Morocco - Atlas Mountains Running Adventure
The perfect short break for runners wanting to experience magnificent mountainous areas within the Berber culture of Morocco. Acclimatising through an orientation trekking day, followed by varied running routes to suit the individual from intermediate to advanced running experience and ability, we discover new routes with incredible views and terrain’
D1 – Marrakech, Transfer from Marrakesh airport to the Berber Riad in Imlil. If time allows, we will have a short walk around the valley, Berber villages and waterfalls. (Overnight in Riad Imlil)
D2 – Acclimatisation trek to Assaoul summit 2700m via Tizi n’Tamatert pass (2279m.)
Great views over both Imlil & Tachedirt valley as well Toubkal peaks. Down to the pass for lunch, walk back to the riad in the afternoon. (Overnight in Riad Imlil)
D3 – Run AM and back to Riad Imlil for lunch. PM run
After an early breakfast, we run through Tidli forest and Akhbou n’Ouzilal and then onwards down through the village. Stunning views over Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Back to the riad for lunch, free time in the afternoon, by the swimming pool.
(Overnight in Riad Imlil)
D4 – Azzaden circular day run with packed lunch
Early breakfast run up Tizi Mzik pass (2584m) and Azzaden valley with its berber villages (1800m) before heading up towards Tizi Oudid pass (2000m), down again to Imlil valley and continue to the riad. (Overnight in Riad Imlil)
N.B. This itinerary can be used for Pro runners and intermediate runners. There is an option for those that are strong and capable to run up to the top of Mt. Toubkal on tha last day (4,189m.) For those that do, the price is the same as shown below.
D5 – Transfer to Marrakesh airport
After breakfast, transfer back to Marrakech airport.
Hours of running each day:
The hours of running depend on the individual. Your run guides will explain the terrain and plan for each day, and you will then be able to decide on what your focus is for the morning and afternoon in terms of run distance and time. The group can be split into smaller groups depending on the overall ability. The itinerary has flexibility built into it, including safety measures in case of injury.
All dietary requirements are catered for including vegetarian, vegan, gluten, wheat, dairy and nut intolerant.
The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is fresh, packed with energy, essential nutrients, morale boosting, tasty and plenty of it!
Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip
- Running clothing and footwear suitable for the terrain and all weather conditions
- Daysack to run with carrying essential items including water bottles
- First aid kit including blister pack
- Head torch and spare batteries
- Walking/running poles
- Personal Expenses