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Days

13

Grade

3-4

Distance

100km

TOUR OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of the real Morocco. This unique, tailor-made trip with a highly experienced local guide touching on the many and varied mysteries that Morocco is renowned for – landscapes, activities, culture, history, architecture, atmosphere and cuisine! The discovery starts in the crowded medieval city of Marrakech and from there we traverse the snow capped Atlas Mountain peaks and valleys to the Sahara desert, before continuing on to the stunning art deco city of Casablanca.

Explore from the lush green coast through the High Atlas Mountains to the deserts, casbahs and markets. From the modern to the ancient, you will walk, hike, taste and experience the Morocco of the 21st century and of the 1st century. You will discover that some things have changed a lot and some things haven’t changed at all! Enjoy the local cuisine and healthy meals, stay in a unique raid-style accommodation and experience the culture of everyday local life.

OUR PARTNERS

TSA is proud to partner with our experienced local guide, Moha Ait Aamou, who runs a well established and highly reputable team of Moroccan guides and has vast experience in providing tours in Morocco for major global tourism companies. Our partnership brings together the best of TSA’s support and skills in creating a tour that suits you, our community, and Moha’s local knowledge and years of expertise in guiding tours in his home country.  

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moulay Driss medieval holy town
  • Roman ruins at Volubilis
  • Hike Tataouine gorges
  • Sighting Barbary apes in the cedar forest
  • Visiting a Berber family for tea
  • Panoramic views of the Eastern High Atlas mountains
  • A night of Berber music and dancing
  • Crossing the High Atlas mountains
  • Oasis of Tafilalelt and Ziz Gorges
  • Hike through the Erg Chebbi dunes

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Active Morocco:

  • All activities in the Atlas Mountains.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in riads, hotels, and guest houses
  • 1 night in Sahara desert camp
  • Saharan camel ride?
  • 13 days transportation by private minibus
  • 13 days with your in-country host who will be with you for the entire trip
  • All breakfasts are included
  • 7 lunches are included
  • 8 dinners are included
  • Guiding, sightseeing and entrance fees to monuments

Includes Mt Toubkal Hike:

  • 3 nights’ Accommodation in Hotels, Guest Houses
  • 1 night at the camp.
  • 2 days’ Transportation by private minibus
  • Luggage and equipment transportation by mules during the hike 
  • 4 days with your in-country Host who will be with you for the entire trip
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

All our riads, hotels and guest houses on this trip are a 3 star comfort. All have clean and comfortable rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities. All accommodation has been checked to ensure a good standard of comfort and cleanliness. If, for any reason, our preferred accommodation is not available, we have alternative options of the same standard in each location. If you intend to arrive a few days early then our hotel at the beginning of this adventure in Marrakech is a 3 star comfort. It has clean and comfortable rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities and is located in the Gueliz ville nouvelle of Marrakech at a walking distance to the main attractions in the city. In the Atlas mountains, we will be staying in a guesthouse owned and run by a family. The group will share the showers and the toilets. We also have a few nights staying in tents, which are twin share with the same gender. The tents are comfortable and include all linen, bedding etc to ensure you have a comfortable night’s sleep. Please note that some accommodation is traditional in Morocco and may not be what you are used to, and other nights will be just perfect – so bring your enthusiasm and adaptability and be ready for an adventure!

FOOD

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days (see detailed itinerary) is provided for guests. Food will be prepared to high standards and most intolerances and dietary requirements can be catered for. Please contact us if you have any special circumstances. As always, we will do our very best to ensure you are catered for. How does this food sound? Tagines and other Moroccan delicacies served in local restaurants & guest houses Enjoy a camp dinner in the Sahara Desert prepared by our caravan drivers Experience dinner amongst the vibrant food stalls in the heart of Marrakech Medina

WHAT TO BRING

  • A drink bottle, or two bottles on a hot day.
  • A small backpack
  • Medication, camera, etc…
  • Hat or beanie depending on weather
  • Walking poles if you normally carry them
  • Walking clothes suitable for the weather on the day

