Discover Morocco

Gapforce program

Forming part of our new Discover Range, this new trip takes you from the dunes of the Sahara to the clouds of the Atlas Mountains. Known as the ‘gateway to Africa’, Morocco is the meeting point of African, European, and Arabic culture, and should be on any budding travellers bucket list. Renowned for its bustling bazaars and souks, historic cities and villages, windswept deserts, and the vast and stunning snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Morocco is a textbook adventure travel destination.   

Our 2-week expedition takes you from the bustling streets and seething souks of Marrakech, to the panoramic and lofty peak of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. From there you’ll experience the windswept dunes of the Sahara Desert, and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast.  Discover Morocco's vibrant culture and stunning scenery through our carefully planned expedition, balancing physical challenge and cultural exposure. The ultimate Morocco experience!

Suitable for: Adventure Travel and Community Volunteering.

For more of our Discover Range, check out: Discover Nepal & Discover Borneo.


  • Explore the historic city of Marrakech
  • Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture with a village experience in Tacheddirt
  • Trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Camp under the stars in the Sahara Desert
  • Marvel at the stunning Atlantic coastline from Taghazout to Sidi Kaouki
  • Enjoy a coastal walk to Essaouira
  • A guided tour of Essaouira 

Day 1: Marrakech

On arrival into Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. The afternoon will be free time, giving you a chance to acclimatise to the weather and environment, whilst exploring the labyrinth of souks off Djemaa el Fna.

Day 2: Explore Marrakech

Your adventure starts by exploring the historic city of Marrakech. Immerse yourself in a maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques, food stalls, snake charmers, water sellers and acrobats. In the afternoon you will leave the city behind and drive south towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the Toubkal Massif. From here, continue to the isolated village of Tacheddirt at 2200m.

Days 3 & 4: Tacheddirt – Village Experience

Settle down for a couple of days in the mountain village of Tacheddirt. Take part in tea ceremonies, help harvest fruit and cereals, receive a cooking masterclass from local families, and attend a traditional Henna ceremony. These two days will be a wonderful and pure Moroccan village experience!

Days 5, 6, 7, & 8: Mount Toubkal Summit Trek

Continue your adventure with a 4-day trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal. A physical challenge, but with the support of our leader and your fellow travellers you can look forward to reaching the top with unforgettable panoramic views onto the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas to the north, and the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara to the south. With stunning scenery and hospitable locals across all 4 days, you’ll have successfully climbed the highest mountain in North Africa!

Day 9: Sahara Desert Experience

After your achievements of the previous day, say goodbye to Imlil and head south-east up into the High Atlas Mountains over the Tizi N’ Tichka, the highest vehicular pass in Morocco and often snow-covered during the winter months. After a trip through the Draa Valley, the largest palm grove in the country, end the day in the desert surrounding Zagora for a night under the stars.

Day 10: Explore Taroudant

Today’s adventure takes you through the amazing Anti Atlas Mountains arriving into Taroudant in the afternoon, a town located at the intersection of the Souss valley and the mountains of the High Atlas. Known as “Little Marrakech”, Taroudant was the first capital of the Saadian’s dynasty during the sixteenth century, a refuge for rebel princes, and coveted by the southern tribes.

Day 11: Taghazout & the Atlantic Ocean

Today our route takes us towards the beautiful beaches of Taghazout, and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Known as a surfer’s paradise, it has become a popular destination for young adventurers to base themselves while exploring southern Morocco.

Day 12: Surf the Waves in Sidi Kaouki

After spending a night enjoying the sand and sights of Taghazout, you will leave the following morning, heading up the coast until you reach Sidi Kaouki, a fishing port, and another haven for surfers. Sidi Kaouki is famous for its laid back vibe, rolling waves and surf culture.

Day 13: Coastal Walk to Essaouira

To bring your adventure to a close, you can look forward to a three hour coastal walk along the beaches to Essaouira, a colourful coastal fishing town famous for its narrow alleys, delicious sea food, craft shops, and the characteristic Moroccan architecture of whitewashed walls and bright blue shutters. Enjoy a guided tour of the city in the afternoon, and don’t forget to taste the local seafood in the evening, it’s as fresh as it gets!

Day 14: Explore Essaouira

Enjoy a free final full day in Essaouira, lounging on the beach, browsing the market stalls, and exploring the old city. In the evening you’ll be treated to an unforgettable goodbye meal as you savour the delights of Morocco one last time!

Day 15:  Depart from Marrakech Airport

You will be transferred to Marrakech Airport (RAK) in plenty of time to catch your flight home.

The Basics

Pre-departure support  Airport pick-up • Gapforce Expedition leader • Local support staff • All accommodation for the duration of the trip • 3 meals a day • Program transfers • 24/7 emergency back-up • Return airport transfer

Included Trips & Activities

Explore Marrakech • Tacheddirt Village Experience • Toubkal Summit Trek • Desert Experience in Zagora • Coastal crawl from Taghazout to Sidi Kaouki • Coastal walk to Essaouira • Essaouira Guided Tour

What is not Included?

Flights to/from destination • Travel Insurance • Visa & Vaccinations • Spending Money • Tipping & Gratuities

How much spending money do I need?

We advise you to budget approximately £40-£60/$50-$70 a week to cover items not included in the itinerary such as additional meals, drinks, snacks, and gratuities for guides. 

What is the food like?

Morocco is known for its fantastic cuisine and food markets! Typical meals will include lots of couscous, tajine, cooked vegetables, slow-cooked meat, and fresh fruit! Western food is available in the large cities like Marrakech but it’s advisable to eat local food and really immerse yourself in the culture!

What type of transport will I be using?

The arrival and departure airport in Morocco is Marrakech Airport (RAK). You are responsible for booking these flights. During the trip, airport transfers are included. Internal travel throughout the trip will consist of a range of transport types, including private buses and taxis. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.

Where will I be staying?

You will stay in a variety of diverse accommodation throughout your trip including local hotels, hostels, and desert tents. Most accommodation will be twin style with shared bathrooms.

Who takes part in this program?

This program is for anyone short on time but looking to experience all that Morocco has to offer.  This program is for anyone looking to explore and trek through Morocco’s most sought-after destinations. There is no prior experience required, although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate. 

Who will be supervising me?

Throughout your trip you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Expedition Leader. At various stages of your trip we utilise the services of local support staff includingproject coordinators, drivers, and guides.

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  • Morocco
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Departures: February, March, September

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