We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world. Learn more about us here. Flora Beverley’s Morocco Expedition is a once in a life-time, bespoke expedition.
Flora Beverley Morocco Expedition
Morocco is a dazzling country, with plenty to offer around every corner. This expedition covers everything that makes Morocco so enticing, from the dizzying bustle of Marrakesh to the striking landscape of the Atlas Mountains. Best of all? You’ll get to experience the country while taking on a tough, physical challenge. Instead of sauntering through the wilderness, you’ll see it all while breaking a sweat and building up some serious endorphins.
On this trip, we cover an extraordinary 281km. We cycle through the foothills of the mountains before trekking up the beast that is Mount Toubkal. We’ll spend three days cycling 185km through the best scenery that the country has to offer. Weaving from the desert to the mountains, and passing through remote Berber villages along the way. We then leave the bikes behind and make our way through the mountains to the summit of Mount Toubkal on foot. Spending five days covering 96km until we reach the highest point of North Africa. We wrap things up with some free time in the cool coastal city of Essaouira. Here you can enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation (or some surf action, if relaxation isn’t your bag!)
You couldn’t ask for a better introduction to Morocco. Our itinerary showcases the best of the Moroccan landscape, as we cycle past mountain streams and remote villages, and trek alongside orchards and forests. But we’ll also stop in Berber settlements to sip on traditional mint tea, stay in locally run family gîtes along the way, and immerse ourselves fully in the culture of this country.
If you’re looking for an expedition that explores the very core of Morocco, takes you through the heart of the country and includes a hefty dash of adventure to boot, then this is the trip for you.
Added extra’s for Flora’s Morocco Expedition
There are a number of added extras Flora is offering with her expedition. They are all optional, but we would love you to partake in them all.
Training Day and Weekend
Flora will be hosting two pre-departure training events. 1 day in January in Dorset and a weekend event in Brecon Beacons in May. As well as this, you will also meet your expedition leader, expedition doctor and your fellow adventurers! On the training weekend you will be get a full expedition brief, two training hikes and expert advice on all aspects of the expedition. Before this weekend, you will need to register for the training weekend/day via the Earth’s Edge booking portal. Training days are included within the price of the trip. Food and accommodation required for the training events are not included.
Adventurers Facebook Group
Flora would like to invite you to a closed group where you can meet each other, share pics, share advice, update on progress and get excited for your ultimate adventure in Morocco.
We are organising a visit to a local school on the last day of the trip. We would like all hikers to collect school supplies which can then be donated to the local school. We will be in touch with all attendees prior to our departure with a list of school supplies that are needed.
Vegan & Vegetarian food
As food is our fuel for this challenging expedition we are definitely not skimping on the quality here. We will have our very own chef with us, feeding us delicious hearty meals everyday. We promise that you will go to bed each night with a full happy belly and ready to kick ass again the next day. Our chefs will serve only vegetarian food on this trip. Flora is going to complete the challenge on an entirely vegan diet. You are welcome to do the same if you wish. When completing your medical declaration form on your Earth’s Edge account please declare any dietary requests.
We are planting three native trees on your behalf in December 2022 in Co.Wicklow, Ireland. If you would like to plant more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Each extra tree costs £1. If you would like to learn more about our tree planting click here.
Earth’s Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our enviromental impact. “Working and Collaborating with B-Corps is something I’m extremely passionate about. I chose to work with Earth’s Edge on this project as it ensures that the people working on the expedition and the communities we pass through will be treated in a respectful and responsible way” Flora Beverley.
This expedition is 100% carbon neutral. We are off-setting all international travel and travel within Morocco in an effort to reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon emission will be calculated post expedition and offset via a Gold Standard carbon offsetting programme.
About Flora Beverley
Flora Beverley is a fitness model, blogger and sustainability writer based in London. She is passionate about healthy living and loves to take part in physical challenges throughout the year. She has recently completed two ultra marathons, two boxing matches and a Red Bull’s 25h cycling challenge, TimeLaps. When not in the outdoors, Flora creates food and fitness content for her Instagram, blog and YouTube, and writes for various publications. Alongside her love of food and fitness, Flora speaks passionately about sustainability and mental health, using her platform to disseminate information and myth bust, encouraging others to speak up too. Using her background in biology, she aims to back up everything she writes with scientific evidence and reduce the amount of misinformation online.
