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Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent

Explore the Atlas Mountains around Marrakech and hike up Mount Toubkal on this five-day tour with four nights’ accommodation. You’ll visit traditional Berber villages, picnic in idyllic countryside and have your meals rustled up by your very own cook.

Private Trek Adventure 4 - 5 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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Itinerary

Overview

Marrakech. Bustling souks, labyrinthine bazaars and stalls that bow under the weight of rainbow-coloured spice pyramids. There are few more exotic places you can be in just three hours from London. But cities rarely offer breathing space and that’s where this tour steps in. Just outside the city lies the Atlas Mountain range. It stretches across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for about 1500 miles and the patch just outside Marrakech is great for exploring on foot.

Wander through red-clay Berber villages, picnic beside springs set amid juniper trees, and hike along high mountain passes. This five-day tour is the perfect antidote to the hectic city life of nearby Marrakech. Your days will be spent walking through magnificent mountain scenery and getting back to basics in traditional bivouac accommodation. But the most challenging and inspiring point of the tour has to be the climb up Mount Toubkal – the highest peak in the High Atlas range. Once at the top you’ll be rewarded with views that coast all the way down to the Sahara.

If you would like us to arrange your entire stay in Morocco, including airport transfers, accommodation in a lovely Berber guest house in Imlil either side of your trek and then finishing with two or three nights staying in a beautiful boutique riad in Marrakech, please get in touch for a tailor-made quote.

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If you are short of time, this alternative 4 day trek through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and Toubkal is a good option.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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The most popular Atlas Mountains trek we offer. 5 days and 4 nights through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and culminating in the ascent of Toubkal.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Very Basic Private Rooms
- Very Basic Shared Bathrooms
- Camping in summer / Gites in Winter
- Sleeping Bag Required

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Wild camping
- Basic facilities
- Dorm rooms in refuges

Details

Getting there

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The flight time is around 3.5hours. On average it takes around an hour to clear airport security and then around 15 – 20 minutes to drive to the Medina or 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the Atlas Mountains.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc &Thomson
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair & Easy Jet

From the South West:
Bristol: Easy Jet

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Thomson

From the North:
Manchester: Easy Jet and Thomson

From Ireland:
Dublin: Ryanair

Price includes

Price is per person for a group of 2-4 people and includes transfers to and from Marrakech, tour guide, cook, all meals, mules to carry your bags and accommodation in a Berber village or camping.

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or you can hire €3 per person per day on trek. If hiring, please bring a sleeping bag liner)

Is it for me?

This is one of our most popular treks in the Atlas Mountains. It offers an excellent balance of valleys, peaks and passes giving you a taste of the high altitudes and the Berber Villages.

The trek is of moderate difficulty with most days ranging from 5 - 8 hours walking. The longest day (10-12h) comes with the Toubkal summit which is why we have given the trek an overall rating of challenging.

Toubkal is a strenuous climb, and you will need to be fit, it is though a moderate trek rather than a technical climb so you needn't be a hardened mountaineer. That said, if you are planning on tackling the mountain in the winter months (November to April), then it is imperative that you have suitable prior experience using crampons and ice axes. Your guides are experienced mountaineers usually with many years of winter ascents under their belt. They will all have undergone extensive training at the Royal Moroccan Federation of skiing and mountaineering (equivalent to the British Mountain Leader Summer scheme), however they are not qualified winter mountain leaders according to International qualifications.

As with all out Atlas Mountain treks, your cook will prepare all your meals and your baggage will be carried by mule, so you don't need to worry about carrying all of your belongings with you. Accommodation is in a mix of village guesthouses, refuges and camping, so expect basic but comfortable conditions.

Tourdust trek grading: Challenging

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Service rating : Tourdust arranged a comprehensive hiking programme to Mount Tougbal combined with additional days in Marrakesh. The programme was well organised with comprehensive information and quick responses to any questions. The trek was excellent and we were supported by an excellent guide and muleteer/cook. As we were well briefed by Tourdust there were no surprises and were very pleased with the team in Morocco. An excellent experience. Thank you.
    Product : Everything went to plan and the U.K. preparation was supported with an excellent local team in Morocco.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 16 May 2019

  • Hi lisa,

    We arrived home last Sunday morning so we've been back for a week.

    Firstly, I would like to say thank you very much for the superb arrangements that you made which went like clockwork from start to finish.

    The term part of the trip went really well and we really enjoyed this. Our guide was really helpful and friendly as was our cook/ muleteer.
    We loved the first nights accommodation and the Riad Adore in Marrakech was amazing and one of the best hotel accommodation I've stayed in.Alex

    Mountain refuges were as expected.

    All arrangements by Tourdust were just perfect right up to the moment we were collected by our friendly taxi driver to take us to the airport on our return.

    I have passed Tourdust details on to several people both in Marrakech and since our return and I hope that these result in further bookings.

    Many thanks!

    Alex W

    MissingAlexander W reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 22 July 2019

  • We had the most fabulous trip, thank you. Everything you arranged went to plan perfectly and all your Moroccan contacts were efficient and pleasant to deal with. Our guide, Rashid, was super - we got along well with him and found it so interesting talking to him about his family, life at home and his hopes and expectations - and he had a great sense of humour which is always a bonus. How Hamed, our cook/muleteer managed to produce the meals he did, I have no idea - tasty, healthy, beautifully presented and more than plentiful. The last couple of days in Marrakech were, of course, a complete contrast to the trek but great fun too. So all in all, a great break and we've had no hesitation in recommending Tourdust already to our friends.

    MissingSTEPHEN P reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 29 October 2015

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If you are short of time, this alternative 4 day trek through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and Toubkal is a good option.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

The most popular Atlas Mountains trek we offer. 5 days and 4 nights through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and culminating in the ascent of Toubkal.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Make a week of it with a fantastic four day Atlas Valleys and Villages trek combined with three nights in a beautiful riad in Marrakech's atmospheric medina.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

Adults from $744 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $132 per person economy class from London

Trek through stunning High Atlas scenery, traditional Berber Villages and some moderately challenging high passes with comfortable accommodation

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 4 days

Adults from $447 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $263 per person economy class from London

Our most popular Multi Day trek through stunning High Atlas scenery, traditional Berber Villages and some moderately challenging high passes. Overnight in basic village accommodation or camping.

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 4 days

Adults from $280 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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