Adventures / Adventure School

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

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Adventures / Adventure School

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

LOCATION

Morocco

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 days

SEASON

Feb-April, Sept-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Marrakech Menara Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Riad · Guesthouse · Glamping

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No climbing or yoga experience is needed, just a sense of adventure and moderate fitness levels

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

What's it like?

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    Daniel, March 2022

    Highly recommend! Hosts were genuine, full of energy and willing to make the trip as authentic and enjoyable as they could. If your looking for a chilled adventure with a get what you want out of it trip, this is the one for you!

    Nicholas, April 2022

    Loved every second of the trip, beautiful views and an amazing experience, a true adventure. This combined with the two fantastic hosts, who's patience, knowledge and support when it came to the yoga and climbing was second to none, all abilities and levels where catered for, I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. Would 100%, and then some, recommend.

    Tracy, April 2022

    This was my first solo and what an epic adventure it was. I stayed an extra night at the beginning, and they arranged for me to stay in the Riad for the additional night. I was able to fit in some sights in Marakesh with the extra day before heading to the mountains. I was a newbie climber but I didn't feel it! Everything was showed and explained easily and I was able to pick it up quickly and before I knew it I was climbing. I was so grateful for the group of people also on the trip, we had a great time and had a lot of laughs. We had the opportunity to drink mint tea with a family of nomad's during the hike and the yoga was pretty special on the roof terrace surrounded by amazing views of the todra gorge, along with sunset and sunrise yoga in the desert. The hosts were incredible, and whilst I was worried about making my flight home on the Friday, I needn't have, they arranged for the taxi to come a bit earlier and we made it to the airport in plenty of time. I would highly recommend this adventure, the activities are perfect for anyone of any skill level.

    hannah, April 2022

    This trip is simply the most brilliant adventure. I'm glad I took the plunge and tried a different experience. The memories I have will stay with me forever. If you haven't tried rock climbing before but you like outdoor adventure, I'd implore you to give it a go. The sense of excitement and achievement is great. The trip was incredibly well-organized. Morocco was simply stunning. The balance of climbing with yoga, a trip to the Sahara and a good trek made for a great week of adventure. Dan and Natalie were friendly, caring and welcoming. Wonderful hosts. Our group left to return home with heavy hearts...as we'd all loved to have stayed longer in beautiful Todra Gorge.

    Emily Rivett, April 2022

    I would definitely recommend this MBA trip, it was so much fun from start to finish - even for an (almost) newbie climber and solo traveller. The team on the ground are perfect hosts, the Todra Gorge is spectacularly beautiful, the night in the Sahara is magical, and the climbing, yoga, hiking and via ferrata all add together to an amazing adventure.

    S Surtee, March 2022

    First solo trip and I couldn't have chosen a better group to join for it. Our guides were such lovely hosts and taught us everything we needed to know in good humour. The rock-climbing setting was jaw-droppingly beautiful and serene in Todra Gorge, the food was mouth-watering, the environment was warm and welcoming, the Moroccans were heartwarming and the organisation of the trip itself was extremely smooth - our guides adapted to everyone's different arrival timings and needs. It was a lovely refreshing way to meet different people from different walks of life and the rock-climbing itself was empowering and brought on teamwork which made us become friends. Difficult to pinpoint a highlight because everyday I woke up extremely happy and grateful and I enjoyed every part of the trip, but I would say the rock-climbing, via ferrata and Todra Gorge 14km hike were my favourite parts, I enjoyed pushing myself to my limits and felt the group and teamwork cheering positively encouraged me to go beyond my physical capabilities! I honestly cannot recommend this trip enough, it really taught me a lot about myself, about other people, and about the world. It's inspired me to continue with doing one solo trip per year and also to carry on with rope-climbing as a hobby and new skill. Thank you once again

    M T, April 2022

    I had a fantastic experience in Morocco, thanks to our guides. Unforgettable memories, incredible adventure and loads of great laughs with amazing people with whom I had the pleasure of spending the time. I got everything I expected and more from the trip, and hands-down would return and do it all again!

    Ounal, March 2022

    This was my first solo holiday and honestly one of the best experiences I have had. Dan and Natalie were fantastic hosts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my inaugural rock climbing experience. The trip to the desert was incredibly memorable, coupled with the Sunrise yoga. And finally I don’t think I have ever eaten so well! Utterly brilliant and highly recommended.