WHAT OUR ADVENTURERS HAVE SAID

"Visiting the Bay of Fires has always been on my bucket list and I am glad I made this dream a reality. What a stunning experience! Big shout out to the team at TSA who have gone above and beyond! Highly recommended!" - Linda Hyde

ITINERARY

Toubkal Summit Hike Day 1

Marhaba! Welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Airport, you will be greeted by your in- country host who will be with you for the duration of your stay and available 24 hours a day. Your tour guide and in-country host is from the Atlas Mountains and a highly experienced guide. He has been leading tours and adventures all over Morocco for several years and has an unparalleled knowledge of his country that he is looking forward to sharing with you. We have a direct transfer from the airport to our hotel in Marrakesh in our private vehicle (45 minutes). On arrival you will be welcomed with a cup of Moroccan mint tea – the first of many! Your welcome dinner will be in one of the local restaurants in the art deco city of Marrakech. Your first taste of Morocco! Dinner

Toubkal Summit Hike Day 2

Marakech - Armend (2hrs drive, 2 hrs hike) Today we'll leave Marrakech behind and drive across the plains towards the ancient marketplace of Tahanaoute, with awesome views of valleys and the Atlas Mountains along the way. Arriving at Imlil village, which is 1740 metres above sea level (approximately 1.5 hours). We’ll then have an hour hike to the mountain base in the village of Around (2000 metres above sea level). In the afternoon, stretch your legs with a gentle orientation and walk around Armed. Your accommodation tonight is a gite, a traditional village house with dormitory-style rooms that sleep around eight people. Rooms are furnished in traditional Amazigh (Berber) style with low couches (which can be used as beds), tables, carpets and cushions. On warm nights it’s often possible to sleep out on the terrace under the stars. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Toubkal Summit Hike Day 3

Armed to Mountain Refuge (5 hours hike) This morning you begin your ascent of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. From Armoud the trail crosses the floodplain of the Ait Mizane Valley, before climbing steeply in a zigzag up the mountainside. Along the way, pass the pilgrimage site of Sidi Chamarouch, home to the tomb of the local marabout (Muslim holy man). From here, climb steeply through a series of switchbacks and traverse the flank of the valley above the river. Arrive at Toubkal Base Camp at Neltner (3207 metres above sea level). Enjoy a hearty dinner and make sure you get plenty of sleep before the big ascent day tomorrow. Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Toubkal Summit Hike Day 4

Toubkal Summit and return to Marakech. (8 hrs hike and 2hrs drive) Embrace an early start this morning and tackle the rocky terrain that leads to the summit of Mt Toubkal. At 4167 metres above sea level, this is truly the roof of North Africa. Take in the beautiful silence of the morning while you make the final climb, which can involve some scrambling. Your effort is rewarded by superb views from the summit, which on a clear day can include the entire Atlas Mountain range, the Atlantic coast to the west and the Sahara Desert to the east. After a rest at the summit and time spent marveling at the view, make your way back down to Aremd and then transfer to Marrakech. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Active Morocco Day 1

At your arrival to the airport you will be welcomed and greeted by our TSA representative who will organise your transfer to our hotel in Marrakech. In the evening you will be meeting your fellow travellers and your in-country host who will be with you for the duration of your stay and available 24 hours a day. Your tour guide and in-country host is from the Atlas Mountains and a highly experienced guide. He has been leading tours and adventures all over Morocco for several years and has an unparalleled knowledge of his country that he is looking forward to sharing with you. We have a direct transfer from the airport to our hotel in marrakech in our private vehicle (Marrakech airport 45 minutes / Casablanca airport 3 hours). On arrival at the hotel you will be welcomed with a cup of Moroccan mint tea – the first of many! Your welcome dinner will be in one of the local restaurants in the art deco city of Marrakech. Your first taste of Morocco!