Expedition costs & what’s included
The total cost of Flora Beverley’s Morocco Expedition is highlighted above. A 399.00 deposit is required when booking. Once a deposit is paid you will be given access to your Earth’s Edge account where you can pay in instalments for your trip (or pay in full). Full fees must be paid two months prior to your expedition.
Your fees include the following;
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
- Training Weekend
- Training Day
- Local guides, porters and support staff
- All accommodation based in Gîtes, Riads and camping for the duration of the itinerary.
- All meals and drinking water are included except in Marrakesh and Essaouira where accommodation is based
- A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
- All transport throughout the expedition
- National Park fees & local VAT
- Mountain bike hire
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.
Arrive in Marrakesh.
Our expedition starts in the intoxicating city of Marrakesh. After touching down at the airport, we transfer into the city and to one of the traditional riads in the heart of the Medina. This old walled part of the city is a dizzying tangle of streets, where you’ll stumble upon hidden shops and souks. The traditional riads are a reprieve from the bustle of the city, with peaceful courtyards and rooftops overlooking the city. We’ll have the evening free to enjoy Marrakesh, so take the time to wander the streets, haggle in the marketplace and follow the tantalising scent of smoky BBQ as the outdoor stalls cook up a feast in Jemaa el-Fna.
Marrakesh to Agafay to Ait Zitoun (1,100m); 60km biking; 7 hours.
After an early breakfast, we’ll drive 40 minutes out to the Agafay Desert, where we’ll meet our guides and pick up our bikes, ready for the first day of our cycling adventure. Today’s 60km cycle weaves across the stunning Agafay Desert, where we’ll ease into the challenge with gentle small hills while we get used to the bikes. The scenery is dazzling, with the sandy dunes in the distance and a fantastic view over the Atlas Mountains. There’s an otherworldly, almost lunar vibe to this whole area, and you might just pass the odd camel on your way. After a leisurely day of cycling we’ll reach our gîte in the village of Ait Zitoun (1100m), at the start of the Amezmiz valley.
Ait Zitoun to Tnirt (1,600m); 45km biking; 6 hours.
Today we’ll bike from the bottom of the valley all the way up and over into Tnirt. This is an incredible day on the bikes, with mixed terrain, a fair amount of ‘up and down’ but good stretches of flat along the way. At the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, this area is richly fertile, so we’ll pass Berber communities throughout the day, cycling past fields of maize
and barley as the mountains loom in the distance. The village of Tnirt, where we spent the night, is a classically Moroccan settlement, with sandy-hued clay buildings blending into the mountains. After a hearty dinner, we’ll get a good night’s rest before tomorrow’s longer cycle.
Tnirt to Ijoukak (1,400m); 80km biking; 8 hours.
We finish our cycling adventure with our longest day yet, biking 80km over the Kik Plateau, Ouigan Valley and Niffis Valley. Aside from the local, ever-changing scenery, we’ll be met with incredible views of the Atlas Mountains, alongside the bounty of local farms, passing the olive trees this region is famed for, as well as apple and cherry orchards, which
are often cut into the mountainside like rice paddies. The views are so good, your thighs will forget all about the climb! We finish up in the village of Ijoukak, where we say goodbye to our bikes and get ready for the morning’s trek to begin.
Ijoukak to Amzoughni (1,700m); 18km; 6 hours.
In the morning, we meet our new team (including a gaggle of beautiful mules) and begin our trek, right from the front door of our gîte. The day’s trek is a gorgeous one, weaving along the Agoundis Valley past thick forests of pine and juniper trees. The views from the first pass we go over are incredible, with the entire valley laid out before us. Along the way, we’ll stop for lunch and enjoy the scenery, before making our way to Amzoughni where we’ll spend the night.
Amzoughni to Tizgui (1,800m); 20km; 8 hours.
