The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains are known to the local Berber people as ‘Idraren Draren’ or Mountain of Mountains. Morocco’s High Atlas runs 1000km from the Atlantic Coast near Agadir to Khenifra in the northeast. Most guests tend to explore the area to the south of Marrakech, and we can also offer tailor-made itineraries to more remote areas, including the anti-Atlas Mountains. Jebel Toubkal is the highest point, and at 4,167m is the highest point in North Africa. What makes the Atlas Mountains so magical is the lovely Berber culture and picturesque villages that line its slopes. You can often visit a local home for a mint tea and learn about Berber culture. There are some superb boutique lodges located in pretty valleys, offering a perfect respite from the bustling life of Marrakech. You can opt for a few days walking, staying in remote lodges. Also of interest is the two or three-day climb of Jebal Toubkal itself. We generally suggest visiting the Atlas Mountains from Spring to Autumn, although the villages in the foothills get very hot in high summer.