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Beneath Djebel Toubkal

High Atlas - Marrakesh to mountain heights
 
After the bustle of Marrakesh, where we include a half-day tour, this twin-centre holiday takes you into the Atlas Mountains. Walk through dramatic valleys and over passes with your personal guide, and stay in a Berber house, gaining insights into local traditions.
Beneath Djebel Toubkal. 7 nights
Beneath Djebel Toubkal. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A guided walking holiday in High Atlas Mountains

The ancient culture, vivid colours and sharp contrasts of Morocco have a magic entirely of their own – from the vibrant bustle of the souks (markets) in Marrakesh to the snow-crested peaks of the great Atlas Mountains. On this holiday you can taste this diversity in authentic settings that bring you close to the centuries-old lifestyle of the Berber people, once nomadic, now dwelling in the remote hamlets that dot the mountain slopes beneath Djebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.
To explore the valleys that nestle far below Djebel Toubkal is to discover far-reaching views and surprisingly fertile landscapes coated with orchards, almond groves and wheat fields, and dotted with hamlets built of adobe that clamber up the slopes. One of the highlights of the holiday is the Douar Samra, high in the mountains, a unique place to stay offering as authentic a taste of Berber life as you are likely to get.

You are accompanied by English-speaking local guides for much of your holiday, ensuring your time in Morocco becomes an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.
 
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Itinerary

The descriptions of the walks and the order in which you do them are given as guidance only and may vary depending on conditions on the ground. The durations given for the walks are an indication of how many hours you will be away from your base for in total, and include time for lunch and plenty of stops to admire the views and to take photographs.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    In the Atlas Mountains, the temperatures will be cooler than those shown above, and may drop to around freezing at night during the coldest months of the year.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 18 20 22 24 27 31 36 36 32 27 22 19
    mm 32 35 31 29 14 4 1 2 6 22 38 35
  • Arrival in Marrakesh
    Night 1: at Riad Daria in Marrakesh (the first of 3 nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Marrakesh
    Take your time to experience the unique atmosphere of Marrakesh, which is surrounded by ochre-coloured ramparts. To help you get your bearings, we include a half-day orientation tour which introduces you to the souks (markets) and finishes at Djemaa El Fna, the large open square that forms the heart of the city. It is here that dozens of acrobats, musicians, dancers and storytellers gather to amuse the crowds.
    Explore Marrakesh
  • Travel from Marrakesh to Tamatert
    Today you are transferred to your second base, the Douar Samra in the remote hamlet of Tamatert, where you stay for four nights. The huge contrast between Marrakesh and the High Atlas Mountains will become increasingly apparent during the transfer – the pace of life slows down wonderfully as you wind up the remote mountain road towards Tamatert, swapping your taxi for a mule to make the final steep ascent. Here at Tamatert you are so close to Djebel Toubkal (4,167 metres) that it seems like you could reach out and touch it, and the views as you explore are breathtaking. 
  • Circular route via Sidi Chamarouche: 14km, 5hrs
    As on the subsequent two mornings, your guide will meet you at Douar Samra armed with a picnic. You set out on an excellent opening circuit which begins through peaceful wooded areas and along a stream before climbing up to the village of Aroumd, the houses of which all appear to be perched on top of one another. From here, you descend to the stony bed of the River Imlil, which you follow to reach the stark lower slopes of the Djebel Toubkal Massif. From the river the path leads through rockier terrain, climbing toward the pilgrimage destination of Sidi Chamarouche. The views of the High Atlas make the effort worthwhile, and there is a great sense of achievement upon reaching this traditional Berber settlement. The return route down takes you past waterfalls and scattered settlements, first to Imlil and then back to the Douar Samra.
    Beautiful views on the return via waterfalls and settlements
  • Circular routes from Tamatert: 11km & 18km
    You can agree the order in which you do these two walks with your guide. 

