Trekking Holiday in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Best time to go: All Year
Best for: Adventure & Off-the-beaten track, Trekking & Walking, Cultural & Immersive, Repeat Visitors

A trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains allows you to walk through timeless Moroccan Berber villages and along dramatic scenic valleys overlooked by the towering peaks. You’ll be staying in the best possible lodges and boutique hotels, so each day, you will wake up with a smile on your face, ready for the day’s walking. You’ll experience the best of the Atlas Mountains; the Ouirgane Valley, Azzadan Valley, Imlil and Ourika Valley.

The trek itself takes you from the little-visited Ouirgane Valley to the village of Ait Aissa and onto Imlil. You well looked after by a team of guides and porters. Let us take you through it.

To begin with, fly to Marrakech. It’s undoubtedly worthwhile having a night or two to settle into the climate before your trek. Therefore, we suggest two nights in the lovely Dar Zemora. Here you can enjoy the pool and lush gardens before tucking into a fabulous dinner. Furthermore, we can arrange to explore the souks that are only 15 minutes away by car. Besides, we can tailor-made a whole range of experiences in Marrakech, from a culinary adventure or a hot-air balloon ride up over the Agafay Desert.

The following day, your private driver will pick you up and take you to the Ouirgane Valley. This scenic spot is in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is known for its picturesque orchards and villages. The first day is a light acclimatisation trek, starting at Imi Oughlad (1,450m) to the hamlet of Tinzert for lunch before arriving at Marigha for the night (about 5-6 hours walking). You’ll stay at the lovely Domaine Malika, which even has a surprisingly beautiful pool to cool off.

The next day takes you to the Azzaden Valley with a picnic lunch en route. It’s a steady climb that takes 5-6 hours. You’ll stay at the lovely Azzaden Trekking Lodge. The third day of the trek is the longest, taking between 5-7 hours. You make a pass at 2,500m, and most importantly, it allows you some of the best views of the trek. Afterwards, you descend into Imlil, the iconic Atlas mountain village and a stay at Kasbah De Toubkal. 

At this stage, we should say that for our more ardent walkers, we can arrange for a summit of Mount Toubkal, which would take 2-3 days between your stay at Azzadan Trekking Lodge and Kasbah De Toubkal.

From Imlil, there is an off-road track that takes you to the Ourika Valley. We suggest doing this in a 4×4 as it would be a further two-day hike, and you might be craving somewhere to put your feet up. Your solution comes in the shape of Kasbah Bab Ourika, complete with luxury rooms and a suitably inviting pool. Crack open a beer or a glass of wine and admire the views. You can set off on a leisurely walk into the nearby villages or relax as you have two days here.

Afterwards, return to Marrakech, and we suggest a final two nights at Berber Lodge. You might want to dip into Marrakech to do a little bit of shopping or to spend a few days relishing your walking accomplishments. Any element of this itinerary can be tweaked or altered. It’s all about tailor-making your perfect trekking holiday to Morocco.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • LOCATION:
  • £1650
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.

    Highlights

    • Our trekking holiday in Morocco includes a three-night trek in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
    • Have your own private guides and porters
    • Stay in lovely luxury guesthouses and boutique hotels
    • Spend two nights in the Ourika Valley following an off-road 4×4 journey
    • Time in Marrakech to explore and relax
    Days Location Hotel
    Day 1-2 Marrakech Dar Zemora
    Day 3 Ouirgane Valley Domaine Malika
    Day 4 Ait Aissa Azzaden Trekking Lodge
    Day 5 Imlil Kasbah Du Toubkal
    Day 6-7 Ourika Valley Kasbah Bab Ourika
    Day 8-9 Oumnass, Nr Marrakech Berber Lodge
    Day 10 Marrakech Airport Fly Home

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1-2
    Pool - Dar Zemora
    Day 4
    Azzaden Trekking Lodge - View

    Azzaden Trekking Lodge

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Azzaden Trekking Lodge is located in Aït Aïssa, about a 4-7 hour trek from Imlil. Azzaden is perfect for those wanting a night, or two, completely off-the-beaten-track in the Toubkal Massif.  

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    Day 5
    Kasbah Du Toubkal

    Kasbah Du Toubkal

    $ $ $ $ $  

    A former fortress-palace, the Kasbah du Toubkal perches a rocky pinnacle surrounded by Morocco’s High Atlas‘ snow-capped peaks. Peaceful is too flimsy a word to describe such a tranquil spot. The silence and stillness are almost tangible and work wonders for refugees fleeing the clamour of twenty-first-century life.  

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    Customise Your Itinerary

    We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

    Ascent of Mount Toubkal

    Undoubtedly, the ascent of Mount Toubkal is the most challenging yet rewarding experience in the Atlas Mountains. It is, however, a steep climb. Therefore, we only really suggest it for experienced hill-walkers. There are two ways of doing the climb. Firstly, you can set off from Azzaden Trekking Lodge to the village of Lepiney, where you spend the night in a rustic shepherds hut. You then cross the Tizi n’Ougelzim pass at 3,500m before arriving at Neltner Refuge, where you spend your second night. The ascent of Mount Toubkal takes place the next day before you walk back to Imlil and a stay at Kasbah De Toubkal.

    In reality, this is only for those who are really very good hill-walkers. On the other hand, you could walk back to Imlil for an easier walk and spend a night at Kasbah De Toubkal. Afterwards, you would walk up to Neltner Refuge the following day.

    Extend your time

    We can undoubtedly extend your time after your Trekking Holiday in the Atlas Mountains. Some guests like to end their time on the coast in Essaouria for instance. Alternatively, you might like to head down to the Sahara Desert or visit the interesting city of Fez. Anything is possible, as we tailor-make all our itineraries.

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