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Two rock climbers ascend the red rock of Todra Gorge, Morocco.
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Intro to Rock Climbing and Yoga in Morocco

Scale the cliffs of Todra Gorge in the Atlas Mountains, perfect your downward dog and sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert

Duration

6 nights

Annual Leave

5 days

Group Size

Up to 12 people

Season

Feb-May, Sept-Nov

Location

Morocco

Meeting Point

Marrakech Menara Airport

Classic Accommodation

Riad · Guesthouse · Glamping

Customer Reviews

(86)

5.0

Difficulty

Moderate

From

From

Trek through dramatic wadis and canyons and tackle Morocco’s only via ferrata

Embrace your inner zen with sunset and sunrise yoga sessions deep in the dunes of the vast Sahara

Bed down in a traditional riad in the heart of Marrakech and a luxury camp in the desert

Feeling the call of the ocean, too? Check out our Climb, Surf and Yoga adventure to add on a few days of surfing tuition in Taghazout Bay after your rock climbing escapades

As featured in The Guardian's 'Search for Magical Morocco'

Day 1

Welcome to 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, the ever-changing show that is the Jemaa el-Fnaa – a place that’s been beguiling and entertaining travellers for centuries. Finish the day meeting your crew over dinner to hear all about the adventure ahead.

Day 2

Road-tripping to the gorge

The UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco.

Driving

6hrs

Up bright and early for your road trip across the country. Passing through the Atlas Mountains, you'll pause at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou for a quick look around and to grab some lunch. The journey then continues all the way to the limestone cliffs of Todra Gorge, a natural oasis with a river running through the middle and a dense 'palmeraie' (date palm forest) on either side.

Day 3

Time to scale some cliffs

A female rock climber hangs from a rope on the red rock face of Morocco's Todra Gorge.

Climbing

5hrs

Yoga

1 hr

You'll have a briefing this morning with your climbing guide and get set up with your kit before heading on foot to the entrance of the gorge. The 400m near-vertical red rock cliffs are a climber's mecca, with plenty of routes available for total novices to progress along. You'll spend the day getting to grips with the equipment and your technique before heading back to the guesthouse late afternoon. After a bit of time to chill, there'll be a pre-dinner yoga class to limber up and stretch out. Dinner will be a social affair and hearty affair.

Day 4

Higher and higher

A small village nestled at the base of Morocco's Todra Gorge.

Climbing

5hrs

Yoga

1hr

Building on the skills you learned yesterday, you'll hit some new routes as you start to get a feel for the rocks and the surroundings. You'll be climbing in an area with some shade so there's plenty of downtime if needed - and of course, a picnic lunch when you're ready or a quick walk to the local village to grab anything else you fancy. Heading back to the guesthouse late afternoon you'll again have another yoga class on the roof as the sun sets. This is the perfect way to relax before dinner and the roof is also a relaxing place to hang out a star-gaze at the end of the day.

Day 5

Hiking, mint tea and Sahara-dwelling

A luxury Berber Camp nestled in the dunes of the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Hiking

3-4hrs · 13km · 400m up · 400m down

Yoga

1hr

Switch your climbing shoes for hiking boots today as you set off on a 13km loop of the gorge. Passing goat-herders, wandering donkeys and nomadic locals along the way, you'll follow the path to a plateau with 360° views across the Atlas Mountains. Back at the guesthouse, it's time to head to Merzouga. You'll travel part by private bus or car and part by 4x4 desert truck to get to your luxury camp in the dunes. There'll be time for a bit of sandboarding before a relaxing sunset yoga session. Dinner is served in one of the open tents, the vastness and silence of the desert providing a dramatic backdrop.

Day 6

Sunrise yoga and via ferrata

A female practises yoga in the Sahara Desert at sunset.

