For those serious about climbing, the majority of Zaouiat Ahansal's routes run from 200m to 800m in length, although a handful of single-pitch moderate routes are being established.

Responsible Tourism

The locals of Zaouiat Ahansal take immense pride in the natural beauty and traditional culture of their region and are making a collective effort to influence foreigners visiting this region to do so in an environmentally sustainable and respectful manner with the following suggestions:

  • Pack out all rubbish and empty containers.
  • Bring a water-treatment system rather than purchasing bottled water.
  • Dress conservatively around locals and avoid wearing shorts or tank tops.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol in front of, or with, locals.

The Atlas Cultural Foundation

The Atlas Cultural Foundation (www.atlasculturalfoundation.org) is a registered US non-profit organisation with the mission of helping under-served Moroccans, especially women and children, improve their quality of life through locally determined development projects focusing on cultural preservation, community and environmental health, and education. In partnership with the local Moroccan Association Amezray SMNID, they are responsible for the restoration of three historic saints' houses and the extraordinary communal granaries, which now form some of the major sights in the valley.

Another core component of ACF’s work is its programs run through Atlas Cultural Adventures (http://atlasculturaladventures.com). Participants assist in ACF’s ongoing community development projects, work side by side with locals, and experience rural Moroccan village life. Programs are focused on community leader capacity building, historic preservation, design and construction of small community projects, public health workshops and sustainable farming. Programs are open to students or independent travellers and are from three days to five weeks in length.