    Lucy Pluckrose, March 2022

    A fantastic week in the lesser known areas of Morocco. Dan and Natalie were the most wonderful hosts and guides, we all felt entirely safe and comfortable the entire trip. The climbing and yoga was tailored to each person's abilities and the food was amazing. Can't wait to go back climbing in Morocco again!

    Olivia Maxwell, March 2022

    Just arrived home from such an amazing week with our guides and an amazing new group of friends. This was my first MBA trip and I now suspect not my last! Our guides were so welcoming and fun. There is the perfect balance of activities, and you feel in very safe hands with both of them. My particular highlight was the hike on the final day which was just beautiful (especially when you go a little further than you are meant to - sorry Dan ;) ). I am going to miss egg and olive sandwiches and the many nights of laughter. Thank you for such a wonderful trip. X

    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, 4 lunches and 6 dinners

    Transfers

    Transfers from the airport and throughout the trip

    Equipment

    All climbing and yoga equipment

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    Tips for your guides

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Marrakech Airport (RAK)

    Arrive any time on Day 1

    Ends

    Marrakech Airport (RAK) or Marrakech Centre

    17:00 Marrakech Airport / 18:00 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 19:00. 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.

    Travel options

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

    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?

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Day 1

    Welcome to 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, 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

    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 Aït Benhaddou 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

    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

    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

    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

    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 this high up. There is the option to challenge yourself further by taking on a short but exposed wire bridge, the ultimate adrenaline fix. Back to the guesthouse for a final yoga session (optional!) and traditional Moroccan feast.

    Day 7

    Back to the city

    Driving

    7hrs

    Back to Marrakech today, this time via Ouarzazate, an ancient city famed for being the setting of the 1962 film 'Lawrence of Arabia' and also most recently for housing the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant project. 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 late afternoon for goodbyes and flights home.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    What's included?

    • All your climbing and yoga equipment

    What do I need to bring?

    BAGS

    • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
    • Small daypack (15+ litres)

    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 only:

    • Warm hat
    • Gloves

    OTHER

    • Universal 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
    • Face mask
    • Lip balm

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

    Payable Before Departure

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

    Per Night

    Pre/post-trip accommodation in Marrakech (Single)

    Payable Before Departure

    Pre/post-trip accommodation in Marrakech (Single)

    Per Night

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

    Per Person

    Airport Transfer One Way

    Payable Before Departure

    Airport Transfer One Way

    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 424kg 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.

    As this is an introductory trip, you do not need any previous experience rock climbing or practicing yoga. Both activities can be tailored to your experience so while absolute beginners are very welcome, so are those who have experience in both. Todra Gorge offers a multitude of quality single and multi-pitch sports climbs for all grades so there really is something for everyone. You should have a reasonable level of fitness for the hiking day but this can be taken at your own pace and if you'd rather sit it out, this is totally fine too.

    All activities are also totally optional - so if you decide that yoga isn't for you or you would like to only climb for a little bit each day, this is of course absolutely fine, you are on holiday after all!

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

    Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion 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.

    Drinkable water is collected from the gorge while you are out and about - and water bottles can be filled up at each accommodation so some reusable bottles will be well used.

    Todra Gorge is known for long dry months usually from February to November. In February to March, daytime temperatures sit around 15-20°C and drop to below 10°C at night. April will be a bit warmer, usually around 25°C in the day but again, cooler at night. The months of May-August are too hot to run the trip so it resumes again in September when daytime temperatures can still hit 30°C. It starts to cool a little in October and becomes too cold for climbing from November until February again. Morrocan heat is dry as so much of the landscape is desert - rainfall is rare in the months the trips runs but isn't unheard of. If you do experience rain it is likely to be short and sharp and often a welcome relief to the heat.

    As you will be travelling by private bus to Todra Gorge and back, you can just take your bag with you all the way.

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

    You will need to bring your own climbing shoes. If you don't have already, these can be bought for approx. £30 from Decathlon or similar. You should buy those that fit comfortably in the shop - don't follow advice for them to be extra tight or a smaller shoe size than you would normally wear - your feet will swell with the heat in Morocco anyway so finding a pair that fit like normal shoes and no tighter is important.

    There are two trips scheduled that are over Ramadan. While your trip won't be affected as everything is still open and transport still running etc you may find that there is a bit of a slower pace in general.

    Ramadan 2022 Begins the evening of Friday 1 April Ends in the evening of Saturday 30 April

    Ramadan 2023 Begins the evening of Wednesday 22 March Ends in the evening of Thursday 20 April

    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.

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