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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive in marrakech

Visit Marrakech's lively medinaVisit Marrakech's lively medina

Upon arrival at the airport in Marrakech, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Meals
None
Lodging
Riad Assia (or similar)

Day 2: marrakech / trekking imlil to tacheddirt

Load up the mules with gear and set off on your trekLoad up the mules with gear and set off on your trek

We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil (elevation 5,700') via Asni.  Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers and the place where we meet our mule team.  Once all our gear is loaded, we begin walking along the valley toward Tacheddirt, some five miles from Imlil.  Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb to the pass at Tizi 'n Tamatert (7,500'), then descend to the pretty village of Ouanestra (7,200'), from which we head onward another half hour or so to Tacheddirt (7,600'), where we set up camp near the river.  Today's total is four hours of walking.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping

Day 3: trekking tacheddirt to azib likemt

Leave Tacheddirt for the next campLeave Tacheddirt for the next camp

After breakfast in camp, we begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (11,700') where, at the top, we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal Massif before beginning a long downhil descent to the village of Azib Likemt (7,200'), where we'll set up camp for the night.  Totay's total is five hours of walking.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping

Day 4: trekking azib likemt to amsouzart

Enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif from the trailEnjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif from the trail

This day is long, but rather easy as our route passes through many interesting landscapes.  From Tizi 'n Ououraine (10,200'), enjoy further views of the Toubkal Massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (12,700').  The trail leads on toward Amsouzert (5,600'), one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a local gite (farmhouse cottage).  Totay's total is six hours of walking.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Gite Amsouzarte Berber House Lodge (or similar)

Day 5: trekking amsouzrt to ifni lake

Trek through the pass to Ifni LakeTrek through the pass to Ifni Lake

West of Amsouzert are several charming small villages which we explore as we make our way toward Ifni Lake (7,500'), the only lake in the Toubkal Massif.  It's a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant rock piles, and it's unusually deep as well.  We expect to arrive by lunchtime, then spend the afternoon relaxing by the shore and the night camping nearby.  Today's total is four hours of walking.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping

Day 6: trekking ifni lake to toubkal base camp

Head up from Ifni Lke to higher elevationsHead up from Ifni Lke to higher elevations

By now, everyone should be acclimatized and ready to tackle the most challenging part of the trek, making our way along a steep path leading up a seemingly endless scree slope.  After a fashion, we reach the pass at Tizi n' Ouanoums (12,000'), a narrow ledge between two huge shafts of rock.  From here, it's a long switchback descent to Nelther Refuge (10,500'), where we set up camp for the night.  Today's total is six hours of walking.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping

Day 7: base camp trek to summit and back

After summiting, enjoy a well-deserved night's sleep at Iminouassif GuesthouseAfter summiting, enjoy a well-deserved night's sleep at Iminouassif Guesthouse

We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit of Toubkal (13,700').  If conditions are good, the climb to the summit should take more than 2-3 hours, where we'll enjoy beautiful views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond.  Returning to base camp, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before walking to the Mizane River along a well-forested trail to the trailhead at Imlil, where we'll overnight in a guesthouse.  Today's total is nine hours of walking -- you'll sleep well tonight!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Iminouassif Guest (or similar)

Day 8: return to marrakech

Say goodbye to the mountains and their villages, then head back to MarrakechSay goodbye to the mountains and their villages, then head back to Marrakech

After breakfast, enjoy the ride back to Marrakech, where you will check in at your riad (comfortable manor house), your base for the next three nights.  The day is yours free to relax, visit the souqs, and check out the many famous monuments of the city.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Riad Assia (or similar)

Days 9-10: marrakech

Experience Djemma el-fna Square in MarrakechExperience Djemma el-fna Square in Marrakech

Spend the next two days in atmospheric Marrakech, one with guided activities and the other free to explore on your own.  Your guide will take you to Djemma el-Fna Square, colorful souqs around town, and historic monuments such as El Badi Palace, El Bahia Palace, Saadiens Tomb, and more.  On your own, decide whether to search out new sights or perhaps return to a favorite or two for in-depth explorations on your last two nights in this amazing country.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Riad Assia (or similar)

