You don’t have to be an experienced trekker to get out and about in the mountains nor to discover that this is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do in Morocco. The country is blessed with some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful mountains, many of which only see a handful of travellers every year; others remain totally unexplored by foreigners.
With such a variety of terrain on offer there is something for everyone, from leisurely strolls through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas to gruelling climbs up the steep, rocky slops of the High Atlas. Treks can be varied to suit everyone’s needs; from climbing Northern Africa’s highest mountain Jebel Toubkal, which has a summit of 4167M through to exploring the wild and rocky landscapes and lush valleys that have support an unchanged way of life for Moroccans for centuries.
Make sure you take a guide with you, not only will they have local knowledge of the area they will also be able to inform you about the flora and fauna of the area, tell you about the history of the landscape and the villages as well as act as a translator and teach you some useful Berber phrases.
For longer treks you might even take along some mules to help carry your equipment and to ease those days that you are walking long and hard to reach summits or over passes.
Spend the evenings camping out under the stars. Refresh yourself with copious amounts of hot sugary mint tea, freshly baked flat bread cooked on hot stones as fill up on tarjine full of meat, vegetables and couscous.
At the end of your trekking treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon and wash away any aches and pains in the hot steam rooms of the local Hamman, Moroccan bathhouse.