Trekking and Hiking Holidays in Morocco

Explore traditional Berber villages, hike the tallest peak in North Africa and discover the largest desert on earth.

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From its golden coastline and hidden valleys to its rugged peaks and vast desert; few countries boast such diverse hiking as Morocco.

Trek the Toubkal Region of the Atlas Mountains between April and October on an invigorating cultural adventure. Visit Berber villages, pass tiered farmland terraces and ascend mountainsides in the shadow of the imposing Mount Toubkal. For a bigger challenge, summer is the ideal time to take on the mighty peak itself; the tallest in North Africa. Or, for the ultimate African adventure, journey into the Sahara, hiking dunes and drinking mint tea with Berbers under the clear night sky.

Take a look at our hand-picked selection of the best Moroccan hiking adventures.

The Atlas Mountains

Surround yourself with the country’s largest peaks as you traverse the rugged valleys and Berber villages of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Pass cascading streams and stacked terraces watered by fresh snowmelt and soak up unrivalled views of mighty Mount Toubkal. At night, stay in Berbers’ gites or opt for an authentic camping experience in the summer months.

Just 1.5 hours away from Marrakech, the trek begins in Imi Oughlad and finishes, on day four, in the quaint village of Imlil. En route, follow mule tracks across agricultural lands and forests, pass through walnut and cherry groves and discover valleys of juniper and pine. Visit Assaka Spring and reach the Tizi n Mzik pass; the highest point of the trek at 2,000m.

Exploring the Atlas Mountains requires a moderate level of fitness, with up to six hours of hiking a day. Experienced local guides means no technical skill is needed. The trek is best between April and October, when the weather’s 25-30°C, with cooler evenings.

Mount Toubkal

The crowning gem of the Atlas range, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in both Morocco and North Africa, reaching a staggering 4,167m.

Travel 1.5 hours due south of Marrakech and spend two days scaling this stunning spectacle. Departing Imlil, you’ll set-off with your local Berber guide and luggage mules. Pass through Berber farming villages, meeting friendly locals and immersing yourself in their traditional way of life. Take in the beautiful scenery of terraced farmland scattered with goats and cattle. Spend the night with likeminded adventurers in the Mouflon or Neltner mountain refuge before an early start to watch sunrise at the summit. A new day brings magnificent views of Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Peaks to the north, and the Anti Atlas and Sahara Desert to the south.

To avoid the winter snow, visit between April and October when days are warm and nights are cool. No mountain experience is necessary, but it’s a journey for fit, regular hikers.

The Sahara Desert

No trip to Morocco is complete without experiencing the extreme terrain of the largest desert on earth. The country offers relatively easy access to the Sahara Desert, allowing you to explore its endless expanses of golden dunes.

Merzouga is the most popular places to embark on a desert adventure. Choose from a day trek or a multi-day trek and venture into the wild to discover glistening oases, resilient flora and the enormous Dunes of Erg Chebbi. The climate may be inhospitable, but the same can’t be said for desert dwellers. Assisted by camels, trek to a traditional Berber camp and be welcomed by open arms and a mint tea, ready to light a fire and spend the night under the stars.

Travel between December and February, when the sun isn’t as strong, but it’s still 20-25°C. You should be fit and determined to take on the challenge and prepared to make the 562km journey from Marrakech.