Craggy Mountains, Berber Villages, Marrakesh, and More

Morocco: The High Atlas Trek

Morocco

15 Days

From $4,795

Overview

    Book Online Download Itinerary

    Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

    Overview

    An adventurous trek through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains is not just one of the most scenic hikes in the world—it's also an immersion into the culture of the Berber people, Morocco's original inhabitants. Few roads penetrate this craggy mountain stronghold, where the agrarian way of life has changed very little in a hundred years. As we trek, we see Berber women in brightly colored dresses tending fields amid mud-brick villages, and higher up, we meet shepherds in summer pastures. We often visit homes to share a cup of mint tea with these friendly, open, mountain people. Scenic grandeur abounds, from towering limestone peaks to sheer red-rock canyons. Our journey also explores the fairytale walled city of Fes, and Marrakesh, where labyrinthine bazaars beckon.

    Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco

    Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco

    Highlights

    • Camp and hike in the spectacular High Atlas, with “river trekking” through sheer-walled gorges
    • Enjoy timeless pastoral villages, dramatic canyons, discover the distinctive Berber culture
    • Make an optional ascent of Mt. M'Goun for breathtaking High Atlas views
    • Explore the medieval medina of Fes and bustling bazaars of Marrakesh

    Overview

      Book Online Download Itinerary

      Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

      Itinerary

      Download Itinerary Expand All Days
      We discover Casablanca and Rabat, from the immense Hassan II Mosque to the 12th century Oudaya Kasbah, then head for the glories of ancient Fes, resplendent with minarets and domes. The Fes medina dazzles the eye and the senses: it's a completely preserved and thriving medieval Arab city.
      Driving across the Middle Atlas and into the High Atlas, we overnight in a small market town and then in the remote mountain village of Ait Imi at 6,500 feet. Our 6-day trek starts with a hike through picturesque Berber villages and then leads us into high summer pastures, with a crossing of a 10,240-foot pass for views of snowy Mt. M'Goun (13,346'). We'll offer an optional summit hike the next day. On some days, the scenery is reminiscent of the great red-rock canyons of Bryce and Zion in Utah, with one hike bringing us through a gorge whose 4,000-foot-high walls are only 10 feet apart in places! Nomadic Berber herders spend the summers in these mountains with their herds, then take them down to the Sahara for winter grazing, a practice known as transhumance.
      The 13,000-foot peaks of the High Atlas make a magnificent backdrop for fabled Marrakesh, an immensely beautiful and charismatic city. This vibrant city has been a metropolis for the tribes of the High Atlas since the 11th century. We discover Marrakesh on foot, roaming the monuments and souks, and depart on Day 15.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels, Berber house, and expedition-style camping
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Group camping and cooking equipment including dining, sleeping and toilet tents, sleeping bags with pads
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

      Casablanca, Morocco

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This large modern hotel is set in the business district opposite the Hassan II mosque, an ideal location for walkers. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, one serving traditional French brasserie dishes, a rooftop bar, indoor pool, and a spa offering massage services.

      Villa Mandarine

      Rabat, Morocco

      Day 2 (1 night)

      Set in three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens laced by walking paths, this 36-room riad, a former private home, is an oasis in Rabat's residential district. Rooms are spacious and furnished in traditional decor, and each has its own terrace or private garden. The heated swimming pool is a great...

      Les Merinides

      Fes, Morocco

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      The delight of this hotel is its view over the city of Fes, which you can enjoy from the terrace bar, listening to the call to prayer echo through the city after a busy day of exploring the medina. The hotel's location makes it a serene retreat from the bustle...

      Hotel Le Tazarkount

      Afourer, Morocco

      Day 5 (1 night)

      This hotel has a tranquil pool set in the middle of a beautiful garden shaded by palm trees, creating a very relaxing atmosphere. Guestrooms are basic in design, with tiled floors and simple furnishings, but there are lovely architectural details throughout the property. The hotel has a nice bar and...

      High Atlas Camps

      High Atlas, Morocco

      Days 6-11 (6 nights)

      We make hiking and camping in the High Atlas Mountains as comfortable as possible. On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced Berber guides and all your gear is carried for you (leaving you free to hike with just a daypack to hold your camera, water bottle, jacket, etc.)....

      Hotel Xaluca Dades

      Boumalne Dades, Morocco

      Day 12 (1 night)

      This 110-room hotel is situated between the Todra and Dades Gorges at an altitude of 5,290 feet. Spacious guest rooms feature a unique African decor, while the hotel terrace overlooks the beautiful Dades Valley. An outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, spa, and fitness room are among the hotel's amenities.

      Hotel Es Saadi

      Marrakesh, Morocco

      Days 13-14 (2 nights)

      With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in the 1950s and still managed by its original owners, a local Moroccan family, the Es Saadi offers spacious, updated rooms and a swimming...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Ali Ait Ichou

      View Profile

      Mohamed Hjira

      View Profile

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. It combines easy touring and overland exploration with a moderate 6-day trek.
      Review Trip Level Details
      On the trek, we hike at altitudes of 6,000 to 10,000 feet and camp at altitudes between 7,000 and 8,000 feet. The trek involves a good bit of up-and-down hiking (between 1,000- and 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day during our 4-7 hours of hiking. The trails are mostly rock, sometimes carved out of hillsides, but some are well-worn from village use. There are some short, steep climbs, and some rough going in dry riverbeds. Our hiking also includes "river trekking," wading across rivers that are usually 6-12 inches deep (with lots of crossings in and out), but can range up to 20-30 inches for short distances in the most narrow and deepest part of the river. The water temperature is generally comfortable, a bit cool in the mornings, but warms up quite fast as the day progresses. There is an optional ascent of M'Goun (13,346') on Day 9.

      We recommend that you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing, are excellent preparatory exercises.

      Morocco has wide range of climatic variations but the weather is largely moderate, with a cooling influence from the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans. Temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains for July and August range from 70-84°F or more, but will, of course, fluctuate with altitude.

      We have 8 nights in first-class and best-available hotels, 1 night Berber house, and 5 nights expedition-style camping. At the camps, there is a private (though rustic) bathing tent, which includes a bucket of hot water you can use to wash yourself.

      Extend Your Trip

      Client Testimonials

      "I especially liked the combination of the exposure to the culture, both in the cities and in the mountains, and the trekking experience."

      David F.

      Quincy, MA

      "The trip itinerary was exceptional. No other company could match it. And wonderful hotels. I loved our Trip Leader's command of several languages—French, Arabic, and Berber dialects."

      Jocelyn S.

      Arvada, CO

      "I was impressed with the coordination and efficiency of the trekking support. All of the muleteers were always cheerful, available and willing to help. Housain the cook was exceptional and we were amazed what he could prepare in his camp kitchen. I would happily have continued traveling with them!"

      Kathleen I.

      San Francisco, CA

      "This trip rocked all my expectations!"

      Linda W.

      Tucson, AZ

      "An excellent trip combining cultural sightseeing with mountain trekking."

      Mark P.

      Middletown, CT

      "The Atlas trek was much more beautiful and memorable than I could have imagined. Seeing and learning about the Amazir, their azibs, transhumance, as well as the isolated valleys was fascinating."

