Women’s Expedition: Morocco with Lewis & Clark


Dates: November 1 - 9, 2024




Group Size

Limit 10 participants, plus our Lewis & Clark group facilitator, CLC staff and our guide.

Note: If the 11/1 departure fills, we are prepared to add a 11/10 departure so sign up today!



Trip Overview

An unforgettable expedition to the remote and less-traveled reaches of Morocco. Begin in Marrakech, then set off to experience the side of Morocco they don’t tell you about in the guidebooks. Break bread with Amazigh families in remote homes, see how an artist co-op is empowering female rug-weavers in small villages, take in the beauty of the far-flung M’goun Valley over four days of hiking with the region’s first local female guide, and enjoy the singing and dancing of Moroccan women in cultural ceremonies in rural communities. With all the hallmarks of a classic Lewis & Clark program – local leadership, private transport, real life experiences – and an added focus on female travel and female empowerment, this is a unique opportunity for women to blaze the trail in an incredible but often conservative country.



Program Highlights

  • Find out what it means to be female in Morocco as you travel with an all-women group, a local female leader will guide as we meet plenty of inspiring women along the way.
  • Benefit from Lewis & Clark’s long standing network in Morocco, visit the Amal Center that provides career training for impoverished women, learning some learn some Arabic greetings, and join an English class at the Center for Language & Culture.
  • Spend four days hiking between remote villages in the M’Goun Valley, accompanied by a local female guide who will bring the region to life. Bring a daypack but your luggage will be transported for you from town to town.
  • Dine on delicious local cuisine as you enjoy a private performance by The Houariyates, a female music band that will fill the room and your heart with joyful songs praising and celebrating women.
  • Visit the historic town of Ait Benhaddou and its iconic mudbrick ksar. You’ll soon see why this eye-catching site has been used as a backdrop in many films.
  • Learn from the best as you take part in a traditional couscous cooking lesson, find out how to make fresh khobz (flatbread), and be welcomed into the home of a local woman in Marrakech for a meal you won’t forget.


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Trip Notes

  • This trip involves walking from 4 to 7 hours on Days 4-7.  The walk will lead you through picturesque valleys, but the terrain may be unstable in places, rocky and hilly. Consider appropriate footwear and necessary clothing, including a warm jacket and raincoat.
  • You will need to bring a 3/4 season sleeping bag on this trip. Even though you will be staying in guesthouses and gites, they may not be heated so a warm sleeping bag is essential.
  • Your sleeping bag and other luggage will be transported for you from village to village.
  • The village accommodation on this trip is simple. You will be sharing rooms with other female travelers. On Day 5 there are two big rooms for the group so you may share your room with up to five other travelers. Bathroom facilities are shared, but you can expect a hot shower each evening.
  • You will have a chance to participate in different activities, from rug-weaving to baking workshops. While none are compulsory, we’d suggest you come prepared to share some fun times with other women while learning some new skills.

Three women standing in front of a column


Is this trip for you?

  • If you have any health concerns please consult with your physician.
  • This trip involves walking from 4 to 7 hours on Days 4-7. The terrain may be unstable in places, rocky and hilly. On Day 5 you will need to cross a river and depending on the water levels you may need to roll up your trousers and take your shoes off.  On Day 6 we will climb 200 meters uphill to the Tissardan pass, then descend 300 meters.
  • Other than the stay at the Riad in Marrakech, you will be sharing rooms with other female travelers. On Day 5 there are two big rooms for the group so you may share your room with up to five other travelers. Bathroom facilities are shared, but you can expect a hot shower each evening.
  • You have an adventurous spirit, curious mind, and caring heart.

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Note: If the 11/1 Departure sells out, we are prepared to add an 11/10 departure, so grab a friend or plan to travel solo and sign up today.


  • Total Cost is $2,395 per person signing up as a pair. This includes a double hotel room with two beds for three nights, and group accommodations in guesthouses the other five nights.
  • If you are a solo traveler wanting your own room in the hotels Day 1, Day 2, and Day 8, the single supplement is: $200. You will be in shared rooms the other days.
  • If you are a solo traveler wishing to be paired up in a double room with two beds, please let us know.
  • Transfer to hotel on 11/1 and to airport on 11/9 will be arranged and are included. Transfers on other days are not included.
  • Tipping is always optional. Tips for loading buses, and at group meals are included. Having $60 to $100 USD equivalent in Moroccan Dirhams is recommended for tips to your local guide and driver. Lewis & Clark Group Facilitator will collect tips at end of trip.
  • Includes most but not all meals - 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners. 
  • We highly recommend you purchase traveler’s insurance.



Lewis & Clark Group Facilitator


Joann Geddes

Faculty Emerita Joann Geddes retired from Lewis & Clark after 35 years of service as an instructor and the Director of Academic English Studies. During her tenure she led eight overseas programs including Costa Rica, the former Soviet Union, Argentina/Chile, Kenya/Tanzania, Australia and Vietnam. She accompanied a student overseas program to Morocco in 2017. Joann remains active within the campus community and traveled with the LC Travel group to Madagascar in 2023. She led the LC Travel program to Vietnam in 2024. 



Three nights at Le Ferme Medina in Marrakech.

Five nights countryside mountain guesthouses in shared rooms. These may be rooms with two people/ two beds, or as many as six beds with bathrooms down the hallway.



Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Community Education & Travel Programs at mcpheete@lclark.edu or 503-841-7657