Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 31.55410°N / 5.58326°W
Activities Activities: Hiking, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Seasons Season: Spring, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 6069 ft / 1850 m
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Overview

 

Todra Gorge   

Travelling between Ouarzazate and Erfoud along the southern side of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco you will pass through Boumalne du Dades and Tinerhir. Not far from the southern side of the High Atlas Mountains, in the vicinity of the oasis of Tinerhir, it’s located a wonderful place to stay and spend a few days climbing: the Todra Gorge,  which is sometimes written Todgha, a series of limestone river canyons in the Eastern part of High Atlas.  These deep cliffs carved over the millennia by the action of the waters have a variable height, which in some places can reach 400 meters. Climbing in the Todra Gorge is an unforgettable experience. From the oasis of Tinerhir a concrete road leads to the Todra Gorge.

Climbing in Pl. Mansour sector
Climbing in Plage Mansour sector

 

Todra Gorge is famous in reason of the beauty of the scenery and its sharp red limestone, very compact and abrasive, whose exceptional quality and durability is truly amazing in my opinion. According to the locals there are over 400 routes, divided in 46 sectors, up the awesome walls inside and outside the gorge; it's possible to choose amongst endless bolted single pitch routes and multi-pitch routes and also a few trad and mixed adventures routes, where to make a convenient use of excentrics and cams. 

Palm grove just before Todra Gorge
Palm grove just before Todra Gorge
Todra Gorge seen from above
Todra Gorge seen from above

 

On the right side of the gorge, when coming from Tinerhir, it's located the most striking structure of the whole place, surely standing out amongst the various towers and crags of the gorge: the Pilier du Couchant, meaning Pillar of Sunset, a sharp and soaring pillar not to be missed, that characterizes unmistakably the starting part of the gorge. Really breathtaking!

Getting There

The closest town to Todra is Tinerhir located nearby the entrance of the gorge,  a charming town known for its beautiful palm grove and its famous Todra Gorge. The city, populated by 40,000 inhabitants, has built in tiers around a headland dominated by the ruins of an old residence of Glaoui.   If you have your own car you can quickly reach the entrance to the gorge from Tinherir via a good 12 km road. A 4X4 is no longer necessary to reach the entrance of the Todra Gorge or even if you wish to climb further, beyond the exit of the gorge, direction the berber village of Tamtattouchte.

Gorges du Dades
The adjacent Gorges du Dades
Oasis of Tinerhir
Oasis of Tinerhir

The closest airport to Tinerhir is Ouarzazate International Airport, 165 Km. far from Tinerhir (2 hours and 30 minutes by private car), through a desert landscape with oasis and mountains in the background. Now the road is paved. Anyhow there are few flights getting to Ouarzazate. Another option may be Marrakesch International Airport, best connected by different international flights (402 km far from Tinerhir) From Tinerhir follow the P32 highway leading to Er-Rachidia and Erfoud. Just out of the village turn soon left along a road that goes in the direction of Todra Gorges. Reached the village of Tizgui, continue until you reach the gorge itself. The best thing to do is to park the car at the hotel "Le Vallee" and "El Mansour", just located at the entrance of the gorge, then continue by walking along the road through the gorge itself.  Anyhow to get to the Gorge, a private car is not necessary. 

Red Tape and Advices

There are no particular restrictions in climbing and hiking. A toll is due to enter the gorge: 7 Dh (0,7 $). To get to the Gorge, a car is useful but not needful. Always haggle over the price, in the hotels, restaurants, rent-a-cars. Be careful with false guides, carpet sailers. Don't give anything to the begging children, don't visit the oasis of Tinerhir with them. In the Gorge, there is a water spring between the hotels Les Roches and Mansour on the opposite side of the river. Don't never drink the water of the river or the tap water in the hotels.

Incredible blooming near the summit of Pilier du Couchant
Blooming on the summit of Pilier du Couchant
Flower in a stones' desert
Todra Gorge flora
Palm trees just before getting Todra Gorge
Palm trees just before getting Todra Gorge

Climbing Sectors

As told in the first chapter, there are over 400 routes in Todra, divided in 46 sectors.

 

Climbing in Pl. Mansour sector, Todra

Aiguille du Guè and Aiguille de Grabe from Mansour Sector

 

Multipitch routes

At the entrance of the canyon, on the right side, you will find two of the most classic multipitch routes in Todra:

- Aiguille du Gué, Voie du Defilè - 5c max, 100 m - A brief but interesting climb on excellent limestone, located in the shadow. Nuts and friends are useful to integrate the fixed protection

- Aiguille de Grabe, Pilier du Guetteur - 6b max, 6a obbl., 150 m - A wonderful route on exceptionally rough rock. Nuts and friends are useful.

