Rif mountain trek from Fes and Chefchaouen

Daily Tour 8 days 7 nights
Fes/Tanger Visit Fez

Rif mountain trek from Fes is a multi-day hiking in northern Morocco to exploring the Rif Mountain range filled with breathtaking scenery and immersive cultural encounters including visit of imperial city of Fes and pearl blue of Chefchaouen, the Rif Mountains, located in the northern part of Morocco, boast a rugged beauty characterized by lush green valleys, terraced fields, and picturesque villages nestled amidst the peaks.

Trekking in the Rif Mountains offers travelers the opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of villages life and immerse themselves in nature’s tranquility. The trails wind through forests of cork oak and cedar, offering glimpses of diverse flora and fauna along the way. As you ascend higher, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including valleys, gorges, and distant mountain peaks.

At First Sight

  • Group Size 2 to 30
  • 4 days and half trekking of 5 to 6 hours
  • Max altitude – 1900 meters
  • Airport Transfers Included
  • Join In Fes or Chefchaouen

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Hotel – Riad
  • 4 Nights Guest house/Lodge


Hiking in Northern Morocco starts at 8 but may be subject to change depending on the season..

Trek Quote - Trekking in the Northern Morocco from Fez

GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6
PRICE/PERSON €780 €750 €720 €690 €660

  • Picks up & drops by private car/Van/Bus/Taxi.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 4 nights in a lodge during the trek, 3 nights in the Hotel or Riad.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder English, Italian, Spanish or French speaking Guide and cook.
  • Local transport to carry your luggage and our equipment.
  • Half Board during the trek

  • First lunch of the first day and dinner of the last day in Fes
  • All kinds of drinks like, water, beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol
  • Travel Insurance (Essential)
  • Tips for staffs and drivers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Take note of Rif mountain trek from Fes:

  • The price of €780 is per person from a group of two people, But it can change depending on the group size, such as when this excursion is a private tour.
  • Children under 12 years (11 - 8) old receive a 15% discount on admission.

What to Expect

From Fes, you can explore the Rif Mountain range, which offers stunning trekking opportunities amidst beautiful landscapes and rich cultural experiences. You'll have the chance to visit many small villages scattered throughout the hills, each offering its own unique charm and cultural insights.

  • Visit of Fes,  beckon with their splendid palaces, bustling souks, and intricate mosaics that narrate tales of a bygone era.
  • Chefchaouen: Known for its distinctive blue-painted buildings, Chefchaouen is a picturesque town in the Rif Mountains.
  • Scenic Landscapes: The Rif Mountains are known for their picturesque scenery, including rugged terrain, lush valleys, and panoramic views. Expect to encounter diverse flora and fauna, including cork oak forests, wildflowers, and perhaps even glimpses of wildlife like Barbary macaques.
  • Solitude and Tranquility: If you’re seeking a trek with fewer tourists and a more solitary experience, hiking in northern Morocco could be an ideal choice. The tranquility of the surroundings and the absence of large tourist crowds can create a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
  • Cultural Encounters: The Rif Mountains are home to several traditional Berber villages where you can experience local culture and hospitality. You may have the opportunity to interact with villagers, learn about their way of life, and perhaps even sample traditional cuisine.
  • Oued Laou is a small town. It is known for its beautiful beach and picturesque surroundings.
Day 01 : Fes Airport – Fes Medina

Upon your arrival at Fes/Tanger airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your riad or hotel for an overnight stay. If you arrive early enough, you can visit some of Fes’s beautiful monuments and take a stroll in the bustling markets of the Medina.
Accommodation: Riad or Hotel.
• Please note: If you plan to arrive at Tanger Airport, please inform us in advance if you are interested in this option.

