Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek the Atlas Mountains 2020

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

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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek the Atlas Mountains 2020

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

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Morocco

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Year-round

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Marrakesh Menara Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Homestay

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

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

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Joseph, December 2019

The views and terrain were amazing, our guides were extremely accommodating, food was great and bountiful. The accommodation was better than I'd expected!

Anna, December 2019

Everything about this trip was incredible. Lovely hiking routes. Stunning views of the mountains daily. Basically nobody else on the trails and got to observe Berber culture first hand. The food was delicious. And most importantly the local guides (Mohamed and team) were really lovely and knowledgeable. I can't recommend enough.

Natasha, December 2019

Up there with one of the best hiking trips I've ever had, the guides were wonderful, views spectacular, the whole experience well planned.

Aili, November 2019

The whole experience - the scenery, our guide Mohamed and the muleteers were just amazing, friendly and cheerful. They did everything with smiles, which made me feel so warm and welcomed in Morroco!

Tori, November 2019

Great walking, good food, stunning scenery, easy-going and knowledgeable guides.

Julia, March 2019

Beautiful country, guides and team were a great company, very experienced and supportive, exactly the right level of physical challenge, felt very special as saw no other trekkers until the final day.

Stephen, March 2019

Everything was great.

Lindsey, March 2019

The trip was amazing - the scenery was beautiful, walks were varied and a satisfying level of challenge, food was very good (and plentiful) and our guides looked after us so well.

Sara, March 2019

Everything was great - routes, guides, food, scenery, group, even the weather!

Aaliyah, March 2019

The views, the guides (Hussain and Hassan), the difficulty level, the food and the company were great.

Included

Guides

Experienced, English speaking mountain guide

Accommodation

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

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Tips for your guides

Personal expenses

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Central Marrakech or Marrakech Airport

08:30 / 10:00

Ends

Marrakech Airport or Central Marrakech

16:30 / 17:30

Transfers

You'll be picked up on arrival, or from your hotel in the city and dropped off in either central Marrakech or back at the airport in time for departure.

Travel options

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

What about all the carbon?

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.

Day 1

Homestay · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Homestay · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

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.

What is the accommodation like?

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.

If you request additional accommodation in Marrakech before or after your trek, you will 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, however, all are chosen for their excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

Upgrades

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

Day 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

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.

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What's provided?

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

What do I need to bring?

  • Sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes (broken in)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Towel
  • Warm layers including gloves and a hat
  • Sun protection
  • Small backpack to carry daily items
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Raingear (jacket and trousers),
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Sleeping bag liner

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

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 50% 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

You can leave luggage you don't need in Marrakech, your host will store it safely.

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.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

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.

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