Exiting the Pilier du Guetteur,  Todra Gorge
Exiting the Pilier du Guetteur, Aiguille du Grabe
Red gorgeous limestone on Pilier du Couchant, Voie Classique
Gorgeous limestone on Pilier du Couchant, Voie Classique

 

- Pilier du Couchant - This is the most compelling line in the Gorge. Two beautiful routes are recommended here, Voie Classique and Chibania. Not to be missed!

- Voie Classique - Chibania

Todra Gate
Todra Gate
Voie Classique, Pilier du Couchant
Voie Classique, Pilier du Couchant
Pilier du Couchant seen from Pilier du Guetteur
The stunning Pilier du Couchant

Different other beautiful multipitch routes are located on the sector Demeuk Right and Mur de Scorpion. - Demeuk Right, Soif d'Aujourd'Hui - Mur du Scorpion, M'hamed Prisa Mata - Mur du Scorpion, Uh Berber - Mur du Scorpion, Le Mur du Scorpion - Mur du Scorpion, Bonjour Martina

Todra Gorge, Topo Map
Todra Gorge, Topo Map

 

 

Single pitches crags

- Plage Mansour - On the left as you enter the gorge, all a stone's throw from the climbers doss spot Hotel Mansour, one minute from the track, just at the start of the gorge. Avoid the river by crossing it at its shallowest point and traverse leftwards along a small ledge above the water's edge. The first bolts are visible up high. - Satanicos and Hollandaise - These sectors on the right hand side of the gorge are not a place to escape the tourists. - De Meuk, the first of the hardcore sectors. - Les Jardins des Roches - On the right side of the gorge. Park by Hotel Jasmina or Les Roches and continue within the gorge. Turn right at the end and follow the dry river bed to reach the crag. Good views and amenable routes.

 

Just in front of the canyon exit, from left to right:

- Can Güllich - Impressive barrel-shaped wall. A stony slog up the hill (10-15 minutes) deposits you on the ledge beneath the smaller-than-it looks crag. Recommended route: Requiem pour le cobra (6c), a must. On the same side of the valley is the huge

- Elephant -

- Trainee Blanche - On the same side as Can Güllich, this sector was only recently developed and is loaded with stacks of potential.

- Chaos - A solitary river bed boulder. A fine and varied little crag with some pleasant bouldering nearby, this makes a nice afternoon venue.

Todra Gorge and Trainée...
Traineé Blanche
Elephant sector in Todra
Elephant sector
Todra Gorge, sector Les...
Les Jardin des Roches

There are other three sectors along the left side of the road to Tamtattouchte, approximately 20 minutes from the hotels:

- Petites Grottes

- Petite Gorge - A combination of fine rock, fine routes, fine views and relative solitude.

- Kours

When To Climb

Spring and autumn are the best season, while summer is very hot and winter often very cold.

Accomodation

The hotels within the gorge offer a cheap and characteristic solution. Those more fortunate can reside in the more luxurious Hotel Bougafer at Tinerhir. Food and accommodation is generally very cheap, even if the most spartan accommodation is not recommended to those not used to this type of lodging

Inside the gorge  the Gorge Hotel Les Roches and Hotel Yasmina are both closed because a big rock has fell on the roof in 2015

At the entrance : - Hotel La Vallée - Etoiles des gorges

In Tinerhir : - Hotel Kenzi Bougafer

Campings : - Camping Le Soleil - Camping l' Auberge Atlas

Essential gear

Most routes in the Todra Gorge are bolt-equipped, but the multi-pitch routes need additional gear (nuts & friends). A 80 m rope is recommended for the single pitch routes, being very long. 2x55 m ropes for the multipitch routes; a dozen quickdraws, a rope bag, plenty of chalk and sun lotion are also essentials. Optional extras include a sleeping bag for roof-top sleeping, a camera, baggy trousers, sandals.

Guidebooks and maps

- Guidebooks

“Escalade et via ferrata dans les gorges du Todgha” by Julio Soares - Aventures verticales Maroc

“Rock climbing in the Todra Gorge” - Published Oxford Alpine Club (2015) ISBN 978-0-9567288-8-3

The first guidebook "Escalade au Maroc - Todra" by Guy Albert is now unavailable.