Slowly increasing our altitude, today we’ll trek over the Iguidi pass towards the Berber village of Amslan. This is the perfect spot to take a break, so we’ll pause for some traditional fresh mint tea that’ll give us just the boost we need for a long day’s trek. We’ll stop for lunch along the way, too.
The looming sight of Tizgui is enough to keep the energy up, as we weave through the spectacular scenery of the region. We spend the night in the village of Tizgui, which is a fascinating spot with gravity-defying architecture. Take the time for a stroll around, if you have the energy!
Tizgui to Tamsoult (2,300m); 25km, 9 hours.
Today’s trek kicks it up a notch, with 25km to cover over the course of the day. We’ll make our way all the way up to Assoul, enjoying the incredible views of the Kik valley and the mountains from the Tagdalt pass, which is at an altitude of about 2750m. From here, we make our way back down to Tizgui, where we’ll set up lunch right by the river. For the rest of the day, we’ll trek past apple orchards and maize fields, and alongside cherry and walnut trees, before we finish up in Tamsoult, our destination for the night.
Tamsoult to Toubkal Refuge (3,208m), 11km, 7 hours.
The final day of trekking before our summit of Toubkal, today’s route not only gives us incredible views of the Atlas Mountains, but also takes us right past the Ighouliden Waterfalls. One of the most impressive sights in the region, the falls are 110m tall and fed by the snow from the mountains. After a break to take in the sight, we’ll carry on up back over the Aguelzim pass, where we’ll make our way to the Toubkal Refuge, otherwise known as Toubkal Base Camp. Tonight we’ll stay in tents, rather than the gîtes. It’s an early start in the morning, so we’ll hit the hay early to be well rested for the summit day tomorrow.
Mt Toubkal summit (4,167m) followed by trek to Imlil, 22km, 12 hours.
There’s a long day of trekking ahead of us, so we’ll set off at 5am on our journey to the very top of North Africa’s highest peak (4,167m). As with any summit, we take our time and take plenty of breaks, to acclimatise gently to the altitude. Plus, stopping for regular water breaks isn’t such a drag when the landscape is as stunning as this – the views are fantastic at every step of the way. But when we get to the top, the Atlas Mountains are laid out before our eyes in their entirety, as well as the desert in the distance. It’s a truly awesome sight. We take a different way back down for the descent, which means we get to see a whole other side of Toubkal. Instead of heading back to base camp, we make our way through beautiful orchards to Imlil, where we spend the night and have a well-earned hearty feast!
Imlil to Essaouira. 230km
We give the legs a break today and make our way to the coastal town of Essaouira by van, for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. You can spend the afternoon as you please, meandering around the old town, unwinding on the beach, or getting the adrenaline pumping with any number of adventurous activities at your fingertips.
There’s a whole day to spend at your leisure in Essaouira… this is one of the world’s prime surfing spots, so rent a board or sign up for a lesson if you want to hit the waves. You can also try your hand at kite-boarding, head inland for some quadbiking, or give windsurfing a bash. If you fancy a bit of pampering, book in to one of the town’s Hammams. These steam rooms are a Moroccan specialty, where you sit and sweat in the steam, then get rinsed and vigorously scrubbed down before a massage. It’s a right of passage, and feels amazing after days spent hiking and biking!
Essaouira to Marrakesh.
After our last night in Morocco, we hit the road in the morning and drive back to Marrakesh, where we depart for home
Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.
The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains extend some 2,500km across northwestern Africa, spanning Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert.
Mount Toubal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco, located in the Toubkal National Park. At 4,167 metres (13,671 ft), it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, and North Africa. For climbers it is "the most popular mountain objective in the Atlas mountains".
What do you need for Flora's Expedition?
We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you on Flora's Morocco Expedition. You can download this packing list here.
How to prepare for Morocco?
We have classified this Moroccan Adventure as a level 4 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. This expedition will be very demanding and participants need to have a good level of fitness. This event has been specifically designed to challenge people. The expedition involves three tough days of biking followed by five long days of hiking. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read the expedition itinerary in full before signing up to this challenge. You can read this document here.
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