      Natalie L.

      Warwick, Bermuda

      "A well balanced trip with a blend of culture and mountain trekking and exactly what I was looking for. Our Trip Leader's knowledge and passion for the High Atlas mountains and Berber culture was exceptional."

      Terry W.

      New York, NY

      Book your trip today

      Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

      Itinerary

      Submit the form below to download itinerary

      Hidden

      Hidden


      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

      {"trip":{"TripID":10327,"Trip_Code":"MORATLAS","Trip_Name":"Morocco: The High Atlas Trek","TripYear":"2024","BrandName":"Wilderness Travel","BrandID":1,"Trip_Tag_Line":"see custom fields","Start_Location":"Casablanca, Morocco","End_Location":"Marrakesh, Morocco","Number_Days":15,"Number_Nights":14,"DisplayOnWeb":true,"Book_On_Web":true,"Featured":false,"SpecialEvent":false,"BestSeller":false,"Short_Description":"<p>An adventurous trek through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains is not just one of the most scenic hikes in the world&mdash;it&#39;s also an immersion into the culture of the Berber people, Morocco&#39;s original inhabitants. Few roads penetrate this craggy mountain stronghold, where the agrarian way of life has changed very little in a hundred years. As we trek, we see Berber women in brightly colored dresses tending fields amid mud-brick villages, and higher up, we meet shepherds in summer pastures. We often visit homes to share a cup of mint tea with these friendly, open, mountain people. Scenic grandeur abounds, from towering limestone peaks to sheer red-rock canyons. Our journey also explores the fairytale walled city of Fes, and Marrakesh, where labyrinthine bazaars beckon.<\/p>","Long_Description":"<p><\/p>","ActivityHighlight":"6 hiking days, 4-7 hours a day, moderate to steep trails, some \"river trekking,\" altitudes of 7,500-10,250 feet (optional hike to 13,346'), mules carry gear","TripType":"Small Group Adventure","HeaderImage":"","HeaderImageAltTag":"","ThumbnailImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/thumb-MORATLAS-ourika-valley-atlas-mountains-morocco-012224.jpg","MapImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/moratlas-map.jpg","MapImageAltTag":"","FloatingImage":"","VideoLink":"","GroupSize":"","tripURL":"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.com\/trip\/morocco-high-atlas-mountain-trek-tour","ThisYear_Year":"2024","ThisYear_PriceDetails":"$4,795 (10-15 members)<br>\n$4,995 (4-9 members)","ThisYear_PriceDetails2":"Single supplement: $495","Price":"4795","SingleSupplementPrice1":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","SingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","AirPrice":"0","AirPriceCaption":"","FeePrice1":"0","FeePrice2":"0","FeePrice3":"0","FeeName1":"","FeeName2":"","FeeName3":"","ShowNextYearsPrice":false,"NextYear_Year":"","NextYear_PriceDetails":"","NextYear_PriceDetails2":"<p>Single supplement: <\/p>","PriceNextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1NextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2NextYear":"0","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","NextYearAirPriceCaption":"","AirPriceNextYear":"0","NextYearFeePrice1":"0","NextYearFeePrice2":"0","NextYearFeePrice3":"0","NextYearFeeName1":"","NextYearFeeName2":"","NextYearFeeName3":"","TripSavings":false,"TripSavingsDescription":"<p><\/p>","VariablePricing":false,"PricingNoteTitle":"<p><\/p>","PricingNotes":"<p><\/p>","NewTrip":false,"MinAge":0,"TripRatingID":10,"TripRatingName":"4","TravelFromDate":"2022-01-01","TravelToDate":"2050-12-31","BookFromDate":"2022-01-01","BookToDate":"2050-12-31","EventID":19,"EventName":"","AccountingGroup":"Africa","DepositRule":2,"DepositAmt":"600","FinalDays":90,"AutoConfirm":false,"AutoConfirmAmount":"0","PrivateAvailable":true,"OperationMonths":"","AccmRating":"","TripStatus":"Active"},"itinerary":[{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":1,"Headline":"Casablanca","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"On arrival, you are met at the Casablanca airport for a transfer to our hotel. For those arriving from our pre-trip Chefchaouen Extension, your driver will drop you off at the hotel in late afternoon. Overnight at the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche Hotel...Meals on your own","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":2,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Casablanca \/ Rabat","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We visit the massive Hassan II Mosque, second only to the mosque in Mecca in its scale. Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau as a modern rendition of classical Moorish architecture, it was launched in 1980 and inaugurated in 1993. Every inch of it is exquisitely detailed, hand crafted in tile, marble, metal, and wood by traditional Moroccan artists. It is open to all and we can explore the interior, where as many as 20,000 people can worship at once. After our visit, we drive north along the coast to Rabat, the capital, facing onto the Atlantic. After lunch in the city, we head out to explore this very walkable capital full of historic sites. We stroll through the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah, partly enclosed in ramparts, and visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V (the current king's father), with its costumed royal guards and brilliant marble surfaces. We also explore the Chellah, one of the most beautiful ruins in all of Morocco, a walled and towered royal necropolis atop the ancient Roman town of Sala Colonia. The spectacular Chellah is the legacy of Abou El Hassan (1331-1351), the great Merenid sultan and prolific builder. Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Dinner. Overnight at the Villa Mandarine.\r\nDriving Details: Approximately 1.5 hours (Casablanca to Rabat)\r\n\r\nThe Imazighen: Two thirds of Moroccans are Imazighen, a group with a mixed origin that includes European and Saharan peoples. Not a homogeneous group, the Imazighen arrived in Morocco (and other regions of North Africa) at different times, finding refuge in the High Atlas and Middle Atlas, thus surviving various invasions by Mediterranean civilizations. Today they retain a distinctive tribal culture that breaks into three major groups: the Sanhaja of the central and eastern High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Rif; the Masmouda, a settled people who live mostly in the western High Atlas (who in the 12th century founded the Almohad Empire, the dynasty that controlled Spain and much of northwest Africa); and the Zenets, the herders of eastern Morocco, who founded the Merinid dynasty in the 13th century. The blue-robed Tuaregs of the Sahara are also a branch of the Amazigh family. Imazighen are Muslims, but their conversion to Islam took centuries and in many areas was not dominant until the 16th century.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Moulay Idriss \/ Volubilis \/ Fes","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Departing the coast, we travel into Morocco&apos;s inland valleys of gently rolling terrain dotted with wheat fields, vineyards, and olive groves. Our first stop is the hilltown of Moulay Idriss, named for Morocco&apos;s most famous saint, great grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. He was the heir to the Caliphate in Damascus and fled to Morocco around 787, where he was welcomed as a spiritual leader. He is buried in the town, so it is a revered cultural pilgrimage site. After exploring the town, we head to Volubilis, a romantic Roman ruin surrounded by farmlands. We enjoy a walking tour of this ruined city, Rome&apos;s provincial capital in Morocco. It has structures dating to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD as well as an impressive array of stunning and well preserved mosaics. We stroll among the towering columns and fine mosaics of Volubilis, enjoying views back to the whitewashed buildings of Moulay Idriss as they glow in the late afternoon sun. We continue to Fes and our hotel, the Les Merinides, with its wonderful location on a hill overlooking the Fes medina. The hotel&apos;s outdoor terrace is a great place to gather for a drink while enjoying sunset views.\r\nDriving Details: Approximately 2.5 hours (Rabat to Moulay Idriss), approximately 1.5 hours (Volubilis to Fes)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Fes","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The most evocative of Morocco's imperial capitals, ancient Fes is nestled in a high valley and resplendent with minarets and domes. Its renowned medina is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, hauntingly beautiful and full of infinite visual delights. We enter the dazzling 12th century medina through one of its four medieval gates and discover a mile-long network of souks, open-air caf&eacute;s, courtyards, hammams (traditional steam baths), and gardens. Our wanderings take us on foot through a honeycomb of twisting alleys of Arabic-Moorish architecture with blue-tiled facades. We savor the scent of spices, orange blossoms, sizzling lamb kabobs, and sweet honey cakes, and watch scenes unchanged in centuries, from donkeys laden with leathers bound for tanneries to children carrying boards of bread dough to communal ovens. Some of the finest Berber carpets in Morocco are found in this medina. We also visit a traditional tannery, a koranic school, and the Qaraouyine Mosque, formerly one of the oldest universities in the world, predating Oxford and Cambridge. Along the narrow lanes, we peer into the ancient medieval foundouks (old caravanserai inns) built around open courtyards. Most are worn with age, but one 18th century foundouk is beautifully restored and is now the Nejjarine Museum of Wood and Carpentry. We have lunch in a fine Moroccan restaurant in the heart of the medina. Overnight at Hotel Les Merinides.