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A Berber stands amongst the dunes in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
4.7
| 143 reviews

Climb Mount Toubkal and Sleep in the Sahara

Trek across the beautiful Atlas Mountains to North Africa's highest peak (4167m) and sleep in the desert

Duration

6 nights

Annual Leave

5 days off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people

Season

May—Oct

Location

Morocco

Meeting Point

Marrakech Menara Airport

Classic Accommodation

Riad · Mountain hut · Hotel · Campsite

Customer Reviews

(143)

4.7

Difficulty

Challenging

From

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Experience the best of Morocco - from the highest point in North Africa, to the wild scenery of the northern Sahara

Climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal and be rewarded with the sunrise of a lifetime

Take a road trip to the desert and trek by camel to a Berber village to sleep surrounded by rolling sand dunes

Day 1

Check out the sights and smells of Marrakech

A city scape of the beautiful Marrakesh, Morocco.

Your host will meet you at the airport and take you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s historic medina. You'll then get the chance to spend the day exploring the city’s colourful souks, wander the UNESCO-listed main square and indulge in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2

Hike to the Toubkal Refuge

The Mouflons Refuge in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Hiking

5-6hrs · 10km · 1540m up · 130m down

Wake up early and drive through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Imlil, where you'll meet your support crew and start your trek. Ascend the dramatic Mizane Valley, passing Berber farming villages and stop for lunch on the trail. In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the refuge where you can settle in, meet other hikers and refuel with a well-earned dinner cooked by your support crew. Sleep well before your summit attempt tomorrow.

Day 3

Summit Mount Toubkal

A male hiker sits on a rock at the summit of Mount Toubkal, Morocco.

Hiking

10hrs · 17km · 1130m up · 2530m down

Wake while it’s still dark and begin your ascent. Reach the final ridge and finish the climb to the top (4167m) in time to watch the sunrise over the mountains and the distant Sahara. Rest up and then begin the descent back to Imlil where you’ll sleep soundly in a comfortable hotel.

Day 4

Road trip to the Dades Valley

The Todra Gorge in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Driving

6-7hrs

Take a scenic drive over the Atlas Mountains and descend toward the unworldly landscape of the Sahara Desert, passing Kasbahs (fortified homes) and oases. You'll also have the option to stop at the Ouarzazate Film Studios and Ait Ben Haddou, famous as the filming location for movies and TV shows including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Arrive in the Dades Valley and take a hike to explore it or just relax back at your hotel.

Day 5

Road trip to Todra Gorge and camel trek to the Berber camp

A Berber guide stands beside a camel in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Driving

6hrs

Drive through Todra Gorge, an impressive canyon with sheer, 160m cliff walls and then take a short hike to a date palm oasis. Rendevous with your camels in Merzouga, gear up and ride into the desert. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp surrounded by dramatic dunes and enjoy dinner around the fire before sleeping under the stars or in a comfortable, carpeted Berber tent.

Day 6

Sunrise camel trek and road trip back to Marrakech

A silhouette of a camel train in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Driving

10hrs

Wake early and enjoy a sunrise camel trek back to Merzouga. Eat breakfast, shower off the desert and then drive back to Marrakech, stopping along the way for photos, exploration and food. You’ll arrive at your riad in the early evening in time to find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine before collapsing into bed.

Day 7

Time to go home. What a week.

A cyclist cycles through the backstreets of Marrakesh, Morocco.

Relax over your last Moroccan breakfast, explore the town some more if you have time, then transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.

Included

Guides

Local, professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

2 nights in a riad, 1 night in a mountain refuge, 2 nights in hotels and 1 night in a Berber camp

Meals

All meals in the mountains and breakfast and dinners in the desert

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Porterage

Mules and muleteers to carry your overnight luggage during your climb

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Campsite · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A tray of traditional mint tea in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Moroccan food is a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tajines (a stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous, and pastilles (flaky pastries stuffed with meat and dusted with cinnamon and sugar). Food is often spiced with cumin, turmeric and ginger.

Meals on the trek are fresh, healthy and cooked by your Berber muleteers. Breakfast will usually feature bread, jam, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk, while lunch will feature salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, beans, rice or pasta, fish (sardines, tuna) and seasonal fruit. Dinner meanwhile, will usually include soup, a classic Moroccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

The inside of a beautiful riad in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Marrakech

In Marrakech, you'll stay in a beautiful riad - traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact riad you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size. All are chosen for their excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

The Mouflons refuge in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
The Atlas Mountains

You'll stay in a mixed dorm in a mountain refuge en-route to the top of Mount Toubkal. Facilities are basic, however, there is a fun, social area where you can meet other climbers from all around the world.

