What to bring on a Trek

Lets talk about Gear…

  • Morocco has a very varied terrain for trekkers and hikers. In winter there can be snow from November till May on mountains above 1700m, so make sure you have suitable footwear.* Gear can be hired in Imlil.
  • Socks should be good quality as the terrain will take its toll; they should be changed at lunch time if they are wet.
  • It is vital to buy the best quality hydrating and repair lip balm you can find with a UV protector. The sun and wind can strip the skin from your lips in one day.
  • If you use sunscreen then no less than factor 30 will do.
  • Clothes: Layers of breathable, quick drying clothes as you may sweat a lot if the sun is intense; so long sleeves, long trousers and a neck covering are the most sensible.
  • A hat is essential, no question.
  • Ear Plugs are essential kit when camping, not just for noise from your fellow campers but the sound of dogs barking echoing up and down the valleys as well as roosters crowing can keep you awake.
  • Get yourself a camel back with a capacity of 2 litres or better still 2 x 1 litre containers and keep them away from the freezing air; refill it up at lunch time. You will need that much. The air is very dry and coupled with altitude, you will need constant hydration to prevent headaches.
  • First Aid: We always carry one, however we recommend you bring a supply of good tape and blister pads, enough to change twice a day; getting sore feet and not having any treatment will ruin your enjoyment of the trek.
  • Upset tummies can happen out of the blue and can be alarming in a remote place, make sure you have suitable medication in your day bag.
  • Please note that normally your luggage will be carried by mule, therefore we ask that it is in a rucksack / backpack / soft kit bag and weighs no more than 15kg. Your daysack weight is up to you.

What to bring

  • Sleeping Bag according to the season and altitude with or without liner.(most accommodations provide blankets so this is not essential unless you are camping or summiting Toubkal and is therefore a personal choice).
  • Sleeping mat – Optional.
  • Kleenex, wet wipes personal hygiene items.
  • Ziplock bags to take items back in.
  • Sun screen min F30, hat and sunglasses.
  • Lip balm, moisturiser.
  • Water Bottle or Camel Back for up to 2 litres.
  • Trek towel, wash kit.</l
  • Personal medication (clearly marked and with original labelling)
  • First aid kit.
  • Motion sickness tablets. The trip from Marrakech through the mountains is full of bends and zigzags.
  • Shoes for all terrain, flip flops or similar for the evening.
  • Plenty of changes of socks at least 2 per day. (you can wash at night)
  • Layers, hat, gloves and rain gear if needed.
  • Long sleeved cotton shirt for summer.
  • Long trousers.
  • A scarf or sarong is useful as a sheet, a scarf or shelter. (essential for desert treks)
  • Changes of clothes as required.
  • Change of clothes for the evening / sleeping (always remove cold / sweaty clothes at the end of the days trek).
  • Device chargers, adaptors, memory cards and power packs. Some accommodations have limited sockets. A head torch or small torch.
  • Some dirhams as there is nowhere to change money. There are some small shops for buying snacks and you can find locally made craft items in remote villages.
  • Rucksack / Backpack or soft kit bag to carry your gear on the mules *max 15 kg.
  • Daysack.

Please Practice Responsible Tourism when making your choices. Thank yo

We have a few sustainable community projects you may be interested in, you can also donate clothing, shoes, gear etc to the Guide for distribution to other Guides and Muleteers who often need suitable gear.

​** This is the list recommended for spring, summer and autumn: May till October, for the winter season please see our winter list and additional notes.

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