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Ifrane \/ Khennifra \/ Afourer","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning we drive across the pine-forested Middle Atlas Mountains. En route, we visit the old French &ldquo;hill station&rdquo; of Ifrane, built in the early 1930s by French colonials and now a university town. We enjoy lunch at the old market town of Khennifra. Our overnight is in a hotel in a small market town of Aforuer on the fringe of the High Atlas Mountains.\r\nDriving Details: Approximately 5.5 hours with stops","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Ait Bougmez Valley (6,500')","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Passing through the bustling town of Azilal, we head deep into the High Atlas Mountains to meet our Berber camp staff in the remote mountain village of Ait Imi at 6,500 feet in the Ait Bougmez Valley. We enjoy our lunch en route in a Berber house. The afternoon is free for independent exploration. Overnight in a gite d&apos;etape (small inn) that adjoins a Berber house. This simple 7-room inn in a small village has shared bathrooms. (Please note: single accommodations are subject to availability.).\r\nDriving Details: Approximately 3 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"On Trek \/ Azib Nikkis","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Leaving the Ait Bougmez valley today, we hike through several picturesque villages before turning south to gradually ascend a secondary valley. We enjoy relatively level hiking in the morning, then gradually ascend in the afternoon. Eventually we reach the Azib, a high pasture used for summer grazing, and make our camp here at 7,540 feet next to a river. In the summer, Berbers from the valley below move up to the Azib with their herds and cultivate small plots of land here. Overnight at camp.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 6 hours, 9 miles, 1,000 feet ascent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"On Trek \/ Tassaout Spring","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A hike to the top of Oumskiyq Pass (10,240') gives us breathtaking views of Mt. M'Goun (13,346&apos;), the third highest peak in North Africa (the highest is Morocco&apos;s Mt. Toubkal at 13,667 feet). This is a steep morning hike, a good test to see if you want to attempt the optional hike up to the top of Mt. M&apos;Goun tomorrow. After lunch, we descend to our camp at about 8,200 feet in a high summer pasture by the spring at Tassaout. Overnight at camp.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 5 hours, 7.5 miles, 2,700 feet ascent\/2,240 feet descent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"On Trek \/ Optional Summit Hike on Mt. M&apos;Goun (13,343')","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today we have the option of hiking to the summit of Mt. M'Goun, or hiking by the lower route with our pack mules. Note that the optional summiting of Mt. M&apos;Goun is very strenuous; you will be hiking on very mountainous terrain at high altitude with a steep elevation gain. . While the entire trip is rated a level 4 out of 6+, this optional hike is more at a difficulty level of 6+.The high route is a steep, direct climb to the summit ridge, than a mile-long spectacular traverse along the ridge to the summit, followed by a long descent. If you choose the low route to camp today, it is a gradual descent to the bottom of a canyon where Berber camel herds often graze, unattended all summer, since they can&apos;t get out of the canyon. Halfway through the morning, we ascend Oumsoud Pass (9,738'), then after a short descent, follow a dry river bed to our camp at about 7,500 feet. Overnight at camp.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 5 hours, 7 miles, 1,538 feet ascent\/2,238 feet descent (low route) or approximately 10-12 hours, 6 miles, 5,143 feet ascent (high route)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"On Trek \/ Ain Aflafel (7,200')","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today we are treated to stunning scenery reminiscent of the great red-rock canyons of Bryce and Zion. Nomadic Berber herders spend their summers here with their herds, taking them down to the Sahara for winter grazing, an ancient way of life known as transhumance. We may be able to visit some of the herders, who often camp along our hiking route. Our camp is at a beautiful spot near Ain Aflafal. The word &ldquo;Ain&rdquo; means spring in Arabic, and this is one of the largest and most dramatic springs in the High Atlas. Our afternoon is free to relax at camp and take it easy after yesterday&apos;s optional ascent of M&apos;Goun, or we can enjoy a hike up to the source of the spring, where water gushes almost vertically out of the mountain. Overnight at camp.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 4.5-5.5 hours, roughly 6 miles, 700 feet descent, and an optional afternoon hike of approximately 1 hour, 1 mile, minimal ascent\/descent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"On Trek \/ Im Nict (6,500')","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We enter the very remote Oulilimt Valley, accessible only on foot. It is truly accessible only half the year; snows make the passes impossible for mules to cross, and high water makes the river too deep the rest of the year. Here the Berbers live and dress according to traditions little changed over the centuries. We camp near the village of Im Nict. On occasion, the young people of the village will come to our camp to sing and dance. Overnight at camp.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 7 hours, 10 miles, minimal ascent\/descent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"On Trek \/ M&apos;Goun Gorge \/ Dades Valley","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We enjoy a memorable hike today through the very dramatic M'Goun gorges, as narrow as 10 feet in places, with walls that soar to over 4,000 feet. Today we will be &ldquo;river trekking,&rdquo; wading in and out of the M'Goun River, which is generally between ankle and knee deep, as we hike through the gorge. Today marks our dramatic descent to the southeastern flank of the High Atlas, with its landscape reminiscent of the American Southwest. We continue through the canyon, crossing the river many times (maybe 30 or 40!), wading in and out of the river as we pick our way along the canyon floor. The canyon gradually expands into a lovely valley, ending in a village called Tiranimine. At trek&apos;s end, we bid farewell to our Berber trekking staff and are met by our vehicles for a 2-hour drive to a lovely hotel at 5,200 feet at the entrance to the Dades Valley. Overnight at Hotel Xaluca Dades.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 6-7 hours, 8 miles, minimal ascent\/descent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Ait Ben Haddou \/ Marrakesh","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning we board our vehicles and drive down the southern flanks of the High Atlas where we rejoin civilization. We continue towards the town of Ouarzazate, stopping for lunch in Ait Ben Haddou, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and later recross the High Atlas en route to Marrakesh. Overnight at the Hotel Es Saadi.\r\nDriving Details: 5.5 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"Marrakesh","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We spend the day wandering through fabled Marrakesh, an ancient city of immense charm and beauty, with the High Atlas providing a beautiful backdrop. Marrakesh is a fortress settlement over nine centuries old. Known as the &ldquo;red city&rdquo; for its rose- tinted buildings, the city has Berber rather than Arab origins and for centuries has been the central marketplace for Berber tribes. At its heart is an 11th century medina and the compelling Djemaa el Fna, the central square, replete with snake charmers, fire eaters, and fortune tellers. We discover the secrets of Marrakesh with excursions through the medina, the souks, and the little-known nooks and crannies. Our explorations may include the magnificent Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, and the Dar Si Said, a beautiful 19th century house that now serves as an arts and crafts museum. We enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner this evening. Overnight at the Hotel Es Saadi.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":15,"DayTo":15,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Transfer to the Marrakesh airport for departing flights, or join our Chefchaouen Extension.