Active Morocco Day 2

Marrakech to Bin El Ouidane (3hrs drive, 1hr walk, 1hr paddle) Depart in the morning (8:30am) from Marrakech to Bin Louidane Lake. After a two hour drive, we will be taking a walk (1hr, 100m elevation) and have lunch at the Ouzoud waterfalls. After lunch, we will continue driving (1hr) to Binluoidane. Arrive, check-in at the guest house and go for a one hour kayak at the end of the afternoon at oued Laabid, this beautiful lake is a great place to explore from the water. Enjoy a lovely relaxing dinner and spend the night at the guest house, which will overlook the river. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Active Morocco Day 3

Bin El Ouidane (5hr walk) A lovely early morning start for a long hike today (16km 5hr) along oued Laabid River, with sites like the Cathedral rock and the Berber villages (600m elevation). Lunch will be at a family house in a Berber village and then return to the start and relax for the evening with some happy hour drinks and sunset on a private boat at the end of the day. With two nights here we can enjoy our surroundings a little more. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Active Morocco Day 4

Bin El Ouidaine - Toudra (5hrs drive, 2hrs walk) Transfer from Bin El Ouidane to Todra gorges crossing the High Atlas Mountains. (5 hours drive). Arrive and check in at the Kasbah hotel located in the heart of the gorges. At the end of the afternoon, we will be going for a 2 hour walk in the oasis (10km, 200m elevation). This is our opportunity to discover how locals farm in the oasis and learn about the southern architecture and lifestyle. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Active Morocco Day 5

Walk then relax! With two nights in Tinghir near the Todra Gorges, it is the ideal time to get both some active and passive time so we’ll head off on a half day walk with a local guide which will take you from our Kasbah and up to the top of the Gorges to see some spectacular views. The Loop Hike is fairly demanding, but achievable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and offers incredible desert scenery and dramatic cliff-like terrain on snaking trails that lead through high limestone wadis, along which are strung traditional Berber villages and palmeraies. On our return we can sit back and relax by the pool, soaking up the breathtaking scenery, maybe a relaxing drink and a lovely dinner.

Active Morocco Day 6

Todra - Sahara (2hrs drive, 3hrs walk, 1hr camel) Today we head for the Sahara Desert, seeing the lush green oasis of Tafilalelt on the way and passing through the Kasbahs. About halfway on our route today, we can visit a Berber museum where you can learn about the history and culture of Morocco’s indigenous tribes through a large collection of Berber artifacts, clothes, jewelry, crafts and other day-to-day items. We arrive in the Sahara in time to start a 3-hour hike through the dunes and the arid plains. We will have camels to carry our bags with an optional camel ride into the desert. We will be experiencing the real Saharan landscapes by hiking the highest dunes in Morocco and seeing the dramatic shadows and golden orange, pink, and red hues of the ever-changing Erg Chebbi. At the end of our hike we will take a camel ride to watch the sunset and return to the camp. In the evening we will listen to the silence of the desert, experience its tranquility, and contemplate its awesome vastness as you gaze at the countless millions of stars above you. Dinner at the camp is cooked by our caravan drivers tonight.

Active Morocco Day 7

Sahara - to Mildet (4hrs drive, 3hrs walk) We leave the Sahara behind us and start driving through Gorges du ziz. Watch the changing landscape as we travel from the arid Sahara to the oasis and reservoirs, to rolling plains and, finally, the majesty of the Atlas Mountains at Ayachi Peak where we have trout fish for lunch. After lunch we have a 30 minute transfer to Tatiouine, where we start our hike to discover the nomadic lands of Ait Merghad tribes. During our hike we will have the opportunity to visit the home of a Berber family to have a cup of tea. At the end of the day, we will return to our Kasbah overlooking the Eastern High Atlas mountains.