Dar Adrar Room, Imlil, Morocco. Host image.
Imlil and the Dades Valley

You'll stay in a twin room in small but comfortable hotels with unique decor and ensuite bathrooms. You'll usually stay in Dar Adrar in Imlil and Dar Essyaha in the Dades Valley.

The Sahara

You'll stay in a traditional Berber camp in the desert in permanent, carpeted tents with full beds, or, if you prefer, blankets for sleeping under the stars.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and single tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability). This is only available for the nights in Imlil, Dades and in the Berber camp, not for the night spent on the mountain.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Menara Airport

Arrive anytime on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Menara Airport

Depart anytime on Day 7

Transfers

Private transfers between the airport and your riad are included for any time you choose to arrive on day 1 and depart on day 7, or if you have booked additional pre or post trip accommodation with your host.

If you are making your own arrangements to extend your stay in Morocco, transfers are not included but can be arranged with your host for an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for details.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Marrakech from airports across the UK and Europe.

Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Marrakech airport. You will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

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What's provided?

  • Sleeping bag (you can bring your own if you'd rather)

What do I need to bring?

  • Day-pack (carried by you)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (carried by mules)
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat and light gloves or mittens
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Broken-in hiking boots of hiking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • First aid kit
  • Electrolytes/rehydration solutions (especially if travelling during the summer)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (hand sanitiser, toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry stuff out)
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private transfer between Marrakech Airport and Marrakech City (per vehicle)

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer between Marrakech Airport and Marrakech City (per vehicle)

Denise(November 2023)

This is an excellent trip that highlights the best of Morocco, mountains, desert and Riads. The trek is tough but worth it for the view at the top! And we had a bonus walk through Dades Gorge which was brilliant!

Rach(October 2023)

The hike is incredible! Stunning views and a real sense of accomplishment. Take note of the driving hours for the other days though and whether this is something you fancy in the heat

Deirdre(October 2023)

What an experience! I booked this as my first hike at altitude - and what a beautiful mountain to climb! The hike was tough but well paced. The group was amazing fun to spend the week with - I can't imagine a better group to share such an intense experience with. The rest of the trip I was quite unprepared for - it was much hotter than I expected so I would advise people to be prepared for unbearable heat if booking in the summer! Access to cold drinks and air con during the day in the van is limited, so keeping cool can be difficult and risk of heat stroke is high. I think doing intense activity followed by an extreme temperature shift is really difficult on the body, so would maybe advise not booking this in the height of summer like I did unless you know what you're getting yourself in for! Would also recommend to take the kitlist very seriously - hiking poles make the mountain much more enjoyable, and they can be rented for cheap once there. I would highlight bringing personal medications like immodium and electrolytes as gastroenteritis can really take a toll on a trip and having these makes things much more manageable!

Callum(August 2023)

This was our first trip with MBA and it exceeded our expectations. The trip was very well organised and there was great communication from the local company. Every day was filled with unique experiences and our guide Ibrahim was very helpful and had great local knowledge. The food and accommodation throughout the trip was to a high standard and the hospitality of the Moroccan people was very welcoming. I definitely recommend getting the quads in the desert!

Steph(June 2023)

My 5th trip with MBA and as always, it exceeded expectations. Morocco has always been on my list to travel and I couldn't be happier with my experience there. The riad staff in Marrakech are super helpful, Ibrahim is a fantastic guide and his company are a great company with kitlist reminders, prompt airport transfers and connecting the group via WhatsApp prior to arrival. Summiting Toubkal is challenging but so worth it - we were blessed with a clear morning with the best views

James(June 2023)

A really well organised trip. The mountain was tough and the scenery was epic - more of an endurance challenge than a holiday, which was exactly what I signed up for. The team I was in were great too, everyone had done training and had the right kit and banter levels were high. This was my first much better adventures trip. Would I do another? Absolutely!

Phil(June 2023)

The trek up the Atlas Mountains were breathtaking. It was challenging, but this was expected and definitely worth the pain. Food and accommodation were fantastic. The guides were very fantastic and made the trip that much better. Would highly recommend this trip for anyone who likes an adventure. The bus driving was long but this is expected as you are driving to the very east of the country.

Elettra(June 2023)

If you are thinking about booking this trip — please please do! Morocco is a most beautiful, interesting country to hike in and drive around. Summiting Toubkal was unforgettable and our host guide, Mohamed, was funny and knowledgeable and gave us a real feel for Morocco. This trip completely exceeded my expectations, 10x over!

Luke(June 2023)

I was nervous at first about joining this trip solo. But I am so happy I did. Everyone in the group was so lovely and I really enjoyed my time with them all. The guides and hosts were all so accommodating and helpful. If you're thinking about doing it, just book it! Don't let bookiing by yourself put you off!