    Tizi n'Aguerssioual pass: 18km, 6hrs
    Perhaps the most beautiful and varied of the three walks you undertake, this is also the most demanding – a full circuit to the north-east of Tamatert following a rugged valley through pine and juniper trees up to the pass of Tizi N’Tamatert. From here you have spectacular views to the ochre-coloured slopes of the Tingerhourine valley and back towards the Imlil valley. Once over the pass, you descend to the green ribbon valley below, following the contours along the valley, through Berber villages and the adjoining almond, walnut and apple groves until you reach Amissakrou, where there are dramatic views towards the surrounding mountain peaks. The path continues up to the Tizi N’Aguerssioual pass, hugging the valley to reach the ochre valley of Assif n’Ait Mizane. From the village of Aguerssioual, you head back to Douar Samra for the evening.

    Around Aroumd: 11km, 4hrs
    This walk takes you up to higher grazing pastures surrounded by stark mountain slopes with little more than the calls of goatherds and stonechats to break the silence. After a steady climb along a narrow path, follow a small streambed across rock-strewn, open country to reach a cascade that provides the water for the village of Aroumd. On the way, you are rewarded with excellent views along the Imlil valley and back towards Aguerssioual. The return route winds down through olive and fruit groves before reaching Imlil for that last little climb back up to the Douar Samra.
    Dramatic views from the choice of walking
    Walking above Tamatert
 

Accommodation

You stay in traditional accommodation, from a stylish riad in Marrakesh to an authentic Berber house in the mountains.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative riad in Marrakesh, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.

We recommend adding an extra night in both Marrakesh (for more time to explore) and Tamatert (extra walking can be arranged locally).
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 03 November 2019 & 29 February 2020 - 30 April 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Sep - 27 Oct 2019 £795 £320
    29 Feb - 23 Apr 2020 £845 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£90 to -£105
    Single traveller supplement £140 to £155

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Prices are based on superior rooms at the Riad Daria in Marrakesh.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Riad Daria, Marrakesh
    Suite: 01 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £14
    Suite: 29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £14
    Douar Samra, Tamatert
    'Mous' suite: 01 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £6
    'Mous' suite: 29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £6
    'Sbst' suite: 01 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £6
    'Sbst' suite: 29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £6
    'Sdes'suite: 29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £6
    'Tree house' suite: 01 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £12
    'Tree house' suite: 29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £12

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    No guided activities are included in the extra night prices.
    Riad Daria, Marrakesh (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 08 Sep 2019 £54 £106
    09 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £64 £124
    29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £68 £134
    Douar Samra, Tamatert (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £48 £74
    29 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £48 £74
    For extra guided walk with picnic, add £35pp 1 Sep-03 Nov 2019 or £38pp 29 Feb-30 Apr 2020. (Prices are based on a party of 2.)
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Marrakesh

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Marrakesh. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Marrakesh (Menara) TUI 
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    Bristol - Marrakesh (Menara) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Marrakesh (Menara) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Marrakesh (Menara) easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Marrakesh (Menara) British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Marrakesh (Menara) British Airways 
    Heathrow - Marrakesh (Menara) (via Casablanca) Royal Air Maroc 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Marrakesh (Menara) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Marrakesh (Menara) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Marrakesh. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Marrakesh

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Marrakesh airport to hotel (0h30) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    mule hotel to Imlil (0h30), Imlil to Marrakesh airport (2h) included flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • your own Berber walking guide
  • half-day city tour in Marrakesh
  • transfers from/to the airport & from Marrakesh to Tamatert
  • guide book to Morocco (the Rough Guide or equivalent)
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • It means that you explore as individuals, not as a group, in the company of your own local guide. Because there's no group to consider, it's you who sets the pace and, similarly, you are free to pause to take in the views as often as you like. Your guide (often a different one for each part of your holiday) will be an English-speaking local who knows the local area intimately. Smiling and courteous, they can read the skies to predict the weather and tailor the excursions accordingly. Theirs is a discreet form of guiding, letting you appreciate the landscapes for yourselves as they lead the way.
  • British citizens require a full British passport to enter Morocco, but no visa is required for stays of fewer than 90 days. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
  • The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives a general outline of the immunisations you are likely to need, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information.
    Because there are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and Morocco, it is all the more important that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the case of illness or an accident.
  • Arabic is the official language, but French is very widely spoken.
  • Nepal is five-and-three-quarter hours ahead of GMT all year round, and is therefore four-and-three-quarter hours ahead of BST.
  • So as not to cause offence, it is best to dress modestly with long trousers (or a skirt) and long sleeves. If you are female, you are not expected to cover your head, however.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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