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Trek the Atlas Mountains

Explore remote Berber villages and rugged valleys surrounded by Morocco’s highest peaks


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Trek the Atlas Mountains

Explore remote Berber villages and rugged valleys surrounded by Morocco’s highest peaks


5 nights




4 days off work




Up to 14 people


Marrakesh Menara Airport



Traditional riad · Homestay



Based on 70 reviews


The elevation and long days can be tiring, so a moderate level of fitness and stamina is needed.

Explore the remote and peaceful landscape of the Atlas Mountains with the support of an experienced guiding team

Trek along cascading streams, ascend mountainsides, visit remote Berber villages and stay in traditional gite homes

Enjoy awesome views of Mount Toubkal - the highest peak in North Africa

Day 1

Explore the sights and sounds of Marrakech

Your host will meet you at the airport and take you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s historic medina. You'll then get the chance to spend the day exploring the city’s colourful souks, wander the UNESCO-listed main square and indulge in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2

Imi Oughlad to Tiziane


5hrs · 12km · 650m up · 350m down

Meet your fellow adventurers and drive to the trailhead in Imi Oughlad where you’ll meet your local support team. Hike along a dirt track and into the Moroccan countryside alongside your mule train. Enjoy a picnic lunch at 2000m and after a rest in the shade, continue to the picturesque, red clay village of Tiziane (1750m) where you’ll indulge in a delicious Moroccan dinner in a local gite.

Day 3

Springs and forests


5hrs · 15km · 600m up · 700m down

Hike through walnut and cherry groves to the refreshing Assaka spring where you’ll relax over a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, gently descend along the forest edge to the traditional Berber village of D’knt or nearby Agouns n Assol (1870m) and enjoy a hot meal in another working Berber home.

Day 4

Berber life


6-7hrs · 17km · 1000m up · 800m down

Hike to a freshwater spring, passing shepherds and goatherds tending their flocks and Berber women and children carrying firewood and herbs on their backs in the traditional way. Continue through an amazing landscape of steep, stacked agricultural terraces to the scenic village of Tamsoult (1850m) for another night in a traditional home.

Day 5

Back to Marrakech


4-5hrs · 13km · 550m up · 650m down

Start the day with a scenic hike to a nearby waterfall and then continue up and over the Tizi n Mzik pass. At 2000m, this is the highest point on the trek! Enjoy the view and then descend through a shady valley of juniper and pine to the town of Imlil. Eat lunch while you stare at majestic Mount Toubkal – the highest peak in North Africa – then say farewell to your guide and support team and head back to Marrakech in time for onward travel or some more time in this beautiful country.

Day 6

Time to go home and rest those legs

Relax over your last Moroccan breakfast, explore the town some more if you have time, then transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.



Experienced, English speaking mountain guide


2 nights in a Marrakech Riad, 3 nights in traditional Berber Gite homes


All your meals are included


To and from the airport and everything in-between


Mules to carry your luggage

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Tips for your guides

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Traditional riad · Twin share




Day 2

Homestay · Mixed dorm




Day 3 – Day 4

Homestay · Mixed dorm




Day 5

Traditional riad · Twin share




Day 6

Departure day




What is the food like?

Meals on this trek are fresh, healthy and distinctly Moroccan prepared by your Berber cook. For breakfast, expect bread and jam/butter, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk. For lunch, expect salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils or beans, rice or pasta, sardines or tuna, and fruit. For dinner meanwhile, expect soup, tajine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, just let your host know in advance.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form

What is the accommodation like?


In Marrakech, you'll stay in a beautiful riad - traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact riad you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size. All are chosen for their excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge (only for the Marrakech nights), see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Atlas Mountains

You'll stay in local Berber homes known as a Gite d'Etape or just gite. Translating roughly as 'staging post,' these gites are home to Berber families who will be your hosts. Facilities are basic, but there's no better way to see the real Morocco.


Because of the style of accommodation, private upgrades are not available on this trip.

The Area




Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive anytime on Day 1


Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Depart anytime on Day 6


Private transfers between the airport and your riad are included for any time you choose to arrive on day 1 and depart on day 6, or if you have booked additional pre or post trip accommodation with your host.

If you are making your own arrangements to extend your stay in Morocco, private transfers between Marrakech airport and Marrakech city are not included but can be arranged with your host for an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for details.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Marrakech from airports across the UK and Europe.

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What's provided?

  • Sleeping bag (you can bring your own if you like)

What do I need to bring?

  • Day-pack (for you to carry)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for mules to carry)
  • Sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes (broken in)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Towel
  • Warm layers
  • Gloves (Winter)
  • Hat (warm hat for the Winter, sun hat for the Summer, both for Spring/Autumn)
  • Sun protection
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Raingear (jacket and trousers),
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Electrolytes/rehydration solutions (especially if travelling during the summer)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Walking poles (optional)

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private transfer between Marrakech Airport and Marrakech City (per vehicle)

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer between Marrakech Airport and Marrakech City (per vehicle)

- Eddie(July 2023)

Amazing experience all round. Definitely recommend it to anyone adventurous

- Leanne(May 2023)

Absolutely brilliant! Beautiful hikes across stunning scenery. I found it pretty challenging in the heat, but extremely rewarding when you reach those mountain passes. The food was outstanding, and the guides Hussein and Rashid were brilliant. A once in a lifetime experience!