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Casablanca \/ Rabat \/ Fes","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We discover Casablanca and Rabat, from the immense Hassan II Mosque to the 12th century Oudaya Kasbah, then head for the glories of ancient Fes, resplendent with minarets and domes. The Fes medina dazzles the eye and the senses: it&apos;s a completely preserved and thriving medieval Arab city.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Hiking the High Atlas Mountains","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Driving across the Middle Atlas and into the High Atlas, we overnight in a small market town and then in the remote mountain village of Ait Imi at 6,500 feet. Our 6-day trek starts with a hike through picturesque Berber villages and then leads us into high summer pastures, with a crossing of a 10,240-foot pass for views of snowy Mt. M&apos;Goun (13,346'). We&apos;ll offer an optional summit hike the next day. On some days, the scenery is reminiscent of the great red-rock canyons of Bryce and Zion in Utah, with one hike bringing us through a gorge whose 4,000-foot-high walls are only 10 feet apart in places! Nomadic Berber herders spend the summers in these mountains with their herds, then take them down to the Sahara for winter grazing, a practice known as transhumance.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":15,"Headline":"Marrakesh","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The 13,000-foot peaks of the High Atlas make a magnificent backdrop for fabled Marrakesh, an immensely beautiful and charismatic city. This vibrant city has been a metropolis for the tribes of the High Atlas since the 11th century. We discover Marrakesh on foot, roaming the monuments and souks, and depart on Day 15.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true}],"itinpdf":[{"ItinYear":"2023","docType":"1","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/itins\/morocco-the-high-atlas-trek-itinerary-2023.pdf"},{"ItinYear":"2024","docType":"1","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/morocco-the-high-atlas-trek-itinerary-2024.pdf"},{"ItinYear":"","docType":"2","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/morocco-the-high-atlas-trek-predeparture.pdf"}],"whattoexpect":[{}],"highlights":[{"DisplayOrder":1,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Camp and hike in the spectacular High Atlas, with &ldquo;river trekking&rdquo; through sheer-walled gorges","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":30840,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":2,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Enjoy timeless pastoral villages, dramatic canyons, discover the distinctive Berber culture","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":30840,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":3,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Make an optional ascent of Mt. M&apos;Goun for breathtaking High Atlas views","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":30840,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":4,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Explore the medieval medina of Fes and bustling bazaars of Marrakesh","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":30840,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":10,"HighlightText":"","Description":"10-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-imlil.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/10-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-imlil.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10148,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":11,"HighlightText":"","Description":"11-MORATLAS-driving-morocco-atlas-todra-gorge.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/11-MORATLAS-driving-morocco-atlas-todra-gorge.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10149,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":13,"HighlightText":"","Description":"13-MORATLAS-morocco-atlas-mcgilloway-stone-oven-pano.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/13-MORATLAS-morocco-atlas-mcgilloway-stone-oven-pano.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10151,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":14,"HighlightText":"","Description":"14-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-camps-hiking-trip.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/14-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-camps-hiking-trip.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10152,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":15,"HighlightText":"","Description":"15-MORATLAS-ourika-valley-atlas-mountains-morocco.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/15-MORATLAS-ourika-valley-atlas-mountains-morocco.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10153,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":16,"HighlightText":"","Description":"16-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-group-hiking-trip.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/16-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-group-hiking-trip.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10154,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":17,"HighlightText":"","Description":"17-MORATLAS-morocco-atlas-jean-pierre-lescourret-market.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/17-MORATLAS-morocco-atlas-jean-pierre-lescourret-market.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10155,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":18,"HighlightText":"","Description":"18-MORATLAS-morocco-hassan-ii-mosque-casablanca-north-africa.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/18-MORATLAS-morocco-hassan-ii-mosque-casablanca-north-africa.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10156,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":19,"HighlightText":"","Description":"19-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-tinghir-ouarzazatej.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/19-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-tinghir-ouarzazatej.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10157,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":20,"HighlightText":"","Description":"20-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-hiker-and-local-guidej.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/20-MORATLAS-morocco-high-atlas-hiker-and-local-guidej.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10158,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":22,"HighlightText":"","Description":"22-MORATLAS-wtowns-gettyimages-1067197892-morocco-high-atlas-ouirgane-la-roseraie-hotel.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/22-MORATLAS-wtowns-gettyimages-1067197892-morocco-high-atlas-ouirgane-la-roseraie-hotel.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13971,"caption":""}],"weather":[{}],"accommodations":[{"VendorID":70802,"Day_Number":13,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Hotel Es Saadi","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"hotel-es-saddi","Custom_Location":"Marrakesh"}},{"VendorID":70803,"Day_Number":3,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Les Merinides","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"les-merinides","Custom_Location":"Fes"}},{"VendorID":70811,"Day_Number":6,"Sequence":10,"Duration":6,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"High Atlas Camps","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"high-atlas-camps","Custom_Location":"High Atlas"}},{"VendorID":70866,"Day_Number":2,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Villa Mandarine","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"villa-mandarine","Custom_Location":"Rabat","Custom_Additional_Emails":"","Custom_Addtional_Address":"","Custom_Accommodation_Types":"","Custom_Capacity":"","Custom_Amenties":""}},{"VendorID":70870,"Day_Number":12,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Hotel Xaluca Dades","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"hotel-xaluca-dades","Custom_Location":"Boumalne Dades"}},{"VendorID":72241,"Day_Number":5,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Hotel Le Tazarkount","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"hotel-le-tazarkount","Custom_Location":"Afourer"}},{"VendorID":73029,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"sofitel-casablanca","Custom_Location":"Casablanca","Custom_Additional_Emails":"","Custom_Addtional_Address":"","Custom_Accommodation_Types":"","Custom_Capacity":"","Custom_Amenties":""}}],"inclusions":[{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"E","Description":"Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"E","Description":"Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional travel insurance","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"E","Description":"Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"I","Description":"Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"I","Description":"Accommodations in hotels, Berber house, and expedition-style camping","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"I","Description":"All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"I","Description":"Group camping and cooking equipment including dining, sleeping and toilet tents, sleeping bags with pads","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"I","Description":"All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"I","Description":"All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""}],"destinations":[{"DestinationID":43,"Name":"Africa","Type":"Region"},{"DestinationID":93,"Name":"Morocco","Type":"Country"},{"DestinationID":93,"Name":"Morocco","Type":"Country"}],"activities":[{"ActivityID":217,"Name":"Cultural","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":225,"Name":"Hiking & Trekking","Primary":0}],"guides":[{"GuideID":850978,"First_Name":"Ali","Last_Name":"Ait Ichou","BioShort":"","BioLong":"Ali Ait Ichou was born in the heart of Morocco&apos;s High Atlas and spent his childhood in the high mountains of Amazigh country. Descending to the urban side of the Moroccan kingdom, he attended high school in Marrakesh, and majored in English at the University of Marrakesh. Ali began working in tourism when he was 18 years old, serving as a trekking guide in the High Atlas of his Amazigh homeland during summer holidays from school. He has guided for Wilderness Travel throughout Morocco and says, &ldquo;It was always my dream and is still my passion to share everything I have learned about my culture with travelers.