Get up pre-dawn to capture the magical sunrise over the Sahara. You'll have a gentle yoga class in the early morning rays to energise for the day, before heading back to Todra Gorge. Time to experience Morocco's only via ferrata and be rewarded with epic views of over the gorge. You'll follow an iron-railed route and be clipped in with a harness – although it might feel scary, you're very safe. There is the option to challenge yourself further by taking on a short but exposed wire bridge, the ultimate adrenaline fix. Head back to the guesthouse for a final yoga session (optional!) and a traditional Moroccan feast.

Day 7

Back to the city

A colourful, traditional shop in the back streets of Marrakesh.

Driving

7hrs

Back to Marrakech today, stopping en route for lunch. It's a long drive, so there'll be plenty of time to soak up the High Atlas views from the bus and reflect on your adventure before getting back into Marrakech for goodbyes and flights home.

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking, qualified guides

Accommodation

4 nights in a local guesthouse, 1 night in a riad, 1 in a Berber desert camp

Meals

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners

Transfers

Transfers from the airport and throughout the trip

Equipment

All climbing and yoga equipment, except climbing shoes.

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Visas where required

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A traditional Moroccan tagine.

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.

Breakfast will usually feature bread, jam, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk. Packed lunches will be a mix of local ingredients such as bread, cheese, olives, salad etc. 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 it on your passenger information form.

What is the accommodation like?

A rooftop view of a traditional riad in Marrakesh, Morocco.
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.

The Auberge Tizgui near Todra Gorge in Morocco.
Todra Gorge

You'll spend your nights in Todra Gorge at the Auberge Tizgui. This locally owned and run guesthouse is famed for its hospitality and rooms are decorated traditionally. You'll stay in twin-share rooms by default.

A luxury Berber Camp hidden in the dunes of the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
Sahara Berber Camp

You'll spend one night in a Berber camp in the dunes of the Sahara. This is definitely more glamping than camping; each tent has raised beds and an en-suite as standard. There's plenty of space to enjoy the peace of the desert and to have a chat around the fire at night.

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 as this is subject to availability.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK) or Marrakech Centre

16:30 Marrakech Airport / 17:30 Marrakech Centre

Transfers

On arrival you will be collected at the airport, a transfer is included for anytime you arrive on Day 1. For those arriving early, a transfer is still included at no extra cost, please arrange this with your host.

At the end of the trip, you can choose to be dropped off at the airport or in the city centre. For those flying the evening of the last day, we suggest booking flights that depart after 18:30.

For those wanting to stay on, extra nights and transfers can be arranged with your host at an extra cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information. In addition, please get in touch with your host directly if you'd like to discuss extra days climbing.

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.

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What's included?

  • All your climbing and yoga equipment

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Small daypack (15+ litres) which will also double as an overnight bag for your night in the desert

CLOTHES

  • Rock climbing shoes (see FAQ)
  • Breathable wicking layers with some stretch for climbing (shorts, leggings and t-shirts are all fine)
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight long sleeve top for sun/wind protection
  • Casual clothes for hot/warm weather
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Scarf/something to cover shoulders for women (not needed while climbing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Underwear & socks
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
  • Sandals (for leisure time, non technical)

FEB-MARCH/OCT-NOV only:

  • Warm hat
  • Gloves

OTHER

  • European travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc.)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Sleep mask
  • Lip balm
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Extra Yoga Class (Todra Gorge or Tamraght)

Payable Before Departure

Extra Yoga Class (Todra Gorge or Tamraght)

Per Person

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Double or Twin)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Double or Twin)

Per Night

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip B&B accommodation in Marrakech (Single)

Per Night

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Per Person

Airport transfer to/from other Marrakech accommodation (one way)

Payable Before Departure

Airport transfer to/from other Marrakech accommodation (one way)

Per Person

Airport transfer to/from trip accommodation in Marrakech (one way)

Payable Before Departure

Airport transfer to/from trip accommodation in Marrakech (one way)

Per Person

Elisabeth Y.(April 2024)
A real adventure

A real adventure, very well thought out and paced. Dan, Natalie & George were great teachers and guides. I was a nervous novice with the climbing but Dan was professional and clear that I was soon up higher than expected. Yoga with Natalie on her gorgeous terrace was a much needed treat at the end of the day. The guys at the Auberge looked after us really well and we had a real insight into the local culture. The night in the desert and yoga in the dunes with the new moon was something I will never forget. A real highlight. This was my first MBA trip and I’m already looking for my next one.

