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Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas - Exodus Travels
Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas - Exodus Travels
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58 reviews
Starts
Marrakesh
+7 Destinations
Atlas Mountains
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Conquer three peaks over 4000m
  • Trek through remote villages
  • Discover the traditional Berber way of life
  • Soak up the vibrancy and culture of Marrakech
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
16
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Adventure, Mountain Hikes
Start in Marrakesh and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Marrakesh, Morocco and 7 other destinations. Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 1
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful experiance walking through villages, valleys and mountains.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Topping Toubkal was a brilliant.What did you think of your group leader?Mohamed was excellent and very knowledgeable about the torain and florra, and he quickly got the ideal pase for a 'mixed speed' group. He proved himself when one of the group had a fall arranging everything to get her to hospital asap.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a hard trip with many steep climbs and decents on, to be honest, not very good paths! Two hiking stick essential.

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 2
    Written on October 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    What a trip! Fantastic scenery, great bunch of people, good food, a terrific guide, helped by the ever cheerful muleteers and a cook who took great pride in the preparation and presentation of our meals.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? Too many highlights to pick just one.Reaching the summit of Mt. ToubkalSeeing remote Berber villages and their way of lifeMoroccan tea, bread and honey in a traditional village house.Experiencing a Moroccan Hamman.Seeing stunning mountain scenery every day.I could go on and on.......  What did you think of your group leader?Mohammed was quite simply outstanding,constantly watching out for us, not just on the trail, but any time at all he was happy to help in any way.Very competent as a guide, patient with our never ending questions, skilled at setting a pace to suit everyone, adept at solving any little problems which arose, all this carried out with a terrific sense of humour .Without doubt a huge asset to Exodus, he made a great  trip an unforgettable one.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do not underestimate how tough this is, long days over difficult terrain, most of our party were experienced trekkers and all agreed that this was one of the hardest ones they had done. Is there anything else you would like to add?Make sure you are fit and then go book it,One of the best experiences I have ever had, would go again tomorrow.

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 3
    Written on October 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic experience, memories of this trip and the lovely people I met will last foreverWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Toubkal of course !    A long climb over difficult terrain , but OMG was it worth it.  Swimming in Lac d'lfni 2300m altitude, what a buzz.    Oh and must not forget sleeping on the terrace of our gite under the stars and seeing a shooting star, priceless.What did you think of your group leader?Our Tour leader was Mohamed  Maachou. As a first time solo female traveler I was very nervous but he put me at my ease straight away. His English was superb and  knowledge of the local flora and fauna was outstanding, I really learned a lot, and his great sense of humour meant a smile was never far from our lips. His first precedence was always our safety, he came to my rescue on more than one occasion once when I had a little encounter with a mule on a mountain path and the other on a rather scary mountain ledge.       A  Great Guy. I cannot go without  mentioning   Abbi  I think his name was - He brought up the rear on many occasions watching out for me and singing in Berber ;-)  and when I stumbled on rocks and  scree or needed to stop to catch my breath he would say "no rush, no rush" Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Dont underestimate the activity level, I think it should be rated as challenging to tough. Make sure you take at least one walking pole as you will need it. A headtorch is essential for the early morning starts and  bring plenty of snacks - energy bars etc. You will need loads of wet wipes and keep out of the way of mules on mountain paths, they have right of way whether you like it or not.Is there anything else you would like to add? A lot has been mentioned about the tents, we were extremely lucky as there was no rain, so there were no major problems in that department, but to be honest the zips were knackered .  Now then, the food !!  as a vegetarian I thought I might have a bit of trouble, how wrong I was , the food was superb. I now have some authentic Moroccan recipes added to my repertoire thank to Hassian Idblraid who was our very talented cook, how on earth he prepared and served the meals he did with just a few gas rings is beyond me.   Delicious lentils and beans plenty of scrumptious veg, pasta rice and salads always accompanied by copious amounts of bread, followed by mint or lemon verbena tea. If you think you might miss meat, there was lamb, beef chicken and goat, trust me you won’t go hungry. The only down comment I feel I ought to mention was the guided tour on the last day, the guide was alright - ish but I knew the places he took us to were pre arranged and just maybe he got a cut of our purchases.  I wanted to slow down and explore, there was  so much to see and enjoy  -  I felt rushed -  so I'd say don’t be frightened of exploring the Medina on your own, just dress  appropriately,  apart from getting lost which is almost a certainty and  the worst that can happen) Despite the warnings I never got hassled so bargain and enjoy.  My advice, If you think you are fit, get fitter, its tough.     Personally it ticked all the boxes for me.  I loved it.      Just go and do it, you will have no regrets 

