"We have done a half dozen trips with Ryder Walker and this was our favorite!"- T. Lane.
"We loved the trip. It was very well organized and we really enjoyed Morocco & the Atlas Mountains. With all the RW trips we've done, its one of my favorites. Staffan and the local guide, Abraham, were excellent. In fact, can we please have Staffan for our Dolomites trip?"- Suzanne Beers
Climb Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.
Sip tea on the veranda of Les Mouflons, an elegant climber’s hut on the flanks of Jbel Toubkal.
Visit the port city of Essaouira, famous for its fortified medina, “old city”— a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Morocco, the Atlas Mountains rise against the burnt-orange sunset, violet rays radiating across the wide desert plateaus, bleached white beaches, and pastel medieval buildings. As you walk across the sand, through the busy markets bustling with wild sounds, colors, and smells, through small mountain hamlets seemingly carved into the peaks, you can feel the antiquity of the land beneath your feet. To travel to Morocco is to be overcome by the strength and power of the landscape, the history, and the people.
The Atlas Mountains Trek begins in the walled imperial city of Marrakesh, founded in the eleventh century. The wall surrounding the city spans nearly 12 miles, with 200 watchtowers spread across its length, alternating between red and pink hues. Next, you’re off to the mountain hamlet of Imlil, with its green terraced farms, renowned as the perfect spot to begin any hiking or trekking trip through the Atlas Mountains. Indeed, you will take advantage of Imlil’s treasures, staying at beautifully appointed huts, (with real beds, exceptional food, indoor plumbing, showers etc.), and climaxing with the ascent of the Toubkal (13,671 feet), the highest mountain in North Africa. Afterwards, you will travel to Essaouira for a night of pure bliss watching the sunset over the Atlantic and the western shores of Africa, before travelling back to Marrakech for a final night of festivity.
Meet your guides and group for a brief orientation and dinner. Overnight at a five star hotel in Marrakesh.
Transfer to the picturesque village of Imlil. Enjoy an easy acclimatization hike before returning for dinner and another night in a five star hotel.
Hike for most of the day up to the Adrar Tamalroute, an 8,900 foot summit, before returning to Imlil.
After a sumptuous breakfast you will hike through a gorgeous mountain pass close to the summit of Tasserimoute. When you arrive for lunch, the porters and mules with your luggage, as well as a local cook, will already be there with an elaborate spread of local produce served up and ready for your enjoyment on the hand-made rug spread out beneath you. Continue on for a night at the Refuge Azib Tamsoult.
Your journey continues through the mountains until you arrive at the Refugio Les Mouflons, named after the bighorn sheep that are native to the region. Les Mouflons is an elegant refuge on the flanks of Toubkal featuring a beautiful tearoom, outdoor and indoor seating and an excellent kitchen.
Ascend Jbel Toubkal (13,671 feet), the highest mountain in North Africa, before retiring for the evening in Les Mouflons. Enjoy a celebration of our accomplishment with a special feast.
Begin your descent from the high country by following an excellent trail along the Isougouane River. Stop for tea at the Sidi Chamarouch. Continue to Imlil, where we’ll return to the Kasbah and an elegant celebration and ceremony where we part ways with our porters.
Transfer by van through the desert to the port city of Essaouira. The atmosphere of Essaouira is truly spellbinding. The breeze along the Atlantic shore is invigorating and the shopping is the best of the trip. We will dine in a superb local restaurant. Overnight in a four star hotel.
After spending the morning in Essaouira, travel to Marrakesh for dinner and a final night of fine food and entertainment.