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Rock and mountain climbing in Morocco

If you're looking for an adventure, look no further than Morocco. This North African country is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world. From the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the arid Rif Mountains, there's something for everyone. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the most popular mountain ranges in Morocco. So pack your hiking boots and let's get started!

Atlas Mountains in Morocco

The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range in northwestern Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

The range's highest peak is Jebel Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. It separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. The Atlas mountains are also a place of great historical significance.

The Atlas Mountains of Morocco are a stunningly beautiful and varied range of mountains. They offer everything from snow-capped peaks and glaciers, to green valleys and red sandstone cliffs. The Atlas Mountains are also home to a number of different cultures and peoples, making it a truly fascinating place to visit.

Rif Mountains in Morocco

The Rif Mountains are located in northern Morocco and stretch from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The mountains are part of the Atlas Mountains range and are known for their picturesque scenery and diverse wildlife. The Rif Mountains are home to several endangered species, including the Barbary macaque and the Iberian lynx.

Mountain climbing in Morocco

Climbing the Atlas and Rif mountains in Morocco is an unforgettable experience. The stunning scenery and unique culture of this northwestern African nation will stay with you long after you return home.

You'll get to explore the rugged terrain, climbing some of the region's – and the continent's – highest mountains. And you'll get to experience the country's unique culture and meet local people along the way.

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Rock climbing in Morocco

Morocco is a great country to visit for a rock climbing holiday. It is a short flight from Europe and relatively cheap to visit and stay. The weather is generally very good (particularly in the winter) and the rock climbing is good on generally solid rock. The three main rock climbing areas are all situated in the mountains, which are Tafraoute, Todra Gorge, and Taghia Gorge, as shown on the map below.

Rock climbing in Morocco's Todra Gorge

Situated in the High Atlas Mountains, the Todra Gorge features spectacular scenery with high limestone cliffs.

Since the 1960s, the Gorge has attracted climbers from all over the world due to the great variety of climbing opportunities available, from single-pitch roadside sport routes to long multi-pitch adventures that combine trad and fixed gear.

You can find either sun or shade, depending on what you want, but it can get pretty hot in the summer.

Whether you're looking for easy routes, epic long adventures, or hard overhanging routes, the Todra Gorge has something for everyone.

The Todra Gorge is a great place to go climbing, and you can do it year-round since there are cliffs on both sides of the gorge.

The best time to visit the Todra Gorge for climbing is in the spring and autumn, with February to late May, and September to November being especially good. The closest airport is in Marrakech.

This area is one of Morocco's largest and most developed climbing areas, with over 450 routes across a wide range of grades.

There are over 120 routes up to F5a, over 210 routes between F6a and F6c+, plus more than 120 routes at F7a and above.

The quality and variety of the limestone rock is excellent, and the vast majority of the routes are bolted.

Rock climbing in Morocco's Taghia Gorge

The small village of Taghia is at 1900m and is surrounded by overhanging red limestone walls and peaks up to 3000m high.

The Taghia Gorge is situated in the High Atlas Mountains and provides some of the best big wall climbing in Morocco, with routes up to 800m long.

However, Taghia village is remote with no tarmac road for access and therefore it requires at least a 4x4 vehicle to gain access to the valley - a truly adventurous experience.

Rock climbing in Tafraoute, Morocco

Situated around 125km southeast of Agadir, Tafraoute is in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas Mountains range.

There is a wide variety of climbing, from bouldering and single-pitch roadside crags to long multi-pitch routes (up to 800m long) on big walls, high ridges, and summits. However, this beautiful and rugged mountain terrain is surprisingly quick and easy to access, with many crags within a twenty-minute walk from the road.

Around Tafraoute, the Jebel el Kest massif provides excellent adventurous, traditional rock climbing with miles of superb solid quartzite and granite rock.

Due to the size of the terrain, there are still many great options for exploring and creating new routes. Traditional climbing ethics call for installing cams and nuts as safety measures. Many different grades are available, especially in the lower to the mid-grade range.

There are many granite boulders nearby Tafraoute that offer a ton of fantastic bouldering opportunities as well as some sport climbing on the granite outcrops.

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