Sarah(May 2023)

Brilliant trip. Excellent food, guides, accommodation and company. Be prepared for all weathers when tackling the hike. We went from sunshine to heavy snow within hours. If you don’t mind long drives with beautiful scenery, then this trip is for you as it can be hours in a mini bus at times!

Darren(May 2023)

The trip description pre-booking was spot on. Technical ability required 'no', and a good level of fitness required 'absolutely '. I'm nearly 54, but fitness is my life, running, biking, etc. This climb should not be underestimated. It was quite difficult.

With regards to the Sahara and the Gorge visit, all very good, but a lot of time on the bus. In fairness, we knew this as we'd seen the reviews and the trip description.

All in all this trip was great value for money. I think just understand that most Riads will be 3-star standard, rarely 4 or 5, but overall my trip score is 4.5 out of 5

Thomas(May 2023)

Awesome tour. Some long days of travel and walking but the sights made it worth it! Great value too!

Owen(May 2023)

Throughly enjoyed ourselves. The trip exceeded our expectations. Do not hesitate to book this trip!!

Tom(May 2023)

I can’t recommend this trip enough. From arriving at the airport to being dropped back off, the whole trip was flawless. The accommodation really exceeded expectations as well as the food and general organisation. All the staff involved were great and I couldn’t have have asked for a better group of people to spend the week with, especially as a solo traveller. The trek is tough so I recommend atleast a few weeks of training (few long walks, exercise bike etc), but it’s certainly doable! A really unforgettable experience.

Sebastien(May 2023)

Toubkal is more challenging then some of the 5000 peaks out there. The local team and MBA were wonderful. We were looked after really well! Incredible experience that exceeded all expectations!

Paul(May 2023)

fantastic hike, don't underestimate the task

Francesca(May 2023)

This was without a doubt, one of the best adventures and holidays I have had. The trek was challenging, but I felt safe and in good hands with our wonderful guides Ibrahim and Hassan. They were patient, kind and so knowledgeable and experienced. They checked with us every day and asked how we were feeling, as the climb is tough. The onward trip to the Sahara desert and Berber camp was also fabulous, and we were lucky to have such a wonderful group. Ibrahim who came on with us to the desert ensured we experienced the real Morocco, and our driver also called Hassan was lovely. I honestly cannot believe the value for money on this trip (accommodation, guides, food,etc) all fantastic. If you are in two minds about booking it….do it. Francesca 6-12th May

Matt(November 2022)

Awesome trip, really well organised with great guides. A lot of experiences packed into a short time. Blessed with a great group and good weather, so was easy to throw yourself into it and enjoy soaking it all in. Would recommend!

Douglas(November 2022)

This trip is such a good time, so well organised and run, and you'll be glad you went. I am.

Pedro(November 2022)

Overall a very good trip, the trek was slightly more demanding than expected but a welcomed challenge . Accomodations were excellent, only the Riad in Marrakech was below par! The group that went made the trip an unforgettable experience. If you want to get out of your comfort zone in every way I suggest you go for it.

Aidan(November 2022)

Fantastic week and seen many different sides of Morocco. Our local guide was great and the group got on really well!

Ellie(November 2022)

The trip to Morocco was superb. The group was full of interesting people who were a pleasure to be with. Our guide Ibrahim was brilliant, and the experiences were far better than I had expected. It was so much more than a holiday and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Much Better Adventures. I will definitely book another trip soon.

Karlis(October 2022)

Didnt get to climb mount Toubkal because of bad weather but overall it was nice trip

Mihaela(October 2022)

This was the best trip I ever had. Very well organised, the guides very experienced and keen to share their culture and experience! I would recommend this trip to anyone that is up to adventure and good time!

Matt(October 2022)

I had a great 6 days. I am 60 so was worried if my body would cope but the guides were so experienced that they kept the group (av age 30) going and all got to the summit and down safely. The refuge hut was basic (no drying our wet clothes) and most of us had headaches in the altitude, but I think it was a good experience should we wish to climb higher. The local communities were both polite and helpful and the guides gave us every confidence. In fact, our guide - Ibrahim - was a natural leader and inspired confidence throughout the trip. He knew all the areas through the mountains to stop, handling any potentially awkward situations with sensitivity. The Sahara extension was the icing on the cake. I had a smile on my face from beginning to end. Absolutely 5 star for me and will be back next year.

Andrew(October 2022)

The three of us had a fantastic trip, we are all around 56 old and made it up the mountain, we had really clear views, but the groups either side did not, so can be hit or mis. We also has the first snow of the season in early October so made it a bit more challenging coming back down. All of the accommodation was great, refuge was better than I was expecting, but very cold. Desert trip is great and was not expecting the glamping. It did feel a little rushed as a lot of time spent in the minibus. But overall good value for money trip.

Julia(September 2022)