Morocco International Gold Award Expedition

Discover the wonders of the Moroccan landscape as you trek through the remote areas of the High Atlas Mountains, taking in the stunning panorama views from the mountain passes while developing your key skills enabling you to complete the Adventurous Journey section of the Gold International Award.

  • Location Morocco, Africa
  • Duration 8 days
  • Expedition Type Adventures By Camps

This challenging expedition will increase your independence and give you a sense of personal responsibility throughout the trek. End your expedition in the hustle and bustle of the charming Marrakech.

Morocco - high atlas mountains

A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • International flights
  • Expedition Leader
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • All meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers mentioned are in private vehicles
  • Local Expedition Guides
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrival Arrive at Marrakech airport where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation, where your Berber Treks guide will give you a health and safety briefing in preparation for your trek.
Day 2 Preparation and acclimatisation trek (4-5 hours trekking) After breakfast you will shop at a supermarket in Marrakesh to buy all the provisions for your trek. After shopping you will be transferred to the village of Tachedirt (2200m), where you will have you first views of the High Atlas Mountains and enjoy a picnic lunch. As today is an acclimatisation day you will trek with day packs and have plenty of opportunity to get to grips with the Moroccan maps, terrain, and pathway markings. The terrain will take you uphill over sometimes rocky terrain up to Tizi n Addi 2900m and then gently down to Oukaimeden 2600m which is a small Moroccan ski resort. In Oukaimeiden you will prepare the groups kit and pack both your rucksack and small day pack. There is also the opportunity to write your route cards. Enjoy dinner cooked by the team of cooks.
Day 3 Trek from Oukaimedan 2600m – Imsker 1800m After breakfast you will start your trek which will take you downhill to Amsker 1800m via red ochre slopes, crossing small streams and past local mountain people tending to their livestock. The route continues along the river through many interesting Berber villages and then at Arg you will cross the river and have a picnic lunch under the shade of the trees. After lunch you will continue along the river following the track slightly uphill and then back downhill to the riverside camp in Imsker 1800m, where you will pitch your tent and cook your dinner.
Day 4 Trek from Imsker 1800m to Azib Tamsoult 2600m Today’s trek is a steady ascent up to the Tizi n Techt pass 2400m. The route takes you up through juniper trees and oak apples. Your hard work will be rewarded by spectacular views and lunch just after the top of the pass. In the afternoon you will trek on a wider track which takes you through Berber villages where you can see the multi coloured carpets hanging out to dry. You will also have a bird’s eye view of the river valley below you and the mountain panorama. You will also pass through the village of Tizi Oussem 1722 and watch the villagers go about their everyday lives. The path then continues to ascend to our campsite at Azib n Tamsoult, 2600m. You will prepare your own meals.
Day 5 Trek from Azib Tamsoult 2600m to Aremd 1900m. We will make our way back down to the gite in Aremd 1900m next to the hamam via Sidi Chamharouch, a pre-Islamic saint’s mausoleum. There are a few shops here where you can buy a celebratory fizzy drink and have a warm shower in the gite next to the campsite. Celebrate over a lovely meal in the evening.
Days 6 Trek from Aremd 1900m to Tachedirt 2200m. From Aremd you will trek on the opposite side of the river, where your route will take you steadily uphill along zigzagging pathways on the mountainside through thicker tree cover and the small village of Tametert. At the top of the pass Tizi n Tametert 2200m you will be able to see where you started your trek not far away in the distance. The path from here follows the main wider track but be sure to track some of the pedestrian short cuts. Once you have made it to the gite you will be able to rest and have a well-deserved shower. Enjoy a celebratory dinner cooked by the team of cooks.
Day 7 Return to Marrakech After a leisurely breakfast you will return to Marrakech by minibus. (1.5 hours). The rest of the day is free for you to explore the souks in Marrakech and barter for souvenirs. In the evening your group will have dinner together in a restaurant in the Medina where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the evening
Day 8 Departure Today you will be transferred to the airport 2 hours before your departure.

My trip to Kenya was a life changing experience – it still feels so surreal that I was there. I am so overwhelmed, and I can’t thank camps enough for the opportunity given to me!

Unknown, Camp Kenya 2019

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

Laura Negus

The building of character, resilience, confidence and empathy is only the tip of the iceberg when travelling with Camps. I’ve led 10 expeditions to date and have the privilege of witnessing these developments within students each and every time they travel with us. Going on expedition is a valuable opportunity for individuals where they create positive impact and undoubtedly grow as a young person, make the most incredible memories and have stories to talk about for years. And if you think this isn’t for you – it’s you who will gain the most.

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