one. Can drop close to zero at higher camps at night - equip accordingly.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Andy Longden

    Superb trekking in the Atlas Mountains

    An energetic trekking holiday through the High Atlas with summits of Toubkal and Ouanoukrim as the ultimate goals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We enjoyed all of the trekking, but the climbs to both Toubkal and Ouanoukrim (in fair weather) were especially rewarding and enjoyable. We also enjoyed passing through Berber villages, along with the hospitality of several families who invited us for tea.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I see from other reviews that this trip has very highly reviewed leaders, and our trek was no different. Youssef was a terrific leader - one of the best we have had on any trek. Calm, engaging, unruffled, yet authoritative when it mattered. Youssef is a young man with a great future, and he is a credit to both Exodus and his country. We particularly appreciated the pace he set, which served to both keep the group together whilst also allowing us to make good progress. Other leaders could learn a lot from this approach.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In September the weather can vary widely - we experienced very hot conditions, storms, driving hail, torrential rains, cold nights in the mountains etc etc, so come prepared. We’d also recommend you bring a Thermarest as the provided mattresses are dirty and thin. The food is excellent - no real need for snacks (the local trail mix is superb!).
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Gregg Raynor

    Amazing

    This is a massively rewarding trek with great views, truly impressive peaks and the fantastic opportunity to travel through Berber communities and villages. The trekking could be demanding at times but was manageable throughout and completely worth it. Our guide was superb and was able to answer all of our questions confidently and point out features at all times with a fantastic in-depth knowledge of the Berber region.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The third and final peak was really incredible, the early start meant the morning twilight gave spectacular colours to the surroundings and make summiting the peak really special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Muhamed, was great. He was very easy to get on with and made sure we enjoyed not just the trekking but the time in accommodation too. He was able to support everyone throughout the trek as well as giving a great deal of information about the areas we visited and Morocco in general.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Training is important, not necessarily trekking (as I booked this trip quite late I did not get the chance do much long distance trekking prior to travelling) but certainly cardio, specifically running or cycling, was very important and made life easier once out there.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Along with light technical walking clothing for the heat of the day it is well worth taking warmer clothing for the evenings when the temperature drops, I was very glad for taking a light down jacket, as well as some warm clothes to sleep in as it could get quite cold even in a sleeping bag.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Robert Dipalo

    Outstanding

    The trip was excellent with stunning views, demanding hiking and then travelling through interesting villages.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting the third peak of the trip. The day was cold and windy and it would have been easy to stay in bed and pass on the climb. I was glad a couple of others were motivated enough to go up that day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I thought the group leader Omar was excellent. The group had a wide range of ability and fitness levels and he tried to accommodate everyone and help them achieve their goals. He was very knowledgeable and answered every question we asked him. He was very pleasant with great English. He even invited the group into his home to enjoy a tea with his family.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Review the challenge level of the trip and the length and elevation of each day. Then honestly evaluate your ability before booking the trip.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Joanne Bartlett

    Fantastic

    Fantastic trek through remote Berber Villages, and the beautiful high Atlas mountains and valleys! Our guide, Omar, was very kind, patient, and organized and informative, briefing us each evening on what to expect on the following days trek, and teaching us about the Berber culture and life. He looked after our group very well, and took great care to attend to individual's needs. The cook, provided delicious meals which were always beautifully presented. The muleteers were very hard working and kind. I also enjoyed the wonderful group of fellow trekkers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on the summit of Mt Toubkal with its amazing panoramic view, as our guide pointed out our entire route.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Omar was a great guide, very friendly, patient and kind.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit before starting this trek. Bring warm clothes, as it was cold at the higher camps at night and during our early starts.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The guided tour of Marrakech at the end was too long. We visited a few interesting places, then spent several hours walking through the souks, which was a waste of time. The toilet tent was disgusting and unusable.
  • Reviewed October 2016

    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 !

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