• Gorges, valleys and mountains of the High Atlas
  • Soil erosion, rivers and irrigation techniques of Berber culture
  • Summiting the highest mountain in North Africa!
  • Trekking to the peak of Mount Ouanoukrim
  • Trek through Berber villages of the High Atlas
  • Djemaa el-Fna market place in Marrakesh
  • Gardens, mosques, palaces, and the souqs of Marrakesh
  • Stunning views of the Atlas Mountain Range
  • Learn about Morocco's Islamic heritage and culture

This exciting school geography expedition will take your group into the heart of Morocco's rugged Atlas Mountain range, traversing passes, steep ridges and lush valleys where goat herds and traditional villages add colour to the striking landscape. We will appreciate the hospitality and pride of our Berber guides and mule drivers who lead us through their homeland to summit the region's two highest peaks, Ouanoukrim and Mt Toubkal. At 4167m, Mt Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa and a challenge for even the fittest trekker - however, our climbs of these two peaks are non-technical and do not require prior mountaineering experience. We will also spend time in the unforgettable city of Marrakesh, with a guided tour of its most significant religious sites as well as time to explore the ancient city's markets, mosques and museums.


Start and Finishing Point:





We will all meet at the airport in Marrakech. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your tour representative and transferred to the group hotel. Depending on your arrival time there may be an opportunity for a quick afternoon walk. Once we have freshened up and checked in we will enjoy a guided tour of this buzzing city. Explore the Bab ed Debbagh (city gate) the Medersa Ben Youssef (school of Islamic Studies), the Ben Youssef Medersa, an Islamic school attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque and is home to some of the most beautiful art and architecture in Marrakesh. We will then visit the souks and finally the Koutoubia Mosque. We will enjoy a group meal this evening in a local restaurant to sample some delicious Moroccon cuisine, bfore heading out to the amazing Jamaa al Fna, one of the most interesting public spaces in North Africa. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions, with exotic smells of spice and perfume filling the air, today will have hopefully been a great introduction to this wonderful country.

Meals:  D

After breakfast this morning we transfer out of the city, south and into the High Atlas Mountain range. After approximately 2 hours of driving, we will reach the starting point of our fantastic trek. Here we will meet our team of porters and donkeys where we can sort through our kit and load up for the trek. The challenge begins heading up the side of a beautiful valley, heading gently towards the pass of Tizi n’Addi at an altitude of 2350 m (7050 ft). After a lunch rest we descend to the valley and village of Tacheddirt. Driving Time: 2 hours Walking Time: 4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After a cup of tea and breakfast we will start today's trekking with a gentle ascent to the top of a ridge to enjoy a splendid view over the Imanene Valley, the sun hopefully warming us up as we emerge from the shadow of the valley. From here we descend again - with several up and down sections - into the Imanene Valley passing through several typical villages like Tinghourine and Ikkis. We will then ascend some 300 m (900 ft) of altitude to reach the Tizi n'Aguersioual . The final section of the day leads to the village of Aguersioual. Approx. 5:30 to 6 hrs of walking

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we will cross the Mizane valley to begin a steady but easy ascent to a grazing plateau surrounded with juniper trees. A short climb away is the Tizi n'Oudite pass at 2200 m (6600 ft) (approximately 3:30 hrs). After enjoying the views you will descend into the Azzaden valley and walk through a juniper forest. You will soon come across great views out to the colourful villages of Id Aissa, Tizi Zougaghen and Tiziane . You continue your trek up the valley to the village of Id Aissa, notable for its mosque visible throughout the valley, and on to the village of Tizi Oussem. Walking Time: Approximately 5:5 hrs

