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Morocco Trekking Adventure

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Morocco Trekking Adventure

Challenge yourself with this adventure trek and discover this breathtaking North African country. Explore the Atlas Mountains led by your expert Berber guides, in traditional caravan fashion.

Prices from US$1,745

Trek for a fortnight in the mystical heights of the ancient Atlas Mountains, where indigenous Berber tribesmen have maintained a culture and heritage that reaches back over thousands of years. Visit tiny Moroccan tea rooms where the scent of heavy perfume hangs over steaming cups of fragrant mint tea. Delve down winding alleyways in the world famous markets, where you can haggle over delicately painted ceramics and intricate hand-woven fabrics.

Catch sight of the region's most captivating views such as the cobalt blue Lake Ifni from above, as you weave your way along the spine of the Atlas mountain range. Accompanied by a caravan of camels and mules, the traditional means of transporting goods and luggage, you will wind your way along well worn herder's paths, spotting eagles wheeling in the sky above and absorbing the spectacular vistas. Each night you will enjoy comfortable accommodation varying from homestays to terracotta tiled hostels, giving you an intimate and fascinating insight into Morocco's mountain villages and communities. With Berber tribesmen as your guides, you will gain privileged access to the most obscure, beautiful and least trodden routes and will benefit from their intricate knowledge of the terrain and culture. Challenge yourself with this extraordinary adventure trek and discover this breathtaking North African country!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make lifelong friends
  • Trek in the magnificent heights of the Atlas mountains
  • Gain privileged access to Morocco's least trodden routes

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Morocco
Activities Mountain trekking
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Berber mule 
Accommodation Varies

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

They call themselves the "Amazigh", the proud raiders, however most people know them as Berbers. An ancient tribal community, Morocco's mountain people sustain a lifestyle that has changed little over the centuries, by defending their language and culture against would be invaders from the world over – French, Roman, and Arab. However, in recent years the tide of globalisation in the form of an American Moroccan oil development has encroached upon their land, an invasion that the Berbers describe as the assault of yet another conquering army. This represents a real possibility that the culture, embodied in its language and arcane traditional practices, is being forced into retreat and it is said that there is no longer any hinterland where the indigenous heritage can be preserved.

In order to support these increasingly marginalised indigenous communities and enable them to resist the forces of globalisation which are overwhelming their cultural identity, it is essential that projects and expeditions such as this utilise local skills and traditional knowledge, as well as supporting the local economy through the purchase of food and goods from local suppliers. In this way, ecotourism provides benefits by supporting ancient traditions and assisting in maintaining and empowering indigenous cultures.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your two week trekking adventure will be led by project staff and expert local Berber tribesmen who have an intimate knowledge of the route, ensuring that your experience will be exciting and safe. You will be travelling on foot with a caravan of mules to carry the expedition luggage. You will cover a significant distance every day, over a six-hour period, giving you the opportunity to push yourself physically as you absorb the spectacular vistas and breathe the clean mountain air. You will have the chance to tackle some of the most exhilarating peaks in Africa, including the famous Djebel Toubkal, where you will discover views that will take your breath away. Your tour of the High Atlas region and local Berber villages will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Trekking Itinerary

 

Day 1: 

Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you will be collected by our coordinator and transferred to a guesthouse in Marrakech, where you will stay for one night. Tonight is a great opportunity to meet your fellow trekkers and explore the maze-like souks and busy market stalls of Marrakech. 

Day 2: 

The following morning you will have a gentle start to the day with a minibus journey to the famous ski resort of Oukaïmeden, which at 2600m altitude has a beautiful view over several villages below.  Here you will meet the local muleteers team. After lunch, you’ll head through the sheep-pens of Tiferguine before setting up camp at the impressive foot of the col of Ouhattar (3000m). Camp consists of a bivouac shelter, which will be basic but a fantastic way to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. 1 ½ hours walking. 

Day 3:   

Today will get you into the spirit of the trek as you traverse your first mountain pass, descending over villages, to join the high valley of Ourika. You will pass through a number of Berber villages including Tamguist, Anfli and Tiourdiou. Bivouac camp. 6 hours walking.

Day 4:   

Carrying on along the valley of Ourika you’ll make the ascent up the col of Tamater (2200m), before descending down to the Assif N’oufra. Bivouac near the river. 6 hours walking. 

Day 5: 

Today’s trek will see you navigate the twisting track around the rocky outcrop that hides Amenzel. After this section the landscape changes as the valley widens into several basins. In the afternoon, you cross the Tizi Oumchichki (2981m) where you can stop for lunch and appreciate the famous summit of Mount Toubkal. Bivouac on the river bank of Tinnizer (2200m). 6 ½ hours walking.