- Gail(May 2023)

Great trip. Hussain and Rashid were excellent guides. The pace was good and they were very attentive. The whole team were lovely and the food exceeded my expectations! They delivered amazing meals every-time. Accommodation was basic but to be expected. We got showers which I wasn’t expecting. Perhaps hotter than I would have liked; quite long days in high temperatures. I would prefer to go earlier next time be cooler lol.

- Kirsty(April 2023)

It was a great trip. Great food, fantastic guide and amazing views. Recommend it!

- Lisa(April 2023)

This was a fantastic trip, the tour was really well organised & the local guides were amazing, always so patient & helpful. The highlight for me was meeting a great group of people who got you through each day of the trek, which could be quite tough at times! Would recommend to anyone looking to get a taste of Moroccan culture & to switch off from the real world for a few days.

- Miranda(March 2023)

I can’t recommend this trip enough! I went as a solo traveller and couldn’t have wished for lovelier people to hike with. The group dynamic was so much fun and everyone really looked out for each other. The guides were also incredible and made wonderful food for us every day - I’m a vegan and was catered for with no issues which I really appreciated. We got super lucky with the weather so it was shorts and t-shirts every day, but I think this was unusual for the time of year. The actual hiking was very well-paced with lots of breaks, and the views were absolutely incredible - beautiful and varied scenery every day. My advice is to bring baby wipes and hand gel as the mountain gites did not have loo roll or soap, and to bring thermals for the evening/night if you tend to get cold. Also maybe best to sort a SIM card if you want data in the mountains - I didn’t have any but it was nice to switch off for a few days!

- Amy(March 2023)

My first trip with MBA and it didn't disappoint! The group dynamic was great and the hiking had a few ascents but was manageable and our guides made sure to go at a slow, steady pace. There were plenty of rest breaks. The food cooked for us was delicious and plentiful, the scenery was wonderful and the route we took was off the beaten path. Don't forget to bring hand wash/soap and toilet roll.

- Andrea(March 2023)

A fantastic holiday, amazing scenery, brilliant guide and overall the best experience ever!

- LUCY(March 2023)

An amazing trip. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, we were provided with freshly cooked food for every meal and they always had plenty of drinking water for us to refill while in the mountains. The trek was stunning with varied terrain and views. The group dynamic was the highlight of the trip, everybody looked out for each other so well. Would recommend taking cards/games for the evening as there was always plenty of time when returning from the trek. Highly recommend this trip and Much Better Adventure.

- Jenni(February 2023)

What a fantastic trip! Our guides Hussein and Ibrahim went above and beyond to make sure we were having the best experience and the group dynamic was wonderful. Each day we were provided with great food and stunning mountain views. The length of the trip was also pretty ideal, even though we were all sad when it ended. I would definitely recommend the trip to anyone who considers going!

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 325kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You'll be following established trails but the elevation and long days can be tiring, so a moderate level of fitness and stamina is needed.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

From April to October, daytime temperatures in the valleys are typically warm (25 - 30°C) but cool off considerably at night, and the higher you go, the cooler it gets. In the winter, daytime temperatures are still warm (10 - 20°C), but nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing. Afternoon storms are always possible in the Atlas Mountains during the summer months, but typically the winter months are wetter.

It rains a little in the valleys and snows on the peaks for a few days a month in the winter. Still, the amounts are small and generally, they don’t prevent anyone from enjoying the trek. The valleys are still warm and the snow on the high peaks makes the scenery that much more beautiful!

View detailed weather for the area here on Mountain Forecast

Spring and autumn temperatures in Marrakech average 10 - 25 °C, and it rains a small amount roughly 7 days each month. From June to September it gets quite hot in the city, averaging 15 - 35 °C, and it only rains a few days each month. In the height of summer, daytime temperatures in Marrakech have been known to approach 45°C on occasions so please ensure that you come prepared with sun protection, light and airy clothing and electrolytes/rehydration solutions if travelling at this time of year.

Mules will carry your main overnight luggage during the trek and you will need to carry your daypack with your daytime essentials (extra layer, snacks, water etc.). For the welfare of the mules, please ensure your main overnight luggage is in a soft-sided bag and weighs no more than 15kg.

Absolutely! We recognise that you may want to leave some of the kit you bring to Morocco somewhere safe before you start your trek. When you reach Imlil, you will be able to leave any non-essential items you don’t want to take with you at your local guide's base there.

Your host works with Muleteers who collaborate with local charity, Spana, (The Society for the Protection of Animals and Nature) on the AMI program (Aid to the Mules of Imlil). The charity provides training, guidance and incentives to mule owners to encourage and support good care for their animals in all aspects of their working lives. The program also provides a monthly clinic which offers free veterinary care to the animals and the distribution of humane tack.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Morocco, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest a minimum of 150 - 200 Dirham per person.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Ramadan will take place from 10th March to 8th April 2024. The national holiday of Eid ul-Fitr will follow for 2-3 days. Ramadan is an Islamic festival where the religious do not eat or drink during daylight hours. While this is a really interesting time to travel, especially to witness celebrations where the fast is broken in the evenings, you can expect some business hours will be shortened, alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and some restaurants will be closed during this festival period. Activities for local people tend to be limited during the day and the nights are very active in cities with lots of different foods being sold and consumed. Ramadan will not affect the inclusions on your trip although you should be aware that dinners will be served after locals break their fast in the evenings.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.


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