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When it comes to choosing walks in Morocco, you’re in for a treat. This incredible Northwest African nation has so many types of landscape that you’ll want to stay for a year. From the crashing Atlantic coastline to the heady heights of the Atlas Mountains, walking here is a breathtaking experience wherever you go. 

The Sahara Desert also creeps into the country and some of the most famous hikes in Morocco are across iconic sand dune landscapes where the views are truly awe-inspiring. You can hike past waterfalls, climb snow-capped mountains and trek through verdant valleys, all in one adventure. 

This beautiful country of extremes has a cuisine to match its hiking trails. Hearty dishes, local teas and fantastic hospitality are all waiting for you.

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04:28
4.29 mi
Intermediate
03:04
7.53 mi
Intermediate
02:24
5.88 mi
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03:33
6.40 mi
Difficult
02:06
2.46 mi
Difficult
03:35
5.63 mi
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01:48
4.44 mi
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01:58
4.80 mi
Intermediate
02:35
6.34 mi
Difficult
01:44
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02:17
4.82 mi
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02:14
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4.29 mi
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01:57
4.80 mi
Difficult
06:46
11.8 mi
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01:46
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Top 20 best walks and hikes in Morocco

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    Difficult
    04:28
    4.29 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Intermediate
    03:04
    7.53 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:24
    5.88 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:33
    6.40 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    02:06
    2.46 mi
    1.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    03:35
    5.63 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Easy
    01:48
    4.44 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:58
    4.80 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:35
    6.34 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    01:44
    1.71 mi
    1.0 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Intermediate
    02:17
    4.82 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    02:14
    4.28 mi
    1.9 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Easy
    01:45
    4.29 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:57
    4.80 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:46
    11.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,175 ft
    3,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:45
    6.73 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    01:46
    3.27 mi
    1.8 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    04:09
    8.75 mi
    2.1 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Intermediate
    02:35
    6.26 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:26
    5.47 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

The phenomenal Atlas Mountains stretch the length of Northwest Africa and the highest peaks in this vast range can be found in Morocco. If you want to hike in the mountains, you have a fantastic choice of trails and can pick routes where you may not see a single other walker or others which are well-trodden.

For staggering views, the best hiking trails in Morocco can be found in the High Atlas  section of the range. The highest summit is Toubkal at 13,671 ft (4,167 m), a popular goal for hikers and usually a two-day ascent. Not just the highest peak in Morocco, Toubkal is also the tallest peak in North Africa. 

There are many incredible hiking routes in the Toubkal massif that avoid the busy main trail and instead lead you past Berber villages, lush valleys and tremendous scenery. The trails in the region of Jbel M'Goun are also outstanding and perfect for multi-day expeditions. 

In the Saghro region, you’ll still enjoy amazing views but instead of towering giants you’ll be hiking in lower-lying mountains, with summits more in the region of 8,000 feet (2,400 m). Hikes in Morocco’s low mountains give gentler ascents on multi-day routes and you can stop in wonderful traditional Berber villages as you go. 

Sandy strolls in the Sahara

The sand dunes of the Moroccan Sahara create some of the most jaw-dropping views in the world. Desert walks in Morocco are unforgettable and you can camp out under the clear skies and see more stars than you can imagine. 

Iriqui National Park is an outstanding place to hike and you can experience steppes, scrubland and vast sand dunes here. The dunes here are commonly called ‘ergs’ and these shifting shapes create iconic desert landscapes. Many hikes out to ergs take multiple days but you can set out on day walks from towns like Merzouga. 

Planning a hiking trip to Morocco

Due to the great distances, challenging environments and extremes of temperature, guided treks from day hikes to multi-day expeditions are common. That doesn’t mean you have to travel with a guide though. With good planning, you can easily enjoy a fantastic trip with or without a guide. 

The temperatures here are severe, from the freezing temperatures of the High Atlas summits to the phenomenal desert heat, so you’ll need to prepare for the temperatures you’ll experience. 

Morocco’s landscape and weather shouldn’t be underestimated but when you treat it with a healthy respect, it’ll provide world-class adventures for you. 

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