Top three reasons to go climbing and hiking in the Todgha Gorge Area
Todgha Gorge offers year-round climbing opportunities
Feel the excitement of riding a camel through the Sahara desert
The orange limestone walls extend up to 400 meters and offer single- and multi-pitch routes
Situated in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains, Todgha Gorge is home to some of the best sport climbing in Morocco. With more than 450 bolted routes ranging from 5.5-5.13b, climbers have more than enough opportunities to fine-tune their technique and fast-track their climbing skills. On top of that, a bunch of new multi-pitch routes running the full height of the limestone walls have been put up over the last couple of years. But to truly gain an insight into Moroccan landscapes and culture, you’ll step onto the ancient Bedouin trade routes and into cities to discover fortified villages, desert landscapes, and various cultural sights. Experience a camel ride—a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience—and join a Berber camp to learn more about the traditional Berber lifestyle. With a professional guide leading you through the incredible variety of landscapes and making sure you’re safe on the rocks, you’ll fall in love with this African gem.
Marrakech, Morocco, is about 6 hours away
Intermediate to advanced
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Rock Climbing in Todgha Gorge and Hiking
Unwrap the wonders of Morocco and go rock climbing in Todgha Gorge and hiking in cities and stunning areas with a guide. Scale single- and multi-pitch routes as you discover these limestone river canyons and their sport climbing objectives. Round out your Moroccan experience by visiting cities such as Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa, and other scenic areas. Hop on a camel’s back for a ride through the Sahara and witness incredible desert vistas!
Day 1: Marrakech – Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, Todgha Gorge
After you arrive in Marrakech and meet your guide, you’ll have breakfast, leave Marrakech, and make your way through the Atlas Mountains and the Tichka Pass (7,415 ft/2,260 m). Here you’ll be able to experience stunning landscapes in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Head to Ouarzazate, a famous film-making location and a city nicknamed “the door of the desert” and “the Hollywood of Africa”. Many films, including Alexander the Great, The Mummy, The Diamond of the Nile, were filmed in this lovely city. After a quick stop at one of the most incredible fortresses in southern Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Aït Benhaddou, you’ll have lunch in Ouarzazate. Make your way to the Valley of Roses and spend the night in the Todgha Valley.
Day 2: Rock climbing in Todgha Gorge
Today will be the first day of rock climbing in Todgha Gorge. Start with some single-pitch sport climbing routes and let your guide help you with your technique along the way.
Day 3: More rock climbing
Get on the rocks again and climb various multi-pitch sport routes with the help of your guide. In the evening, you’ll get a chance to visit a traditional Berber family home, try some homemade snacks and tea, witness the art of carpet making in person, and even buy authentic carpets and rugs. This visit is optional.
Day 4: Last day of rock climbing and Tinghir
Today is the last day of rock climbing in Todgha Gorge. Scale various multi-pitch sport routes with the assistance of your guide. In the evening, your guide will organize an optional visit to the city of Tinghir. You’ll get a free evening and return to the hotel for the night.
Day 5: Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi Dunes
After your delicious breakfast, you’ll continue your tour to the Todra Gorge. Follow the ancient Bedouin trade routes and pass through a series of fortified villages. Here you’ll get to witness amazing pre-Saharan architecture and incredible landscapes.
Known for its wealth of marble black fossils, the road to Erfoud is one of the most scenic roads of the south. Head towards the dunes of Merzouga—here, sand dunes signify the beginning of the Sahara. Hop on a camel to experience an unforgettable tour in the desert. After dinner, gather around the fire and experience what it feels like to enjoy the night in the desert with traditional Berber songs and drums.
Day 6: Merzouga to Marrakech
The final day of this exciting trip has unfortunately arrived. Revel in the amazing sunrise and ride the camel’s back to your hotel to have breakfast. A long drive back to Marrakech is ahead of you. Use this time to recall all the adventures from this unique trip!
Meet your guide
Trekking Holidays Morocco
I found this company in a Morocco travel blog with good reviews. Now I can return the favor to those who are traveling to Morocco. Excellent service, good price. They are 100% focused on customer satisfaction. They were taking care of us all the time and adapting the tour to our needs. Guide was excellent and his knowledge about the country, culture, people and traditions was excellent. Many thanks Hassan for such a nice experience in your country. Special thanks to our driver…. He always made us feel safe and comfortable. Highly recommend the company.
Things to know
Covid measures in Todgha Gorge, 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 Todgha Gorge, 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 you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 3 days of rock climbing and 3 days of hiking
- Transportation throughout the trip
- Technical rock climbing equipment
- Lunch and water
- Camel ride
- Berber camp
What’s not included:
- Transportation before and after the trip
- All meals except for lunches
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.
As far as the hiking portion of the trip is concerned, you’ll be sightseeing for three days in hot weather. Keep in mind, you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
The rock climbing portion of this adventure is for intermediate and advanced climbers who have some climbing experience under their belt. The Todgha Gorge has 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:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- 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)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- 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 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 and hiking days in the Todgha Gorge area 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.
Deposit and cancellation policy
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. 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, 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 Todgha Gorge, most people fly into Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK), about 6 hours away from Todgha Gorge. From there, you can drive, take a shuttle service or taxi to get to your hotel in Marrakech.
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. On Day 1, you and the rest of the clients will leave Marrakech for an adventure through the Atlas Mountains. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
On Day 6, you’ll be transferred to Marrakech where your adventure ends.