2-day Trek Through the Atlas Mountains

Explore Remote Valleys and Berber Villages in the Atlas Mountains Around Majestic Mt. Toubkal.

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2-day Trek Through the Atlas Mountains

Explore Remote Valleys and Berber Villages in the Atlas Mountains Around Majestic Mt. Toubkal.

Explore the remote and beautiful valleys of the Atlas Mountains with the support of an experienced guide, cook and team of mules and muleteers. You’ll see the remarkable, steep, terraced agriculture famous in the region, walk through bustling Berber villages, and witness incredible mountain views from hillsides and passes as high as 2684 m.

  • 2 days trekking in the beautiful Atlas mountains
  • Views of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa
  • Experienced English-speaking Berber mountain guide
  • 1 night in a gite (Berber home)
  • Mules to carry your luggage
  • Full board and a skilled cook to prepare hot meals
  • Private transfers to and from Marrakech

Perfect for:

Active travelers who love to get into the mountains but are short on time and for adventurers who want to experience traditional Berber culture. This tour is for perfect for those who want to trek the famous Atlas Mountains but not climb the high peaks. No technical skill required

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The Plan

You will spend two days trekking through remote valleys and over scenic passes, getting a first-hand look at the rugged Atlas Mountains and the people who live there. The night will be spent in a local Berber home (gite). The trek forms a loop, ensuring you have new views and experiences each day. Pick up and drop off are in the vibrant city of Marrakech, famous for its colorful souks and UNESCO World Heritage market Square.

Day 1: Marrakech to Imlil to Tizi Oussem village (6 hours of walking)

You will be picked up after breakfast in Marrakech and driven a scenic 1 ½ hours to the trailhead in Imlil (1740 m), where you will meet your support team. The trek begins with a hike up Imlil Valley then climbs to the highest point of the trek, Tizi Mzik Pass (2684 m). Rest there and take in the amazing views of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

The trek continues down to Tamsoult where you’ll see a 100 m tall waterfall, the tallest in the Atlas Mountains. The trek finishes with a gentle descent down the forested Azzaden Valley to Tizi Oussem village (1850 m). Enjoy a hearty Moroccan dinner at the gite where you’ll spend the night.

Day 2: Tizi Oussem village to Imlil to Marrakech (5 hours of walking)

Enjoy breakfast in the beautifully situated village before continuing down the valley to Id Issa village, then climb to Tizi Oudid Pass (2000 m) for more astounding views. Head down the other side of the pass to Matat village and enjoy a scenic walk through juniper forests and walnut groves. Relax with a scenic riverside picnic lunch before trekking up Imlil Valley to finish in Imlil village.

Say farewell to your guide and team and relax as the shuttle drives you back to your hotel in Marrakech. You will arrive in early evening, leaving you time to explore the city if you’re not too tired!

Accommodation back to top

Accommodation is a local Berber home (gite). Toilets are basic.

Dates & Prices back to top

Wed, Nov 1st 2017 to Tue, May 1st 2018, per night
Per Person

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Activity Transfers
  • Guide
  • Meals As Described
  • Permits
  • Tents
  •  Airport Transfers 
  •  Cooking Equipment 
  •  Flights 

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Private and custom groups can be organised to suit your dates throughout the year.

Guide prices:
2: £125/person
3: £110/person
4 - 7 people: £100/person
8 - 12 people: £90/person

There is a £15/person supplement from Nov to April to cover porters & extra costs over winter.

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Located 1 ½ hours 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 picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech on the first morning. The trek begins in the town of Imlil. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off in Marrakech at the location of your choice. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular low cost flights to Marrakech throughout the year. The airport is just a 15min drive from the city centre. Airport transfers can be pre-booked for you by your host.

Frequently Asked Questions back to top

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

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

Can I book on my own?

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

How big will the group be?

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 12. Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

What is the food like on the trek?

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

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?

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

What is the hike like? How fit do I need to be?

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

What’s the weather like?

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.

Can I do this in winter?

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!

What equipment is provided?

All dining utensils are included. Beds in the gite are provided, or, if you opt to camp instead, tents are provided.

What should I pack?

You will need to bring sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes, all personal toiletries and first aid items, a 3-4 season sleeping bag, 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. Note that many of these items can be rented through your host.

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  • Activity Transfers
  • Guide
  • Meals As Described
  • Permits
  • Tents

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