Welcome to High Atlas
Welcome to North Africa’s highest mountain range, known by local Berbers as ‘Idraren Draren’ (Mountains of Mountains), and a trekker’s paradise from spring through to autumn. The High Atlas runs diagonally across Morocco for almost 1000km, encircling Marrakesh to the south and east from the Atlantic Coast just north of Agadir to Khenifra in the northeast. Its saw-toothed Jurassic peaks act as a weather barrier... Read More
Top experiences in High Atlas
High Atlas activities
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys: Private Guided Day Trip from Marrakech
This day-long excursion from Marrakech provides the opportunity to encounter Berber village life firsthand as you make your way to the home of a Berber family in the High Atlas mountains, and an opportunity to ride a camel which is included. You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 9am, in a comfortable air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan. and start your drive out of the city. The first stop will be at a traditional village and an argon oil cooperativeContinue on your climb up into the Atlas mountains with amazing views and an opportunity to ride a camel which is included. After a camel ride you will be driven to Imlil Valley, here you will stop for couple of tea and cake on a terrace then your guide will ask you how you will like to spend the day. There are options for length of walk and a vehicle drive to a higher village in the Atlas or you can trek on foot or ride a mule.Stop for lunch on a terrace high up above Ait Souka Village with a traditional Berber cuisine, salad, tajine, couscous, fruit and drinks. After lunch, continue on a short walk to experience life in a Berber house, meet the family and your guide will explain to you the Berber way of life.Continue to the third valley of Molay Brahim.Afterward, drive to Marrakech. Admire the azure artificial lake framed by snow-capped mountains and pass traditional villages to the Kik Plateau, a limestone mountain plateau with epic views over the verdant valleys below. Your trip then ends with a drop-off at your Marrakesh accommodation.
3-Day Small-Group Fez to Marrakech Desert Tour
Day 1: Fez to Merzouga (D)Depart from Fez at 7am and begin your journey. Pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village. Continue passing through the cedars forest in Azrou where you will see the monkeys then drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then continue towards Merzouga in the road. Stop to get a panoramic view of the a huge oasis of palm tree and reach to Merzouga in the afternoon. After having some mint tea, the guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel and after 1-hour, you will reach to the desert camp to spend night in a berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a wonderful dinner, watch the stars until you fall asleep.Overnight: Desert Camp - Berber tent Day 2: Merzouga to Gorges or Ouarzazate (B,D)After a delicious breakfast, depart for Ouarzazate, and travel the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries, and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. Stop for lunch and walk into the Todra gorge. Travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments and have a late dinner at your hotel in the Gorges or in Ouarzazate . Overnight: Hotel Les Jardins de Ouarzazate Day 3: Ouarzazate to Marrakech (D)Enjoy breakfast, then visit the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. Next, stop in ait ben haddou where you will arrive in time of lunch. Here, you may visit the famous Kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, and Lawrence of Arabia. Pass through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260m above sea level through small villages and waterfalls as well as the continuously changing landscape and colors of the beautiful mountains. Return to your hotel or riad in Marrakech at the end of the day.
2-Days Group Tour to Zagora Sahara Desert from Marrakech
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas mountains - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - Draa Valley - Zagora (D)Depart Marrakech at 7:30am by minibus with other people and start your journey towards the High Atlas mountains. As you travel through the highest mountains in Morocco, you will discover many ancient Berber villages and different views. Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2265m high). Continue to Ait Benhaddou. This is the most famous kasbah in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which we will visit after lunch. After visiting the kasbah, continue to Zagora, through the Draa valley. On arrival in Zagora, take a camel ride to the desert camp where you will spend the night under the stars. Enjoy dinner surrounded by the Saharan sand dunes.Day 2: Zagora - Draa Valley - Anti Atlas Mountains - Ouarzazate - Marrakech (B)After breakfast meet your camel again and ride back to your Minibus. Drive as far as the small village of Tansikht to discover the Draa Valley. Then arrive at Ouarzazate, famous as a location for many films. After lunch, board your minibus and head back to Marrakech where your tour will end.
Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou: Road of the Kasbahs including Camel Ride from Marrakech
Embark on this exciting adventure in a small group shared tour from Marrakech across the magnificent High Atlas Mountains whose snowy peaks blend into the clouds offering an impressive landscape and an absolutely stunning scenery at every turn to reach the famous "Hollywood of Africa" with its Ancient Kasbahs, caravan routes, UNESCO World Heritage sites, traditional Berber villages, and a rich culture of southern Morocco. Discover what makes Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou a backdrop to hundreds of Hollywood films from Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia to Captain Philips and Hologram for a King. For this memorable day trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou, departing from Marrakech, your friendly multilingual driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel in Marrakech at 7:15am.A scenic drive from Marrakech over the highest mountain pass of North Africa (2,269 meters) Tizi-N-Tichka, where you will have fascinating views of the High Atlas walls. Shortly before the desert capital Ouarzazate, you'll have the opportunity to visit the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Studded with crenelated towers and decorated with geometrical patterns, it is truly one of the world’s cultural treasures. Feel like an Arabian king while enjoying your majestic 20-minute camel ride (optional) that will take you to a world where time seems to stand still. After this, you will have a lunch break in a typical Ait Ben Haddou restaurant (optional).From here, continue to Ouarzazate, which marks the beginning of the Sahara desert. Visit the grandiose Taourirt Kasbah which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family. This spectacular former Pacha Glaoui residence, situated on the edge of the town on the road to the Moroccan Sahara desert, is considered to be one of the most beautiful kasbahs of Morocco. It consists of a maze of luxury clay houses and crenelated towers lavishly decorated. After some time at leisure for a cup of mint tea or coffee, drive back to Marrakech later in the afternoon while crossing the High Atlas Mountains.Drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech at 7pm, not just with photos you've captured, but with stories and memories of personal encounters with the indigenous people and a good sense of the beauty and hospitality of the Moroccan desert.
Camel Treks in the Moroccan Desert departing from Merzouga
This trip begins in the evening , with a camel ride at night in desert. After an hour by camel to get the comfortable camp in middle of desert. The camels will be packed with foods, blankets and everything else which you will need. Spend the night in the camp in the middle of the Sahara.This is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. Arrive at the camp just in time to walk to the high dunes of Erg Chebbi to see the sunset, during the night there will be a wonderful dinner, Berber music. Spend the night in nomad tents. In the morning you will walk up to the dunes to watch the sunrise, eat breakfast.Later will ride the camels back to the village to take a shower in the guest house and relax.
Full-Day Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Private Tour from Marrakech
Your guide will pick you up from your riad or hotel in Marrakech at 9am before departing in a private 4WD towards Imlil valley passing by Moulay Brahim Gorges and Asni (well-known with its weekly Berber market every Saturday). After 17km you arrive to Imlil (1,740m), a starting point of several trekking and walking options through the High Atlas valleys and Berber villages including Mount Toubkal (4167m) - the highest summit in North Africa. Here you will leave your vehicle to take a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and meet your local guide prior to setting out for some 4km excursion on a 2 hours or 3 hours walk towards the south to the Berber village of Aremd (2000m). Passing the hamlets of ait souka, Targa, and Imoula, and up to Armed village where you will enjoy a panoramic view over the villages and the high Atlas peaks such as Mount Toubkal, Aguelzim summit, Adge, Tamatert pass, Mazzik pass and Asaoul. A short visit through Armed with its narrow streets including a mint-tea in one of the local berber houses, then walk through the irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables and always surrounded by almond and walnut trees. The trek then continues for another half an hour until the stop for lunch which will be served among a Berber familly in the village of M’zik. After lunch you set off back down the other side of the valley back to Imlil passing by the village of Arghen, and the return trip to Marrakech.