Hiking in Morocco

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What to do in Morocco?

Salaam alaikoum! When we think of Morocco, it is the buzzing and colourful souks, filled with the scent of exotic spices that spring to mind. We conjure up images of magnificent palaces, lush gardens and white, sandy beaches that stretch far into the horizon. But there is more to Morocco; a depth that goes beyond its beauty and colour. There is its soul, a heart that beats not only in the bazaars but also across its lands, all there for you to discover as you immerse yourself in the daily lives of its people. By meeting these people and by enjoying their hospitality during your stay, you will see Morocco and its inhabitants unveil the hidden treasures that lie at the core of their culture. From its four royal cities to the misty ramparts of Essaouira, from hiking and trekking across the countryside (be it in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains or on a camel’s back in the Sahara), wonders await you, no matter what your choice of holiday may be.

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Without a doubt, hiking in Morocco is a unique way to experience this incredible North African country. From mountain terrain in the Atlas ranges to sand dunes leading to lush oases in the country’s vast deserts, hiking options are varied and thrilling.

What makes Morocco a great destination for hiking?

Many of Morocco's landscapes remain unchanged, still laid out as they were centuries ago. This unique, untouched quality means hiking in Morocco is a fascinating and exciting experience. The country also offers a wide range of climates and terrain types, from majestic mountains to idyllic valleys, so there's something to suit every hiker.

The best places to go hiking in Morocco

When it comes to choosing from the best hikes in Morocco, it's worth having an idea of what kind of experience you're seeking. From desert trekking to mountain adventures, hiking in Morocco can take different forms. Here are the top experiences for hikers in Morocco. 

Hike across the Rif Mountains

The Rif Mountains lie in the north of Morocco. Choose between easier options like the trail from Chefchaouen to the Ras El-Ma River, or more challenging hikes like climbing up to Jebel Al-Kelaa's summit.

Traverse the Paradise Valley

The Paradise Valley is an aptly named, palm-lined oasis that starts at Awrir, with an azure river running along the valley floor. Hike the entire way to Imouzzer Ida Ou Tanane and you’ll pass traditional Berber villages and camp out under the stars each night.

Trekking the Jebel Saghro range

For hardcore trekking enthusiasts, this one-week hike is a brilliant option in Morocco. The Jebel Saghro range's highest peak, Amalou n'ou Mansour, stands at almost 8,900 feet high, rewarding those who brave it with impressive mountain views. It’s especially beautiful during winter when the peaks are topped with snow. All along the route you'll pass small villages, such as Tazzarine and N'Kob, as well as caves with ancient paintings.

Scale the peak of Jebel Sirwa 

This dormant volcano connects the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas regions of Morocco. A hike to the top takes a minimum of two days and can be done via two different routes. Don’t miss a visit to Taliouine for some local cuisine after a walk through the Berber valleys.

Trek up Jebel M’Goun

If you're looking for a hiking challenge in Morocco, climb Jebel M'Goun, which stands at well over 13,000 feet. During your hike, you'll enjoy brilliant views of mountain tops and the valleys that the indigenous Berber people call home. Visit in late spring and you'll also see spectacular snow-melt rivers in the Tessaout and Ait Bougmez valleys.

Tips for planning a hiking tour in Morocco

Packing light is always advisable if you're planning to hike in Morocco. Have essentials like layers of light clothing, plenty of cash, and a water purifier to ensure you're always hydrated and ready for a camping expedition. Hiking in Morocco is best done in the spring, summer or fall seasons when the climate is at its best and the snows stop falling. 

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