Atlas Mountain Exploring

Atlas mountain exploring - for a pleaser trek around Mount Toubkal berber villages!

Atlas mountain exploring, our High Atlas and Mount Toubkal walking holiday in Morocco combines the challenge of summiting Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak (4,167 m), with some moderate walking in the Atlas Mountains and the vibes of exotic Marrakech. You will reach Mt Toubkal using a route starting from Oukaimeden through the high passes of the Atlas Mountains which will allow you to enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, the Marrakech plain and the Berber villages scattered below.
Atlas mountain exploring, for experience the beauty of Berber villages and the valleys of the Atlas Mountains in the Toubkal region with varied and picturesque scenery, dramatic passes, non-technical peaks and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people. Spend the nights in comfortable riads, guesthouses and mountain refuges.
Atlas mountain exploring, this is a privately guided walking holiday, you will not be part of a group and in the mountains your party will be accompanied by a personal certified guide, a cook and a muleteer as appropriate.


Itinerary

1Day 1 :        Arrival to Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech. Private transfer from airport to the hotel.

Accommodation: a riad in Marrakech
Meals for the day: not included
Walking distance: none

2Day 2 :        Oukaimeden (2,600m) – TiziNadi (2,900m) – Tacheddirt Village (2,300m)

Car transfer to Oukaimeden which is the trek’s starting point, and where you’ll meet your mule team. You will visit some ancient relics, then walk towards Tacheddirt passing by TiziNadi to arrive at the valley. Overnight in a lodge or tents. Have a tea inside a Berber house in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Dar Techdirt Lodge or tent camp
Meals: full board
Walking distance: 5-6 hours

3Day 3 :        Tacheddirt (2,300m) – Tamatert Pass (2,280m) – Imlil (1,740m) – Armed (1,800m)

After breakfast, you start your trek from Tacheddirt and head towards Tizin’Tamatert pass. You will descend to Imlil valley, then to TargaImoula. Today you will have the chance to spot Toubkal peak in the background of AitMizane Valley) where you will spend the night in a riad.

Accommodation: a traditional riad (JnaneImlil or similar)
Meals: full board
Walking distance: 5-6 hours

4Day 4 :        TiziMzik Circular (1,740m – 2,664m – 1,740m)

This is an 8-hour trek west of Imlil past Berber hamlets with a stunning mountain panorama including the Oukaïmeden, Tasskssout, Imsserdan, Azzaden valley. The walk features a waterfall where a swim may be possible, juniper and pine forests. The trail then heads west from Imlil (1,740m) up through almond, walnut and apple groves offering a panoramic vista of the beautiful valley and Berber hamlets of Tanghourt, Fimlil and M’Zik. There is a strenuous ascent through the TiziM’Zik pass (2,664m) from where there is a splendid view of the JbelOukaïmeden range, the plateau of Tazaghârt and the pretty AssifAïtn’Ouissedene lined with palm trees. Next, the path descends through juniper and pine woods between JbelTasghimout (2,664m) and AdrarAdj (3,729m) to the Tamsoult Cascade (2,204m), a lovely spot for a picnic lunch and a nice place to bathe. The return leg is via the same general route but via different paths via the TiziM’Zik pass back to Imlil.

Accommodation: a traditional riad (JnaneImlil or similar)
Meals: full board
Walking distance: 8-9 hours

5Day 5 :        Imlil (1,740m) to Mt Toubkal Base Camp (3,207m)

At the village of Imlil, you will leave the vehicle and, in the company of your mountain guide, begin your trek, heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of SidiChamarouch. Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides an exciting mix of traditional terraced farming and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. Continuing east and crossing the floodplain your route takes you along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river you eventually come to the pastoral shrine of SidiChamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the shrine itself). From here the trail continues to ascend steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Mouflons Toubkal Refuge (3,207m), your stop for the night

Accommodation: Refuge LeMouflons
Meals: full board
Walking distance: 6-7 hours

6Day 6 :        Base Camp (3,207m) to Mount Toubkal (4,167m)

Early in the morning, you will make your attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The route takes you up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading across one of the numerous scree fields, where you will have to negotiate a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make it difficult, however, the views along the way make the walk more than worthwhile.

Cresting the ridgeline, you will reach the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas are quite breathtaking. From the peak there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara.

Retracing your steps you then return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil, before your transfer back to Marrakech.

Accommodation: a riad in Marrakech
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Walking distance: 9-11 hours

7Day 7 :        Departure or Extra Nights in Marrakech

Departure after breakfast or extend your stay.

Vibrant Marrakech is a fascinating city, home to numerous mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewellery. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.

