Top 10 Treks in Morocco

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is undoubtedly the most interesting land in the Maghreb, the most varied also alternating high desert mountains, green valleys, dry canyons, oases, and dunes. In the hollow of the valleys, the Berber villages welcome hikers with their legendary hospitality. A great opportunity to discuss and discover Berber traditions still alive. After 8 trips to , here are my top 10 treks in Morocco. I have almost all done them.

Ascent

The best known and also the most popular of all routes in Morocco, the Toubkal trek is nevertheless a great classic that I have not done. According to many friends who have climbed it on a 2, 6 or 12 day trek, it is splendid.

Depending on the duration of the trek, we start from (2-day version), Ouakaimedem or Aguersioual (1-week version) but other options are possible and for the longest trek, there are even more variants

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Mgoun Ascent

This is the first trek I have done in Morocco, it was in 2003 if I remember correctly. Before the days of I-Trekkings. And what a trek!

Departing from the valley of Aït Bougmez, we reached the summit of M’Goun before moving onto the southern slope of the massif through the gorges of M’Goun and ending with the valley of Roses at El Kelaâ M’Gouna. 11 days of . My first experience was with a local agency as well and with Moroccan hospitality. A trek that somehow contributed to my desire to create holidays in Morocco. Alas, I no longer have the story. Some silver photos remain in an old photo album.

Roses Valley Trek 6 days
Eastern High Atlas

The best known and also the most popular of all routes in Morocco, the Toubkal trek is nevertheless a great classic that I have not done. According to many friends who have climbed it on a 2, 6 or 12 day trek, it is splendid.

Depending on the duration of the trek, we start from Imlil (2-day version), Ouakaimedem or Aguersioual (1-week version) but other options are possible and for the longest trek, there are even more variants

Mountain treks Ayachi Mountain in Eastern High Atlas Mountains
Aït Bougmez valley

Softer, the Aït Bougmez valley, the “happy valley”, lends itself to pretty walks through fields and villages. It’s not really a trek or it has to be joined to a larger route like on my ascent of M’Goun or in the Eastern High Atlas.
I even stayed there for a week on one of my trips to Morocco. Leaving from an ecolodge, I explored across and across the valley and even a little beyond: the Aït Boulli valley or the Izourar plateau.

Roses Valley Trek 6 days
Great crossing of the High Atlas

This is the trek that I would like to do. In the catalog of major French agencies, the route begins in Iskattafen on the heights of Aït Bougmez.
In 17 days of walking, heading towards Imlil. Along the way, ascent of M’Goun, Anghomar and Toubkal (at the end) and passage through the Tessaout valley. A major route.

The Mgoun Summit - Central High Atlas Mountains
The Saghro mountains

We take the southern route for the following 5 treks. Starting with Jebel Sargho, sometimes nicknamed the Moroccan Hoggar. It is a pre-Saharan massif that will appeal to minerality lovers: tabular plateaus, basalt columns and dry wadis make up the landscape.
It is not uncommon depending on the season to meet Aït Atta nomads.

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Jebel Siroua

Another massif in the Anti-Atlas, the Jebel Siroua trek is an itinerary that has excited me. Not many people are going to walk there, it is incomprehensible, especially since it is the only region of to cultivate saffron.
The 5-day trek starts from the village of Tamazight and ends in Ifrane. The massif is inhabited in its northern and southern parts, where you cross beautiful villages in mud houses surrounded by almond trees. In the center, it is the silence of the mountain that accompanies hikers. A real favorite!

The secrets of Anti Atlas Mountains - Siroua Summit 6 Days
The Anti-Atlas around Tafraoute

The Tafraoute mountains are the 3rd massif which constitutes the Anti-Atlas. But unlike Siroua and Saghro, the Tafraoute sector is wetter because it is closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

Depending on the recent rainfall, the landscapes are more or less green, which offers a striking contrast between the green of the valleys and the pink of the rocks. Again, few hikers in this magnificent sector.

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Dunes and oasis of Draa

Let’s finish these top 10 treks in with two desert routes. Departing from the Draa oasis, we discover the abundant life of this string of adobe villages and then step into the desert.

The week ends in the heart of the dunes of Erg Houidi before reaching the Ksar de Bouno and the palm grove of Oulad Idriss.

Toudra Gorges

This time starting from Oulad Idriss, this itinerary in the Moroccan Sahara explores the western part of the dunes of the palm grove located between Wadi Draa and Jebel Bani.

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