  • Overnight stay in a Riad/Hotel.
  • No meal is included
Day 2: Fes Medina guided tour – Chefchaouen blue city

Our Fes City tour guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:30 to lead you on a captivating Fes medina guided tour. Immerse yourself in this imperial city with this enriching experience, an extraordinary walled city that stands as one of the world’s largest. Immerse yourself in the labyrinth of narrow streets adorned with vibrant displays of fresh fruits, aromatic heaps of spices, and the mesmerizing sight of intricately woven Berber carpets. Morocco’s artistic essence will surround you as you encounter a myriad of captivating works of art.

As the day unfolds, your exploration will unveil the superbness of the Palace of the Kings, a historical gem steeped in regal tales that echo through its magnificent halls. Witness the age-old craft of tanning at the tanneries, where vibrant hues come to life in the hands of skilled artisans. Marvel at the dexterity of Fassi ceramicists, whose hands breathe life into exquisite creations, showcasing the enduring beauty of Moroccan craftsmanship.

Our Fes medina guided tour also includes a visit to the famous Al-Qaraouine University. which is the oldest in the world, the Tanneries, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. We will also explore the tile cooperative and then enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the entire Medina of Fez from the historically significant Merenid Tombs, perched on a hill overlooking Fes. The half-day tour in Fez lasts about 5 hours, followed by a transfer to Chefchaouen. We head towards the mesmerizing Blue Pearl City. Our scenic drive through the captivating Rif Mountains will unveil breathtaking landscapes. The area is adorned with serene valleys and quaint villages characteristic of the Rif region.

  • Overnight stay in a Riad/Hotel.
  • The distance covered on the drive, 196 km/3h 45minutes.
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 3: Chefchaouen guided tour – Mchkrala

After breakfast, we embark on a half-day tour to Chefchaouen, nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Rif Mountains. Renowned as one of the most captivating villages in the Rif Valley, Chefchaouen enchants every visitor with its awe-inspiring allure

Chefchaouen often referred to as Morocco’s ‘Blue Pearl,’ it derives its name from the vibrant blue hues that adorn the houses. Where the color blue symbolizes the celestial realm, evoking notions of heaven and divinity. The pervasive blue palette that blankets the city contributes to an enchanting ambiance, fostering a sense of peacefulness, coziness, and serenity, Our Chefchaouen day tour is followed by some highlights, such as the Kasbah, a fortress and former palace located in the heart of the Old Town. Now houses a museum where you can learn about the history and culture of Chefchaouen. By visiting the Medina, we will discover talented local artisans and take some time to explore their workshops, watching them create beautiful handcrafted items.

After lunch, we will begin the hike: depart from the city towards the Rass Elma river, passing by the Bouzaafar mosque and enjoying scenic views. Cross fields to reach the Village Mchkrala. Overnight stay at a loge. Duration: 4 hours of walking, covering 12km with a 500m uphill and 450m downhill.

  • Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • The distance covered on the walk is 12 km/4h of walking.
  • Elevation gain, 500 meters
  • Elevation loss, 450 meters
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 4: Mchkrala – Tissouka Summit – Afaska Village
Depart from the village for a 900m ascent to the Tissouka summit (1800m). Enjoy views of the Rif Mountains, cedar trees, and the possibility of spotting monkeys.

  • Overnight stay at a Lodge.
  • The distance covered on the walk is 10 km/6h of walking
  • Elevation gain, 900 meters
  • Elevation loss, 450 meters
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 5 : Afaska Village – Akchour
Depart from the village of Afaska, descending to Imizar. Experience Mediterranean vegetation and hike along the El Farda river, passing through gorges towards the natural bridge. Overnight stay at Akchour.

  • Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • The distance covered on the walk is 12 km/6h of walking
  • Elevation gain, 500 meters
  • Elevation loss, 750 meters
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 6: Akchour – Ait Maallaa
Depart from Akchour village, passing through several villages towards to the village of Ait Maallaa. Enjoy views of the northern slope of the massif.

  • Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • The distance covered on the walk is 12 km/5h of walking
  • Elevation gain, 700 meters
  • Elevation loss, 300 meters
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 7: Ait Maallaa – Oued Laou Beach – Fes
Complete the hike to Oued Lou on the Mediterranean coast. Possibility of swimming. Return to Fes for overnight stay. Duration: 5 hours of walking, with the option to shorten the hike. Lunch and swimming at Oued Lou before transferring back to Fes.

  • Overnight stay in a hotel.
  • The distance covered on the walk is 10 km/5h of walking
  • The distance covered on the drive from Oued laou beach to Fes city: 246 km/4h 30minutes
  • Meals: B . L
Day 08 : Hotel – Airport

Following our morning meal, our vacation officially concludes, leaving the entire day open for leisurely exploration through the vibrant and bustling city of  Fez. You are encouraged to wander through the winding streets, immerse yourself in the lively markets, and indulge in the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the cityscape. An enticing choice is to spend the rest of the day at your own pace. Meeting you and transfer to Fes airport 3 hours before your fly time.

  • The distance covered on the drive from Fez city to Fes Airport, 20 km/ 30minutes
  • Meals: B
Key Facts

We’ve gathered a selection of commonly asked questions to provide you with further insight into this extraordinary trek from Fes.

Meal Plan

All meals are included during this trek from lunch on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 8.

Food & Water

Drinking untreated water from the taps is discouraged. It is advisable to use purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water, or purchasing mineral water as alternatives.
During the trek, all food is sourced locally and prepared by our skilled trek cooks. Our cook team consistently amazes Morocco hike tours groups with their culinary creations!

Breakfast, tea, coffee, milk, chocolate… jams, honey, cheese… bread, sometimes Berber pancakes.

Lunches usually starts with a cup of mint tea, assorted salads, and a hot dish, fruits,… (Vegetables are washed, peeled).

Dinner, starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, couscous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following – onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip, green beans, and peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef), however meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks and some fruits.

Special diets

While we make efforts to accommodate vegetarians, the options may be limited at times. Unfortunately, we may not always be able to accommodate special dietary needs due to the nature of our trips and the area we visit. It can be challenging, and in some cases impossible, to cater to a wide range of dietary preferences. You may need to bring supplementary food or snacks from home if your dietary needs are specific. For inquiries about specific dietary requirements, please contact our sales team. Please understand that we cannot guarantee to fulfill all requests and cannot be held liable for any issues related to dietary restrictions or intolerances.


During this trek in the Northern Morocco, the group will spend two nights in a riad or hotel in Fes on an en-suite basis. While there are a range of high-end hotels in Fes and one night in Chefchaouen,  we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located base while maintaining a really good value holiday.

While trekking, we have 4 nights in a hostel or guest house. The rooms can be twin, triple, or quadruple.

If you are traveling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single hotel rooms and/or single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads in Fes or Chefchaouen are available on request.

Group Leader & Support Team

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader proficient in English or another language of your preference, depending on the confirmation date. Additionally, the group will be supported by a full trek crew, which includes a cook responsible for preparing our lunch breaks, as well as a baggage transporter.


This Trek in the Northern Morocco involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of this trek you will reach altitudes in excess of 1900 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Expending funds

Plan to hold around £150 per person (or its equivalent in US dollars or Euros) for tips, soft drinks, snacks, and other incidental expenses. Keep in mind that additional costs may arise for souvenirs, and optional activities, so it’s wise to budget for these separately.

While Moroccan Dirhams are not typically available for purchase outside the country, you can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs upon your arrival at the airport or in Marrakech. ATMs offer the option to withdraw funds in pounds sterling, dollars, or euros, which you can easily exchange at the airport. Carrying a credit card is advisable for emergencies and additional peace of mind.

