Morocco does not lack magnificent circuits, beyond the traditional trek in the desert. Whether you want to follow the sea, sink into the desert, or climb the Moroccan peaks, this country is a true paradise for hikers. You will find routes that will meet all preferences in this area, but also at all levels. And in the middle of breathtaking nature, each of your hikes will also be an opportunity to explore another culture (especially in Berber villages).

To help you prepare for your trek, here are 10 ideas for essential circuits in Morocco. But also practical advice to properly mark your path and take no risks.

Contents

  • 1 10 ideas of essential trekking circuits in Morocco
    • 1.1 The Tislit Gorge
    • 1.2 The Toubkal summit
    • 1.3 Khnifiss Park in Tan Tan
    • 1.4 Lake Ifni
    • 1.5 The summit of Jbel Moussa
    • 1.6 Oued el-kennar
    • 1.7 Imil Chil
    • 1.8 The summit of Mgoun
    • 1.9 Ait Bouguemez
    • 1.10 The valley of roses
  • 2 Our advice for a successful Moroccan trek
    • 2.1 The cards
    • 2.2 The books
    • 2.3 Organized clubs and treks
    • 2.4 The necessary equipment

10 must-see trekking ideas in Morocco

Whether you love the mountains, the sea or the desert, treks for beginners, or experienced walkers, you will find in this list what to make your happiness for your next vacation in Morocco.

The Tislit Gorge

This trek takes place in the anti-Atlas, only about thirty kilometers from the city of Taliouine. It is certainly the most unusual circuit in Morocco, which will allow you to discover the volcanic peaks of this mountain range. Known for their strange shapes and their atypical colors, they frame a small river for several kilometers), for a wild escape in the middle of nature.

Level: suitable for beginners.

Toubkal summit

It is the highest peak in Morocco, but also in the Maghreb. Its ascent will take you at least 2 days, starting from a small authentic Berber village (Imlil). You will easily find lodgings on the different stages of this trek. Be careful though, because the level is much more difficult, and will require you to exceed your limits.

Level: for experienced walkers.

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Khnifiss Park in Tan Tan

We move on to a completely different setting since this trek takes place in a national park in the heart of the Sahara, at the meeting between the sea and the desert. You will be able to observe magnificent lagoons and wild birds near Cap Draa. It is also an ideal route to discover the archaeological remains and cultural treasures of Morocco.

Intermediate level.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO OBSERVE MAGNIFICENT LAGOONS AND WILD BIRDS NEAR CAP DRAA.

Lake Ifni

A magnificent trek only a few dozen kilometers from Marrakech. Lake Ifni is located in a valley known for its unique landscapes. You can camp there in summer, but the richness of this valley framed by peaks in winter is breathtaking.

Intermediate level.

The summit of Jbel Moussa

Only 50 km from Tangier, this ascent of Mount Atlas is suitable for beginners and will allow you to overlook the Strait of Gibraltar. You can also visit many Berber villages, typical of northern Morocco.

Level: suitable for beginners

Oued el-kennar

This rather quiet trek will take you along a river to the heights of the Chefchaouen region. You will, therefore, have plenty of time to stroll through narrow gorges, then go along in turquoise waters, especially on the superb Shetat beach.

Level: suitable for beginners

Imilchil

This small village in which the fiancées festival is held is between two lakes, but above all in one of the most beautiful Moroccan regions. Change of scenery guaranteed!
Intermediate level.

The summit of Mgoun

We leave the beaten track to climb the 2nd summit of Morocco. The landscapes are of great diversity and will allow you to pass from arid gorges to much greener decorations. All interspersed with magnificent Berber villages.

Level: for experienced walkers.

Ait Bouguemez

This vast valley in altitude (nicknamed the happy value) is one of the most beautiful in the High Atlas.
Level: suitable for beginners

The valley of roses

You will feel completely disoriented in this maze of colorful valleys (and in particular pink canyons). It is also a perfect opportunity to discover the Berber culture in villages that have remained intact and still live from agriculture.

Intermediate level.

Our tips for a successful Moroccan trek

To prepare for your trek, here is what you will need.

The cards

They are generally set at 1: 100,000 and 1: 50,000 (although the latter are difficult to access for the general public). You can easily buy them from the cartography department in Rabat, or in the country’s major bookstores. You can also consult them online on the Royal Geographical Society website, but also on Amazon.

Books

The tourist offices offer excellent brochures to prepare your trek, in particular here: www.scribd.com/doc/3085400/Tourisme-au-maroc-montagne-et-desert. You can also find this little general booklet in ONMT offices in Marrakech and in all major Moroccan cities.

Organized clubs and treks

If you wish to be supervised for your Moroccan trek, you can turn to:
the French Alpine Club (which manages many shelters in the High Atlas);
the Royal Moroccan Federation of Ski and Mountain.

The necessary equipment

Depending on the season in which you are going to trek, you will not need the same equipment/clothing. In summer, wear loose-fitting outfits and light cotton, but also a fleece because the nights are cool. In winter and in the mountains, be prepared for very low temperatures. But generally speaking, you will need sturdy shoes and a rainproof windbreaker.

If you plan to bivouac, also take a tent. It is a good way to think outside the box and escape the crowds. But if you prefer to travel light, plan to stop in bivouacs at night.

BUT GENERALLY SPEAKING, YOU WILL NEED STURDY SHOES AND A RAINPROOF WINDBREAKER.

Also prepare a small first aid kit with sterilizing tablets for water and a mechanical filter. And if you plan to combine hiking and visiting during your treks, arrange with your hotel to take care of the transport of your luggage. This is very often done for a small fee.