M’goun (4,071m) | Ouanoukrim (4,089m)| Toubkal (4,167m)
Three Peaks Morocco with Iona’s Adventures: 31st August - 9th September
Day 1: Arrival Day - Fly to Marrakech
The adventure begins! You will be met and picked up from Marrakech Airport and transferred to our hotel. Settle in and then why not head out to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square where your senses will explode with the riotous colours, sounds and smells of Marrakech. Watch the entertainers performing, the myriad of food stalls lit up and the general hustle and bustle of the medina.
Peak 1: M’goun (4,071m)
While crowds flock to Jebel Toubkal, nature lovers can be found heading to the M’goun Massif known for its pristine, prehistoric landscapes and with some of Morocco’s highest peaks and toughest trekking.
Day 2: DRIVE TO VALLEY OF AIT bOUGAMEZ TO BEGIN TREKKING
2 - 3 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 400m to 1,800m to 2,250m
After breakfast, we depart for the 5 hour drive into the valley of Ait Bougamez (Happy Valley) before beginning our trek. At Arous village we will be met by our mule team and then set off on our 2-3 hour trek to Ikiss n Arous camp. [Breakfast - B, Lunch - L, Dinner - D]
Day 3: trek to the Tarkeddit Plateau
5 - 6 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 2,250m to 3,400m then down to 2,900m
An ascent straight after breakfast, we will be met by the Tizi-n-Tazite (2,900m) pass and the Tizi-n-Targadit (3,400m) pass before heading down to the Takeddit Plateau. This is a remote area with very few other trekkers and favoured as a base for the ascent of M’goun. [B, L, D]
Day 4: ascent of M’goun
10 - 12 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 2,900m to 4,071m to 2,000m
We set off early in the morning at approximately 3am, for our summit attempt of M’goun. This is a long, slow ascent which becomes steeper on approach to the summit, though the ridge line is truly spectacular. After reaching the summit and taking in the views, we begin our demanding descent into camp at Assaka. [B, L, D]
Day 5: Trek out and 4X4 jeep transfer to lac d’ifni camp
1 - 2 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 2,000m to 1,821m then jeep transfer then up to 2,295m
Today is a rest day with a 1-2 hour hike to our transfer at Imi-n-Oulaoun. Our 4X4 jeeps will transfer us to the next range in the High Atlas Mountains and take us down the route past Skoura and the southern town of Ouarzazate before going North over the passes of the High Atlas and smaller roads to Amzouzart. On arrival we meet with our second set of mules and continue on a short trek to Lac D’Ifni Camp. [B, L, D]
Morocco’s second highest peak, Ouanoukrim is lower than Toubkal and less travelled but often considered more challenging. The hike up is sometimes said to be more astounding that Toubkal and on a clear day, views can be seen of Toubkal and the Sahara. Neither Ouanoukrim nor Toubkal are considered technical climbs in the Summer however sections are steep and in some areas require scrambling.
Peak 2: Ouanoukrim (4,089m)
Day 6: Trek to the nelter refuge (3,200m)
5 - 6 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 2,295m to the pass of 3,684m then down to 3,207m
We leave Lac D’Ifni Camp and make our way to the refuge below Ouanoukrim and Toubkal. The route ascends to the pass of Tizi-n-Ouanaoumas (3,684m) before descending down to the Nelter camp. [B, L, D]
Day 7: Ascent of Ouanoukrim (4,089m)
8 - 9 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 3,207m to 4,089m and down to 3,207m
An early wake up call and we leave camp at approximately 4am for our summit of Ouanoukrim trekking up to the Tizi-n-Ougan (3,750m) and onwards to the summit. This route is rocky in places, with minor scrambling but no technical assistance required. We reach the summit mid morning and take in the views before heading down to Nelter camp. [B, L, D]
Peak 3: Toubkal (4,167m)
Day 8: Ascent of Toubkal (4,167m)
7 - 8 hours hiking, elevation gain and loss: 3,207m to 4,167m and down to 3,207m
After a light breakfast at approximately 4am, we begin the hike to the summit of Toubkal, the final and highest of the peaks. It’s an early start to make best use the weather and it’s a tough ascent to the summit. It’s a similar path to Ouanoukrim, with some rocks, some scrambling sections and some loose scree. We traverse the southern ridge to reach the summit at 4,167m and the top of our final peak. After taking in the views and the obligatory summit selfie, we start the descent down to camp. [B, L, D]
Day 9: Descent to Imlil and road transfer to Marrakech
4 hours hiking, elevation loss: 3,207m to 1,740m
After the tough climbing for the past few days, today’s descent will be much easier back to Imlil where your transport will be waiting to whisk you back to Marrakech and a well deserved rest. We will try to get you back as soon as possible so that you have time to go and explore the Medina and the souks, or treat yourself to a well deserved massage. Maybe try your hand at bartering and bagging a bargain or two!
After a long awaited shower, it’ll be time for our celebration dinner and drinks together. [B, L]
Day 10: Departure day - transfer to Marrakech Airport
Today is our last day and group transfers will be available to take you back to Marrakech Airport. [B]
You are of course more than welcome to extend your stay with us after your challenge. City tours, desert treks and excursions can be arranged. Please contact us for details.
*Itinerary is indicative and may be subject to some small changes. Hiking times are also approximate and will depend on the group.
Visas (where applicable)
Travel Insurance and Mountain Insurance (see insurance)
Optional trips and excursions
Dinner on Day 1 and Day 9 in the Hotel
Drinks [apart from on the mountain]
Bar bills and laundry
Tips for hotel/drivers and restaurants
Tips for mountain crew - 20 muleteers, 2 cooks, 3 guides and assistant guides (Tips are optional but guidance approx 800-1000DH/£70-£85 per person for 8 days on the mountain)
Personal hiking and expedition kit
Terms and Conditions
Deposits: Please note that all deposits are non-refundable
Cancellations: We strongly suggest that you take out trip cancellation/travel insurance. Due to our small size, cancellations affect us greatly. Trips cancelled between 90 and 65 days prior to the expedition start date will incur a 25% cancellation fee. 50% of the total expedition price will be charged for cancellations between 64 and 30 days. No portion of the total expedition price will be reimbursed for cancellations within 30 days of the trip start date.
Discounts on future trips: Provided the trip is cancelled more than 90 days before the start date, the £150 deposit may be applied to a future trip if booked within 365 days, at the discretion of the company.
Final Payments: Final balances are due 90 days prior to the trip start date.
10 days with other like-minded adventurous individuals climbing the Three Peaks in Morocco
Permits and administrative fees
Group airport transfers from Marrakech International Airport
All transfers between hotel and the mountains
2 nights in 3* star hotel in Marrakech (Day 1 and Day 9)
Accommodation on trek including camping equipment [8 nights camping] (Single supplements available at extra cost)
Meals [Breakfasts - 9, Lunches - 8, Dinners - 7] (dietary requirements are catered for - please let us know)
All costs for professional guides, cooks and mountain crew
Baggage porterage (14kg max per person - any additional items and clothing not needed on the trek can be left at the hotel)
Dedicated UK expedition and support team to help best prepare for your expedition.
15% off Water-to-Go filter-water bottles. We advise water purification tables on the mountain or a filter water bottle.
15% off class credits at Digme Fitness, UK's premier Spin and HIIT fitness studios across London and Oxford
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The deposit for this trip is £150.
Your full balance is due 90 days prior to the expedition start date. If you book within 90 days of departure then the full balance will be due at the time of booking. If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to having you on board!