The spine of Morocco, separating the Atlantic from the Sahara, the Atlas Mountains soar up to 4,167m at the snowy summit of Mount Toubkal, and comprise the High, Middle and Anti-Atlas. Our Atlas Mountains travel guide reveals the best way to explore this stunning sierra, with cool Kasbahs, Berber villages, juniper forests and waterfalls all featured in our interactive map.
Climbing Mount Toubkal
These trips are always in small groups with experienced high mountain leaders and porters. Summiting Mount Toubkal is a challenging expedition, especially in winter, with a final climb to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak at 4,167m. It takes three days to complete, depending on the route you take, most starting in the village of Imlil, just over an hour from Marrakech, and yet a veritable portal into another world. Follow ancient mule tracks up to a mountain hut at Toubkal Base Camp (3,207m) and then start the final ascent the next morning. You usually stop at another mountain gite such as Arroumd on the way back down again.
Trekking the valleys
For the more moderate hikers, there are so many wonderful highlights out there. Most holidays are guided, small group tours with a duration of around a week. And many are centre based, staying in gites such as in the High Atlas village of Tijhza, from where you can do all day loop walks around giant gorges and luscious valleys. Or in a stunning kasbah in the Imlil Valley, chill out for a day, then hike out to the trekking lodge that they have in the Azzaden Valley, with its own private mountain hammam. Hike back down the next day, or take further hikes with the help of their own guides to cols such as Tizi n’Teouti and Tizi n’Tougdalt. If you aren’t centre based, then you will be staying in mountain gites or wild camping along the way.
All Over The Atlas
For those people who love mountains but also like to make a bit of a splash from time to time, small group, guided tours of about a week long are the way to go if you want some fun and adventure. The Middle Atlas are where the waters flow best, particularly around the Ouzoud waterfalls, where the El Abid River and falls provide the perfect features for canyoning and gorge walking. Throw in a bit of wild camping by Bin El Ouidane Lake and you can get a wild swim in, too.
English speaking guide, and cook
Muleteers and mules for luggages
Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea
Ground transfers by minibuses / taxis: ( hotel – trek – hotel )
Mess, cooking & toilet tents (camping option )
Not included :
Tips and personal expanses
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