Morocco is offering something and somewhere different for an adventurous rock climbing holiday. 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.
Rock Climbing in the Todra Gorge
The Todra Gorge is situated in the High Atlas Mountains. The scenery is spectacular with high limestone cliffs that provide bolted sport routes up to 300m long. This area is one of Morocco’s largest and well developed climbing areas with over 400 routes across a wide range of grades. The quality and variety of the limestone rock is excellent, and the potential for further new route development is immense. The best time to visit the Todra Gorge is in the spring and autumn with late March to early May being especially good. It is possible to climb during the winter though it can be cold, especially at night. The summer is just too hot.
Rock climbing in the Taghia Gorge
The Taghia Gorge is situated in the High Atlas Mountains, and provides the best big wall climbing in Morocco with routes up to 800m long. The small village of Taghia is at 1900m and is surrounded by overhanging red limestone walls and peaks up to 3000m high. However Taghia village is remote with no tarmac road for access and therefore it requires at least a 4×4 vehicle to gain access to the valley, a truly adventurous experience. There are currently over 100 routes developed.
The best time to visit the gorge is from early April to the end of October though it can get hot in the summer.
Rock Climbing at Tafraoute
Situated around 125km southeast of Agadir, Tafraoute is located in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas. The Jebel el Kest massif provide some excellent adventurous, traditional rock climbing with miles of solid superb quartzite rock to choose from. There is also a wide variety of climbing from bouldering, 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.
The area has only recently been developed and hence still offers excellent opportunities for developing new routes and exploring. There is a wide range of grades to choose from.
- Transport and English speaking driver.
- Pick up and drop off from your accommodation.
- Private guide: your guide will teach you about Moroccan culture and history and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
- Personal travel insurance
- Travel insurance
- Water en drinks
- Soft/alcoholic drinks
- Tips and personal expenses