The Atlas Mountains reward their visitors with a stunning combination of valleys, summits, and traditional villages clinging to mountainsides. On this active adventure through one of Morocco's most naturally beautiful regions, you'll experience magnificent views and enjoy meeting local people along the trail. From the comfort of your cozy accommodation recount the day’s exploits while enjoying home-cooked dinners each night. Designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind, the challenging but rewarding hikes are taken at a leisurely pace, allowing plenty of time to catch your breath, then the chance to lose it all over again while admiring the stunning views.
Enjoy spectacular day walks, relax at a family gîte and savour home-cooked meals, assist with a local village project, wander ancient medinas and bazaars in Marrakech
Days : 7
Price : From AED 2,771*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Basic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 4 - Demanding
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Today, opt to purchase a cooked lunch at the gîte before setting off for your a hike. Additional Notes: Accommodation here is multi-share with 3 or 4 beds in each dormitory/room. Bedding is provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth if travelling in the months Nov-April. You will need to bring your own bath towel. Bathroom facilities are unisex and shared. Luggage will be transported by mules. Approximate walking time: 4hr Included Activities: High Atlas Trek High Atlas Trek: Sidi Chamharouch Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Hike to Tizi 'n Tamatert through the spectacular mountain landscapes. Additional Notes: Bring a small daypack to carry essential items including water, a hat, sunscreen, and a fleece or jacket. Supplies for a picnic lunch will be carried by mule. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek: Tizi 'n Tamatert
Lace up those hiking boots for another day of exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek: Tizi 'n M'zik
Should you prefer to do some more walking, there may be an opportunity to hike through the villages of the valley (depending on the availability of extra guides). Included Activities: Berber Community Visit
Transfer back to Marrakech for a free afternoon to explore the city. Additional Notes: Luggage will be transported by mules. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Please note hotel check out time is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage is available (possible extra charge to be paid locally). Included Activities: Departure Day
Like anywhere in the world, major cities have areas safer than others, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings and mind your personal belongings. It is important to note that as it is not a legal requirement in buses in Morocco, the vehicles you use on tour may not be equipped with seat belts.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, as well as on and off transportation.
Local Mountain Gîtes: Accommodation in the mountain gîte is part of a family home and very, very simple. If you have this expectation in mind we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised. Sleeping arrangements are multi-share with 3 or 4 beds in each dormitory/room. Bedding is provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth if travelling in the months Nov-April. You will need to bring your own bath towel. Bathroom facilities are unisex and shared. Each evening on return from our days of hiking, you will enjoy homemade dinners of local produce in the cozy salon. Hotel: In Marrakech we will stay in a local hotel in the new town. This is approximately a 25 minute walk to the central medina. Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!
While visiting mosques and other religious monuments you should dress modestly, cover your shoulders and you shouldn't wear short shorts or skirts. Outside of capital cities and the more touristic centres, local dress is often more conservative and as a matter of respect we ask that both men and women are aware of this and recommend loose-fitting clothes with your shoulders covered. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
On this trip we will travel by private van between Marrakech and Armed and on foot in the mountains on trekking days.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of Morocco, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. We also use certified local city guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds. On this specific trip, your CEO will be an experienced mountain guide.
Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Trekking: • Gloves • Hat • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.) • Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).) • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.) • Walking poles (Highly recommended.) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Wet Weather Trekking: • Pack liners to waterproof bags • Rain gear • Waterproof footwear (For river crossings) Note: Please note towels are not included at the gite, you will need to bring your own. Note: For departures from Oct-May the weather can be cold, warm clothing and a three season sleeping bag are recommended.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights