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Climb, Surf and Yoga in Morocco

Scale pitches along rugged cliffs, sleep in the Sahara and catch wild waves in Taghazout Bay, unwinding with yoga along the way

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Climb, Surf and Yoga in Morocco

Scale pitches along rugged cliffs, sleep in the Sahara and catch wild waves in Taghazout Bay, unwinding with yoga along the way

DURATION
10 nights
LOCATION
Morocco
ANNUAL LEAVE
7 days
SEASON
Mar-May, Sep-Nov
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Marrakech Menara Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Riad · Guesthouse · Glamping

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

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

Practice rock climbing skills on the steep red walls of Todra Gorge, and clamber along Morocco’s only via ferrata

Sleep beneath the star-studded Sahara sky at a luxury Berber desert camp and unwind with yoga sessions deep in the dunes

Ride the waves at one of the world’s most renowned surf spots, developing paddling, pop-up and positioning skills

Not into surfing? Check out our Intro to Rock Climbing and Yoga in Morocco. Likewise, if you’re not a fan of climbing, you can just hit the coast and work on your surf skills

Day 1

Welcome to Marrakech

Typical moroccan tiles in the madrasa, Morocco. Photo: GettyImages-1473696412

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

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco. Photo: GettyImages-1644006327

Driving

6hrs

Rise bright and early for your road trip across Morocco. 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

Climber. Photo: GettyImages-98214210

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 as well as advanced climbers 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 and hearty affair.

Day 4

Higher and higher

Yoga in Todra Gorge, Morocco. Photo: Host/RocknYogi

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; the rooftop is also a relaxing place to hang out and star-gaze at the end of the day.

Day 5

Hiking and Sahara-dwelling

Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Morocco. Photo: GettyImages-1291190551

Hiking

3-4hrs · 10km · 400m up · 400m down

Yoga

1hr

Switch your climbing shoes for hiking boots today as you set off on a 10km 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 partly by private bus or car and partly by 4x4 desert truck to reach 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, with the vastness and silence of the desert providing a dramatic backdrop.

Day 6

Sunrise yoga and via ferrata

Via ferrata in Todra Gorge, Morocco. Photo: Host/RocknYogi

Yoga

1hr

Driving

3hrs

Get up pre-dawn to capture a 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, where it's time to experience Morocco's only via ferrata and be rewarded with epic views. 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 traditional Moroccan feast.

Day 7

Head to Taghazout Bay

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Driving

8.5hrs

Up bright and early to continue your road trip across the country – this time heading west, following the Atlas Mountain range to the golden coastline of Taghazout. You'll stop along the way to stretch your legs and grab some lunch – take the opportunity to look out for the famous goats up the argan trees, enjoying the higher leaves. Arrive in time for dinner at your surf camp in Tamraght.

Day 8

Surf's up in Tamraght

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Surfing

2hrs

Yoga

1hr

Dive into the world of surfing, whether you're a beginner or looking to finesse your skills, guided by our seasoned instructors. Spend your morning catching waves in the glistening blue waters, framed by vibrant red hills. Fuelled by north Atlantic groundswells, these waves travel a long way to create the epic conditions that Taghazout and its surroundings are known for – think sandy-bottomed, beginner-friendly waves to long, glassy point breaks. After a picnic lunch on the beach (and maybe a nap in the shade) paddle back out for some more surf, heading back to your riad when the sun gets lower in the sky to shower off the salt. Stretch out your muscles with a sunset yoga session, and then head to dinner at your riad.

Day 9

Surfing and sandboarding

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Surfing

2hrs

Yoga

1hr

Kick off your day with a relaxed breakfast in the riad's tranquil courtyard, then head out to another legendary local surf spot (your host will drive you to the best beach for the day’s conditions, so you will always have prime waves to catch). Build on the skills you learnt the day before with two hours of surf coaching, followed by a picnic lunch on the beach. After lunch, take a beautiful ride along the Atlantic coastline, arriving at the sand dunes where your guide will provide a brief introduction to sandboarding and demonstrate how to ride the board. Experience the thrill as you glide down the dunes with the majestic ocean as your backdrop. Back at the riad, wind down with a mellow post-surf yoga sesh and a delicious dinner. It's all about good vibes and good times!

Day 10

A final day of surfing and yoga

Surfers. Photo: GettyImages-1489421514

Surfing

2hrs

Yoga

1hr

Get ready to catch some waves! Your surf buddy will lead the way to today's surf spot, kicking off with a solid two-hour lesson. After that, take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch right on the beach. The afternoon is yours to either perfect your newfound skills or simply kick back and relax. Then head back to your riad for a laid-back post-surf yoga session and a delicious final dinner.

Day 11

Goodbye Morocco

Surfboards. Photo: GettyImages-1131632196

Time to say goodbye to the sea and your new friends with a short transfer to Agadir – just 30 minutes from Taghazout – for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Expert & qualified English-speaking guides

Accommodation

4 nights in a guesthouse, 5 nights in riads, 1 night in a Berber desert camp

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and all dinners

Transfers

Transfers to and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All equipment for yoga, surfing (including a wetsuit) and climbing (except climbing shoes) is provided.

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Visas where required

Some meals as described

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

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8 – Day 10

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Moroccan food is a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tagines (a stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous and pastillas (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 tagine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

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

What is the accommodation like?

Typical riad, Morocco. Photo: GettyImages-1198493196
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, great location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

Todra Gorge

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

Beautiful desert camp courtyard at sunset, Morocco. Photo: GettyImages-1186914648
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.

Image of Riad, Morocco. Photo: Host/ Mint Surf
Taghazout

You'll stay at your host's riad in Tamraght, Taghazout Bay. The town of Tamraght is a less touristy alternative to Taghazout town, which can be reached by a 15-minute taxi ride or a 45-minute walk along the beach. The riad is made for relaxing, with a roof terrace, a private courtyard with a small pool and free WiFi. All rooms are decorated in a traditional Moroccan style and have en suite bathrooms.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Agadir Airport (AGA)

Drop off at the airport at 10:30

Transfers

On arrival you will be collected at Marrakech Menara Airport, a transfer is included at any time you arrive on Day 1.

At the end of the trip, you can choose to be dropped off at Agadir Airport at 10:30, or in Agadir city centre at 11:00. We suggest booking flights that depart after 12:30.

For those wanting to stay on longer, extra nights, surf lessons, 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/from Marrakech and Agadir from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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

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What's included?

  • All your climbing, yoga and surfing equipment (with the exception of climbing shoes)

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 sleeved 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
  • Swimwear for three surf days
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Underwear and socks
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
  • Sandals (for leisure time, non-technical)

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)
  • 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 day surfing with guide and equipment

Payable Before Departure

Extra day surfing with guide and equipment

Per Person

Extra Yoga Class (Todra Gorge or Tamraght)

Payable Before Departure

Extra Yoga Class (Todra Gorge or Tamraght)

Per Person

Post-trip B&B accommodation in Tamraght (Double or Twin)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip B&B accommodation in Tamraght (Double or Twin)

Per Night

Post-trip B&B accommodation in Tamraght (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip B&B accommodation in Tamraght (Single)

Per Night

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 and Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Airport Transfer Taghazout to Agadir

Payable Before Departure

Airport Transfer Taghazout to Agadir

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

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 341kg 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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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.

You do not need any previous experience of rock climbing, surfing or practising yoga. All activities will be tailored to your experience so while absolute beginners are very welcome, so are those who have more experience. 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, that's totally fine too.

In terms of surfing, this trip is most suitable for beginner surfers who want to learn some basic surf skills and work on their technique. Your instructor will adjust every lesson to suit your skill level. The only requirement is that you can swim and tread water.

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

Sure can! Over 70% 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 please bring reusable bottles as they 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 and May will be a bit warmer, usually around 25°C in the day but again, cooler at night. The months of June-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 November, then becomes too cold for climbing in December and January. Moroccan 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.

The weather in Taghazout aligns with the arid conditions of the region, with mild temperatures and pleasant conditions. From February to November, you can expect dry weather, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15-30°C. The coastal influence moderates the climate, providing a more comfortable atmosphere compared to the inland Todra Gorge. Rainfall is infrequent during the months when trips are conducted, and if rain does occur, it tends to be brief and invigorating, offering a welcomed respite from the typical dry heat of the Moroccan landscape.

We recommend checking out the country specific information 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 approximately £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.

Ramadan will take place from 10th March to 8th April 2024. The national holiday of Eid ul-Fitr will follow for 2-3 days. Ramadan is an Islamic festival where the religious do not eat or drink during daylight hours. While this is a really interesting time to travel, especially to witness celebrations where the fast is broken in the evenings, you can expect some business hours will be shortened, alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and some restaurants will be closed during this festival period. Activities for local people tend to be limited during the day and the nights are very active in cities with lots of different foods being sold and consumed. Ramadan will not affect the inclusions on your trip, although you should be aware that dinners will be served after locals break their fast in the evenings.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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 always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

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

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

September 2024

Thursday • 12th September 2024

to Sunday • 22nd September 2024
12 Spots left
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Only 2 spots left at 10% off

Thursday • 24th October 2024

to Sunday • 3rd November 2024
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Thursday • 14th November 2024

to Sunday • 24th November 2024
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Thursday • 20th March 2025

to Sunday • 30th March 2025
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Thursday • 10th April 2025

to Sunday • 20th April 2025
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Thursday • 17th April 2025

to Sunday • 27th April 2025
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Thursday • 8th May 2025

to Sunday • 18th May 2025
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Thursday • 25th September 2025

to Sunday • 5th October 2025
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Thursday • 2nd October 2025

to Sunday • 12th October 2025
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Thursday • 23rd October 2025

to Sunday • 2nd November 2025
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Thursday • 6th November 2025

to Sunday • 16th November 2025
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