4.9
| 104 reviews

Trek the Atlas Mountains

5 nights
Moderate

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

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced, English-speaking mountain guide

Homestay & Traditional riad

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

Meals

All your meals are included

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Mules to carry your luggage

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 104 reviews
Really memorable experience
May 2024
Lara H.
Really memorable experience
May 2024
Lara H.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Well-organised, beautiful trip
April 2024
Catelijne N.
Excellent Trip!
April 2024
Isabella C.
Excellent Trip!
April 2024
Isabella C.
Excellent Trip!
April 2024
Isabella C.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
My only regret is not staying longer
April 2024
Gudrun J.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
April 2024
Alasdair P.

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

Key Information

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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

Hiking

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.

Day 1

Traditional riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Homestay · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Homestay · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Traditional riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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?

Marrakech

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.

Upgrades

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.

Upgrades

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

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive anytime on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Depart anytime on Day 6

Transfers

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.

Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Marrakech airport. You will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

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)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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)

Clive M.(May 2024)
A Great Experience

Hello All at Much Better Holidays. Overall, I enjoyed the time in the mountains, all be it very challenging at times and I'm pleased that any questions of my fitness were positively answered! I liked our guide Mustafe who was very supportive and encouraging and always sought to see that we were as comfortable as possible when overnighting. Abdelouahed too, was always on hand to help. I had the upmost admiration of the team that provided our meals. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, the meals were nutritious, plentiful and beautifully presented. It was a nice mix of us 'Oldens' with the younger members of the group, who's company I thoroughly enjoyed. When it came to tipping on the final day, I'd have rather given the tips to team leader ( Mustafa) to distribute as required, rather than doing it directly, appreciating that it is a traditional way of doing it.

Thanks very much, a great experience

Clive Mitchell

Lara H.(May 2024)
Really memorable experience
Really memorable experience
Really memorable experience

The nature was stunning, the weather was varied, the food was plentiful! Biggest thanks to the cooks and muleteers who worked so hard each day. And of course, biggest thanks to our guides Mustafa and Abdul for ensuring everyone was safe and happy. The hikes were very reasonable for anyone who has experience with day hikes though my knees were sore by the end! I was so so so lucky to have a fun and lovely group of people to share this experience with- it was difficult to say goodbye.

Katie L.(May 2024)
A Brilliant Trip

An incredible trip from start to finish. Organised superbly and brilliantly led by Mustafa, Abdu and the team. The food, scenery, hospitality and company left for nothing to be desired. I would (and have) recommended this trip to all friends who enjoy hiking

John B.(May 2024)
Overall a wonderful trip. The

Overall a wonderful trip. The two leaders were very diligent and helpful. This is my second trip with MBA and now on both occasions I would say there needs to be more clarity with the : tipping '. On your webpage you suggest how to divvy up the money. But the leaders are unaware of your company and the suggested amounts are not the what they recognise. (Who gets what). This process was slightly embarrassing and consequently drawn out.

Catelijne N.(April 2024)
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip
Well-organised, beautiful trip

Everything was very well organised, and I had a lovely trip with a group of great people.

The trip was physically not as demanding as I expected; I'd say it's doable for anyone who is in fairly good shape. We spent the nights in hostel-like mountain gîtes. There were warm showers every day. Toilets weren't always flushable, but nothing a bucket of water couldn't fix. WiFi was available only in the last accommodation, so make sure you inform your loved ones that you may be unable to text them.

During the hike we took long lunch breaks, and while we rested the crew prepared a fantastic lunch every day. Food and drinks were all provided for.

I went in April, and the weather was warm (about 25 degrees) and sunny in the mountains all week. In Marrakech it was hot, about 37 degrees. I don't know whether this was normal for the time of year or not, but I certainly didn't need my rain clothes or warm clothes (just a sweater for the early mornings).

When my flight got cancelled and I had to rebook to a crazy early one, changing the time of my transfer to the airport to the middle of the night was no problem at all (which was very nice given the stress I was already experiencing).

To recap, I had a great time and everything was arranged super smoothly.

Isabella C.(April 2024)
Excellent Trip!
Excellent Trip!
Excellent Trip!
Excellent Trip!

Excellent trip! It was just the right number of days and level of difficulty to feel both relaxed and accomplished at the end of a day. The guides and support team were kind and helpful, the food was delicious, and the views were varied and unexpectedly colorful. Be prepared to share close quarters, pleasant surprises, and laughs.

Gudrun J.(April 2024)
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer
My only regret is not staying longer

This trip was truly excellent and I would definitely recommend it! Our guides, Hussain and Mostafa were absolutely lovely. They set a good pace for the hikes, kept an eye out for anyone falling behind, and made sure we took regular breaks to rehydrate (definitely recommend adding electrolytes to your water). They also very kindly taught us some useful Arabic and Berber words (and laughed with us at our terrible pronunciation). Once we were on the road we had a group briefing the evening before the next trek so we knew what to expect from each day, and where we were on the map. While hiking in the sun and heat was strenuous, the hikes themselves did not feel as difficult as I had expected (or maybe the training that I did paid off?, who knows). We also had more free time than I had expected, both during lunch and in the gites at the end of the day, which was nice for getting a bit of rest in, and getting to know the group which was a mix of friends, solo travellers, and couples ranging from their mid-20s to mid-50s.

The food that chef Omar prepared on the hikes was impressive and honestly better than anything I ordered in the restaurants of Marrakech. There was so much food that the only time I ever felt hungry on this trip was in the few minutes between waking up and eating breakfast! As someone who is used to beige food and protein bars on hikes it was a nice surprise how colourful, varied, and nutritious the food on the trail was. I'll definitely be trying to recreate a few of the recipes at home, and I already miss the 5pm mint tea and snacks.

The accommodation in the gites is simple - just a mattress, blanket, and pillow, but it was as expected and it was enough. There were also sleeping bags for those who wanted them. However, I would recommend bringing your own pillowcase and/or a camping pillow. I would also recommend packing ear plugs, unless you enjoy being stirred awake by the dulcet tones of a donkey in the night... All of the gites that we stayed at had both seated toilets and squatting toilets, as well as hot showers. They also all had lovely roof terraces that we hung out on after the hikes, and the final gite even had wifi for those who wanted it. Personally, I found it quite nice staying off grid for a few days.

The Riad that we stayed in on the first and the final night in Marrakech was also charming with a great rooftop terrace, and the staff were very kind and helpful. This review would of course be incomplete without mentioning Mouna, who oversaw communication and coordination of travel both before and during the trip, and was really quick to respond to any queries. The Aztat Treks team were just great in general and were able to deal with any problems as they arose.

This trip was all smiles for me - the scenery was incredible, the food was good, and the company was great. While I enjoyed the entire trip, it really wasn't until we descended into Imlil on the final day of trekking that I realised that this really was the much better adventure. For four days it was basically just our group and the locals up in the mountains with no other tourists around, which stood in stark contrast to the day trippers and tour groups we passed in Imlil. I feel very fortunate to have spent a few days in the Atlas mountains and amongst the Berbers for what felt like an authentic, non-touristy, experience.

Alasdair P.(April 2024)
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend
a beautiful wander though the mountains, highly recommend