Laura N.(April 2024)
A fabulous week, jam-packed with activities and experiences

I had the most fabulous week in Morocco. Natalie , Dan and George are the most kind, genuine and fun people, whilst always maintaining a high level of professionalism. The climbing was amazing, and it was well thought-through in terms of what we did on day 1 vs. day 2. The hike and via ferrata, were also breathtaking, and the desert camp definitely exceeded expectations. The yoga was extremely welcome after all the other activities and Natalie offered adaptations for those with more/ less experience. The guys who run the auberge are also brilliant (especially Faisal who went above and beyond on numerous occasions). We were lucky enough to be there during Ramadan (and Eid) and Faisal invited us to break the fast with them in the kitchen, which was a real cultural highlight. Finally, I was really lucky to have had a great group - we all got on, had great laughs and chats, and supported each other when it was needed. Even with such a fabulous itinerary, it wouldn't have been the same without them. Thanks again for everything!

Emma C.(April 2024)
An MBA must!

An absolutely fantastic experience. Natalie and Dan are fantastic hosts who really know there stuff. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The gorge is an epic place to climb with amazing routes and views and Dan was accommodating to everyone's needs. I don't normally get on with yoga but Natalie provided the perfect experience. I have never felt so content and so relaxed at the same time. This trip really did help me escape the hustle and bustle of life and reminded me of what life is really about.

The hike provided amazing views and it wasn't too challenging at all.

I cannot recommend this trip enough. It's and absolute must!

This is my second Mba trip and I will definitely be looking for my next one.

Alex R.(April 2024)
This was my 3rd MBA

This was my 3rd MBA and definitely the most diverse in terms of activities. There was a perfect blend of physical activities (climbing, yoga, hiking, via ferrata) and culturally immersive ones (experiencing Berber culture). The guides put so much attention to detail in organising every stage of the trip. The guest house was excellent. To sum up my review, I went for the adventure but the community made the experience magical.

Fien D.(April 2024)
Happiest days of my life!

Incredible days with incredible people! The whole group was so lovely, and Dan, Natalie and George created a wonderful and welcoming atmosphere! The yoga was great, with beautiful bee eater flying over our heads, of during sunrise in the desert, memories I'll never forget! The climbing was amazing as well, I've rarely climbed on such "grippy" rocks, and the views are breathtaking over the orange rocks hugging the green river. (I joined the introductory climbing course as a more experienced climber and had lots of fun thanks to the challenging routes Dan and George set up) Prepare to never want to leave this place! I stayed a bit longer and went multi pitch climbing with Dan, 100% recommend as well! Also huge thanks to Faisal and Mohammed of Auberge Tizgui for sharing iftar, stories, tachlhit words and beautiful moments with us! The food they prepare is amazing and you'll be addicted to their moroccan tea in the end!

Denise S.(April 2024)
Take the opportunity!

I feel utterly privileged to have been on this trip. It is the most stress free way I can think of to have an adventure. We got to see places I would never have discovered alone and do many fun activities, with all the organisational stress removed. It was planned and executed with great attention to detail, all of it done so with care and respect for the local people, and it ran like clockwork.

The rocks themselves were very grippy, making them great for an introduction to climbing, yet the guides were responsive enough for everybody to develop skills at their own level. The gorge in which we climbed was stunning. The yoga terrace was beautiful, with a backdrop of trees and mountains and the melody of bird song.

