Morocco Trek: Atlas Mountains Summit Mt. Toubkal with Oren Kosansky, Anthropologist


Dates: May 20th to 27th, 2025


Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in Northern Africa at 13,671 feet (4,167 meters) in height.

Group Size

About 10 to 16 participants.




Whether you’re a newbie trekker or a well-travelled walker, this hiking trip in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is sure to lure you in. From colourful Marrakech, this 7-day trip will see you staying in mountain gites and hiking huts, trekking through spectacular mountain scenery and reaching the ‘roof of North Africa’ with an expert crew and some trusty pack mules. Climb to the summit of Jebel Toubkal, or Mount Toubkal, from base camp and discover a renewed love for mountainous landscapes and the adventure of being thousands of metres above sea level. As this trip gives you a day to acclimatize to the altitude and traverse the villages at your own pace, it’s perfect for trekkers of any level.


  • Strap on your hiking shoes and summit the highest peak in North Africa – Mount Toubkal – with your local expert guide leading the way.
  • Get a real taste of adventure on your trek through the rugged Atlas Mountains and marvel at the spectacular scenery at every turn with views across the mountain ranges, Sahara Desert and Atlantic coast.
  • Experience local life after hiking to your accommodation in a traditional gite (mountain house) in an Amazigh village nestled high in the Atlas Mountains.
  • Enjoy a comfortably paced trekking trip – this trip is designed for hikers of all abilities, allowing less experienced trekkers to tackle this fantastic mountain peak and discover a passion for hiking, mountain climbing and exploring.
  • Embrace the vibrant souqs, sights, sounds and smells of Marrakech on a walking tour of the medina and visit to Bahia Palace. With your local guide leading the way, you’ll uncover all the best spots and learn more about the culture.
  • Benefit from Lewis & Clark’s network in Marrakech, and professor Oren Kosansky’s years of experience in Morocco.



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Itinerary: May 20th to 27th, 2025



Is this trip for you?

  • This is a trekking trip. In order to reach the summit of Mount Toubkal, you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. Previous mountain climbing or hiking experience is recommended, but this trip is suitable to those with little experience, too.
  • The summit of Mt Toubkal is 4167 metres (13,671 feet) above sea level. At this height you may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. If you are concerned, please consult with your physician.
  • You are interested in learning about Morocco and have an adventurous spirit.


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  • Total Cost is $2,295 per person signing up as a pair. 
  • If you are a solo traveler wanting your own room in the hotels Day 1, Day 2, and Day 7, the single supplement is: $150 (limited number of single rooms available). You will be in shared accommodations 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 Day 1 and to airport on Day 8 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 meals Day 2 through Day 7, and breakfast on Day 8.
  • We highly recommend you purchase traveler’s insurance.




Lewis & Clark Group Facilitator

Oren Kosansky


Dr. Oren Kosansky, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Program Director of Middle East and North Africa Studies.

Professor Kosansky has published widely on topics of religion, language, colonialism, and nationalism in North Africa, with special focus on Morocco. He is the director of The Rabat Genizah Project, which brings together an international team of community representatives, scholars, archivists, and information technologists to develop a digital archive of Moroccan Jewish documents. Dr. Kosansky was the co-founder and inaugural leader of the Lewis & Clark Morocco program. Oren led a group of alumni, parents and friends on a Grand Tour of Morocco in 2018 and again in 2022.

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