Trek the Atlas Mountains

Explore rugged valleys and remote Berber villages among Morocco's highest peaks. 2 days off work.

  • Morocco
  • Year round
  • Menara Airport, Marrakech (RAK)

Explore the remote and beautiful landscapes of the Atlas Mountains with the support of an experienced local guiding team. You’ll spend each day trekking along cascading streams, ascending mountainsides, visiting Berber villages, and enjoying awesome views of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Northern Africa. Your hassle-free adventure in includes:

  • 4 days trekking in the beautiful Atlas mountains
  • Views of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa
  • Experienced English speaking Berber mountain guide
  • 3 nights in gites (Berber homes)
  • Mules to carry your luggage
  • Full board and a skilled cook to prepare hot meals
  • Private transfers to and from Marrakech

Perfect for:
Active travellers who love to get out of the city and into the mountains and adventurers who want to experience traditional Berber culture. The tour will have you trek the famous Atlas Mountains but not climb the high peaks. No technical skill required.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Tips for your guides
  • Accommodations in Marrakech before and after the tour
  • Flights
  • Note that airport transfers and accommodations can be arranged if needed once you’ve booked the tour.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a maximum of 12.

Absolutely! To make life as easy as possible, you can book a night in a Riad in Marrakech before or after the tour for £40 per person, per night, on a b&b basis. We’ve included information on this in the Concierge section.

Meals on the trek are prepared by your Berber cook. The food is fresh and healthy, and dinners are distinctly Moroccan.

  • Example breakfast: Bread and jam or butter, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk.
  • Example lunch: Salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils or beans, rice or pasta, sardines or tuna, and fruit.
  • Example dinner: Soup, tajine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

Absolutely. Just let us know about your catering preferences when you confirm your booking to ensure any dietary requirements are met.

This trek requires a moderate level of fitness. While the trails are uncomplicated, the elevation and long days can be tiring.

From April to October, daytime temperatures in the valleys are typically warm (25 - 30°C) but it cools off considerably at night. 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 in the valleys and snows on the peaks roughly a third of the days in the winter. Still, the amounts are small and generally don’t prevent anyone from enjoying the trek.

For a more detailed look at the weather have a look here:
 https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Toubkal/forecasts/4167

In winter the mountains get quite cold and snowy, but the valleys are still warm so this trip is available year round. In fact, snow on the high peaks just makes the scenery that much more beautiful!

All dining equipment is included. If you opt to camp instead of stay in gites, tents will be provided.

You will need to bring sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes, all personal toiletries or first aid items, a 3-4 season sleeping bag, a towel, warm layers including gloves and a hat, sun protection, a small backpack to carry daily items, a flashlight or headlamp, raingear (jacket and trousers), and a personal water bottle or hydration bladder. Many of these items, including a sleeping bag, are available to rent through your guide.

Start point?
You will be met by your local host at Marrakech airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 10:05 or earlier.

If you arrived the day before to stay in Marrakech, you will be picked up from your accommodation on the first morning. Your guides will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Marrakech airport between 17:00-18:00. You are free to get any flight that departs after 20:00.

If you’re staying another night in Marrakech, you’ll be dropped off at the location of your choice. Your guides will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Marrakech is served by regular low-cost flights, including early-morning non-stop flights from London on Ryanair and Easyjet. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Nights will be spent in local Berber homes known at gites. Toilets and facilities are basic. As an alternative, camping can be arranged in the summer months. You’ll be staying in a separate section from the local families who live in the building. You won’t be sharing facilities with the local families.

Location

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Located an hour and a half due south of Marrakech, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa and the crowning gem of the Atlas Mountains. The surrounding terrain is dramatic, rugged, and very scenic. Snow often remains on the high peaks year round, providing a stark contrast to the surrounding desert.

The valleys leading up to the peak are lush and green with agricultural fields and terraces fed by fresh snowmelt. If you’re lucky you may see a herd of Barbary sheep, or spot a Lammergeier or Booted Eagle soaring overhead! Vibrant and bustling Berber villages lie nestled in the valleys, and the friendly locals are full of smiles.

Start point?
You will be met by your local host at Marrakech airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 10:05 or earlier.

If you arrived the day before to stay in Marrakech, you will be picked up from your accommodation on the first morning. Your guides will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off in Marrakech Airport between 17:00-18:00. If you’re leaving Morocco, you are free to get any flight that departs after 20:00.

If you’re staying another night in Marrakech, you’ll be dropped off at the location of your choice. Your guides will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Marrakech is served by regular low-cost flights, including early-morning non-stop flights from London on Ryanair and Easyjet. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech, then hike from Imi Oughlad to Tiziane

You will be picked up early in Marrakech and driven 1 ½ hours away to the trailhead in Imi Oughlad (1450m). Meet your support team and begin your Atlas adventure.

The first 2 ½ hours of hiking climb through agricultural lands and forests along dirt mule tracks.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at 2000m while resting in the shade, then continue a further 2 ½ hours to the picturesque red clay village of Tiziane (1750m) where you’ll indulge in a delicious Moroccan dinner in a local gite.

4-5 hours of walking

Day 2: Hike from Tiziane to D’knt

The morning’s trek will take you up through walnut and cherry groves to the refreshing Assaka Spring where you will relax over a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon gently descend for 2 ½ hours along the forest edge to the traditional Berber village D’knt or nearby Agouns n Assol (1870m) for a hot meal in another gite.

5 hours of walking

Day 3: Hike from D’knt to Tamsoult

A 3-hour walk through walnut groves ends at a small spring for a picnic lunch (1850m). On the way you will pass shepherds and goatherds tending their flocks, and Berber women and children carrying loads of firewood and herbs on their backs in the traditional way.

Once rested, continue on another 3 hours to scenic Tamsoult (1850m) for you’re last night in a gite. The steep, stacked agricultural terraces you’ll pass on the way are sure to amaze!

6 hours of walking

Day 4: Hike from Tamsoult to Imlil, return to Marrakech

Start the day with a quick and scenic side trip to a nearby waterfall, then continue up and over to Tizi n Mzik pass. At 2000m, this is the highest point of the trek!

Enjoy the incredible views, then descend through a shady valley full of juniper and pine to the town of Imlil. Eat lunch there while admiring views of majestic Mount Toubkal.

Say farewell to your guide and team in Imlil and relax as the shuttle drives you back to Marrakech.

5 hours of walking

Accommodation

Nights will be spent in local Berber homes known at gites. Toilets are basic. As an alternative, camping can be arranged in the summer months. Inquire for details.

If you add accommodation In Marrakech, you will be staying in beautiful riad accommodation, most likely Riad Boussa or Riad Dar el Souk. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. For an authentic experience, these are the best places to stay in Marrakesh. 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.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Pre/Post trip accommodation Payable Before Departure
Pre/Post trip accommodation €50.00 Per Person, Per Night
Airport Transfers Payable Before Departure
1 Way Airport Transfer €18.75 Per Person

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