village under the atlas mountains in morocco

Hiker's Journey to Morocco

Mountain Trails of the Middle Atlas and High Atlas, plus Fez and Marrakesh with Mark Gordon

Trip Level

What the Trip Is Like
The trip is 3+, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It combines city explorations on foot with five days of moderate hiking, 3.5 to 6.5 hours each day, in mountain environments. Our hikes take place in altitudes of 5,000 to 7,000 feet. The trails are mostly mule track and well-worn paths from village use, but there are some short, steep sections. When we have a trailside lunch, it will usually be picnic style, with fresh salads, cheese, bread, and other items prepared by our cook, and served in a dining tent with a simple table and chairs.

Day 3: 3.5 hours hiking
Day 4: 5.5 hours hiking
Day 5: 1 hour hiking
Day 6: 6.5 hours hiking
Day 7: 6 hours hiking
Day 8: 3.5 hours hiking
 
Each participant should be in good health, since most days on the trip include hiking on paths that are a mix of dirt and rocky terrain; the trails are occasionally steep but not exposed. Being in good physical condition is important for your enjoyment of the trip. The best way to get accustomed to walking and being on your feet throughout the day is by incorporating exercise into your schedule leading up to your departure. We recommend walking, hiking, and engaging in physical activities; stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for walking uphill.

Weather

Morocco has climatic variations but the weather is largely moderate, with a cooling influence from the Mediterranean and Atlantic. The average temperature is 62°-73°F on the west coast and 50°-80°F in the interior. In the mountains, peaks are snow-capped most of the year but it can be hot during the daytime. In the south, the weather is hot and dry throughout the year, and temperatures can drop dramatically at night.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.