Atlas Mountains Guide: Morocco's Mountains Trekking,

High Atlas Trek to and Around Jebel Toubkal & Berber Villages,

Just outside Marrakech are the most frequented and grandest of the ranges, home to the mother of all peaks in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal. Before reaching the town of Imlil, the best base for the Toubkal trek, you’ll be charmed by the Ourika Valley. The cherry and almond orchards are stunning when in bloom, as are the wildflowers that have full reign over the picturesque riverside.

Then in comes the bold trek up Mount Toubkal. The trek can be conquered in two days, with the help of a mule to carry your pack so you can focus on pushing yourself up nearly 14, 000 feet to the peak of the mountain. When you reach the top, take in the views of the jagged Atlas Mountains fading off into the Sahara desert. During the trek you’ll get plenty of invites for mint tea (nicknamed Berber whiskey) while passing through the remote Berber villages.

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Kick it with the Berbers — they’re known for nomadic patterns that go back nearly 4,000 years, and are part of a community indigenous to North Africa.

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Another one of Morocco’s best heights is Oukaimeden. Get this: in January and February you can actually strap on skis or your board, and descend the highest skiable peak on the continent at 8,530 feet. Oukaimeden is a dream for skiers who want to experience more than one climate on their travels and it’s also pretty sweet riding the highest ski lift in Africa (or going old-school and ascending by donkey).

Because it’s like Mother Nature is always looking out for a way to cool you down, Todgha Gorge, in the Eastern part of the Atlas Mountains near Tinghir, can help you beat the heat.

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Highlights:

  • Jebel Toubkal (4167 m): Ascent of the highest peak of Norht Africa
  • “Quick option” – just in 2 days you will experience the most essential of Toubkal National Park
  • Licenced English speaking guide
  • Accompanying staff with mules for luggage transport, cooking etc.
  • Accommodation in traditional and atmospheric Toubkal Refuge (dormitories or private rooms) – with traditional restaurant, showers etc.
  • Daily walking time approx. 5-6 hours
  • Visit and refreshments with Berber family
  • Wonderful panorama views – mountains, valleys, sees, villages…
  • Sunrise at the top of Jebel Toubkal – if you wish and don´t mind to get up early
  • Flexible option to prolong the tour according your wishes
  • Equipment
Equipment:
  • Good walking boots and socks / good trainers for valley treks
  • Personnel First aid Kit
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag ( winter) or light Sleeping bag ( Summer)
  • Crampons, Ice axes and Gaiters for Winter treks ( Nov to April )
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
  • Soft-sided bag (50-80 litres)
  • Lightweight daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Torch and batteries
  • Towel & all personal toiletries

Most of those equipment can be rented locally from our equipment shop in Imlil:

  1.  Crampons /pair
  2.  Ice Axe
  3.  Walking boots
  4.  Sleeping bags
  5.  Rain Jackets
  6.  Walking Poles
  7.  Back packs
  8.  Stoves
  9. Ski
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Atlas Mountains travel guide

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.

Is an Atlas Mountains vacation for you?

Go to the Atlas Mountains if…

… you love to trek in untouched wilderness. There are plenty of expert mountain guides to lead you, with muleteers to carry your bags, and the valleys, canyons, peaks just go on forever – with hardly another person in sight.
… you have experienced Morocco before and love the culture, but want to see something other than the souks , sea or Sahara. This is the land of the Berber, and they will welcome you and look after you, as long as you respect their mountains.
… you are nervous of Morocco’s heat. The Atlas Mountains are much cooler than the rest of the Morocco, even in summer, where there can be a 15°C difference. Bring plenty of layers.
… summits are your thing. Mount Toubkal is one of the world’s greatest climbs, and the highest peak in North Africa at 4,167m. It must only be tackled with expert high mountain guides, however, as this is a strenuous trek in all seasons, and in winter you will need training in alpinism.

What do trips to the Atlas Mountains entail?

There are many ways to visit this colossal artery that runs the length of Morocco, depending on how much you want to immerse yourself in mountain magnificence. You can chill out at a beautiful Kasbah, breathe in the mountain air, take in the fine views and eat superb Moroccan food. You can go hardcore and summit Mount Toubkal, or you can walk at your own pace on a tailor made trip, driving across the high mountain passes. You can go hiking in all seasons, and go for High, Middle or Anti Atlas. And you can push the boat out and go canyoning, cycling or camping. The world is your Atlas.

Summiting 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 vacations are guided, small group tours with a duration of around a week. And many are center 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 center based, then you will be staying in mountain gites or wild camping along the way.
  • Transport to and from Marrakesh
  • Qualified English, Frensh speaking guide
  • Mules to carry the baggage and food
  • All food - 1 breakfast – 2 lunchs - 1 dinner Accommodation: Toubkal Refuge/Tents
  • Cook to prepare all meals
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks
You Have to now this price is per person per day with excellent services
 
  • Duration : 1 to 20 Days
  • From : Marrakesh
  • Departure : 8:30 AM
  • Time : Everyday
  • Depends the Number of Travelers
  • Group 1 person         : 285£
  • Group 2 – 4 people   : 175£/person
  • Group 5 – 7 people   : 135£/person
  • Group 8 – 12 people : 95£/person
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