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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A really wonderful experience all round! A very well organised trip with each day being totally different. Brilliant walking, amazing scenery, really yummy food, lovely welcoming locals, and a wonderful group of people-drivers, camp team, guide and of course, fellow travellers- to share it all with!thanks exodus!
From walking along narrow hillside trails through barley terraces and wild flowers, to eating sumptuous picnic feasts next to trickling streams or high rocky peaks, or stargazing under the clear dome of the milky way, dancing by bonfire light to traditional music, or being welcomed into village schools and local lady Fatima's house for tea...I think the whole trip was pretty inspirational really!
Our leader Hamid was brilliant-very thoughtul and a real character!Full of energy and local knowledge, with a very funny sense of humour, and lots of patience, we were always well looked after throughout the trip and trusted him completely. I think its safe to say that our trip wouldn't have been the same without him!
make sure you have a really good sleeping bag as it does get very chilly at night! Take the opportunity for a hammam, totally amazing! Other than that, put your heart into it and embrace all the wonderful people and experiences the trip has to offer, its worth it!
This was the second trip my husband and I have done with Exodus and we will go on more. We had a ball.
The trip in itself was an inspiration. We loved the remoteness of the region, the beauty of the geography and the way the trek was organised.
I felt we were extremely lucky to have Hassan, a Moroccan as our group leader. I think he showed us an insider's view of Morocco that we may have got from a non-Moroccan guide. He was kind and thoughtful and I had complete trust in him. He was very good at setting the pace with the group. He left me with a very good impression of Moroccan men and their respect for women and all people in general.
Morocco can be bitterly cold in winter. A good quality sleeping bag is an absolute must.
I would recommend this trip. I felt it was extremely good value and Morocco is a very interesting country to visit. Exodus is a great company to travel with and it is our experience that it attracts a wide range of interesting fellow travellers.
The key really is in the name of this trip - having already done Mt Toubkal and the High Atlas a few years before, I was curious how different it would be. The answer is it's very similar, but without the altitude and people. Any people at all in fact, other than local villagers. It's also a lot easier - much less ascent and easier days
There wasn't really an inspirational moment, but we had some fabulous sunsets and sunrises from camp, and lying in bed looking out of my tent at nothing but wilderness is the reason I do these kind of trips. Pretty good views from on top of Jebel Aklim also - well worth the climb.
I've met Hasan before on the Toubkal trip, and while he is never the most sociable of guides, I've come to admire his no-nonsense approach to trekking. While he stays in the background, it doesn't mean he's not constantly watching and ensuring safety, and when problems occurred, he sorted them quietly and efficiently. His approach lies in teaching people how to be responsible for themselves in the mountains, which is a lot more instructive (and safer longterm) than the mollycoddling approach that some guides take. He also has a wicked sense of humour and will happily chat away as long as you initiate the conversation.
This is a great introduction to trekking and wild camping for those new to it, or as an easy relaxing trip for those more experienced. Truly off the beaten track. Don't expect much from the "hotels" (don't expect mod cons like hot water or working light bulbs). But at the end of the trip, the hammam experience is definitely a must (and the only way to get properly clean if there's no hot water in the hotel!).
Take plenty of warm clothes (even during the day, you can be in tshirt one minute and 5 layers the next) including good warm hat and gloves. For winter take the warmest sleeping bag and down jacket you can, it can get well below zero at night. Food is excellent and very plentiful, but take a few cereal bars or other snacks, as some of the days can be long and lunch may not be till well into the afternoon.
Highly recommended as either an introduction to trekking and wild camping, or as a relaxing trip for the more experienced, with fabulous scenery and plenty of peace and quiet.
Yes! When not staying in a hotel, you will always have a foam sleeping mat or full mattress if staying in a gite.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
You will need comfortable walking boots with ankle support, and something lighter for the evenings.
David Richardson - Sales
The EU recently banned the use of iodine tablets, therefore these will no longer be provided on trek. We advise you buy your own purification tablets in the UK (Biox Aqua drops are good) and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout most parts of the trip, yet please note recycling is not fully established in a lot of areas.
Danuta Janik - Morocco Operations
Expect it to be hot during the day with strong sun, mid to high 20s is the norm. However, there can be a cool breeze and you will need extra layers when you stop. As ever in the mountains be prepared for quick, unpredictable changes in the weather and have appropriate clothing for this. At night temperatures can drop to zero.
David Richardson - Sales
You may take out some gifts if you like, but do not give money - ideally take crayons, pens, writing paper etc which they can use in school.
Ian Langford - Sales
Unfortunately our local supplier does not have a reliable source through which he can secure sleeping bags so you will need to have this in advance of travelling. If you don't want to buy one, bags can be hired through TrekHireUK (www.trekhireuk.com).
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
Moroccan cuisine is very diverse, with many influeneces due to the interaction of Morocco with the outside world for centuries. The cuisine of Morocco is a mix of Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean and Arab influences. The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous, usually eaten with beef or lamb. Chicken is also very common and the importance of seafood is increasing, especially on the coast. Vegetarians won't have any problems either, although choice can be more limited in remote locations.
The common and tasty tajine is everywhere, a mouth watering stew with meat and vegetables. Green tea with mint is the drink of choice, and you can pick up bocadillos (sandwiches) from street stalls everywhere - you won't go hungry!
Olly Leicester - Sales
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham and cannot be imported or exported, as it is a 'closed' currency. We suggest you take your personal spending money in good condition notes, either in £, Euros or US$. Local costs - it depends! - £2-4 per day to cover postcards, small souvenirs, soft drinks etc; £15 a day for food is fine (if it's not included).
Danuta Janik - Morocco Operations
You are visiting a predominantly Muslim country, therefore you should dress modestly at all times when visiting cultural sites, and there may also be times when you are asked to 'cover up'. During your trip the tour leader will always advise you on appropriate dress for each day's activities.
If you are asked to 'cover up', you'll need to cover your shoulders, arms and legs. We recommend packing lightweight trousers or a long skirt, and a long sleeved shirt. Women may also be required to cover their hair with a scarf if entering a mosque or religious quarters.
Jim Eite - Product Manager
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