Day 6: 

This is a longer day, but one that rewards you with spectacular views. After crossing a 3200m pass, you will follow the watershed down to Assif Ouraï, then traverse the Tizi pass (3120m), which swings over the village of Amzouzart. Night in transit accommodation. 7-8 hours walking. 

Day 7: 

This is a shorter day than the previous four, as you climb to the only lake in the High Atlas region. A 3 ½ hour ascent brings you to the Lake of Ifni, which is nestled amongst steep moraine slopes. Take the afternoon to swim, relax and reflect on today’s activities with your fellow trekkers.  

Day 8: 

Early breakfast this morning, as you leave for the col of Ouanoums (3660 m) that rises through magnificent rugged scenery. Bivouac on the other slope of the col, (3300m) at the foot of Mount Toubkal. 6 hours walking. 

Day 9: 

Today is regarded as one of the most memorable stretches as you climb to the summit of Toubkal. At 4167m, it is the highest point in North Africa, and once at the top there are superb panoramic views over Marrakech towards the plains below. It is a relatively pleasant 4 hour climb with no technical difficulties.  Tonight you will return to the same bivouac. 6 ½ hours walking. 

Day 10: 

Take advantage of being in the heart of Toubkal to climb another striking peak, Ouanoukrim (4089m). After a well deserved lunch, you will go down to the Assif ‘N’ Issoubouane reaching Armed. The route goes via the hermitage of Sidi Shamaroush, a place frequented by pilgrims. 4 hours walking. 

Day 11: 

On this stage you will make the beautiful ascent to reach the high pass of Tizi N’Tzikert (3000m). Take in the magnificent views over the corridors of Tazzarart as you descend into the sheep pens of Tamzoult (2250m). 4-5 hours walking. 

Day 12:   

Descend through the valley of Assif N’Ouissadene, taking the opportunity to discover numerous villages and cultures. You will set up camp for the night along the river bank. 5 ½ hours walking. 

Day 13:   

This will be your last day of trekking before being transferred back to Marrakech. In the morning you will descend through the forest that leads to Ouirgane (810m), where the minibus awaits. After a quick breakfast you will be driven back to Marrakech, and booked into a hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Get settled in the accommodation and enjoy a night out sampling the street food, exploring the souks and night markets, and marvelling at the street entertainers and snake charmers in the Djema El Fna.

Day 14: 

The day is yours to explore this fascinating and mysterious city. Take some time to visit the tanneries, purchase some spices or relax over some traditional mint tea. Tonight is the final evening with your fellow trekkers so take the chance to reflect on the incredible journey you have all completed.

Day 15:  

You will be transferred back to the airport by your project coordinator.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Marrakech airport by friendly project staff and transferred to a local guesthouse for your first night before transferring to the High Atlas region the following day. You should look to arrive on the first Friday of the month. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

A variety of different types of accommodation is incorporated into the journey as you make your way across the mountain range, with stops at different villages every night. You will enjoy a truly authentic experience with stays in basic bivouac tents, mountain refuges, charming tea houses and small but comfortable hostels, appreciating the legendary hospitality of the Moroccan people.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Moroccan food has grown in popularity across the world as a result of its appealing combination of fresh, healthy ingredients, diverse and aromatic flavours and exotic presentation. Try couscous flavoured with turmeric and sweet juicy sultanas, or enjoy lamb kebabs cooked over a traditional clay ground oven and served with fresh baked breads. You will be responsible for your own food provision for the first night in Marrakech.  During the day on the trek, you will eat a basic but nutritious breakfast of locally sourced bread, cheeses, jams and tea, with dinner being home made soup followed by a meat dish. All meals will be eaten in a mess tent which you will set up each night. 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Morocco has an impressive array of activities to occupy visitors and you may wish to add some of these pursuits onto the beginning or end of your trip at a small additional cost. Try a camel ride to experience the historic Moroccan method of transport or sand dune surfing for an adrenaline fuelled adventure sport. You may also have the chance to venture round some of the wonderful souks full of dark, mysterious shop doorways that you are sure to want to explore. Morocco also has fantastic beaches and you may want to relax and unwind at the end of your mountain adventure with a few days on the coast.
 

COSTS

15 days US$1,745

DEPARTURE DATES

First Friday of the month

DURATION

15 days

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation &  training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Marrakech (RAK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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