Day 11: marrakech / onward

Bid farewell to this lovely and mysterious landBid farewell to this lovely and mysterious land

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to the U.S. or perhaps onward to another exotic adventure of your choosing.  Allow us to set up a relaxing day or two in the coastal town of Essaouira if you haven't yet had your fill of this wondrous land.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,550
Per person, twin share
Single Supplement:
$750
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Simple gite, lodge, camping & comfortable riad in Marrakech
Activity Level:
●●●●○
(see full descriptions)
hiking, non-technical trekking
Group Size:
4-20
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Load up the mules with gear and set off on your trek
Load up the mules with gear and set off on your trek
Experience Djemma el-fna Square in Marrakech
Experience Djemma el-fna Square in Marrakech
Bid farewell to this lovely and mysterious land
Bid farewell to this lovely and mysterious land
Head over the Altas Mountains
Head over the Altas Mountains
Mountain village
Mountain village
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Trekking around Toubkal
Spend the night in Marrakech before heading to the Atlas Mountains
Spend the night in Marrakech before heading to the Atlas Mountains
Leave Tacheddirt for the next camp
Leave Tacheddirt for the next camp
Enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif from the trail
Enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif from the trail
Trek through the pass to Ifni Lake
Trek through the pass to Ifni Lake
Head up from Ifni Lke to higher elevations
Head up from Ifni Lke to higher elevations
Visit Marrakech's lively medina
Visit Marrakech's lively medina

Toubkal Trekking

Explore the High Atlas Mountains

overview

Explore the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco on foot -- trekking is one of the best adventures you can plan in Morroco's lovely, warm summer -- or any time from June through October.  This trip explores the Berber villages and trails in the vicinity of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in north Africa, at more than 13,300 feet, with starting and ending points in Marrakech.  Customizing allows you to make arrangements of 2-7 days and allows you to combine trekking with time in Morocco's historic, colorful, and fascinating cities.  We have laid out one example here, an 11-day trip, that illustrates one way to trek (for about a week), starting in Marrakech, and ending with a few days there to explore Morocco's city of wonders.  Contact us to set up your dream excursion.

The lodging on this 11-day sample offers a sampling that ranges from comfortable tents to mountain lodges to a country gite to an atmospheric and comfortable riad (manor home) in Marrakech's old medina.  Enjoy!

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overview

Explore the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco on foot -- trekking is one of the best adventures you can plan in Morroco's lovely, warm summer -- or any time from June through October.  This trip explores the Berber villages and trails in the vicinity of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in north Africa, at more than 13,300 feet, with starting and ending points in Marrakech.  Customizing allows you to make arrangements of 2-7 days and allows you to combine trekking with time in Morocco's historic, colorful, and fascinating cities.  We have laid out one example here, an 11-day trip, that illustrates one way to trek (for about a week), starting in Marrakech, and ending with a few days there to explore Morocco's city of wonders.  Contact us to set up your dream excursion.

The lodging on this 11-day sample offers a sampling that ranges from comfortable tents to mountain lodges to a country gite to an atmospheric and comfortable riad (manor home) in Marrakech's old medina.  Enjoy!

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive in marrakech
    Visit Marrakech's lively medinaVisit Marrakech's lively medina

    Upon arrival at the airport in Marrakech, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Riad Assia (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: marrakech / trekking imlil to tacheddirt
    Load up the mules with gear and set off on your trekLoad up the mules with gear and set off on your trek

    We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil (elevation 5,700') via Asni.  Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers and the place where we meet our mule team.  Once all our gear is loaded, we begin walking along the valley toward Tacheddirt, some five miles from Imlil.  Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb to the pass at Tizi 'n Tamatert (7,500'), then descend to the pretty village of Ouanestra (7,200'), from which we head onward another half hour or so to Tacheddirt (7,600'), where we set up camp near the river.  Today's total is four hours of walking.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: trekking tacheddirt to azib likemt
    Leave Tacheddirt for the next campLeave Tacheddirt for the next camp

