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Morocco Trek & Sights (2/11-27/17)

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  • As an exciting hiking destination with mild, dry weather in February, we are offering ten people the opportunity to experience firsthand some of Morocco’s most spectacular scenery on this 17-day AMC Adventure Travel excursion.

    All participants must submit an application for participation showing that they possess the requisite hiking experience and ability. See below for "Additional information."

    The trip includes a hiking trek across the Anti-Atlas Mountains that will cover 90 miles in eight days.  Mules will carry our gear, and muleteers will set up our tents and cook the food, while we carry day packs.  We will trek through rocky passes and canyons with wide open expansive views, fantastic rock formations, remote Berber villages, friendly locals, black starlit nights and authentic Moroccan food. Before the trek, we spend 1½ days (2 nights) as more conventional tourists in legendary Marrakech.  After the trek, we move to the Atlantic coast to rest for 1½ days (2 nights) in the charming old city of Essaouira. 

    In most senses this is not a difficult trip.  The terrain is gentler than the high mountains of the Northeast U.S.  The trails are generally good, less because they are well maintained than because they don’t have to deal with a lot of precipitation.  The altitude on our route will briefly get up over 7,000 feet, but there are few extended steep stretches. 

    However, the length of this trek does mean that we will be away from civilization for nine days, hiking 90 or so miles over eight of them.  That’s an average of 11 miles a day, in 5-7 hours, in a very dry and generally rocky environment.

    Requirements: People wishing to participate in this trip must have previous hiking experience at the intermediate level or higher.  Although the hiking will be at a moderate pace, this is not a trip for a beginner, for someone who has not hiked in the last several years, for someone who has never hiked several consecutive days, or for someone who is not already in shape at the time we leave the U.S. 

    Cost: The estimated cost is $1,975, which includes roundtrip airfare from New York to Marrakech, group ground transportation, accommodations and most meals.

    Leaders: John Lisker and Mike Darzi.

    Additional Information: For a prospectus with complete information, including itinerary, equipment list, and how to apply for participation, contact Mike ([masked]).

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  • Wilma

    Mike, i sent you an email. Please reply. I am so ready for this trip. Another email [masked] (email for meetup)

    August 17

    • Mike

      Wilma, I replied multiple times to you, including by email.

      August 17

  • Wilma

    Mike, I signed up long time ago. i was waiting to get more information. This page continuous to show only 3 going.Also I do not have your direct email to contact you. I also spoke with Paul few weeks ago on a hike . I will appreciate very much you add me to the list. i can send/mail you a check on the amount required.
    Wilma . My direct email [masked]
    phone #[masked]-5036. I have been looking forward to go on this trip

    August 17

  • Wilma

    when we will be filling out the application and mailing 1st deposit and/or date for final payment. I am very interested in this trek. I have had numerous strenuous hikes and always ended well and ready for more. Still traveling of New Jersey, live in VA.

    August 13

    • Mike

      The trip is full at this point. If you would like to be added to the waitlist and would like more info, email me directly ([masked]).

      August 14

  • Ed M.

    Mike & John,

    I'm very interested in taking part in this hike.

    July 1

  • Pino M.

    Mike, I would be very interested in this hike. I am currently in Italy back in mid July. I'll get back to you soon

    July 1

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  • David A.

    I hike, backpack & go to August Camp.

  • Wilma

    Love the outdoors!! Backpacking and challenging hiking... more

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