External Links

- Climbing in Morocco

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Todra gorge

Overview ....From the town of Tinghir a road leads to the Todgha gorges ..... In theTodgha gorges there are 433 routes on 46 Sectors. The intrance of the Gorge is immensely impressive, even climbers experienced in stunning rock-architecture gasp at first sight: The eart of the Todgha Gorge is stunning, it is a fault in the plateau and feels as if the earth has split open. the brown limestone walls rise 400...... ...passing through smaller gorges and Amazigh (Berber) villages. Getting There Ouarzazate Airport = 182 kms Marrakech Airport = 402 kms From Marrakech to Ouarzazate : 204 km (4-5 hours) By bus or shared taxi the price is around 90 dhs. The road from Marrakech over the Tizn't Tichka pass (traditionally the strategic key to the interior) is dramatic purely for the rapidly changing environment. The palmeries are left behind, olive groves and goats appear then disappear before the prevailing orange of the country takes hold south of the pass. From Ouarzazate to Tineghir : 172 km (3 hours). By bus or shared taxi the price is around 70 dhs From Marrakech to Tinghir : 376 km (7-8 hours) By bus Supratour or CTM, the price is around 130 dhs. Tineghir is the launch pad to the Gorge 14 km. If you go further into the mountains direction the berber village of Tamtattouchte, now a four-wheel drive is not necessary. The price in shared taxi from Tinghir to the Todgha gorges is around 7dhs. Red Tape and Advices To get to the Gorge, a car is not necessary. Toll to access to the Gorge :7 Dh (0,7 $) Climbing Sectors There is a new guidebook of climbing in the Todgha gorges. Edited by Julio Soares, the guy who works with locals to improve the todgha gorges about climbing and the etic touristique development All information about it on the websites: https://www.climbing-in-morocco.com https://www.escalade-au-maroc.com https://www.facebook.com/moroccoclimbing/ There are 46 sectors, from begining to exit of the small gorges, their names are: First part : Entrée des gorges / Entrance of the gorges 13 sectors Before the entrance in the Gorges Second part: Coeur des gorges / Heart of the gorges 6 sectors In center of the gorges Third part: Au delà des gorges, gauche / Beyond the gorges, left 9 sectors At the issue of the main gorges Fourth part: Au delà des gorges, droite / Beyond the gorges, right 4 sectors At the issue of the main gorges Fifth part: Sortie des gorges / Exit of the gorges 5 sectors At 10 mn on feet from the exit of the main gorges Sixth part: Petites gorges / Small gorges 9 sectors At 20 mn on feet from the exit of the main gorges Accomodation The hotels within the gorge offer a cheap and characteristic solution. Those more fortunate can reside in the more luxurious Hotel Bougafer at Tinerhir. Food and accommodation is generally very cheap, even if the most spartan accommodation is not recommended to those not used to this type of lodging In the Gorge : - Hotel Les Roches - Hotel Yasmina Both, closed because a big rock has fell on the roof last year. At the entrance : - Hotel La Vallée - Etoiles des gorges Last village (400m) of the entrance of the gorges - Dar Tiwira - The house of climbers ( the best and cheap) Campings : - Camping Le Soleil - Camping l' Auberge Atlas Mountain Conditions Most routes in the Todra Gorge are bolt-equipped. A few multi-pitch routes need natural gear (nuts & friends). A 2X50m or/and a 70 m rope is recommended as many of the single pitch routes are long; a dozen quickdraws, a rope bag, plenty of chalk and sun lotion are also essentials. Optional extras include a sleeping bag for roof-top sleeping, a camera, baggy trousers, sandals and a grasp of French… You can rent all equipment like rope, harness, quickdraws, etc. In the shop of " aventure verticales des gorges du Todgha" In the last village of Tizgui, 400m before the entrance of the gorges. This structure located in the Todra Gorge over the province of Tinghir. Its main activity is the accompaniment for climbing, mountaineering and hiking for the tourists of the region. It also has a shop sell mountain sporting goods and offers renting the equipment for practice of the activities it accompanies or not. The accompaniment is carried out by trained and qualified local guides. This structure does a huge work of equipment and re-equipment of climbing routes in the Todra gorges and more widely in Morocco. It develops vertical activities such as alpine progression paths and has created the first part of a via ferrata, the first in Morocco and certainly in Africa. This structure has made a climbing guidebook on Todgha and regularly offers free training for young people and children who wish to practice climbing in the gorges. Warning: Unfortunately, the transparency with which wants to work "Vertical Adventures Morocco" in Todra gorges. Display of prices and refusal to distribute bribes causes problems with some local actors attached to these practices. Also we caution you on false indications made by these individuals as well as on the danger of the completely false copy of the guidebook they will try to sell you. We encourage you to visit us when you come and so avoid some "traps" This only applies to a few bad individuals, this is not in the minds of people which live here who are generous and welcoming. Books Book "Escalade au Maroc -Todra" from Guy Albert, only in french. Contact with the author : Guy.Abert@wanadoo.fr. not available ! Aventures verticales des gorges du Todgha have made a new guidebook of climbing. Find the shop of "Aventures Verticales des gorges du Todgha" Just 400m before the entrance at the gorges, to buy the last new guidebook for 250 dh (about 30$) All information on website: https://www.climbing-in-morocco.com You can too find the guideook in digital version to download https://www.climbingaway.fr/fr/site-escala...

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