Best time to go walking in Morocco
Always pack for the chilly as well as the hot – Morocco is a cold country with a hot sun, especially on the mountain trails.
The best time to go on a walking vacation in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is Mar-Oct. In spring and autumn here, the sun is strong but the air is cool, although Apr can be wet. Summer is hot, and even the lower valleys of the High Atlas can hit 29°C; it’s only above 3,000m that warm clothing is needed. Winter ascents of Jebel Toubkal are possible, but nights drop well below freezing, with snow typically from late Oct or early Nov. There is no snow in the Anti-Atlas, so the best time to trek here is Oct-Apr, with sunny days and cold nights.
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Simon Clifford from our leading supplier of Morocco walking vacations, Exodus, has advice on the best time to take a walking vacation in Morocco:
“I think the best time to visit the Atlas Mountains is April, May and September. At these times it’s warm but not too hot, and the highest peaks will have a little snow, adding to the beauty of the views on offer.”
Mike McHugo, owner of Kasbah du Toubkal, sings the praises of spring in the High Atlas:
“What I love about spring in the High Atlas is that you get these spectacular vistas of the snow capped mountains whilst having spring flowers out, and all the new leaves out lower down looking up to the snow capped mountains as late as May. The poppies in the fields always look fantastic, and there are plenty of wild flowers by the side of the road, because there are no fertilisers and so on eradicating them.”
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