|Morocco is a unique country, combining mountains that are snow covered for more
than half the year with deserts where summer temperatures can reach 50°C.
The melting snows and rains that fall in the mountains in turn feed numerous
springs and oasis bringing life to the arid deserts. To the south of the High
Atlas the deserts stretch west to the Atlantic Ocean and east to Algeria,
Libya, Egypt and finally the Red Sea. North of the Atlas a much less arid
climate helps farming on the fertile plains and rolling hills that stretch
north to the Mediterranean.|
Over the centuries numerous powers have been involved in creating present day Morocco. The Romans only really tried to keep control of several trading ports, the Arabs on the other hand tried to take over the whole country during the great Islamic crusades. Their presence and efforts were a constant cause of conflict with the indigenous Berber peoples.
In the last centuries Morocco came increasingly under European influence and most of the present country became a French colony in 1912. In 1956 it finally gained its independence. In the 12 Century Marrakech was the capital of a rich empire roughly equivalent of the present day Morocco and to this day it remains one of the most magnificent North African cities including both impressive monuments and a very fascinating old Medina, a world famous central square and endless alleys in the souk areas.
We offer four main programmes:
Mount Mgoun and Jebel Toubkal. This 15 day, fully mule-supported, programme visits the more remote and little visited Mgoun massif where it is possible to see and stay with the local Berber communities while making and ascent of Mount Mgoun - the second highest mountain in the Atlas.
The Mgoun River gorge is followed out of the highlands then we drive passing through the Valley of the Roses to Jebel Toubkal area to make the ascent of North Africa's highest mountain. Details
Jebel Toubkal. This 8 day, fully mule-supported, trip provides a taste of Morocco with a visit to Marrakech and a relaxed ascent of Mount Toubkal with enough time for acclimatisation. Details
Sahara Camel Trekking. This can be a 9 or 15 day, fully camel-supported, trip. It is located in the desert south of the High Atlas and provides an unforgettable experience of life in the deserts. The friendliness of the local nomads the endless expanses of wilderness, the beautiful colour of dunes at sunset, the verdant oasis and nights spent by a campfire under a starry sky. Details
Atlantic Camel Trek. This is an 8 day, fully camel-supported, trek along the sandy Atlantic Coast of Morocco north of Agadir. Each campsite is on a wild beach or amongst dunes by the sea and the trek takes you through small fishing villages and several oasis. Details
Health: There are no major health hazards associated with a visit to Morocco but it is worth checking the situation and your health with your doctor before your visit. Care must be taken when drinking water, few water supplies are totally safe.
Language: Arabic is the official language of Morocco, French and Berber are spoken by the majority of the population.
Money: There are no major problems changing money in a big town such as Marrakech. Elsewhere consult your guide if you need to change money.