&rdquo; Ali is an extremely knowledgeable guide and a fun Trip Leader. He lives in Marrakesh; in addition to English he speaks French, Amazigh, and Arabic, and is currently learning Spanish."},{"GuideID":851034,"First_Name":"Mohamed","Last_Name":"Hjira","BioShort":"","BioLong":"Mohamed Hjira was born in the classic Amazigh town of Azilal in Morocco&apos;s High Atlas. His hometown, the gateway to the Central High Atlas, was often visited by travelers because of its proximity to the spectacular Ouzoud Waterfalls, so during his childhood he met people from all around the world, which led him to want to make a career as a guide. Mohamed moved to Marrakesh and graduated from the University of Marrakesh with a degree in economics, then obtained his guide license. He has guided for us in the High Atlas as well as many other regions of Morocco since 2010, and has a wide knowledge of and an infectious passion for the ancient cultures and natural beauty of his home country. He speaks fluent English as well as French, Amazigh, and Arabic."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"David F.","GuestLocation":"Quincy, MA","GuestReview":"I especially liked the combination of the exposure to the culture, both in the cities and in the mountains, and the trekking experience."},{"GuestNames":"Jocelyn S.","GuestLocation":"Arvada, CO","GuestReview":"The trip itinerary was exceptional. No other company could match it. And wonderful hotels. I loved our Trip Leader's command of several languages&mdash;French, Arabic, and Berber dialects."},{"GuestNames":"Kathleen I.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"I was impressed with the coordination and efficiency of the trekking support. All of the muleteers were always cheerful, available and willing to help. Housain the cook was exceptional and we were amazed what he could prepare in his camp kitchen. I would happily have continued traveling with them!"},{"GuestNames":"Linda W.","GuestLocation":"Tucson, AZ","GuestReview":"This trip rocked all my expectations!"},{"GuestNames":"Mark P.","GuestLocation":"Middletown, CT","GuestReview":"An excellent trip combining cultural sightseeing with mountain trekking."},{"GuestNames":"Natalie L.","GuestLocation":"Warwick, Bermuda","GuestReview":"The Atlas trek was much more beautiful and memorable than I could have imagined. Seeing and learning about the Amazir, their azibs, transhumance, as well as the isolated valleys was fascinating."},{"GuestNames":"Terry W.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"A well balanced trip with a blend of culture and mountain trekking and exactly what I was looking for. Our Trip Leader's knowledge and passion for the High Atlas mountains and Berber culture was exceptional."}],"Extensions":[{"TripID":10327,"ExtensionTripID":10483,"Trip_Code":"CHEFCEXT","Trip_Name":"Chefchaouen Extension"}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10327,"SimilarTripID":10492,"Trip_Code":"HIKMOROC","Trip_Name":"Hiker's Journey to Morocco"},{"TripID":10327,"SimilarTripID":10237,"Trip_Code":"PJMOROCC","Trip_Name":"Morocco Private Journey"},{"TripID":10327,"SimilarTripID":10326,"Trip_Code":"MORCAMEL","Trip_Name":"Morocco: Camels to Casbahs"},{"TripID":10327,"SimilarTripID":10337,"Trip_Code":"SPAINMOR","Trip_Name":"Southern Spain to Morocco"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":73324,"ProductID":83519,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Ame d'Aventure","Address1":"81 Rue Tensift","Address2":"PO Box 977, Gu&eacute;liz","City":"Marrakech","State":"","Postal":"40000","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Chefchaouen Extension","Day":-2,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73029,"ProductID":84820,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extra Hotel Night","Vendor":"Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Casablanca","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche (DATES, 1 night) ","Day":0,"Sequence":20,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>This large modern hotel is set in the business district opposite the Hassan II mosque, an ideal location for walkers. Hotel amenities include&nbsp;two restaurants, one serving traditional French brasserie dishes, a rooftop bar, indoor pool, and a spa offering massage services.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-sofitel-casablanca-tour-blanche-morocco-terrace.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73324,"ProductID":83511,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Vendor Ops Payment","Vendor":"Ame d'Aventure","Address1":"81 Rue Tensift","Address2":"PO Box 977, Gu&eacute;liz","City":"Marrakech","State":"","Postal":"40000","Product":"Morocco: The High Atlas Trek","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":14,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":58005,"SelectType":"Mandatory","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Donation","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Optional Donation to High Atlas Foundation","Day":1,"Sequence":1,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/donation\/High-Atlas-Foundation.pdf","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":54,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Single Supplement","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Single Supplement","Day":1,"Sequence":2,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73029,"ProductID":82857,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Casablanca","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>This large modern hotel is set in the business district opposite the Hassan II mosque, an ideal location for walkers. Hotel amenities include&nbsp;two restaurants, one serving traditional French brasserie dishes, a rooftop bar, indoor pool, and a spa offering massage services.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-sofitel-casablanca-tour-blanche-morocco-terrace.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70866,"ProductID":80694,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Villa Mandarine","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Rabat","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":2,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"Set in three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens laced by walking paths, this 36-room riad, a former private home, is an oasis in Rabat&#39;s residential district. Rooms are spacious and furnished in traditional decor, and each has its own terrace or private garden. The heated swimming pool is a great place to cool off after a day of exploring, and there is also a spa, fitness center, and bar.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-villa-mandarine-rabat-bar.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70803,"ProductID":80631,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Les Merinides","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Fes","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":3,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"PropertyDescription":"<p>The delight of this hotel is its view over the city of Fes, which you can enjoy from the terrace bar, listening to the call to prayer echo through the city after a busy day of exploring the medina. The hotel&#39;s location makes it a serene retreat from the bustle of the city. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, the Moroccan-style restaurant on the third floor is charming, and the swimming pool has views over the medina.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-les-merindes-fes-lounge.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72241,"ProductID":82069,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Hotel Le Tazarkount","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Afourer","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":5,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"This hotel has a tranquil pool set in the middle of a beautiful garden shaded by palm trees, creating a very relaxing atmosphere. Guestrooms are basic in design, with tiled floors and simple furnishings, but there are lovely architectural details throughout the property. The hotel has a nice bar and restaurant.