Active Morocco Day 8

Midelt - Volubilis (2hrs drive, 3+hrs walk) We leave Midelt early in the morning and head to the Middle Atlas Mountains where we are going to take a 3 hour easy hike in the famous cider forests. We will have the opportunity to see Barbary Apes and some of the oldest trees in the north of Africa. In the afternoon we will discover Morocco’s most impressive Roman ruins at Volubilis. Beautifully preserved mosaics depicting Roman myths and legends can be found among the remains of the merchants’ houses of this once-important city. Our local guide will make the past come alive as he leads you through the site. Tonight we’ll be staying in a riad in the sprawling town of Volubilis.

Active Morocco Day 9

Volubilis - Fes (1hr drive, ++walking) We have a short transfer to Fes. This medieval city is considered the intellectual and spiritual heart of Morocco. Today it is the opportunity to sightsee a live museum. We are going to walk, walk and walk to experience, taste, see, hear, interact with Fes medina, Fes delicacies and share 1200 years of history with its locals. We are going to explore the most preserved part of it, including its incredible alleyways, tanneries, Caravanserails, Alqaraouiyine University, Medieval medersas, handicrafts, the souks, markets and some, but not all, of the 10,000 streets! It could be a big day but you’ll be travel fit by now, so get your walking shoes back on for this wonderful day out. Since we could be anywhere at all today, grab your own lunch whenever you like.

Active Morocco Day 10

Fes - Casablanca (3hrs drive) Unfortunately the adventure has to end somewhere and today is our last day. We’ll transfer along the coast back to the city of Casablanca where you can spend some time exploring at your own pace and staying a bit longer, or heading direct to the airport for your departure and safe traveling onward or homeward, with a huge experience behind you and many new memories to share and inspire others. Breakfast

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FAQS

This is one of our most common questions, and our recommendation is that for most of our day walks you should wear your most comfortable footwear. Don’t wear your old hiking boots from 20 years ago, and don’t wear thongs or sandals. Bottom line is your runners are probably the best choice unless you have some comfortable hiking shoes or trail runners. In some circumstances you may want footwear with better grip than runners, particularly for muddy winter walks. If you are still in doubt, bring along both pairs and get our guides recommendation on the day.

Transfers from Marrakech to the end of the trip at Casablanca will be by private minibus, with air conditioning and our own, professional and experienced driver who will take us safely from the beginning until the end. TSA can help travellers arriving at Casablanca Airport to transfer to Marrakech for an extra cost. During the sahara hike mules and camels will transport all luggage and equipment.

All our trips include our awesome TSA guides, accommodation, all your meals, beverages, access, permits, and all extras such as gear, activites, climbs, rafting, caving or any of the other exciting activities that appears on our tours. There is never any more to pay, unless you want to buy your own things like a coffee, souvenirs etc.

As with all of our events, our trips vary in length and difficulty. We suggest you look at the grading provided and have a browse through the itinerary distances. If you can walk 20km day after day then you’ll be fine for the Larapinta Trek, or you may be more suited to wandering around the Bay of Fires and more leisurely beach walking. Remember that you will have weeks to months to build up your fitness before the trip – which we can help with! If still in doubt, give us a call

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FRIENDSHIP

Most of the people that come on our tours come by themselves. Our community is built on friendships that have been made on our trips, experiencing something life changing together, the shared memories and also goals to do more in the future! We encourage people not to be anxious about coming on these trips by yourself as we promise you will leave with some like minded friends and be really glad you made the decision to get out of your comfort zone and join in.

BELONG

Our community is our backbone. We have had so many people start with no hiking experience, basic fitness and not knowing anyone on our trips. These same people have gone on to do some incredible multi day hiking trips with us and their friends they have met in our community. Witnessing the development of their fitness, confidence, experience, friendships and happiness is why we do what we do. Come join us and let us help you get from the couch to the top of the mountain!

ADVENTURE

Experiences, not things. The moments that take your breath away. The feeling of accomplishment and the realisation that you are capable of so much more than what you thought. The views that blow your mind and the ticking off of bucket list items. We take all the hard work out of it for you. We organise the lot so you can just turn up and get the best of your experience without all the headaches of organising/logistics. We make it easy for you to do all the thing you want to do –  you just need to turn up and be ready to jump into life!

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