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 4
    Written on October 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really great trek. More challenging than my previous trek in this category. The fitter you are, the more you can do in terms of ascents.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Mt Toubkal ascent. Quite a tough day but exhilarating to get to the top. The views are breath-taking and it feels  a real achievement.What did you think of your group leader?Mohamed Maachou has a real passion for what he does. He is knowledgeable, patient, very safety conscious and has impressive leadership skills. I never felt anxious as I knew he was watching out for each of us with our differing fitness levels and needs. I am not sure if and when he slept as he was always there making decisions and plans for us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just get as fit as you can before the trek.Is there anything else you would like to add?The local team of cook and muleteers were multi-skilled and amazing.Having read reviews for 2012 in which the quality of tents and sleeping mats were criticised, I was re-assured by the Exodus teams that they were new for 2013. The tents we used were not fit for purpose - zips failed and tents leaked in the rain soaking the mats and sleeping bags. I would appreciate a response. Please for future trekkers, replace the city guide. With limited time to experience the richness of the city, the gentleman who guided us was difficult to comprehend and uninspiring.

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 5
    Written on September 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip with 3 summit peaks of 4000m and numerous high passes, with great views and fantastic weather.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing the 3 summits over 4000mWhat did you think of your group leader?Mohamed was a great guide with a great sense of humour. Excellent knowledge of the culture, people, plants and wildlife. Experienced with the mountains and trekked at a pace for all (Too many stops for me) Made time for everyone in the group and kept us together at all times. First class Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Highly recommend that your fitness levels are good if you want to complete the whole trek with 3 summits of 4000m +. It is tough going and the ascents of the passes and summits can be as high as Ben Nevis. Only 5 out of 15 completed all the peaks.Is there anything else you would like to add?Better guide for the Marrakech tour. Food from the chef was excellent but would have liked more meat dishes during the trek.  

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 6
    Written on September 18, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A excellent trip with an excellent leader and local staff.  The only shortcoming was the tents which were unable to withstand a stormy night.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The whole Moroccan, Berber and Atlas experience was a real revelation. I would certainly be prepared to return to Morocco and to travel with Exodus again.  My guidebook described Morocco as 'the nearest far away country' and it was certainly different.  The map does not do justice to the mountains and rock scenery and the ascent of Jebel Toubkal was the fulfilment of an aspiration I have held for a number of years.   Seeing a different culture, meeting the people and visiting the vibrant city of Marrakech will never be forgotten.What did you think of your group leader?Our leader, Mohamed Maachou, was excellent.  Everything he organised went to plan.  He was very friendly and knowledgeable  and made sure that everyone felt part of the group.  He set a steady pace and there were plenty of rests.  He was always looking out for trekkers who found some of the rock steps or descents awkward and always kept the group fairly close together. His assistant, the cook and the muleteers were also excellent. A great team. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go on this trip but make sure that Exodus replace the Vango Tempest 300 tents with something better.  One collapsed on a stormy night and had to be abandoned.  The others let in water through the ground sheets which soaked the mattresses and wet our sleeping bags.  Exodus bags are also not waterproof.  Mine had standing water in the bottom.  The tent zips were also problematical.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great food and plenty of it.  We were really well looked after.  And at the price excellent value for money too.