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-hotel-le-tazarkount-pool.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70811,"ProductID":80639,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"High Atlas Camps","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"High Atlas","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":6,"Sequence":10,"Duration":6,"PropertyDescription":"We make hiking and camping in the High Atlas Mountains as comfortable as possible. On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced Berber guides and all your gear is carried for you (leaving you free to hike with just a daypack to hold your camera, water bottle, jacket, etc.). Our camp amenities include a dining tent with a dining table, chairs with backs and arm rests, camp meals prepared by our highly trained staff, and a toilet tent. Our camp crew takes care of all camp chores and provides picnic lunches each day at a scenic spot. Accommodations are in sturdy mountain-style tents with sleeping pads. On one night before we start the trek, we stay in shared rooms at a small Berber guesthouse that accommodates hikers.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-high-atlas-camps-morocco.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70870,"ProductID":80698,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Hotel Xaluca Dades","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Dades Gorge","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":12,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"This 110-room hotel is situated between the Todra and Dades Gorges at an altitude of 5,290 feet. Spacious guest rooms feature a unique African decor, while the hotel terrace overlooks the beautiful Dades Valley. An outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, spa, and fitness room are among the hotel&#39;s amenities.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/guest-suite-room-texture-wall.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70802,"ProductID":80630,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Hotel Es Saadi","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Marrakesh","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":13,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"PropertyDescription":"<p>With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in the 1950s and still managed by its original owners, a local Moroccan family, the Es Saadi offers spacious, updated rooms and a swimming pool perfect for a cooling dip. Lunches can be enjoyed in the terrace restaurant opening onto the pool and gardens.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/es-saadi-bar-lounge-seating-red-furniture.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73324,"ProductID":83519,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Ame d'Aventure","Address1":"81 Rue Tensift","Address2":"PO Box 977, Gu&eacute;liz","City":"Marrakech","State":"","Postal":"40000","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Chefchaouen Extension","Day":15,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73324,"ProductID":84822,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Transfer","Vendor":"Ame d'Aventure","Address1":"81 Rue Tensift","Address2":"PO Box 977, Gu&eacute;liz","City":"Marrakech","State":"","Postal":"40000","Product":"Private Land Transfer","Day":15,"Sequence":3,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70802,"ProductID":84821,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extra Hotel Night","Vendor":"Hotel Es Saadi","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Marrakesh","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Hotel Es Saadi (DATES, 1 night)","Day":15,"Sequence":20,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in the 1950s and still managed by its original owners, a local Moroccan family, the Es Saadi offers spacious, updated rooms and a swimming pool perfect for a cooling dip. Lunches can be enjoyed in the terrace restaurant opening onto the pool and gardens.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/es-saadi-bar-lounge-seating-red-furniture.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false}],"CustomFields":{"Custom_TC_Detailed_Itin_URL":"","Custom_Trip_Name_Addendum":"Adventure","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Addendum":"","Custom_Trip_Level_5":"","Custom_Welcome_Email_Send_List":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-21T14:44:45 --><p>Extra Service Request Form<br \/>High Atlas Foundation<\/p>","Custom_FI_Optional_Donation_Text":"<p>Optional Donation: Your invoice includes an optional donation of $50 per person to the environmental organization <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/donation\/High-Atlas-Foundation.pdf\">High Atlas Foundation<\/a>. You can learn more about this worthy project on\nyour online portal. Wilderness Travel actively collaborates with the environmental organizations and communities of the special places we visit, and we invite you to join us in supporting this effort. If you would prefer to opt out, just let us know.<\/p>","Custom_Final_Docs_Letter_Send_List":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_TP_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Payment_Terms":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>In order to confirm your space on this trip, we require a first deposit of $600 per person, which is fully refundable up to 91 days prior to departure.<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Morocco<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Emergency_Evac_Insurance":"","Custom_Valid_Passport_Alternative":"","Custom_Visa":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:31:52 --><p><strong>LUGGAGE REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> You will need to bring a duffel bag with you for your trek. This can be separate from your regular luggage or suitcase. The size of your duffel bag can be about 4,800-5,400 cubic inches (about 80-90 liters). Your sleeping bag, one of your mat's slip covers, and your personal belongings will need to fit in the duffel bag that you bring with you from home. A wheelie or regular duffel bag is perfectly acceptable for the trek but not a traditional wheelie suitcase. Your luggage will be transported by mules during the trek, and it is very difficult for hard sided suitcases to be securely latched. Your regular luggage\/suitcase will be stored for you and you will be reunited with it upon conclusion of the trek. Also, you will want to bring a daypack large enough to hold a rain jacket, fleece jacket, two water bottles, camera gear, and personal items needed during the day.<\/p>","Custom_Carry-On":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:32:03 --><p><strong>CARRY-ON:<\/strong> Valuable or essential items, such as camera equipment, binoculars, and prescription medications, should be hand carried on your flights to avoid loss or damage.<\/p>","Custom_Hiking_Poles":"","Custom_Daypack":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:32:24 --><p><strong>DAYPACK: <\/strong>To carry a jacket or rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you may need during the day. <\/p>","Custom_Vaccination_Card":"","Custom_FB_Packing_Reminders_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Arrival":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:32:56 --><p><strong>ARRIVING IN CASABLANCA<\/strong><br \/>A complimentary transfer is provided from the Casablanca Airport to the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche Hotel, our group hotel, for all trip members, no matter what day you arrive. Please note that check-in begins at 3:00 pm. <\/p><p>Upon arrival, a Wilderness Travel representative will meet you outside Terminal 2 of the Casablanca Airport, opposite the car park (near the taxis). <\/p><p>Due to current COVID-19 security measures, transfer agents are not allowed to enter the Terminal hall, so please walk outside to this area. They will be holding a Wilderness Travel sign and\/or a sign with your name on it. You will then be transferred to the hotel (or other location in Casablanca, if you have made reservations on your own and have informed our office).<br \/><\/p>","Custom_Arrival-_Meeting_Place":"","Custom_Arrival_Transfer":"","Custom_Departure":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:33:11 --><p><strong>DEPARTING MARRAKESH<\/strong><br \/>A complimentary transfer will be provided from our group hotel in Marrakesh to the Marrakesh Airport, no matter when you depart. Please note that check-out from the hotel on your last day is by 12:00 pm.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Services":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:33:26 --><p><strong>HOTELS AND TRANSFERS<\/strong><br \/>If you have arranged a private transfer from Marrakesh to Casablanca and\/or extra hotel nights through Wilderness Travel, please look for an Extra Services Confirmation voucher in this packet. If you have not done so already and would like to request a private transfer, please contact us as soon as possible.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:33:52 --><p>If friends or family wish to contact you during the trip, we encourage them to call, text, or email you directly. Another option is to reach you by calling the hotel (please see the enclosed Hotel List). If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground.<\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<p><strong>LOCAL CONTACT: AME D'AVENTURE<\/strong><br>Attn: Mohamed Imharken<br>(+212) 524-439-025 (24 hour emergency number)<br>(+212) 662-204-812 (WhatsApp)<br>ame-info@ameaventure.ma<\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"morocco-high-atlas-mountain-trek-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"Trek in Morocco&apos;s High Atlas Mountains, meet the Berber people in their villages, explore fabled Marrakesh and the great walled city of Fes.","Custom_List_Description":"Trek in Morocco&apos;s High Atlas Mountains, meet the Berber people in their villages, explore fabled Marrakesh and the great walled city of Fes.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Morocco High Atlas Mountain Trek & Tour | Wilderness Travel","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-27T11:54:33 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 1, anytime<br \/><br \/><strong>Meeting Place:<\/strong> A complimentary transfer is provided from the Casablanca Airport to our group hotel for all trip members. A Wilderness Travel representative will meet you outside the airport and will be holding a Wilderness Travel sign. <br \/><br \/>Please note that check-in at the hotel begins at 3:00 pm. To guarantee early-check in you will need to book a hotel room the night before.<\/p>","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-27T11:58:08 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK)<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 15, anytime<br \/><br \/>No matter what time you depart, a complimentary transfer will be provided to the Marrakesh airport for your departing flight. Please note that the hotel check-out time is 12:00 pm.<br \/><br \/>Note: If you decide to depart from Casablanca instead of Marrakesh, we can book a private land transfer from your Marrakesh hotel to the Casablanca airport. The transfer takes approximately 3 hours and costs $180 per vehicle (subject to change).<\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-27T12:00:11 --><p>You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from Morocco. Airlines with the most convenient flight schedules for this trip include:<\/p><p><strong>Delta Airlines<\/strong> (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.delta.com\">www.delta.com<\/a>)<br \/><strong>Air France<\/strong> (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.airfrance.com\">www.airfrance.com<\/a>)<br \/><strong>Air Canada<\/strong> (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.aircanada.com\">www.aircanada.com<\/a>)<br \/><strong>Tap Air Portugal<\/strong> (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.flytap.com\">www.flytap.com<\/a>)<br \/><strong>Royal Air Maroc<\/strong> (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.royalairmaroc.com\">www.royalairmaroc.com<\/a>)<br \/><strong>Easy Jet<\/strong> (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.easyjet.com\">www.easyjet.com<\/a>)<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US.<br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-27T11:56:01 --><p>We are happy to arrange additional nights in Casablanca or Marrakesh. Please refer to our Extra Services Request form included in your Welcome Packet or contact our office.<\/p>","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"morocco-the-high-atlas-trek","Custom_Passport":"A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Morocco. In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for countries visited on this trip. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD). Be sure to bring an ample supply of cash with you. You can change money at hotels, banks, or exchange bureaus. The exchange rate is fixed by the government, so you will get the same rate wherever you change money. Money can be changed at the Casablanca, Rabat, and Fes hotels, but not again until Marrakesh. Hotel cashiers have limited hours: usually from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, so try to coordinate around these hours. For larger purchases, credit cards can be used in the main cities but not in smaller towns. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals not included in the trip itinerary, international and domestic airport departure taxes, and personal items such as beverages, etc. Depending on how much shopping you like to do, we recommend you bring approximately $500 in cash in small bills and one or two major credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) for shopping and hotel extras (most purchases over $50 can be charged on your credit card, although you will need cash for shopping in the city souks). There are ATMs in the larger cities. To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be $150-200 USD per trip member for the Trip Leader. For the support staff (Berber drivers, camp staff, and cooks), we recommend $150-175 USD per trip member. This is a pooled trip shared by the crew; the Trip Leader will facilitate this. (The support staff tip should be in local currency as it is difficult for them to use\/exchange USD; there is time to change money during the first three days of the trip). The Trip Leader takes care of gratuities for waiters at restaurants and for porters for luggage handling.","Custom_Food":"The French influence is noticeable in Moroccan cuisine. You will find French bread, croissants, and steak widely available in restaurants. More traditional dishes are a rich, spicy bean soup called harira, as well as meat kebabs, tajine (a slow-cooked meat stew often made with chicken, seafood, vegetables, olives, prunes, or almonds), and pastilla, a poultry pie made with filo pastry and cinnamon. And of course, there is couscous, a staple based on steamed semolina. For dessert in restaurants, you may find cr&egrave;me caramel and almond-filled pastries. Local yogurts are delicious, and seasonal fruits are abundant. The national drink is th&eacute; &agrave; la menthe&mdash;green tea flavored with fresh mint and sweetened with sugar. French-style coffee is widely available, as are bottled water and soft drinks. The drinking of alcohol takes a low profile in Morocco, but beer and wine are available in restaurants and at hotel bars. Moroccan wines include a light French-style claret, a strong cabernet, and a dry white. The local beers are Casablanca or Flag. Please note: vegetarians may wish to bring a protein supplement in place of meat and seafood.<br><strong><br>Special Diets<\/strong><br>Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Morocco is 212. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Internet access is available at hotels in the major cities. The Internet is also available in the common spaces of the smaller properties, but not necessarily in the individual rooms. Speed and reliability may be different than what you are used to. Note there is no internet access while on trek and camping in the High Atlas.","Custom_Electricity":"Morocco has the following electrical specifications: <br><br>220-volts<br>50 Hz<br>Plug type C\/E. Plugs usually have two round pins (as in much of Europe) <br><br>You may want to bring a plug adapter kit for charging camera batteries, iPads or using small appliances. You will need a plug adapter(s) if you have USA plugs (type A, B). Note that if the electronic device(s)\/charger(s) you wish to bring do not have universal voltage you may need a converter. You can find plugs and converters on-line or at stores with travel gear, such as REI. <br><br>Please note: There is no electricity while camping in the High Atlas.","Custom_Laundry":"There are limited opportunities to have laundry service done on the trip because of our many 1-night stays. The only possible times are on arrival, in Fes (Day 4) and during our stay in Marrakesh.<br><br>","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. It provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><br><br><strong>Yellow Fever<\/strong><br>This is the only vaccination currently subject to international health regulations. The vaccination is required for entry into many African countries if you are arriving from an &#8220;endemic yellow fever zone&#8221; country (most of sub-Saharan Africa and South America). For more information, refer to the CDC website.<br><br><br><strong>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><br><br><strong>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><br><br><strong>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"The risk of contracting malaria in Morocco is very low. According to the CDC, there is no risk of malaria in Morocco. The decision to take malaria prevention medications is up to you and your physician. <br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"In the High Atlas, our camp crew is well trained in hygienic practices. We serve salads and rinse some salad ingredients (such as lettuce) in a disinfectant solution; other items in our camp salads are from canned supplies, such as beets, asparagus, artichoke hearts, and green beans. Bottled water is provided on vehicles, and is available at lunches and dinners. Potable water is also provided on the trek, <strong>though you will need to bring your own water bottle(s) to refill.