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we will leave Tizi Oussem and head up along the valley of Oussem. Slowly you will ascend up to Azib Iminouatss and follow the trail to the small and narrow pasture of Azib Tamsoult at 2160 m (6480 ft). Before lunch we will have a short visit to the waterfalls at Ighouliden, before continuing on for a further hour up to Azib Tzikert where the next overnight camp will be. Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We begin today following a path which will take us through the mountain chains of Aguelzim. It's a zigzag trail that leads up a couloirs for 400m (1200 ft) to the first pass. Here a panoramic view to Tizi Oussem and the Haouz plain can be seen spreading out before us. The trail ascends another 100m (300 ft), before reaching the 3430m (10,290 ft) high pass of Tizi Aguelzim (approximately 4 hours of walking). We will have a great view to Djebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, before descending on the trail – rocky at first - to the Neltner camp (approximately 2 hours of descent). It will be important to get a good nights sleep tonight, ready for the challenging day tomorrow. Walking time: approximately 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Breaking camp before dawn we will make an early start for our attempt on Toubkal, walking around 3-4 hours to the peak (4167m) (12,501 ft) in the dark to avoid the midday sun and to summit in time for sunrise. First we must traverse long scree slopes; tiring terrain at this altitude but we will proceed slowly to conserve energy. Higher sections are more rocky and there is little vegetation. Once at the summit the views are spectacular, and although wind and cold conditions mean we will not linger long, we have time to enjoy the scenes of surrounding peaks of the Atlas mountains and down to the plains around Marrakesh far in the distance. We then begin the descent back to Neltner Camp (3050m) (9150 ft), where we will have a late lunch and enjoy a well earned rest after a hard days trekking. Walking time: approximately 8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today will truly test our endurance and is only an option for those who are still feeling strong after climbing Toubkal yesterday. We will climb from Neltner Camp up in the direction of Tizi n'Ouanoums, then follow the trail to Tizi n'Ouagane at 3780m (11 340 ft). From this pass it is an approxiimately 30 minutes steep climb up to the ridge of the mountain, from where we follow the ridge to the summit at 4088m (12 264 ft). The summit allows for a great panoramic view (if good weather) of the Toubkal summit, Tazararte plateau or even to Anti Atlas and Tizi n'Test region as well as the valley of Souss on a very clear day. We descend via the same route to the Tizi n'Ouagane. From here, if you are feeling fit and well acclimatized, we can climb another optional peak, the Igher n'Abdellai (approxiimately 1 hour in addition from/to the pass). From this summit we have a good view to the Lac Ifni (mountain Lake). Afterwards we head back to the pass and from here descend to Neltner camp for a well deserved lunch. Walking time: approximately 6 - 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we descend down the valley, passing again through the deeply religious village of Sidi Chamarouch. This area is also rich in wildflowers, and in spring we’ll find the magnificent Peony Rose. We will also pass herds of goats traversing precarious mountain trails. We trek down to Aremd where we have a late lunch. This afternoon we will have a walk around the village. Walking time: approximately 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will say farewell to our muleteers and trek the final two hours down to Imlil where we will have lunch. Here we will meet our vehicles who will then drive us back to Marrakesh. After check in the afternoon is free to explore Marrakech, pick up a few last minute souverniers in the markets, or just relax at the hotel after all the fresh air in the Atlas mountains! In the evening we will go out together for dinner to celebrate our expedition and discuss our favourite memories of Morocco. Walking time: 45 mintues Drive time: 1.5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, check out transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals:  B

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Reduced Inequalities:  To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • Group leader, mule handlers, camp hands and kitchen staff
  • Two nights in a 3 star hotel in Marrakesh on a twin share basis
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • All internal transport by private vehicle
  • 7cm foam sleeping mat
  • Two-person tents
  • Twin, triple and quad share rooms at Village Gite
  • Dining tent and toilet tent during camping section
  • Treated water during trek
  • Mules to carry all personal and group equipment
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Guided city tour of Marrakesh
  • Full board meals

  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Bottled water and Aerated drinks
  • Single supplement
  • International flights from to Marrakech



This expedition involves trekking through undulating country, often untracked, for up to six hours a day at a steady pace. To undertake this level of activity you will need a good level of trekking fitness and be sure-footed. Some days involve walking over rugged terrain, including boulders, scree and heavily vegetated ground. As a minimum, we recommend 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise three times a week for three months leading up to your trek.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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