A female hiker stands upon a crag in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
4.7
| 64 reviews

The 3 Peaks Challenge in Morocco

4 nights
Challenging

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

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking Berber guides

All 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

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.7
| 64 reviews
Great fun
May 2024
Simon B.
Great fun
May 2024
Simon B.
Great fun
May 2024
Simon B.
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
October 2023
Craig
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
October 2023
Craig
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
October 2023
Craig
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
October 2023
Craig
Excellent mini adventure. All perfectly org...
September 2023
Michael
Truly a brilliant time. A very stress free...
August 2023
Joshua A.
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
August 2023
Samara
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
August 2023
Samara
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
August 2023
Samara
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
August 2023
Samara
Great trip with excellent guide and superb...
August 2023
Faris
Great trip with excellent guide and superb...
August 2023
Faris
Great trip with excellent guide and superb...
August 2023
Faris
Great trip with excellent guide and superb...
August 2023
Faris
Great trip with excellent guide and superb...
August 2023
Faris
A great trip with good laughs and stunning...
August 2023
Adrian
Incredible trip. Challenging but doable wit...
July 2023
Zak
Incredible trip. Challenging but doable wit...
July 2023
Zak
Incredible trip. Challenging but doable wit...
July 2023
Zak
Incredible trip. Challenging but doable wit...
July 2023
Zak
Beautiful place to visit, most definitely w...
July 2023
Agnieszka
Beautiful place to visit, most definitely w...
July 2023
Agnieszka
Beautiful place to visit, most definitely w...
July 2023
Agnieszka
Beautiful place to visit, most definitely w...
July 2023
Agnieszka
Beautiful place to visit, most definitely w...
July 2023
Agnieszka
I had the most incredible adventure climbin...
June 2023
Natalie L.
I had the most incredible adventure climbin...
June 2023
Natalie L.

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

Key Information

Day 1

Explore Marrakech

The rooftops of Marrakesh, Morocco.

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

A woman leans against a rock on the rocky slopes of Mount Toubkal, Morocco.

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

The rocky, dusty slopes of Morocco's Mount Toubkal at sunrise.

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)

A male hiker relaxes on a rock at the summit Morocco's Mount Toubkal.

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

Colourful lights and lanterns hang from the ceiling of a souk in Morocco.

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.

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

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?

Inside a riad in Marrakesh
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.

A mountain refuge on the slopes of Mount Toubkal, Morocco.
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

map

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 you choose to arrive on day 1 and depart on day 5, 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, private transfers between Marrakech airport and Marrakech city are not included but can be arranged with your host for an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for details.

Travel options

There are daily flights to Marrakech from major 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.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

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

What do I need to bring?

  • Rucksack or 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 (hand sanitiser, toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock bags to carry stuff out)
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle (2 x 1L)
  • High energy snacks/drinks
  • Electrolytes/rehydration solutions (especially if travelling during the summer)
  • Travel towel
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • 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.
*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)

Charles M.(May 2024)
Great guides, and awesome random crew

Great guides, awesome random crew of people, good challenge

Jessica A.(May 2024)
Great but challenging trip

I had an amazing time on this trip. The group dynamics were perfect, the food was great, and the guides knew the mountains so well they could walk them in their sleep. The two ascent days were very tough, largely due to the lack of acclimatisation to the altitude, so I would not recommend this trip for those who have struggled with altitude before, and new climbers must have very high levels of fitness. The food was fantastic and we were shocked to find clean toilets and a warm shower at the refuge

Simon B.(May 2024)
Great fun
Great fun
Great fun
Great fun

A really good, challenging adventure. Summiting Toubkal will stay with me for the rest of my life. Our guides were superb.

Lukas(October 2023)

Great organized trip with a good host in the riad and a good mountain guide. Besides the mountains, a highlight of the trip was the food that was served (lots of variety, healthy, plentiful).

Craig(October 2023)
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...
Loved this trip - extending it before to sp...

Loved this trip - extending it before to spend a few days in and around Marrakesh was great and the trek itself was amazing. Our guides Ibrahim and Moustapha were brilliant - they kept us safe, well fed and watered plus they were good fun at the same time.

The whole group didn't manage day 3 to take in the neighbouring peaks and it is challenging but this is reflected when booking.

Highlights were definitely reaching Toubkal's summit and the views back over to Toubkal the following day were maybe even more spectacular.

Michael(September 2023)
Excellent mini adventure. All perfectly org...

Excellent mini adventure. All perfectly organised. Be prepared for early morning starts, and aching muscles!

Tyler(August 2023)

My journey to the top of the Atlas Mountains with MBA was a delightful experience. Our guide Hakeem was a master at setting a hiking pace for everyone to be successful AND enjoy the journey. The bonus of getting time in Marrakech before and after the trek made the whole journey to Morocco a great memory.

Joshua A.(August 2023)
Truly a brilliant time. A very stress free...

Truly a brilliant time. A very stress free experience and well worth the money. Was always looked after by the local guides.

Simon(August 2023)

Stunning scenery and fun friendly guides took us on an epic hike. Beautiful, exhausting and rewarding. Highly recommend!

Samara(August 2023)
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...
The trip was brilliant overall. The host an...

The trip was brilliant overall. The host and guide and every colleague was fantastic and helpful. Mohammad was the mountain guide, he was knowledgable and patient. Mohamad, our cook was also great and flexible. Assia and Yousef and Abdul and Hicham were also great and very helpful. Riad view point was great and comfortable. Ambience and breakfast was delicious and fun.

James(August 2023)

Amazing adventure with fantastic guides in a stunning part of Africa. Toubkal was a good challenge, especially because of the altitude, but that's what I was looking for. Nice group dynamic with a good spread of ages. Food very tasty, and felt very absorbed in the Berber culture as we travelled. Would recommend!

Faris(August 2023)