<\/strong> In hotels, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. It is important to wash hands with soap before every meal.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-morocco\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"A great variety of carpets, antiques, pottery, and handicrafts are available in Morocco. Be sure to leave room in your luggage or bring along another fold-up bag for purchases. Wilderness Travel is not responsible for any shipping arrangements, even if you have enlisted your Trip Leader's assistance in making those arrangements.","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>Passport<\/li><li>One other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>Expense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"You will need to <strong><em>bring a duffel bag with you for your trek<\/strong><\/em>. This can be separate from your regular luggage or suitcase. Your regular luggage\/suitcase will be stored for you and you will be reunited with it upon conclusion of the trek.<br><br><strong>Duffel Bag for Trekking Details<\/strong><br>The size of your duffel bag can be about 4,800-5,400 cubic inches (about 80-90 liters). A wheelie or regular duffel bag is perfectly acceptable for the trek but not a traditional wheelie suitcase. Your luggage will be transported by mules during the trek, and it is very difficult for hard sided suitcases to be securely latched.<br><br>Please note that the desert crew accompanying you on the trek will be transporting your sleeping bag, mat, and mat's slip covers. They will also be transporting your duffel bag.<br><br>Also, you will want to bring a daypack large enough to hold a rain jacket, fleece jacket, two water bottles, camera gear, and personal items needed during the day.<br><br>If you are an avid shopper, you may want to bring a small roll up duffel for the non-trekking portions of the trip.","Custom_Clothing":"People in Morocco tend to dress modestly. Shorts are not appropriate for women; however, men are sometimes seen wearing shorts. In cities and villages, both men and women should avoid showing their shoulders, upper arms and knees as a sign of cultural respect. Women should also avoid wearing form-fitting, sheer or revealing clothing. For men, jackets for dinners in the cities are not required.<br><br>Shorts are acceptable during the trekking portion of the trip; however, people generally prefer convertible zip off pants that can be adjusted to either shorts or long pants.<br><br>On our mosque visit in Casablanca, men and women must cover their shoulders and should wear long pants or long skirts. Women must also cover their heads during this visit.<br><br>This list is meant as a guideline only; we encourage you to pack as lightly as possible.<br><br><ul><li>Gore-Tex shell rain jacket&mdash;must be good quality and waterproof<\/li><li>Fleece jacket or fleece sweater for cool mornings and evenings<\/li><li>Light cotton or quick-drying synthetic pants; one pair should be a little warmer for cool evenings. We don't recommend jeans for trekking as they are hard to wash and very slow to dry.<\/li><li>Long-sleeved shirts, cotton or &#8220;travel&#8221; fabric<\/li><li>T-shirts<\/li><li>Lightweight hiking boots; boots with Vibram-type soles offer better ankle support on uneven ground.<\/li><li>Running or tennis shoes. Part of the trek involves &#8220;river trekking&#8221;&mdash;wading through streams that can be up to three feet deep. You can use old running shoes for this (but not completely worn-out ones&mdash;you need support). Open-toed shoes are not recommended for river trekking because pebbles and sand can get into your shoes.<\/li><li>Underwear\/socks\/sleepwear; synthetics dry faster<\/li><li>Long underwear (can double as sleepwear)<\/li><li>Shade hat with a wide brim<\/li><li>Warm fleece hat\/beanie and lightweight fleece gloves for cold mornings and evenings<\/li><li>Bathing suit for hotel pools<\/li><li>Casual city\/hotel attire<\/li><li>Flip flops for camp<\/li><li>Remember that nights and early mornings in the mountains and in the desert can get very cold. Please bring layers or clothes that will keep you warm.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"","Custom_Equipment":"<ul><li>Collapsible hiking poles<\/li><li>Good sunglasses with case. A spare pair is invaluable should your first pair be lost.<\/li><li>Small bottle of biodegradable soap for camp showers<\/li><li>Assorted Ziploc bags to organize items within duffel and collect personal trash during the day for proper disposal<\/li><li>Thin, quick-drying towel and washcloth for camping<\/li><li>Headlamp (allows hands to be free) or good flashlight with spare batteries for camping<\/li><li><strong><em>Wilderness Travel will provide a sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and foam pad for the duration of your trek.<\/strong><\/em><\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member must bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><br><ul><li>Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>Lip balm with sunscreen<\/li><li>Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Tylenol, Tylenol PM for sleeping<\/li><li>Topical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores<\/li><li>Insect repellent. Bugs are not a problem in the dry climate but there can be an occasional mosquito. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage the plastic.<\/li><li>Blister kit. Look for the long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages or Curad Gel Multi-Day Bandages. &#8220;Liquid band-aids,&#8221; such as New-Skin, are useful because they dry rapidly to form a tough protective cover over a blister.<\/li><li>Vaseline for lips\/nose in dry climate<\/li><li>Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing<\/li><li>Antihistamine such as Benadryl and cold remedy such as Sudafed<\/li><li>Pepto-Bismol tablets for heartburn, indigestion, and diarrhea<\/li><li>Imodium for diarrhea. If you wish to bring an antibiotic for diarrhea prophylaxis, please consult your physician.<\/li><li>Prescription medications properly labeled<\/li><li>Spare prescription eyeglasses (or extra contact lenses)<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Optional_Items":"<ul><li>Water bottle insulator (bottled water is provided)<\/li><li>Flavored Gatorade-type powdered drink packets to help keep you hydrated<\/li><li>Gore-Tex rain pants<\/li><li>Camera, spare batteries<\/li><li>Binoculars<\/li><li>Reading\/writing material<\/li><li>Inflatable camp pillow<\/li><li>Travel clock<\/li><li>Converter and plug adapter kit for hotels<\/li><li>Money belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><li>Cotton gardening gloves for sun protection while hiking<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"Craggy Mountains, Berber Villages, Marrakesh, and More","Custom_Lodging":"8 nights first-class and best-available hotels, 1 night Berber house, 5 nights expedition-style camping","Custom_Meals":"All meals included except 3 dinners and 1 lunch","Custom_Difficulty":"6 hiking days, 4-7 hours a day, moderate to steep trails, some &ldquo;river trekking,&rdquo; altitudes of 7,500-10,250 feet (optional hike to 13,346'), mules carry gear","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"This trip is <strong>Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous<\/strong>, according to our trip grading system. It combines easy touring and overland exploration with a moderate 6-day trek.","Custom_Terrain":"On the trek, we hike at altitudes of 6,000 to 10,000 feet and camp at altitudes between 7,000 and 8,000 feet. The trek involves a good bit of up-and-down hiking (between 1,000- and 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day during our 4-7 hours of hiking.&nbsp;The trails are mostly rock, sometimes carved out of hillsides, but some are well-worn from village use. There are some short, steep climbs, and some rough going in dry riverbeds. Our hiking also includes \"river trekking,\" wading across rivers that are usually 6-12 inches deep (with lots of crossings in and out), but can range up to 20-30 inches for short distances in the most narrow and deepest part of the river. The water temperature is generally comfortable, a bit cool in the mornings, but warms up quite fast as the day progresses. There is an optional ascent of M'Goun (13,346') on Day 9.","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T11:57:38 --><p>We recommend that you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing, are excellent preparatory exercises.<\/p>","Custom_Weather":"Morocco has wide range of climatic variations but the weather is largely moderate, with a cooling influence from the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans. Temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains for July and August range from 70-84\u00b0F or more, but will, of course, fluctuate with altitude.","Custom_Accommodations":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T11:58:35 --><p>We have 8 nights in first-class and best-available hotels, 1 night Berber house, and 5 nights expedition-style camping. At the camps, there is a private (though rustic) bathing tent, which includes a bucket of hot water you can use to wash yourself.<\/p>","Custom_Cuisine":"","Custom_Transportation":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}