The accommodation was good. The guesthouse host was enthusiastic, friendly and clearly had an excellent relationship with the tour guides. He created a happy, welcoming atmosphere and bent over backwards to meet the dietary needs of vegans and people on a gluten free diet, having individual conversations in advance to find out what we would enjoy eating.

The desert was stunning and full of surprises that went far beyond my expectations, so much so that I am reluctant to detail it, to allow readers to experience the joy and wonder too.

If you are looking for a restful week, this is not the trip for you. There were many early starts and there was little time to stop. If you are looking for a week packed full of once-in-a-lifetime adventures, you’d be doing yourself a huge favour by booking onto this trip.

Charlotte B.(April 2024)
Fantastic adventure, action packed week

Fantastic adventure, action packed week with never an opportunity to get bored ! Felt secure and safe with the climbing and everything was well organised. Food at the auberge and hospitality there excellent.

Jeremy H.(April 2024)
I wasn’t a climber, but now I am (may be)

Very well organized trip. Packed agenda with all logistics taken care of. The climbing experience and visit to the Sahara desert was really great. Thanks to Dan, Nathalie and George for making it all so easy.

Izzy W.(April 2024)
Great trip. Epic climbing!

Awesome week in the Atlas leaning to climb outside. Dan and Natalie were great and so welcoming. The gorge is simply mind-blowing and the Moroccan people are so kind. 100% recommend this trip if you want to learn to climb outside.

Josh J.(March 2024)
Epic

It’s quite difficult to put into words how amazing this trip has been. In just a short week, we did so much. The climbing is out of this world, it felt like a movie scene and the desert, just wow - it is like another planet! Dan, Natalie and George are amazing people and great guides, if that wasn’t enough they are so much fun to be around and make you feel like family and cannot emphasise enough how dialled in they are to create an unforgettable experience (of a lifetime) for their guests. The guest house was also amazing and the staff are so accommodating. If you are considering an adventure in Morocco and you are on this page reading this review, then do yourself a massive favour and book it. You will not be disappointed. The value vs experience is hard to match and the memories will last forever. The whole thing has been seamless and exhilarating start to finish.

Kyle C.(March 2024)
Amazing rock climbing Tour

Had the most amazing time. Our guides Nat, Dan and George really put in the time and effort to make the trip as inclusive and fun as possible. Being a beginner they had something for everyone. 5 stars, would love to go again

Heather C.(March 2024)
One word. THE best.

The week long adventure was really incredible. It was the perfect balance of being able to challenge yourself in rock climbing, while being in complete safe hands. The energy in the group was really good, we all shared alot of laughs and there was never a dull moment. The guides (Natalie, Dan and George) were encouraging, comforting, and offering space to help you if you needed assistance. It is a jam packed adventure so at the end having the over night glamping was a real treat, seeing the sand dunes and watching the stars. Wonderful experience <3 Thank you

Steve W.(March 2024)
Climbing, hiking and yoga! What more could you want!

Such an amazing adventure! Todra Gorge is a climbers paradise, and the perfect place to learn if you've never done it before. The scenery is stunning, the food is amazing and the vibes were epic. Dan and Nat are the perfect hosts, the way they've been accepted into the local community really adds to the whole vibe. Faisal and Mohammed who run the guest house are super friendly and hospitable, even inviting us to share their Ramadan breakfast with them, they're great cooks as well. Dan and George are great climbing guides, patient and knowledgeable, and Nats yoga sessions were the perfect end to a hard days climbing. I honestly can't rate this trip high enough! I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Yalla Yalla!

Kristine O.(March 2024)
Best way to get out of the cities and really see Morocco!

We had such a great group of people to share this trip with, Nat, Dan and George were all super knowledgeable of yoga, climbing and the local area. The trip was so well organised which also allowed it to be action packed. It’s hard to pick a highlight as everyday was just as good as the last but all the people we met along the way was what really made the trip! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys adventure travelling and would go again in a heartbeat.