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 7
    Written on August 27, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    a recurrence of a medical problem prevented the full trip for me, but the first week was truely an amazing challenge. The staff, the scenery and the walking were fantastic. Our trip was modified due to mining resulting in a more challenging itinary, but doable even with dicky stomachs (due to a doddgy water pump). Be warned that this trip is hard, if you imagine doing Ben Nevis each day it will give a good guidline (some bigger days, a coule of smaller), a true challenge and adventure perfect if that is what you want.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?on our changed itinary we got to walk up a area where, in winter, it is a very popular ski run. This meant that after a 800m or so ascent we reached the top giving panoramic views of the high atlas with a monument telling you what the peaks were. Everyone was so enthralled by the sight, even thoes who were being sick at the time! (the water pump struck on that day)What did you think of your group leader?Hassan was great. Professional and understanding and even when i had to leave the trip he organised it all with the minimum of fuss.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?dont trust water filter pumps! double everything up with chlorine tablets.Is there anything else you would like to add?It was a shame I missed the more tourist-y walking of the last week including Toubkal ascent but what i did get to do was something to tell the grandkids about (and thats saying something because thats a LONG time away!)

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 8
    Written on July 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Tougher than you think, mainly due to the heat I feel, but a fantastic trip all round. Great food, great company, I wouldn't have changed a bit of it.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Listening to the guys play their Berber music at our last campsite by the river, with a brilliant moon and a sky full of stars. Was a bit special all right!What did you think of your group leader?Hassan was a great leader, very relaxed, full of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Remember its basic camping  - you will get very dirty from the dust! Bring plenty of baby wipes, and bio soap as there were plenty of opportunities to wash in the river or under waterfalls if you can brave the cold!

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 9
    Written on June 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Tough walking on rocky ground with beautiful scenery every dayWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The never ending views, tranquillity of the mountains and lovely people,meeting new friends and having a laugh.Don't miss out on a Hammam, you won't forget it !What did you think of your group leader?Hassan was our group leader, he was great, willing to answer any questions our group wanted to know, and there were quite a few. He sets a fast pace everyday, but this only helps in the end, otherwise some days could end up being too long, the heat was relentless this June and by mid afternoon it was good to slow down and relax. There was plenty of good healthy food, so you won't go hungry.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit ! the walking is tough, our group of 16 were all experienced walkers and most of agreed that it was tough going most days, if you aren't fit you will suffer ! Take water purification tabs and plenty of wipes, washing mainly in cold streams ! The afternoons at camp can be long some days so take a book.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great value trip, didn't want it to end !

  • Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas reviewer 10
    Written on January 10, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Less challenging than we had expected. Food most uninspiring.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Mt ToubkalWhat did you think of your group leader?Good. Very knowledgable. Knew the terrain intimiately and managed the trekking very well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The itinerary on the trip was changed by the leader shortly before we departed, which meant that we had a less interesting route than advertised.  This was due to high river levels preventing the mules rfom crossing.Other travellers might like to be aware of this possibility , maybe leave on a later departure if that is a possibility.Is there anything else you would like to add?It might be a good idea to warn people of the intense sandy winds that often strike.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Arrive to Marrakech.
  2. Day 2: Morning transfer and trek towards Tizi N Tkhfiste.
  3. Day 3: Trek through Berber villages to Oukaimden.
  4. Day 4: Descent to Iaabbasen.
  5. Day 5: Cross the Tachdirt Pass to Tachdirt (3200m).
  6. Day 6: Trek to pass Tizi N’Likemt and on to Likempt.
  7. Day 7: Ascent of Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m).
  8. Day 8: Aourai Pass and Tizgui Valley.
  9. Day 9: Trek though volcanic landscape of Aourai Pass; to the idyllic Lac d'Ifni.
  10. Day 10: Walk up to Ouanoums Gorge and Tizi n'Ouanoums Pass; to Toubkal Base Camp.
  11. Day 11: Ascent of Mt Toubkal (4167m).
  12. Day 12: Ascent of Jebel Ouanakrim (4089m); to village of Aroumd.
  13. Day 13: Aroumd to Imlil; transfer to Marrakech.
  14. Day 14: Guided tour of Marrakech; free afternoon.
  15. Day 15: End Marrakech.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,451 km.
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • 50 km
  • Oukaimden (Morocco)
  • 17 km
  • Jebel Toubkal (Morocco)
  • 4 km
  • Jbel Ouanoukrim (Morocco)
  • 10 km
  • Aremd (Morocco)
  • 1 km
  • Imlil (Morocco)
  • 15 km
  • Ouirgane (Morocco)
  • 51 km
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • 2,302 km
  • London (England)

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