Trekking near Mt Toubkal
15-day adventure

4000m Peaks of the High Atlas

Morocco
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Our operation in Morocco has been established for over 15 years. We have a large office and reception area located in the modern part of Marrakesh where our team work tirelessly to ensure your Moroccan adventure is unforgettable. As well as our main office in Marrakesh, we also have a base in the town of Ouarzazate which serves as an equipment store and staging point for our adventures into the Sahara Desert. Our team of trained AMM mountain...
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Kandoo's view

On this 12 day trek into the heart of the High Atlas range we will climb four peaks over 4000m. But this trip is more than just a challenging physical adventure, it is an immersion in the culture, landscape and history of this spectacular part of the world. We will climb a remote peak rarely visited by anyone from the outside world, pass through pastoral villages where the Berber people still live as they have for hundreds of years, swim in the lakes and rivers and enjoy authentic local foods.

Reaching four peaks over 4000m will give you a tremendous sense of satisfaction but it is your first glimpse of the idyllic Lac d'Ifni that will truly take your breath away. We will climb up hidden valleys and over high passes that feel a million miles from civilization. Test ourselves on steep and exposed ridges as we scramble to the summits before descending with a grin from ear to ear.

Trip highlights

  • Climb 4 peaks over 4000m including Toubkal
  • Expert Berber mountain guides
  • Experience the sights and sounds of Marrakesh

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE IN MARRAKESH

    Arrive in Marrakesh and transfer to your hotel We provide transfers at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. After clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, exit the arrivals building and look out for one of our team holding a KANDOO sign.

    • Transport: Private transfer (0.3 hour, 8 km)
    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    MARRAKESH - OUAKAIMEDEM – TACHEDIRT

    Today we transfer by minibus from Marrakesh to Oukaimeden, a journey of around 2 hours. We will meet our mule drivers, load our luggage and begin our trek. Our first objective is the pass of Tizin’Eddi at 2980m. From the top we will have panoramic views of the Imane valley and the High Atlas summits. We descend to the village of Tachedirt and continue a little further to Fousaou where we set up camp at 2300m.

    • Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
    • Ascent: 620 m
    • Descent: 840 m
    • Max. altitude: 2980 m
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    TACHEDIRT – YABASSEN

    This morning after breakfast we head east up the valley to reach the col of Tizi n’Tachedirt at 3172m. From the top there are awesome views of the summits of Bouignouane (3882m) and Jebel Aksoual (3842m). A rocky track takes us steeply down again until we are back among trees and cultivated terraces on the valley floor. We continue down to Yabassen, a colourful old village surrounded by walnut trees and make camp at 2150m.

    • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
    • Ascent: 680 m
    • Descent: 1030 m
    • Max. altitude: 3172 m
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information

Difficulty

This journey through the High Atlas requires you to be in good physical condition and have some experience of walking for up to 8 hours a day for several days in a row.  The trail will vary from easy paths to very steep and rocky terrain where some scrambling is required. There will be changes of altitude as you climb above 3000m to cross the mountain passes and descend again.  A good amount of endurance is necessary but mental stamina is the most important thing.


This programme does not require any technical climbing ability or experience but you should try to be in the best condition possible before departure.  You will be accompanied by a qualified Berber mountain guide at all times as well as your cook and mule drivers. If you have any questions about your suitability or how to prepare for this trip please do not hesitate to contact us.

Food & drink

During your trek you will be accompanied by a cook who will prepare all of your meals.  At breakfast there is tea and coffee, bread, jam, cheese, cornflakes and hot porridge.  A typical lunch will be a salad with fresh vegetables, corn, boiled eggs, tuna and rice or pasta. 


Evening meals will always be made up of delicious Moroccan cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients.  There will normally be a soup starter followed by a tagine or stew with salad and couscous.  We can provide vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meals on request.   If you have special dietary requirements please let us know when booking your trip. In Marrakesh, at the start and end of your trip, you can purchase meals at the hotel or head out in to the city to find a restaurant.  There is a wide range of international and local options and you will find most dietary requirements are catered for. 


Drinks are not included in the cost of your trip.  You will need to bring a water purification filter and at least two water bottles or flasks.  During your trek you can refill your water at natural springs, in villages or at hotels / refuges.  We do not recommend the use of plastic water bottles which must be carried out and recycled.

Accommodation

During your trek we provide a high quality 3 man tent per 2 people to allow for maximum space and comfort.  We will also provide a foam mattress per person and a dinning tent for use at meal times and as a communal area.  There are chairs, tables, cutlery and crockery provided.


During the trek we will stay in two shelters, one in Amsouzart and one in Aremd.  The shelter in Amsouzart on day 8 is basic, it has four dormitories with mattresses placed on the floor and two shared bathrooms with cold water.  In Aremd the shelter has 6 dormitories with real beds, hot water, communal lounge area and access to a hamam (Turkish bath). 


In Marrakesh you will be staying in a comfortable 4 star hotel in an en-suite twin or double room. There is a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and free WiFi.

Luggage

During the trek your luggage will be carried by mules and their drivers.  To be suitable for carrying by the mules, your duffel bag must be flexible, 80 -100 litres and weigh no more than 15kg.  Your luggage will be off loaded at your campsite each afternoon and you will not be able to access it during the day.  You should also bring a small day pack to carry water, snacks and anything else you may need whilst walking.  This could be used as your hand luggage on your flight. 

Animal welfare


In the High Atlas Mountains the use of mules and muleteers (otherwise known s the Berber 4X4) is very common.  The strong and sure footed mules have spent their lives up here in the mountains and they can transport your gear from A to B with ease.  Mules are a big source of income for the local Berber people, as a result they are generally treated with great respect and consideration for their well being.  However there are always exceptions and in some cases mules in the High Atlas have experienced terrible neglect and cruelty.