Holly T.(March 2024)
Life changing experience

This was a life changing experience and one of the best things I have ever done. Couldn’t recommend it more highly. Amazing trip.

Michael M.(March 2024)
AMAZING!!! Natalie, Dan, and George

AMAZING!!! Natalie, Dan, and George were incredible guides. Every activity was perfect and beyond exceeded expectations. Please do yourself a favor and book this trip!

Shari P.(March 2024)
If you like rock climbing and yoga, this trip is for you!

BOOK THIS TRIP! Such an incredible Moroccan experience led by Natalie and Dan. This trip exceeded all expectations - everything was so well curated from the activities (climbing, yoga, hiking, via ferrata), food, and local / cultural experiences.

Both Dan and George are expert climbing guides, and I felt extremely comfortable with their standard of safety. For the 2 days of climbing they set up routes ranging in difficulty to meet the needs of our group.

Natalie’s yoga classes were a perfect balance to the rest of the activity. I loved that her two classes after climbing were focused on complimentary exercises to release tension in the body.

My favorite part of the trip was glamping - be excited to experience the beauty of the Sahara Desert!

Best of all was the lovely people that signed up for this trip! We all meshed so well as a group - it seems this type of adventure brings together such kind, fun, and interesting people. I definitely made great friends from MBA and look forward to taking more MBA trips (hopefully alongside some of these newfound friends!) in the near future.

Legitimately couldn’t give any higher praise this trip - go ahead and book this experience and let Natalie and Dan take care of the rest :)

Abi(November 2023)

It was my first time climbing so was a little nervous going on this trip, however, Natalie, Dan and Max were fantastic guides who made the whole experience very enjoyable. Not only are they experts in what they do, they are also great hosts! Hiking in Todra Gorge was a great way to explore the local area and the night in the desert was an unforgettable experience. I had a lot of fun with the group, with lots of laughs – I highly recommend this trip if you want a variety of activities and all round good fun!

James(November 2023)

This is not a holiday - it is so much more! A great experience with fantastic guides!

03owabec(November 2023)

If you've made it to this page, do yourself a favor and book! Your hosts, Natalie, Dan, and Max, are warm, wise and welcoming. They'll take care of you, your climbing needs and abilities, and also offer yoga hosted by Natalie at the end of your climbing day to repair your body!

My highlights of the trip are torn between the night in the Sahara desert spent with amazing people, the spectacular sunset and sunrise yoga, and, of course, falling in love with climbing. I'll definitely be returning and I highly recommend this trip.

Jeannie(November 2023)

Quality rock climbing on limestone cliffs, experiencing Berber culture and stepping into the Sahara desert for sunset and sunrise yoga! Magical!

Rory(November 2023)

An absolutely packed holiday which made one week feel like two! I can't believe how much we managed to get done and I feel like a much more confident climber now

Mike(November 2023)

It's difficult to put into words the type of experience I had, under Dan and Natalie's guidance. I never thought I'd find myself camping in a desert, climbing gorges, or doing sunset and sunrise yoga but I loved all of it.

The group I was with was beyond fantastic and really made the trip that extra bit special, I'm certain that I've made some friends for life! A particular highlight for me was stargazing in the Sahara, lying in the dunes. I didn't want any of it to end, but I'm so grateful to have made the memories that I did.

Thank you so much Dan and Natalie for the care you took in making sure we were accommodated for, and for the shear amount of effort you put into the trip!

Matilda(November 2023)

This was my first solo trip I’ve done & I can’t recommend it enough! Natalie, Dan & Max went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly and everyone was comfortable. Although this was an intro into a rock climbing trip, a few of us had done it before & they completely tailored the routes to suit everyone & their abilities which was great. The yoga was also brill, with amazing views and the trip to the Sahara desert was deffo a highlight!

I’ve never laughed so much in my life & I’ve left with some amazing new friends & wanting more, bring on the next trip :)

Peter(November 2023)