Welcome to High Atlas Mountains

In its highest reaches, snow falls regularly from September to May, allowing for winter sports in Oukaimeden, while year-round rivers flow northwards towards Marrakesh creating a network of fertile valleys – the Zat, Ourika, Mizane and Ouirgane. Happiest of all are the secluded valleys of the central High Atlas, which include Zaouiat Ahansal, Ait Bougmez, Ait Bououli and Ait Blel.

In the High Atlas the main language is the Berber dialect of Tashelhit, with some pockets of Tamazight.

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$59.37 Day Trips & Excursions

Atlas Mountains, Three Valleys Private Tour 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.

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou with Road of the Kasbahs

Embark on this exciting adventure at 7:15am 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. 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 in the evening, 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.

$342.52 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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.

$131.30 Outdoor Activities

Camel Trek With luxury Tent Desert Departing From Merzouga

This trip start in the afternoon with a camel ride at night in desert. After an hour by camel to get the comfortable camp in middle of desert. You will have time for sandboarding and sunset times. Spend the night in the camp in the middle of the Sahara in your private tent. 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 and then breakfast. If you come by car we have a private parking during your time in desert, Later will ride the camels back to the guest house in my village for shower.

$1902.13 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Night Morocco Discovery Private Tour from Marrakech

Day 1: Marrakech or  Casablanca - Rabat Upon arrival in Marrakech or casablanca , a guide will greet you and join you for the trip to Casablanca, where you'll explore the city's sights. Continue  to Rabat for lunch, then check into a five-star hotel or riad.  Day 2: Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez Depart to Fez after breakfast, with stops along the way at Meknes and Volubilis, stepping out for guided tours at each destination. From here it’s a short drive to Fez, where you'll check in to a cosy riad. Day 3: Fez After breakfast, start the day with a guided tour of the Fez medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Lunch is in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the old city, and you'll wrap up the day of exploring with dinner at your riad. Day 4: Fez - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Erfoud Leave Fez for southern Morocco, driving into the Sahara Desert with a brief stop at Ifrane and at Azrou's cedar forest, as well as a lunch break in Midelt.  Overnight in an Erfoud luxury hotel.  Day 5: Erfoud - Rissani - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi dunes After breakfast, hop a your  vehicle to the largest dunes of Morocco, visit Erfoud, and have lunch in a desert oasis. Afterwards, ride a camel to a desert camp in time for sunset, a traditional dinner, and a campfire. Day 6: Erg Chebbi dunes - Merzouga - Rissani - Todra/Dades GorgesEnjoy the sunrise over the dunes before departing to Rissani. Continue to Dades  for lunch, then drive to the Dades valley . You will stop to visit Todra gorges and Dades gorges.Day 7: Dades- Skoura- Ouarzazate                                                                                                                                                                 After breakfast  , departure  to Ouarzazate through the palm grove of Skouka.You will arrive in Ouarzazate for the lunch .Then,  you will visit one of the famous cinema studios and Kasbah taourirt . Day 8:  Ouarzazate - Marrakech                                                                                                                                                                     After breakfast  , departure  to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah a fortified adobe village protected by UNESCO. Continue your drive across the High Atlas on the breathtaking road of the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass. You will arrive to Marrakech in the afternoon.  Day 9: Marrakech Spend the whole day exploring Marrakech's main sites with a local guide, then make an evening trip to Jemaa el Fna.  Day 10: Marrakech or Csablanca departure After a free morning you'll be transferred to the airport. The guide can assist with registration and departure.

$86.77 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Desert Tour to Zagora from Marrakech

Day 1: Ait Ben Haddou - Valle del Draa - Zagora We will leave Marrakech at 7:30-8am torwards Zagora. On the way, we'll discover the Tîzî-N-Tichka area, a highway that crosses the High Atlas at 2260 meters high, and we'll see some nice fortified berber villages. After a short visit in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (Unesco world heritage), we will continue our way to Zagora. We will cross the High Altas and see a berber village of Agdez, the Draa Valley and its palm grove, the last vegetation before entering the desert. We'll arrive Zagora with enough time to ride a camel and enjoy the amazing sunset in the desert. After a traditional berber dinner, we will spend the night in an authentic berber Haima (tent). Day 2: Zagora - Valle del Draâ - Ouarzazate - Marrakech At dawn we will enjoy an unforgettable event: sunrise in the desert. After the dawn, we'll have a nice typical breakfast and go back to Zagora riding a camel to continue the tour. Again, we will pass the Draa Valley and Agdez to arrive in Ouarzazate, where we'll have lunch and have some free time to visit (optional) Ouarzazate, the Kasbah Taourirt or the cinema studios where many famous movies were shot. In the afternoon, we will go back to Marrakech, passing again the High Atlas and making a short stop in Tîzî-N-Ticka,  finishing our tour driving to Marrakech where we will arrive at our pick up point.

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