Direction on gratuities

Tipping is the customary way to express gratitude to your local guides and porters. It’s important to note that tips do not constitute a part of their wages; rather, they are viewed as a personal gesture of appreciation from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are not obligatory or expected but are rather a reflection of the service provided.
It is customary for the group to collectively decide on the final amount of tips to be distributed among the guide, driver, and porters, as their responsibilities differ. We suggest that approximately from £55 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to them.

Suitcase Allotment

For this hike in the Northern Morocco from Fes, you should bring one piece of luggage (maximum weight on arrival at the group hotel is dependent on your international flight restrictions) and a day pack (of around 30 – 40 litres).

Our baggage transfer company, which transports your main bag from hostel to lodge throughout the trek, has requested that everyone use a duffle-type bag. They will not accept hard suitcases. Otherwise, if you bring one, you should leave it at the hotel in Fes. Please note that there is a strict weight limit of 15-20kg maximum for bags to be transferred, and no fresh produce should be left in these bags.

You can, of course, leave any type of your baggage at the hotel in Fes with any items you do not need on the trek and pick these up when you return.

Your main bag will be transferred between overnight stops, and you should have this ready for collection by 8:00 each morning before breakfast. The bag will normally be delivered to your next lodge by 17:30, but this may vary depending on the day.

Internet access

Upon your arrival at the airport, you can purchase a SIM card for 1 euro, or sometimes it’s free. Then, all you need to do is top it up with an internet option, and you’ll have a connection when needed. We recommend Maroc Telecom as the company, but please keep in mind that in some places, other companies might offer better service. It all depends on the reception in each area.

Group size & Trek Arrangements

All our trekking proposals in Morocco are guaranteed for a minimum of two people. There is a required minimum number of participants to ensure the trip proceeds. Once this minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’

Health & Vaccinations

If you suffer from a severe allergy, kindly notify the Morocco Hike Tours Team (support) prior to your departure. While we will make every effort to assist you, please note that we cannot ensure an allergy-free environment during Your trip to Morocco. It is imperative that you carry your own allergy treatment, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not provided as standard equipment by Morocco Hike Tours leaders and staff. Upon arrival, please inform your leader about your allergy and indicate the location where you store your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: It’s advisable to reach out to your physician or travel clinic to verify if any particular vaccinations are necessary for your trip.

Passport & Visa

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • Less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Travelers hailing from the UK, US, and EU typically enjoy visa-free access to Morocco. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that visa regulations can undergo alterations. Ensuring compliance with visa prerequisites falls under your purview for this journey. Hence, we advise consulting the closest embassy or consulate pertaining to your designated destination(s), as well as any countries involved in transit or transfer.

Certain local authorities furnish information regarding the requisite visas for their nationals. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a set of helpful links below:

Washing Cloths

If you wish to have your clothes washed during your stay in Morocco, it will be possible for an additional fee of 10 Dirhams per item (underwear not accepted) and 4/5 Dirhams per item for ironing.

Getting Ready for Your trip to Morocco

Preparing with some extra physical activity prior to embarking on an active vacation is highly advisable. Enhancing your fitness level beforehand will undoubtedly enhance the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Being in good physical condition and accustomed to walking for 3 to 5 hours on consecutive days is recommended. Engaging in hill walking, incorporating both ascent and descent, serves as optimal preparation. Additionally, activities such as running, cycling, and swimming are beneficial for improving cardiovascular endurance and stamina.


Morocco’s monetary unit is known as the Moroccan Dirham. Below are some currency exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily:
– 1 Pound Sterling = 12.5 Dirham
– 1 Australian Dollar = 6.5 Dirham
– 1 Canadian Dollar = 7.4 Dirham
– 1 US Dollar = 10.00 Dirham
– 1 Euro = 10.6 Dirham.

Weather & Temperature

During this Trekking in the Northern Morocco, the weather typically offers pleasant conditions with daytime temperatures ranging between 20 and 25°C, and nighttime temperatures dropping to 7 – 10°C. However, there are instances when nighttime temperatures may plummet to as low as 0°C, or even a few degrees below freezing. When traversing passes and trekking up peaks, temperatures are expected to hover around 10 to 15°C. Evenings at the highest lodge may be chilly, so remember to pack a fleece jacket. While rainfall is common in this area of Morocco, being a mountainous region, it’s wise to be prepared for occasional showers.