Meals: breakfast included
Transfer: airport transfer included
Walking distance: none


The High Atlas Mountains
Mount Toubkal
Toubkal National Park
City of Marrakech
Berber villages

2 nights in a comfortable 3-star grade riad in Marrakech
2 nights in basic riads in the mountains
2 nights in mountain refuges (cabins)
6 breakfasts
4 dinners
5 lunches (some of which are packed lunches)
1 airport transfer on arrival and 1 airport transfer on departure
Bag transfers of one bag of up to 20 kg per person between accommodations
Services of a qualified mountain guide, a muleteer and a cook as appropriate in the mountains
Detailedholiday information pack
24/7 emergency assistance by our local office in Morocco

Flights
Lunches and dinners not listed in itinerary
Travel insurance
Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program

To do this trek, you can be in good physical condition, but efforts will be rewarded.
Good walking shoes are mandatory, optional walking sticks sleeping bag
Please consider, that we can currently only accept in We need an advance of 30% of the total amount 4 weeks prior to arrival date, the remaining 70% are to be paid in cash upon arrival.
Payment: can be done in € / $ / £ ou MAD


Accommodation is in quality hotels (riads) in Marrakech, hand-picked riads or guesthouses, and mountain refuges on Day 2 and on Day 5 at Mt Toubkal base camp. The Toubkal refuge Les Mouflons is located at 3,207 meters height. Its 600 m² area allows it to offer single and family rooms with separate showers, as well as seven dormitories. We will try to accommodate you there in a private room with en-suite facilities, but this depends on availability and cannot be guaranteed. Optional upgrade of the Marrakech hotels is possible (please choose when booking).


All breakfasts are included, as well as all lunches and dinners in the mountains (picnic lunches are included when out on walks). During your mountain walks, you will be accompanied by a local guide, a cook and a muleteer.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.


Having the correct personal equipment will make your walking holiday more enjoyable and comfortable. We hope that you find the following suggestions useful when considering what to take on your trip. They are based on personal experiences, and we are confident that you may find other solutions working equally well.

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited (and please note that on some days your luggage is carried by a mule!). Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots (not shoes!), which can fit crampons (obligatory if you are doing the trip between December and March!
  • Hikingsocks
  • Thermal socks and thermal base layer
  • Sleeping bag (night temperatures can drop significantly!)
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap and winter (woollen) beenie if going in December-March
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
  • Water bottle or (recommended) hydration pack (camelback)

Note: if doing the trip in winter months, you may need crampons and a snow axe; these will be provided by our guide locally.

Highlights

The High Atlas Mountains
Mount Toubkal
Toubkal National Park
City of Marrakech
Berber villages

Include

2 nights in a comfortable 3-star grade riad in Marrakech
2 nights in basic riads in the mountains
2 nights in mountain refuges (cabins)
6 breakfasts
4 dinners
5 lunches (some of which are packed lunches)
1 airport transfer on arrival and 1 airport transfer on departure
Bag transfers of one bag of up to 20 kg per person between accommodations
Services of a qualified mountain guide, a muleteer and a cook as appropriate in the mountains
Detailedholiday information pack
24/7 emergency assistance by our local office in Morocco

Exclude

Flights
Lunches and dinners not listed in itinerary
Travel insurance
Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program

Recommendation & Notes

To do this trek, you can be in good physical condition, but efforts will be rewarded.
Good walking shoes are mandatory, optional walking sticks sleeping bag
Please consider, that we can currently only accept in We need an advance of 30% of the total amount 4 weeks prior to arrival date, the remaining 70% are to be paid in cash upon arrival.
Payment: can be done in € / $ / £ ou MAD

Map

Hotels

Accommodation is in quality hotels (riads) in Marrakech, hand-picked riads or guesthouses, and mountain refuges on Day 2 and on Day 5 at Mt Toubkal base camp. The Toubkal refuge Les Mouflons is located at 3,207 meters height. Its 600 m² area allows it to offer single and family rooms with separate showers, as well as seven dormitories. We will try to accommodate you there in a private room with en-suite facilities, but this depends on availability and cannot be guaranteed. Optional upgrade of the Marrakech hotels is possible (please choose when booking).

Meals

All breakfasts are included, as well as all lunches and dinners in the mountains (picnic lunches are included when out on walks). During your mountain walks, you will be accompanied by a local guide, a cook and a muleteer.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

What to Bring / Notes

Having the correct personal equipment will make your walking holiday more enjoyable and comfortable. We hope that you find the following suggestions useful when considering what to take on your trip. They are based on personal experiences, and we are confident that you may find other solutions working equally well.

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited (and please note that on some days your luggage is carried by a mule!). Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots (not shoes!), which can fit crampons (obligatory if you are doing the trip between December and March!
  • Hikingsocks
  • Thermal socks and thermal base layer
  • Sleeping bag (night temperatures can drop significantly!)
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap and winter (woollen) beenie if going in December-March
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
  • Water bottle or (recommended) hydration pack (camelback)

Note: if doing the trip in winter months, you may need crampons and a snow axe; these will be provided by our guide locally.