Hiking in Morocco is a wonderful way for fit travelers to explore the country. Trails are accessible from late spring to late autumn. Mountain trails are kept in excellent condition, and there is a network of village gites and refuge huts. In summer, you can walk right up to the summit of Mount Toubkal. You could trek it and return to Marrakech in three days.
Highlights of this private vacation tour :
- The pink city of Marrakech
- Berber architecture and life style
- Mizane valley
- Walnut forest of Imlil
- Mount Toubkal
After breakfast, depart Marrakech and drive to Imlil. Continue on foot to Arroumd, a short hour-long walk. After lunch, continue on winding mule trails for five hours, a stunning walk through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop to visit the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing to the Neltner Hut at Toubkal Base Camp for dinner and overnight.
Total: 6 hours walking
Start early to ascend Toubkal, walking over rocky paths and taking in the silent surroundings and magnificent views of the High Atlas range. Standing on the summit is a once in a lifetime moment. To the north, you will see the fertile plains of the Magreb and Marrakech, and to the south, the wild rugged landscape of the pre-Sahara. All around are the many jagged peaks of the High Atlas. We descend to the Neltner Refuge for lunch, then continue our descent to Arround and our gite for the night. This is a long, rewarding day of walking.
Total: 9 hours walking
Start with a short walk to Imlil to pick up the car to return to Marrakech. Explore Marrakech in the afternoon : Head to the souks to bargain for souvenirs. Or ride a Calèche (a horse-drawn carriage) to the small, peaceful Majorelle Gardens with its charming museum of Islamic art. A final treat would be to go for a hammam, a traditional Moroccan steam bath. In the evening, visit the Djemma el Fna, Marrakech’s open-air central square. The name means ‘place of death’ as it was the spot where the Sultans displayed their enemies’s heads. Today, it’s a bustling place of entertainment – with food stalls, snake charmers, and travelling acrobats and musicians.
Total: 45 minutes walking
After breakfast, head to the airport to return home.