    After breakfast in camp, we begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (11,700') where, at the top, we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal Massif before beginning a long downhil descent to the village of Azib Likemt (7,200'), where we'll set up camp for the night.  Totay's total is five hours of walking.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: trekking azib likemt to amsouzart
    Enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif from the trailEnjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif from the trail

    This day is long, but rather easy as our route passes through many interesting landscapes.  From Tizi 'n Ououraine (10,200'), enjoy further views of the Toubkal Massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (12,700').  The trail leads on toward Amsouzert (5,600'), one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a local gite (farmhouse cottage).  Totay's total is six hours of walking.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Gite Amsouzarte Berber House Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: trekking amsouzrt to ifni lake
    Trek through the pass to Ifni LakeTrek through the pass to Ifni Lake

    West of Amsouzert are several charming small villages which we explore as we make our way toward Ifni Lake (7,500'), the only lake in the Toubkal Massif.  It's a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant rock piles, and it's unusually deep as well.  We expect to arrive by lunchtime, then spend the afternoon relaxing by the shore and the night camping nearby.  Today's total is four hours of walking.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: trekking ifni lake to toubkal base camp
    Head up from Ifni Lke to higher elevationsHead up from Ifni Lke to higher elevations

    By now, everyone should be acclimatized and ready to tackle the most challenging part of the trek, making our way along a steep path leading up a seemingly endless scree slope.  After a fashion, we reach the pass at Tizi n' Ouanoums (12,000'), a narrow ledge between two huge shafts of rock.  From here, it's a long switchback descent to Nelther Refuge (10,500'), where we set up camp for the night.  Today's total is six hours of walking.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: base camp trek to summit and back
    After summiting, enjoy a well-deserved night's sleep at Iminouassif GuesthouseAfter summiting, enjoy a well-deserved night's sleep at Iminouassif Guesthouse

    We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit of Toubkal (13,700').  If conditions are good, the climb to the summit should take more than 2-3 hours, where we'll enjoy beautiful views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond.  Returning to base camp, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before walking to the Mizane River along a well-forested trail to the trailhead at Imlil, where we'll overnight in a guesthouse.  Today's total is nine hours of walking -- you'll sleep well tonight!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Iminouassif Guest (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: return to marrakech
    Say goodbye to the mountains and their villages, then head back to MarrakechSay goodbye to the mountains and their villages, then head back to Marrakech

    After breakfast, enjoy the ride back to Marrakech, where you will check in at your riad (comfortable manor house), your base for the next three nights.  The day is yours free to relax, visit the souqs, and check out the many famous monuments of the city.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Riad Assia (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 9-10: marrakech
    Experience Djemma el-fna Square in MarrakechExperience Djemma el-fna Square in Marrakech

    Spend the next two days in atmospheric Marrakech, one with guided activities and the other free to explore on your own.  Your guide will take you to Djemma el-Fna Square, colorful souqs around town, and historic monuments such as El Badi Palace, El Bahia Palace, Saadiens Tomb, and more.  On your own, decide whether to search out new sights or perhaps return to a favorite or two for in-depth explorations on your last two nights in this amazing country.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Riad Assia (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: marrakech / onward
    Bid farewell to this lovely and mysterious landBid farewell to this lovely and mysterious land

    After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to the U.S. or perhaps onward to another exotic adventure of your choosing.  Allow us to set up a relaxing day or two in the coastal town of Essaouira if you haven't yet had your fill of this wondrous land.

    Meals
    Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,550
Per person, twin share
Single Supplement:
$750
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Simple gite, lodge, camping & comfortable riad in Marrakech
Activity Level:
●●●●○
(see full descriptions)
hiking, non-technical trekking
Group Size:
4-20
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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