The summit of Mt Toubkal

Morocco Travel Guide

31° 47′ 30″ N, 07° 05′ 33″ O

Morocco

With a range of peaks over 4000m above sea level, including the highest point in north Africa, the High Atlas are an adventure lovers playground. For those choosing to visit Morocco to indulge in a different culture or landscape then head East and discover the rolling, golden sand dunes of the Sahara desert or the bustling bazaars of Marrakesh to the North. 

When visiting the High Atlas it isn't only the challenge of big mountains that makes this area so special. The lush, green valleys, filled with groves of walnut and juniper, give way to cascading waterfalls that form inviting lakes surrounded by jagged peaks. The hospitality of the local Berber people, who continue to roam this land, is legendary and as you travel through the region you will witness a pastoral way of life that continues now as it has for a hundred years. You will devour delicious cuisine, full of flavours that blend Andalusian, Arabic and Mediterranean influences; a range of tagines, fresh salads, warm flat breads, dried fruits and of course the fantastic mint tea! 

In Marrakesh, take a trip to the bustling bazaars, where local tradespeople's street cries echo through the vibrant corridors of intricately designed cloths and carved ceramics. Known as a luxurious city, Marrakesh boasts plenty of exotic palaces and traditional riads; their open hallways filled with plants.  If you have time, relax in the still waters of the hammams, and marvel at the majestically carved ceilings.  

So if you are craving a big mountain adventure with a bout of culture and experiences thrown in too, look no further.


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Our local team

Salam Aleïkoum, welcome to our Moroccan kingdom. We can't wait for you to explore the hidden treasures that we have to offer. Our team of cooks and mule drivers will keep you well fed and supported during your time in Morocco. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Highlights in Morocco

Celebrations in Marrakesh

Marrakesh

Nicknamed the “pearl of the south” or “the red city”, Marrakesh is a bustling place famous for its exotic markets and beautiful architecture. A visit to this vibrant city is a must for any traveller in Morocco. Marrakech has nearly a million inhabitants spread over an area of ​​230 km². It is the fourth largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Rabat and Fez.

The summit of Toubkal

Mt Toubkal

The highest peak in Morocco and all of northern Africa, this mountain standing over 4000m above sea level is an adventure few people can resist. A short drive from Marrakesh, the trek to the summit can be done in 3 days but we prefer to take our time and do it in 6 days, exploring more of the High Atlas Range as we approach the mountain.
Called "the mountain of the mountains" by the Berber people, the valleys surrounding Toubkal are lined with hundreds of ancient mule tracks which cross high passes and lead to cultivated terraces and the stone and adobe villages of the Berbers. Trekking region par excellence, Toubkal is traveled on foot or by mule, mainly in spring, summer and autumn.

Ammeln valley in the Anti-Atlas region, Morocco

The Anti Atlas

The Anti-Atlas is an almost secret region of southern Morocco. In its lunar landscapes spring oases, isolated villages and Berber traditions are preserved intact. In the heart of the Anti-Atlas, villages of adobe and stone in shimmering colors are built in the middle of palm groves. Here, winter is mild and the light highlights the contrasts of an unknown Morocco with the scent of almond trees. Tazenakht is known for its artisanal wealth and in particular the manufacture of rugs. Nicknamed "the little Marrakech", Taroudant is a little away from tourist circuits, although very picturesque with its belt of ramparts and hundred-year-old ocher-red walls surrounded by gardens, eucalyptus, olive trees, pomegranates, and of palm trees. Its souks, comparable to labyrinths, are among the most impressive markets in southern Morocco.

Sand dunes of Merzouga

The Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert spans to the East of Morocco, its golden dunes alighting beneath the fiery sun. The largest desert in the world, the Sahara covers the entire South East of Morocco. Desolate and regal, the rhythm of the caravan dominates this harsh, wilderness. The only life for miles around. 'Ergs' or dune fields are the key players in this dusty world with Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga known as the gateways to the Sahara. Traditionally caravans would leave from the Ergs to cross the trans Sahara trade route. The vocation of a camel driver, a gruelling and often deadly life to lead.

Ksar de Ait-Ben-Haddou, Ouarzazate

Aït Benhaddou

In the foothills of the High Atlas lies this famous ksar, it's pre-Saharan architecture ranging from modest dwellings to intricate castle structures shaped from the red clay on which it sits. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is well preserved and contains a mosque, a public square, two cemeteries (Muslim and Jewish) and the Sanctuary of the Saint Sidi Ali. However, it may be most famous for it's role in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Dades valley

Dades Valley

Known as "The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs", this ancient trading route spans from the High Atlas on the border of Algeria to the Jebel Saghro in the heart of Morocco. It's road weaves around the valley, in dramatic hairpins, with epic views from all angles, peaking in the stunning ochre gorges of Todra and Dades.

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