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The land of changing sands, high peaks, and endless Casbahs. Morocco is an enchanting country where cultures collide, and so do tectonic plates. The High Atlas mountains have given us a year-round climbing destination that is just a short skip from Western Europe.

Morocco has continued to change over the years, and it’s not the same place it was a decade ago. But tourism is always a large source of income for the people of Morocco, so be prepared for everyone to be happy to see you. Morocco is likely less affordable than you may think, but if you are good at dirtbagging you can get by well. There are ATMs and internet cafes in most larger towns, including Tinerhir.

Morocco is generally a safe and fun place to travel, but be aware that there are a number of scams out there, many a simple variation of bait and hook and most often targeted towards Euro-American tourists. People may be pushy, it is important to be firm in your intentions.

Bartering is the way business is conducted in Morocco, and it can be fun. With all bartering situations, know that your appearance and other factors may play a role in the amount the seller will attempt to fetch. Also, know that a handshake is considered an official deal. Be honest and consistent in your dealings and make sure to remain friendly to those you meet and shake their hand in greeting.

Morocco is a fun and generally safe place to visit, but with all traveling be aware of any valuables you're carrying and consider leaving them behind at a hotel or car if you don't need them on your person.

Areas to climb:

In Morocco, there are many climbing sites throughout the entire Rif and Atlas Mountains. Most routes are in "trad" or "adventure playground" and have no equipment in place. There are however some major sites for sports climbing with very well-equipped routes.

  • The most notable is the "The gorges of Todgha" with over 500 routes now - half of them are multi-pitch. The area is being maintained and re-equipped by a local climbing company.
  • Taghia is a beautiful altitude site with a lot of multi-pitch routes, but unfortunately the season is short and the conditions are mountainous.
  • Chefchaouen is north in the Rif, and has milder temperatures and more top roping routes.
  • Jebel Kest can be found south of Tafraoute and has beautiful Trad routes. The heat can be intense, though, so this is a winter only climbing area.
  • Other areas include Amélago, Ben Sliman, and Amtoudi.

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International flights into Morocco are abundant and hassle-free with good service to both Casablanca and Marrekesh when coming from the states. Direct flights into Agadir can also be had from Europe. Royal Air Maroc also offers domestic flights at a low expense. For most climbing trips, renting a car will be mandatory. You may also choose to take a ferry from spain and drive your microbus through Morocco: http://www.cemar.it/dest/ferries_morocco.htm 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Morocco

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy Snow
 14
Toubkal Standard Route
Snow
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Tik sab
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Qui L'eut cru?
Sport 10 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 7
Une arête dans la gorge
Sport 12 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 6
Hannah chez les grands
Sport 9 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Coeur de palmier 1
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
Abert
Sport 9 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0
 16
La classique
Sport, Aid 9 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Chibania
Trad, Sport 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Toubkal Standard Route Jbel Toubkal
 14
Easy Snow Snow
Tik sab Todra Gorge > Jardins d'ete
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Qui L'eut cru? Todra Gorge > Jardins d'ete
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 10 pitches
Une arête dans la gorge Todra Gorge > Arrete nord
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 12 pitches
Hannah chez les grands Todra Gorge > Paroi du Levant
 6
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 9 pitches
Coeur de palmier 1 Todra Gorge > Mansour gauche
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Abert Todra Gorge > Pilier Du Couchant
 10
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 9 pitches
La classique Todra Gorge > Pilier Du Couchant
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0 Sport, Aid 9 pitches
Chibania Todra Gorge > Pilier Du Couchant
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport 7 pitches
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