What do I need to know about trekking in Morocco?
Because the High Atlas can involve some challenging elevation gains and losses over continuous passes (2000 m+), most High Atlas treks are rated medium, meaning you should have recent experience hill hiking, carrying a light day-pack, and a tolerance for climate changes. You will need light hiking style shoes or boots with a full-tread sole and good quality outdoor clothing. Spring and fall, snow remains on the high peaks. Nights might be cold and the days can be hot and sunny. We have a list of what you will need to bring below.
Fitness requirements: You should be confident of your fitness and endurance levels. The main recommendation is a sense of adventure! There is no age limit providing that you are in reasonable physical shape and you are aware of the rigors of trekking in higher elevations and have proper travellers insurance. Please make a point of telling us (quietly if you wish) if you have any medical condition/allergies or are on any medication that you think we should be aware of. We are out there for a great time and we want you to feel comfortable in your environment.
Accommodation in villages inns called gites with kitchens, sleeping areas and showers, or dome tents or, since Morocco is one of the the few areas of the world where warm temperatures combine with an absence of insects, you can sleep under the stars. Nothing can compare with a night under the brilliant starlight of North Africa. Tents, mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, food and personal baggage are carried by mules. You carry only a day pack for your water, snacks, camera and clothing. We have a limited number of sleeping bags, so you might be required to bring your own. We’ll do our best to help you out with this.
All Food is included on trek and is very healthy, including Couscous, Tagine, fresh eggs, fish, olives, nuts and fruit. Please let us know whether you are vegetarian. Apart from eggs and fish (Tuna and Sardine) often served at lunch time with vegetable salad, there is not a lot of meat and when meat is available, separate dishes such as vegetarian Tagine is prepared.
Bottled water is usually available, but you might need to use your own method to purify water. Occasional villages allow for purchasing good quality bottled water along the way.
Some people like to bring their own treats and food supplements if they have special dietary requirements. If you like to drink herbal teas, bring your own. Moroccan tea tends to be a real energy booster with Gunpowder green mixed with copious amounts of sugar (refreshing and delicious!). Sugarless tea can be requested but not necessarily understood! Make use of your duty free allowance to obtain your favourite tipple.
As we are trekking in high mountains, geological variations create a full range of climatic conditions, which means it can get cold, wet, and windy. Bring a warm fleece and light weight wind jacket and long pants. During the day temperatures are relatively warm or hot, and normal attire with t-shirts and shorts will be fine. On average you can expect daytime temperatures of 20–30+ degrees Celsius
When are the treks?
Most treks take place from late March until October, when there is less risk of passes being blocked by snow. But it is possible with the right equipment to trek throughout the year. Please contact us for details of winter treks and the equipment required. The exceptions are trekking in Jebel Sahgro and Amezmiz which is all year round and for which no special equipment is required
How do we book and pay?
See my web site you are interested in then contact us via ourenquiry form to discuss your trek and check availability. Once the details of your trek (duration, route and number of people) have been agreed, we will make a provisional booking, giving the dates and cost.
To confirm your booking we ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit. This can be in Euros, pounds sterling or US dollars. Payment is quick, easy and secure through PayPal and is made by credit or debit card. For more information about transfert money by bank paypal. The balance is paid in Morocco – again in Euros, sterling or dollars – at the beginning of the trek.
What should I bring on a Walking Trek?
*denotes essential or highly recommended. Pack light and pack tight.
- Sleeping bag
- water bottles (collapsible bladders pack flat!)
- towel (Moroccan hotels don’t always have them)
- ziplock baggies
- toilet paper (buy we have it here)
- needle and thread / safety pins
- camera, batteries, memory cards, or film – bring lots!
- sealable bag for your Digital camera (essential!! for sand/dust)
- sarong (can double as a towel, lightweight sheet or scarf)
- cotton long sleeved shirt (for intense sun)
- light wind-proof jacket
- a hat (sun)
- warm socks
- light weight gloves
- lightweight long pants
- 2-3 T-shirts
- woolen sweater/fleece
- cotton scarf (doubles as a wash cloth)
- Hiking boots or hiking shoes
First aid – make sure you use water proof labelling if re-packaging
- disinfectant creme / gel (Polysporin)
- Ibufrofen (Advil or generic – for pain, swelling)
- Tylenol (colds and fever)
- cold medication – Echanacia / zinc lozenges
- Aloe vera gel (for burns)
- Anti-hystamine tablets
- diahrrea medication (Immodium)
- sanitary supplies with ziplock baggies to carry out
- moisturiser / lip balm with sunblock
- simple english books / magazines / music – (cassette tapes are common in Morocco and make great gifts.)
- small torch / flash-light (small bicycle lights make good travelling torches)
- nail clippers
- soap / shampoo / toothpaste / toothbrush etc
- prescriptions in original containers
- ear plugs
Please remember that things do change, prices go up and down, activities stop running or change format and weather can send the best laid plans out the door. We will do our best to provide what is described above but please take into consideration the nature of the journey that you are embarking on and the country that you are traveling in and understand that a certain degree of flexibility is necessary!