Rock Climbing in the Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains | Morocco
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Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Atlas Mountains

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    Revel in the Atlas Mountains’ landscapes and quality ridges

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    Explore various routes in this year-round climbing destination

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    Climbing in the Atlas Mountains is a refreshing way to discover the beautiful country of Morocco

Tucked in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco lies Imlil, a quaint village also known as “Little Chamonix” thanks to its wide array of outdoor offerings. Apart from skiing and hiking, Imlil and its valley boast perfect rock climbing spots for all levels of climbers. The fact that it sits at the base of North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, means that the terrain is ideal for taking your climbing skills to a new level. With basalts, granite rocks, and various routes on offer, your guide will create a rock climbing experience fully customized to match your skill level. The valley and Toubkal National Park are home to some of the best single- and multi-pitch routes just waiting to be scaled. Let an expert guide show you the crags in this valley and enjoy the striking panoramic views while conquering your climbing goals.

Season

Year-round

Nearest city

Marrakech, Morocco, is 1.5 hours away from Imlil

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

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Rock Climbing in Imlil Valley in the Atlas Mountains

Half-day

Experience the magic of Morocco in a refreshing way and head rock climbing in the high Atlas Mountains. Prepare for exciting four hours of scaling routes of various difficulties in the Imlil Valley and let your experienced guide find optimal crags for you. Soak up the expansive vistas while on the rocks and find out why Imlil and its valley are often referred to as “Little Chamonix”.

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Mireille M. about Trekking Holidays Morocco on TripAdvisor

Hassan is a good guide, has lots of information and expertise!
Very friendly and helpful guide!
Thanks a lot, we hope to see you in the future..

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Covid measures in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, please refer to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Morocco website and the official Visit Morocco website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A half day of rock climbing
    • Transportation to the climbing locations from Marrakech and back to Marrakech
    • Technical rock climbing equipment
    • Lunch and water

What’s not included:

    • Transportation before and after the trip
    • Accommodations
    • All meals except for lunch

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

The Atlas Mountains have plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate to advanced climbers, the Atlas Mountains have loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What about required equipment?

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

    • Helmet
    • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
    • Ropes
    • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
    • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
    • Water bottle
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The max. guest-to-guide ratio for this group climbing adventure is 6:1. The maximum number of participants is 12.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Climbing days in the Atlas Mountains can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Cancellation policy

Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, the client is entitled to a full refund.  
    • For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee.  
    • For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. 
    • For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Atlas Mountains, most people fly into Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) 1.5 hours from Marrakech. From there, you can drive, get a taxi, or take a shuttle service to get to Marrakech, from where your guiding service will transfer you to the climbing sites in the Imlil Valley.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet your guide in Marrakech at the lobby of your hotel. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

After you’re done climbing, your guiding service will transfer you back to Marrakech.

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