Brief Description

Home to a stunning Mediterranean coastline, the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and the undulating sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a unique and diverse place. This varied physical geography is one of the reasons tourism has become a pillar of the Moroccan economy.

Adventure activities, such as climbing and trekking, in the Atlas and Rif mountains are one of the fastest growing sectors of the country’s tourism industry. Combined with incredible views, visiting traditional Berber villages is another pull factor to the country’s mountains.

Famous Mountains in Morocco

While Morocco is home to several different mountain ranges and trekking options, Jbel Toubkal is easily the country’s most popular outdoor destination. At 4,167 metres (13,671 feet) in elevation, Toubkal is the tallest mountain in Morocco and the Arab world. 

In spite of its modest elevation and lack of technical difficulty (Toubkal is considered a trekking peak in the spring, summer and autumn), Toubkal can be quite physically demanding due to its prominence. As a result, most trips take around five days and include some acclimatisation hikes.

Other popular expeditions in Morocco are:

  • Climb Jebel Yagour
  • Climb Ouaougoulzat
  • Climb Jbel Tidirhine
  • Climb Jebel Sirwa
  • Trekking in the Sahara Desert

Browse our navigation menu to find many more Moroccan expeditions.

Quick Facts about Morocco

  • There are four main mountain ranges in Morocco – the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, the Anti-Atlas and the Rif Mountains. The High Atlas are home to the country’s tallest mountains. However, most peaks in Morocco are trekking peaks.
  • Morocco is home to nine different UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Aït Benhaddou, a fortified village that formerly served as a stop on the historic trade routes from the Sahara to Marrakech. The site is located just south of the Atlas Mountains.
  • Among the most popular trekking options in Morocco is a 10-day to two-week combined adventure that includes an ascent of Mount Toubkal as well as a trek out to a Bedoin camp in the Sahara Desert.

How To Get To Morocco

Most outdoor adventure trips to Morocco begin with a flight into Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). Most guides will opt to meet here and provide transport to the start of the trip. Otherwise, it is possible to take a bus from the airport to Imlil, in the heart of the Atlas Mountains.

What To Expect in Morocco

Weather: During the spring and autumn, average daily temperatures in the Atlas Mountains hover around 20 ºC (70 ºF). These get considerably hotter in the summer and either south or north of the mountain range. Summer is the driest time of year in Morocco, while autumn and spring are slightly wetter. An average of 15 to 30 millimeters (0.6 to 1.2 inches) of rain falls per month, with the wettest months closest to winter.

Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: March to November

Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD), but many guides accept Euros (EUR) as well.

Language: Arabic, Berber, French

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