Plastic & Rubbish

Morocco Hike Tours does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We ensure that all our staff across Morocco work together to reduce this issue and educate those around them. During our desert and mountain treks, we are committed to collecting our rubbish and bringing it back to the big cities. Our footprints are the only thing we should leave behind.

Travel Insurance

To participate in a holiday organized by Morocco Hike Tours, it is imperative that you possess a valid travel insurance policy. This insurance should adequately cover the expenses related to medical treatment and safeguard the value of your holiday in case of cancellation. Prior to obtaining insurance, please verify that the chosen policy provides coverage for the activities and altitudes specified in your itinerary.

In the event that one participant leaves the group for any reason, the customer must assume responsibility for all the charges, and no reimbursement will be provided.

Season & Dates

This trek operates during March, April, May, June, and November, and offers flexibility to depart on any date of your preference within these months.

Booking Procedure & Payment

Please select the trek that piques your interest, then reach out to us via email to initiate a discussion regarding your preferred trek and to verify its availability. Once we have agreed upon the specifics of your trek, including its duration, route, and the number of participants, we will proceed to make a tentative reservation, providing you with the dates and associated costs.
To secure your booking, we kindly request a 20% deposit, which can be paid online through a bank transfer in Euros, pounds sterling, or US dollars. The remaining balance is settled upon arrival in Morocco, payable in cash using the same currencies—Euros, sterling, or dollars—at the outset of the trek.
Please note: Should you find it inconvenient to carry cash, you have the option to settle the balance online via bank transfer a few days prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Conditions

Our Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is canceled at the discretion of our agency, you will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid.
  • If the trip is canceled by you more than 30 days before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for two years (24 months).
  • If the trip is canceled by you less than one month (29 days or fewer) before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for one year (12 months).
How should you dress when traveling through small villages?

In areas with low tourist numbers (Berber villages in the desert such as in the Atlas), men are advised to avoid very short shorts, tank tops or loose shirts. The same goes for women, avoiding transparent fabrics and tight-fitting outfits. A scarf on your hair is not essential. You can try to dress in local fashion, which seems better suited to the climate.

Equipment list

This packing guide aims to assist you in organizing your belongings efficiently. It’s advisable to aim for minimal weight when packing your equipment.

Please ensure you have the following items with you:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers or sandals to wear after returning to the lodge.
  • Socks & underwear
  • Trekking trousers / shorts (please respect local culture and don’t wear in villages)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2), a camelbak or platypus is useful (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • A selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trek towel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

You have the choice to opt for the following items:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera
  • Travel clothes (can be left in Fes in a foldaway bag)
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Rental Services:
You can rent/lease this via Morocco Hike Tours.

Back to main page
Rif mountain trek from Fes is a multi-day hiking in northern Morocco itinerary, stretching approximately 180 kilometers (110 miles) east-west along the Mediterranean coastline. These mountains are known for their stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and cultural significance. The Rif Mountains are characterized by rugged terrain, with peaks reaching heights of around 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) above sea level. The region is home to numerous Berber communities who have inhabited the area for centuries, maintaining their unique cultural traditions and way of life. Tourism in the Rif Mountains has been growing in recent years, with visitors attracted to the area's natural beauty, hiking trails, and cultural experiences. Popular destinations include the town of Chefchaouen, famous for its blue-painted buildings, as well as the coastal town of Al Hoceima and the historic city of Tetouan. Rif mountain trek from Fes is an opportunities amidst beautiful landscapes and rich cultural experiences. You'll have the chance to visit many small villages scattered throughout the hills

Write a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Total: €780.00 From €780.00 /person