THE MOUNTAINS, PASSES AND LAKES OF NORTH AFRICA
- Highest Peaks in North Africa
- The beautiful Lake Ifni
- Dramatic desert landscapes
- Into the home of the Berber people
- Guided sightseeing in Marrakech
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country located in North Africa. It has a population of nearly 33 million and also primarily administrates the disputed region of the Western Sahara. The history of the country’s known human civilization spans over 8000 years, and it was founded by the Berbers who are the original inhabitants. Morocco is a de jure constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament and the King of Morocco holds vast executive powers. Morocco has a rich indigenous culture and civilization, and its cuisine has long been considered to be one of the most diverse in the world.
Offering a completely different hiking experience to the Himalaya, the Atlas Mountain Range is the biggest in all Africa, extending through Morocco for some 300 miles northeast to southwest. Characterized by steep-sided valleys and rocky peaks, the highest part of the range, the High Atlas, is criss-crossed by an excellent network of hiking trails that link together the picturesque terracotta-colored villages of the Berber people. The route that we have chosen to undertake includes much of the best trekking in the range, visits many of the most impressive of the fortified Berber settlements and climbs through rugged valleys to reach the highest peak in North Africa. During the course of this vacation, we have included the option to hike to the summit of Mount Jebel Toubkal (13,668 feet / 4,167 meters). Our Moroccan journey begins in the 1000 year-old, ochre-colored city of Marrakech, which boasts the snow-capped summits of the High Atlas as a most dramatic backdrop. Passing through an area rich in cultural interest and wildlife, the hiking across the High Atlas is recognized to be one of the finest mountain walks in the world. On our return to Marrakech we have a day for exploration of the old Arab quarter, which is famous for its souks (markets) and for the quality of its handicrafts.
The Morocco – Mount Toubkhal Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Worldwide Adventure Tours Series. In addition to our group departure date we are also able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of June through mid-October for a group of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1. Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2. Transfer to Oukaimeden and trek over the Tiz N`Aaadi (9,775 feet / 2,980m) to Foussarou.
Day 3. Trek across the Tizi-n-Likemt (11,655 feet / 3,550m) and descend to Tizi N`Ourai.
Day 4. Trek via Berber villages to the largest lake in the central Atlas – Ifni.
Day 5. To the Nelter Refuge (10,520 feet / 3,207m) via the spectacular Tizi N`Ouanoums.
Day 6. Early morning ascent of Mount Toubkal (13,668 feet / 4167m). Descend to Ait Souka.
Day 7. Morning drive to Marrakech. Afternoon guided city tour of Marrakech.
Day 8. A free day in Marrakech. Transfer to the airport and depart.