The Atlas Mountains

Running like a backbone down the middle of the country, the Atlas Mountains with their snow-capped peaks, deep gorges and stunning pastoral valleys are an ideal place to escape the bustle of the souks and medinas.

Why visit The Atlas Mountains ?

  • Retreat to a cooler altitude from the heat of the desert plains
  • Soak up the beautiful, dramatic landscapes
  • Explore the Berber footpaths to discover an ancient way of life
  • Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, river rafting & horse riding

Easily accessed from Marrakech (usually within an hour’s drive), the foothills of the Atlas Mountains provide a wonderful tonic to city life. Dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, colourful slopes carpeted with spring flowers, verdant river valleys and Berber villages lost in time make this one of Morocco’s most compelling regions.

The High Atlas is North Africa’s greatest mountain range, an historical and physical barrier between the northern plains and Sahara Desert. The peaks (djebels) of the High Atlas drop away to valleys and streams with Berber villages terraced into their sides. The network of paths and pistes is used by the local people on an everyday basis and, when exploring on foot or with a mule, you enter a mountain life which has hardly changed for centuries.

As well as leisurely days spent in the delightful surroundings of lovely hotels & lodges, there is the opportunity to enjoy walks with local guides, river rafting, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing and visits to Berber villages and markets.

Alternatively there are a number of overnight treks possible, including the summit of Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. Camping in tents or staying in Berber homes, these treks gives you a fascinating insight into a very different and peaceful mountain world.

LOCATION

MOROCCO KEY INFO

Visa

No visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT

Flight Time

3.5 hours Direct

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