The 3 Peaks Challenge in Morocco

Tackle 3 summits over 4000m back-to-back on this tough traverse of the High Atlas, including the highest point in North Africa

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The 3 Peaks Challenge in Morocco

Tackle 3 summits over 4000m back-to-back on this tough traverse of the High Atlas, including the highest point in North Africa

DURATION

4 nights

LOCATION

Morocco

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 days off work

SEASON

May—Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Marrakech Menara Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Riad · Mountain hut · Traditional riad

OVERALL RATING

4.8

Based on 38 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Challenging

Full days of scenic hiking, loose footing, scrambling and altitude - you'll need a pretty good level of fitness for this one

Scramble to the top of Mt Toubkal (4167m) and the double summits of Mt Ouanoukrim: Timzguida (4089m) and Ras (4083m)

Hike through the Imlil Valley alongside Berber guides and your very own mule train

Stay in a classic Marrakech riad and scenic mountain refuges built in incredible locations

Day 1

Explore Marrakech

Fly into the colourful city of Marrakech and head to your traditional riad in the historic medina. Spend the day exploring the souk and the unforgettable main square/ever-changing show that is the Jemaa el-Fnaa – a place that’s been beguiling and entertaining travellers for centuries. Finish the day with some amazing Moroccan food in a local restaurant.

Day 2

The foothills of the Atlas Mountains

Hiking

6hrs · 10km · 1540m up · 300m 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. Gradually ascend the Toubkal Valley, pass Berber farming villages and stop for lunch on the trail. In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the refuge. Settle in, meet other hikers and refuel with a well-earned dinner cooked by your support crew.

Day 3

Bag two peaks in one

Hiking

6-7hrs · 17km · 1000m up · 1000m down

Today you'll climb Mt Toubkal’s sister peaks; the Mt Ouanoukrim (4089m) 'twins', Timzguida (4089m) and Ras (4083m). You'll set off from the refuge and tackle a short scramble to ascend the ridge over the Tizi n Ouagane pass. Mega views to be had from the top as you stand atop the second and third highest peaks in North Africa. You can see all the way across the High Atlas range, including Mt Toubkal, your challenge for tomorrow. Head back to the refuge for a good sleep ahead of the final push.

Day 4

The mighty Mount Toubkal (4167m)

Hiking

10hrs · 17km · 1130m up · 2530m down

Two down, one to go! You'll leave in darkness and climb to the summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m) arriving in time for a beautiful sunrise over the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Rest up, bag some epic pics and begin the long descent back to Imlil. 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 5

Time to say goodbye

Relax over a last Moroccan breakfast and if you have time, explore the city and the souks some more, before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Expert, English speaking Berber guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a mountain refuge and 2 nights in a Marrakech riad

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Porterage

Your very own mule train

Not Included

Tips for your guides

Travel insurance

Flights to and from the meeting point

Visas where required

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Traditional riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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 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?

Marrakech

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

On the trek

You'll stay in the Mouflons mountain refuge located at 3,207m. Facilities are basic, with bunk-bed dorms, however, there is a fun, social area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from all around the world.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge for the nights in Marrakech, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability and they are very limited due to the layout of traditional riads).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Leave any time on Day 5

Transfers

Private transfers between the airport and your riad are included for any time (and day) you choose to arrive or depart.

Travel options

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

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What's included?

  • Sleeping bag (you can bring your own if you like)

What do I need to bring?

  • Duffle bag (carried by mules)
  • Day-pack (carried by you)
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Waterproof shell trousers
  • Trekking shorts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Wool/microfleece top
  • Long sleeved light layer tops (2-3)
  • Light base layer leggings/running tights
  • Warm hat and light gloves
  • Trekking socks
  • Lightweight, sturdy trekking boots with ankle support (broken-in)
  • Flipflops/crocs
  • Walking poles
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Small first aid kit/personal medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock bags to carry stuff out)
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle (2 x 1L)
  • High energy snacks/drinks
  • Travel towel
  • Sleeping bag liner, if desired
  • For April departures, it is likely there will still be snow on the ground, so a set of thermals and an extra fleece/layer will come in handy. Warm gloves and socks will also be well used.

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

- Megan(October 2022)

The trip was seamless from airport pick up and drop off, staying in the Marrakech riads, transport to the mountains and the hike. Plentiful, healthy food and super guides Mohammed and Ibrahim. If going in October, prepare for all weathers: warm and waterproof clothing.

- Tamara(October 2022)

Amazing hike in an exotic location; I had a great time - our guides were excellent and the logistics extremely organized. I would definitely recommend this adventure

- Gerard(October 2022)

Generally good adventure..don’t expect sunshine all the time..pack for all elements.

- Sian(September 2022)

Our guides were fantastic, really kind and great fun. The trek was hard but really rewarding. Make sure you bring plenty of layers and wind proof gloves as it was incredibly cold and windy on the walk up in the dark. The views make it all worth it.

- Paul(September 2022)

A fantastic trip to the Atlas mountains. Great memories, great group of like minded people, great guides. 5* all the way. After getting back from the Norwegian hike, kayak trip from MBA in May, we booked this Morocco trip. The views on this trip were outstanding and a beautiful adventure in general. When you get back to Marrakech, you should definitely experience a Hammam at Le Bain Bleu. Superb relaxing experience to finish off your trip.

- Olwyn(September 2022)

The 3 peaks in Morocco was a great trip - the local guides were very knowledgeable of the region and very experienced hikers, so we learned plenty during our hikes in addition to seeing the amazing views of the mountains at sunrise and sunset. The additional twin peaks prepared our group well for Mt Toubkal on the final day and it gave us loads of time to swim in the waterfall near the accommodation.

- Katarzyna(August 2022)

The hike was an amazing experience, challenging but so worth it! We really loved our guide, Muhammad, and the other staff. There’s nothing to complain about and I highly recommend this adventure.

- Kasia(August 2022)

This was one of the best adventures I have ever been on. Starting from the Riad in Marrakesh and the beautiful markets to summiting Toubkal. The trip was operated smoothly in terms of pick ups, transfers, acommodation. Our guide Mohamed was fantastic. Patient, answered all of our questions and made sure everyone was fine, always discussed plan for the day in advance . We could also ask for lunch/dinner anytime which was delicious and freshly cooked. It was challenging at times with high altitude but rewarding and I will definitely be going on another adventure.

- Mark(August 2022)

Fantastic trip in amazing surroundings with fantastic guides

- Kirstin(August 2022)

An incredible adventure! It was tough but very rewarding. The guides were fantastic and the food and accommodation were great too.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 222kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Full days of scenic hiking, loose footing, altitude - you'll need a fairly good level of fitness for this one. The walking, however, is of a moderate difficulty and relatively straightforward and the views make the journey more than worthwhile!

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

In the summer months, Marrakech is very warm, with temperatures regularly exceeding 35°C. The temperature in the mountains is a lot cooler, averaging 10 - 15°C and dropping below 10°C at night. If you are travelling at the beginning or the end of the season, it can drop to 0°C at night or early in the morning so ensure you pack some extra layers.

View detailed weather for the area here on Mountain Forecast

If you have extra luggage you can leave this in Marrakech where your host will look after it for you.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Morocco, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest a minimum of 150 - 200 Dirham per person.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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