The main problems that cause suffering for mules are:


Traditional bits

Overloading

Inadequate feeding

Wounds

Poor foot care

Working unfit mules (lame, sick or injured)


Kandoo Adventures are committed to ensuring that the mules we use on our treks receive only the very best treatment. 


To ensure the animals are never overloaded we have placed restrictions on the weight of the luggage you can bring with you.  Your main bag must always be flexible and not weigh more than 15kg.  The maximum load a mule can carry is 80kg, this will ensure the health and comfort of the mule as well as a sustainable working life.  We will not start trekking with mules who are obviously lame, sick or wounded.  We will never condone the use of traditional bits which can cause terrible pain for the animals.  We only work with a select number of muleteers who we know and trust to provide the very best level of care to their animals. 

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive in Marrakesh on day 1 of your itinerary and the tour will begin the following morning. For UK travellers there are direct flights with BA, Easy Jet and Ryan Air from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Manchester. With a short stop in Europe, you can travel from virtually any major UK airport. The flight time from the UK is roughly four hours.

There are no direct flights to Marrakesh from the USA but, it is only necessary to have a short stop of less than 3 and a half hours somewhere in Europe. Delta Airways operate convenient flights via Paris from New York, Boston and Los Angles. TAP Air Portugal, American Airlines and United provide further options.

Menara Airport is located 9km outside the city of Marrakesh and the transfer to your hotel will take between 20 and 30 mins. As nearly all flights to Marrakesh arrive later in the day, Kandoo Adventures will provide two airport transfers on your arrival day at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. If you would like to make use of this service please let us know in advance so we know to expect you.

Once you have cleared immigration and collected your luggage please exit the arrivals area and look out for a Kandoo team member holding a big sign reading "KANDOO". On the final day of your trip we will provide return transfers at 7am and 12pm Remember for international flights you need to arrive at least 2 hours before departure. Delays can occur, and making your flight is your responsibility.

Please bear in mind that meals in Marrakesh are not included in your tour. This means if you arrive on a very late flight you may struggle to find somewhere to eat by the time you have reached the hotel. We recommend booking a flight that arrives in Marrakesh no later than 1730, allowing you to use our 1930 transfer and reach the hotel with plenty of time to have a relaxed meal before bed.

Budget & change

The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).  For the most up to date exchange rate please visit www.xe.com.


ATM machines can be found in Marrakesh or you can exchange money at the airport on arrival. Once you have started trekking you will not be able to withdraw or exchange money so we recommend carrying a small amount of cash for drinks, snacks and tips. 

Tips

Tipping is common in Morocco but not mandatory and should be based on the level of service you feel you have received.  The below amounts will give you a rough idea of how much you should tip (per person per week). 

Guide: 100-160 Dirham

Cook: 85-110 Dirham

Mule drivers: 160-210 Dirham

Formalities & health

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. We recommended you keep a colour photocopy of your passport with you at all times.

Visa

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa to enter Morocco for a period of up to 90 days, however, you should check the latest information with the Moroccan authorities before travelling.

Vaccinations

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for travel to Morocco. It is your responsibility to check the latest health information before departure.

Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B / Typhoid / Polio / Tetanus

Insurance

Before you can join any Kandoo Adventures trek / climb, you will need to insure yourself against accident, injury, and illness. Your insurance must cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and repatriation if necessary. Make sure your insurer knows of your travel plans, and verify that your policy fully covers your trek / climb, and any other activities you will participate in. Specifically for all our adventures in Morocco, you need to be covered for trekking above 4000m. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf. You will also need to bring details of your insurance cover to the pre-trek briefing.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times but we recommend you carry the following items : - Painkillers - Anti-diarrhoea tablets - Sunscreen (high factor) for lips and skin - Moisturising cream (for sunburn) - Elastic bandage and regular bandages - Sanitary products - Water purifying tablets or filters - Mosquito spray - Blister bandage

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

  • 1 tent per 2 people
  • 1 mattress per person
  • Communal dining tent
  • Toilet and wash tent

Clothing to bring

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and does not dry quickly. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.


  • Hat for sun protection
  • Hat for warmth
  • Scarf or head scarf that can be wet
  • Sunglasses
  • Long sleeve shirts or cotton t-shirts
  • Jumpers, 1 light weight and 1 warm
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
  • Breathable fast drying underwear
  • Warm gloves
  • Comfortable long trousers (fast drying)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • 1 or 2 pairs of long shorts
  • Trainers or sandals for evenings
  • Wool and cotton socks
  • Hiking boots (high rise, sturdy soles)
  • Swimming costume may be useful at Lac d’Ifni

Equipment to bring

  • Sleeping bag, minimum rating of -5˚C and sleeping bag liner
  • 2 water bottles or flasks minimum (1 litre)
  • Walking poles (if desired)
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulb
  • Toiletries (including wet wipes)
  • Toilet paper and a lighter for burning it after use
  • Container for any toxic rubbish (batteries, sanitary items etc)
  • Duffel bag (80 to 100 litres), flexible and water resistant (must not exceed 15kg)
  • Daypack (30 to 40 litres) to carry with you each day
  • Water purification system (charcoal filter, chlorine tablets or similar)

Other useful equipment:

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Pen knife (in hold luggage on flight)

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • An expert Kandoo Adventures guide
  • All Transportation
  • All Accommodation
  • Tents and mattresses
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners


Price does not include

  • Flights and Visas
  • Drinks during the day or at meal times
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not listed in the programme details
  • Your personal equipment

Options

  • Additional nights in Marrakesh before or after your trek