Morocco’s Atlas Mountains run from the Atlantic to the Sahara Desert through the middle of the country. Their environment is harsh – baking hot in summer, snow-covered in winter – but the surprisingly fertile valleys allow the Berber tribes to cultivate a large variety of crops.
The High Atlas, Middle Atlas and the Anti Atlas each have their own characteristics, but they are all perfect locations for walking and trekking. In early spring the slopes of the Anti Atlas are gently coloured with the pale pink and white of almond blossom, while summertime in the High Atlas provides the stark contrast of lush green barley in the irrigated valleys at the foot of the barren rock strata above.
While Mt Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa and the most popular trek in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, there are many lesser-explored trails to discover. We offer a wide selection of Atlas Mountains tours that steer you away from the tourist routes and along more remote trails. Following ancient paths that snake between secluded villages, over mountain pastures and passes, you’ll be truly absorbed in the mesmerising landscapes and Berber culture.
Our guided tours are packed with immersive itineraries that let you get under the skin of Morocco and experience the boundless diversity of these incredible mountains. Visit the traditional hammam at Tijhza where you’ll mix with the locals, meet the Berbers at Imlil or explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.
Our Atlas Mountains Tours
15 DaysfromUSD 1,599
Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)
Imperial cities, Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and the Atlantic coast
Mt Toubkal Climb: Towering 4167m above sea level, Mt Toubkal is the tallest peak in north Africa. While this trip is no mean feat, it rewards you with the most phenomenal views. As you hike along a well-defined route, you’ll pass through beautiful and remote Berber villages, introducing you to traditional mountain life before steadily climbing to the summit.
The Atlas Mountains and Imperial Cities of Marrakech, Fez and Meknes: The Atlas Mountains in Morocco form the magnificent backdrop to the Imperial cities. As well as heading into the mountains to explore the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, Todgha Gorge and the beautiful Ziz Valley, you’ll also experience the vibrant city life of Marrakech, Fez and Meknes. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou is one of the most impressive sights in the Atlas Mountains. Built out of traditional mud bricks, this historic landmark vies for your attention and has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Gladiator’.
Highlights of Morocco – In comfort with Allan Langdale: Budding photographers and history buffs will be in their element on this insightful tour with Allan Langdale. Allan is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author and shares his knowledge of Morocco and the High Atlas Mountains. During the trip you’ll visit lively souks where the aroma of spices and sounds of frenetic chatter awakens your senses. You’ll also stay in traditional riads, kasbahs and an authentic Bedouin camp on the edge of the Sahara Desert, which enhances your Moroccan experience. In the valley of Tijhza, you can explore the traditional villages, mingle with the locals and relax in a Moroccan hammam.
Marrakech & The Sahara: This journey from Marrakech across the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert is filled with captivating contrasts. One day you’ll be riding a camel across the desert and camping beneath the stars and the next you’ll be swept into the charming chaos of Marrakech. As you walk among the High Atlas Mountains, you’ll stop off at the remote village of Tighza and experience a traditional hammam.
Mt Toubkal Long Weekend: For anyone who doesn’t have much time on their hands but wants to conquer the dizzying heights of Mt Toubkal, this tour is the perfect solution. In just three days, this non-technical climb guides you to the summit, where you’ll witness panoramic mountain views. En route you’ll follow meandering mule tracks through the magnificent scenery that surrounds Ait Mizan and Toubkal Base Camp. The climb to the summit is challenging but the sense of achievement you’ll feel is beyond compare, not to mention the panoramic views over Magreb, Marrakech, and the High Atlas. There’s also time to visit a Berber village and explore the colourful city of Marrakech.
Great trip with excellent guide, Lachen, who knows everyone on the mountain. Refuge was good. Sometime even had hot water for quick shower. Food excellent. Good mountaineering experience with crampons and ice axes. Not sketchy enough to require ropes and harnesses.
I really enjoyed this trip. In fact I would do it again. The Moroccan Leader (Lahcen) and fellow trekkers were great. We all easily survived everything !. Standard fitness and an open minded attitude are all you need
An amazing inspirational trip, to a beautiful country that had the madness of Marrakesh and the splendour of the Atlas Mountains with its serenity and views to die for. A trip that fed my soul and enabled me to meet the most amazing group of people.