Travel to Morocco, is a truly magical experience. Landing in Marrakech, you will immediately be intoxicated by the beautiful colors, aromas and sounds of Morocco. Then, you will be whisked off to begin your trek in the Atlas Mountains, slowing down the pace as you absorb the Berber villages, climbing higher through spectacular peaks and valleys to eventually reach the summit of Mount Toubkal – the highest Mountain in North Africa. And believe us, the view is incredible.
Travel to Morocco and take a hiking tour to Toubkal summit in the High Atlas Mountains presents a worthy challenge for the hiking enthusiast. The climb takes four days, and you'll be rewarded with views of the ruggedly beautiful terrain. Trek to Mount Toubkal through the wilderness, and explore some of the most spectacular spots in the area, including Imlil valley, the Sidi Chamarouch shrine, and the summit of Mt Toubkal.
Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech and drive towards Imlil valley where you will be met by a local guide! You will check in at a guest house before you set off on an amazing hike to Tizi Mzik pass 2489m where you will have a stop for lunch prepared by your cook. After the lunch, you will walk back down via the same hiking route to your lodge in Imlil where you will spend the night with dinner.
Continuing along the Mizane Valley we cross the flood plain and follow the mule tracks up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine houses of Sidi Chamharouch, set beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of village clinging to the rock face. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up towards the snow-line and the welcoming sight of the Neltner Refuge (3,207 m). At the base of Toubkal we stay at Mountain Refuge. The rooms are basic dorm rooms with bunk beds. There are shared toilets and showers, a dining room and large lounge area with a wood burning stove where everyone gathers and socializes in the evening. It's a great way to meet like-minded trekkers from all over the world. Today's moderate nine-and-a-half kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with a total ascent of 1,257 metres.
Today early morning we make our attempt to achieve the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167 m). Our hike takes us up the south cirque, a steep climb across rock that leads eventually to the Tizi N'Toukbal (3,975 m). Cresting the ridge it is then just a short walk to the summit. On a clear day the views from up here take in the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains and stretch as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. From the summit we head back down to the refuge where you will spend the overnight with dinner.
Today, you will trek down to the village of Imlil via the same trekking path. Once you get to Imlil, you will have a stop for lunch at a lodge or Berber family guest house before transfer back to the pink city Marrakech.
* These are sample of Mountain hike itineraries, customizable for each customer, prices are on request and depend on dates, accommodations level and activities.
Should be dress according to altitude and the environment you will be located in. The most hikers are in high altitude climate in remote area. Therefore, there are often large temperature swings. Temperatures are usually colder at the high altitudes.
A track suit and a pair of track shoes to wear in lodges
Two pairs of woolen socks for trekking shoes and track shoes,
Warm down jacket and rain proof jacket with hood for protection from rain
Warm hat for the cold and sun hat or cap for sunny days
A pair of woolen gloves and pair sandals
Cotton T-shirts and pairs of long shorts/skirts
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters as well as wind and water proof trousers
Pair of light or heavy weight trouser and one light weight long sleeve shirt
Pairs of thermal undergarments
Big bag to carry trekking gear
Trekking daypack for personal items such as water, snacks, extra layers and camera
Water purification tablet and bottles
Handkerchief or wiping papers
Gloves (waterproof in winter)
Down or synthetic, windproof outer
Snow Goggles (winter)
Refuge shoes - sandals
Rain and windproof jackets
Crampons and ice axes and Gaiters (for winter)
Head torch & spare batteries
Power pack - plugs are available in the refuge for charging
Sun cream and lip salve
Passport, travel insurance details, money, credit cards, plane ticket
Book, cards, games etc
Antibacterial hand gel
Wash kit - there are showers in the hut
Knee/ankle support egg. Tub grip
Imodium for diarrhea
Trekking equipments are available. If you do not wish to buy equipment, we can rent them for you the duration of your trek with reasonable prices.
Tripadvisor previous guests reviews
We were booked and had paid a deposit for a trip late March of 2020, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Said, the owner of MD, went to extraordinary lengths to refund the deposits for our travel group of six from the U.S. Apparently the Moroccan banking system is not "user friendly" when it comes to wire transfers for reasons unclear to me. Nevertheless, Said managed to refund all our money using a very creative approach. We would DEFINITELY travel with MD in the future given this level of honesty and effort; but we do hope that MD will accept credit cards rather than wires in the future. Thank You Said & Morocco Discovery!
Three of use booked a 19-day with Moroccan Discovery Holidays for March, 2020 and paid a 50% deposit. When Morocco closed its borders due to Covid. Initially we put our trip on hold and asked Said to hold our deposit. Said agreed to this. When it appeared holiday travel would likely go on for many months we asked for a refund. Said again agreed but the Moroccan banks, being what they are, refused to release all of our deposit. With some pressure on the bank from us and Said's help we did receive 100% of our deposit.
We planned our April-May 2020 trip to Morocco in the late fall of 2019 and worked with Said at Morocco Discovery. We were taking our adult children and their partners and Said was patient and added everything we wanted and more. One month prior to travel we were surprised by the pandemic, with flights cancelled, borders closed and no idea when we could travel again. Said remained as diligent, helpful and honest throughout the arduous process of refunding our downpayment. We were thrilled with Said, and his company's commitment to customer service and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone travelling to Morocco. As soon as it is safe again it is our intent to rebook with them!
From their already outstanding reviews when I started working with Sayd, this was an amazing experience. I got prompt friendly responses to every question I had and as this was our first trip to Africa I had a lot of questions. The price was incredibly reasonable - I don’t know how they can put the trip together on this budget. We stayed at amazing Riads in every city with excellent food every evening and great breakfasts - our driver was AMAZING- he was always ready wherever we were 1 minute before we needed him. The prearranged guides were the best. If you are going to Morocco - you want to go with Morocco Discovery and you definitely want a driver.
I have to admit, when I first started looking at using a local Moroccan tour company for our trip I was very nervous. After having toured Morocco for 11 days with Morocco Discovery Holidays, I would HIGHLY recommend them without any hesitation. Said worked with me for over a year to come up with a customized trip that included everything we (2 couples) wanted to see and more. Every change I made to the itinerary was completed within hours of my request.. and I made many. Said is very prompt at responding to e-mails and questions. Having a private driver was definitely the ideal way to see Morocco. Our driver, Mohamed was amazing. From the minute he met us at the airport (with sweets to welcome us) until he dropped us off at the port for our journey to Spain, Mohamed could not do enough for us. Mohamed is funny, engaging, very knowledgeable and was totally flexible and I felt very safe at all times, even on the curvy, narrow road. If I wanted him to turn around so I could take a picture, he would…and Did!! LOL Our Riads were beautiful and the meals that were included were some of the best meals we had in Morocco. I cannot say enough about the 5* service and attention we received from Morocco Discovery Holidays and Mohamed during our trip.
Mr Said provided us with a very pleasant and safe driver (Mustafa) as well as a new van, so we had a very enjoyable round trip Casablanca-Rabat-Fes- Marrakech-Casablanca. Local guides accompanied us in Fes and Marrakech, and we could have had other tours but we opted to spend more time walking around the towns. The Riads selected for us were very satisfactory and service all round was great. No hesitation at all in recommending Morocco Discovery.
Said arranged an excellent holiday for us. We began with one of the standard trips as our starting point and adapted it to better suit our needs with an added night here and there and starting in Marrakesh rather than Casablanca. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish.The choice of the Riads in which we stayed was great, as were the guides that were arranged for us. Abdoul proved to be a first rate driver - safe, dependable, friendly and very professional. We felt very comfortable being driven by him and we enjoyed his company.