There are many type of accommodation in Morocco. You will stay in a beautiful riad in Marrakesh and gites or refugees when trekking.
A riad is a traditional Moroccan house that has a courtyard or garden at its centre. In Imlil you will stay at Dar Adrar, a superb Berber guesthouse with a stunning mountain backdrop. Thisriadhas a wonderful terrace that boasts spectacular views of the High Atlas. Inside, Dar Adrar is clean and airy with a large comfortable lounge area and eight colourful Berber-style en-suite rooms (four with their own chimney). There's even an on-sitehamman (Turkish bath) - the perfect place to relax after a hard day's hiking!
When in Marrakesh we stay in boutique riads located in the medina (old town), allowing easy access to the city's main tourist attractions.
Gites are simple traditional guesthouses that feature shared bathrooms with hot water and comfy communal sleeping quarters with cushioned floors on which guests sleep. We usually have separate rooms for the male and female trekkers. Most gites are situated at the heart of Berber villages and boast beautiful terraces that give you a tantalising glimpse into local life, as well as being ideal spots for stargazing come nightfall. The terrace is a great place to unwind after an invigorating day in the mountains.
In late spring, summer, and early autumn, camping is often a great alternative to sleeping in the refuges, which can become crowded. This option allows you to get back to basics and embrace the great outdoors, but you can still use the facilities of the refuges such as the toilets and showers. Meals can be eaten in the dining tent or eaten in the outdoors. The group can decide whether they want to camp or sleep in the refuges.
Refuges are effectively bunkhouses where people sleep side by side with each other in a communal area. No one has a bed but each trekker has ample sleeping space, a cushion mattress, and blankets. The refuges are cosy, clean, and comfortable. However, during the summer months they can become crowded. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, toilet, and usually showers.
The night prior to summiting Mount Toubkal we stay in, or camp near, the Neltner Hut, one of several mountain refuges in this region. However, this refuge can become very busy during the summer months, which is why we prefer to camp at these times. We can still use the refuge bathroom, shower, shop, and living room, so in summer we have the best of both worlds. During the winter months we prefer to stay in the refuge, as it is not particularly busy at these times and it is usually too cold outside to camp. The facilities are quite basic but improvements to the refuge are being planned.
For treks to Mount Toubkal that are greater than two days in duration, we use the Lipeney mountain refuge instead of the Neltner Hut. The refuge is basic and clean but does not have a shower. However, just 100 metres away is a waterfall where you can enjoy an invigorating bath at the end of a great day's trekking!
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