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Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

1. Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

The adventure begins with pickup between 8:30 and 9am from your hotel in Marrakesh. Head south towards the vast Agafay Desert, admiring the changing landscape along the way as the city gives way to luscious greenery. Arrive at the large village of Imlil located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, then pass through the incredible Kik Plateau. Next, embark on a 30-minute camel ride and soak up views of the surrounding landscapes. After your ride, enjoy a relaxing tea break and learn about local Berber culture, as well as their traditions, history, and way of life. Pass through several Berber villages on your way to the Amizmiz Valley, then arrive at Tinirt Village where you can have lunch at a traditional Berber house. After lunch, continue the tour to the Great Plain of Haouz, passing through the village of Ouled Mataa which was originally inhabited by Bedouin Arab tribes from the desert. The day ends with a tour of the Agafay Desert, where you can take incredible photos for your holiday album, and marvel at the rugged Moroccan landscape that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Marrakesh, arriving at your accommodation at around 6pm.

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Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

2. Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

Your 2-day adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech and heads towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya, and Asni. Throughout the drive, admire stunning views of the surrounding landscapes as well as a glimpse of local villages along the valley. Arrive at Imlil and meet your trekking crew for the trip, then enjoy a refreshing mint tea to set you up for a day of exploring. With your guides, head out towards Azzaden Valley via the Tizi Mzik pass where you can marvel at panoramic views over the valley as well as several neighboring Atlas peaks. Lunch is served at the top of the pass, so you can admire the views while you eat, then continue down the valley through the Juniper Forest to arrive at Tizi Oussem village. Spend the night at this traditional Berber site, meet the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. Enjoy a delicious and authentic tagine dinner surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the mountains. After breakfast on day 2, soak up the sunshine that lights up this colorful valley before heading out towards Id Issa village. Spend some time exploring then trek to Tizi Oudid mountain pass walking through Matat village along the way. Arrive at a walnut grove and enjoy a relaxing lunch next to the river. Finally, return to Marrakech around 5pm.

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Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

3. Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in North Africa in 2 days. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. You will trek with a local English-speaking guide, a local cook, and mules to carry your luggage. This is a challenging walk rather than a climb, and anybody in good physical condition can reach the top. Make sure you bring your camera; the views from the summit are spectacular. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing but may involve walking in crampons or holding an ice axe for security (November to April). The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but does involve some easy scrambling and snow slopes. After the first day spent trekking, you will stay at the refuge where you will spend the night, and enjoy Berber hospitality. After an early breakfast the next day, set off and reach the summit as the sun rises, rewarding you with amazing views. The views from the summit are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. During the ascent you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys, and Berber Villages.

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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains 45-Minute Horseback Ride

4. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains 45-Minute Horseback Ride

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, set off on a roughly 1-hour long drive into the High Atlas Mountains, bound for the mountain town of Tahnaout. Arriving, you’ll be paired with a horse and provided with all the necessary equipment to set off on a journey through stunning mountain trails. Your guide will lead you through towering juniper forests, steadily through the foothills of the mountain range, up to scenic viewpoints over the Asni Valley and sprawling Al Haouz plains. Ride on to Rha Moulay Brahim, where you’ll drop off your horse. Continue on, via car, to Imlil for a sumptuous local lunch with a view of the highest peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. After lunch, you’ll head back down the mountain to your accommodation in Marrakech.

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From Marrakech: High Atlas Berber Cooking Class

5. From Marrakech: High Atlas Berber Cooking Class

Experience the rich culture of Morocco through its cuisine on this half-day tour. After pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head off into the Atlas mountains to a traditional Berber household. Under the guidance of members of the household, you and your group of up to 6 people will prepare a sumptuous meal of appetizers, a main course, and desert, helping your group discover the secrets of a subtle and succulent cuisine. Immerse yourself in the Morocco’s rich culture as you spend a half day with the family, with your guide at hand to translate and offer further insight into Berber and Moroccan culture. After dining on the fruits of your labor, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Marrakech.

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Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

6. Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

Your day will begin when you meet with your driver at 8:30AM by the Cafe of Hotel Ali, situated near the post office at Jamaa Elfna Square. From here, you will drive towards the Toubkal National Park. At 10:00AM, you will meet with your mountain guide and have some mint tea before heading out to walk. At 10:30AM, your walk will start from the center of Imlil up to the Ait Souka Village. Here you will discover nice views towards Mount Toubkal, which at 4,167-meters is the highest peak in North Africa and considered one of the best trekking locations in Morocco. The walk will then continue, crossing the villages of Tamaterte, Targa Imoula and Achain. The trail will reach its highest point in Imlil (2,000 meters), from where you will receive a fantastic view over all of the Imlil villages. At 1:30PM, you will be welcomed into a Berber local family to have your lunch on a beautiful roof terrace with nice views over the mountains and farms of walnuts, cherries and apples. At 2:00PM you will set off for the rest of the walk so as to complete the circle of the Imlil center. Following this walk at 3:00PM, you will meet your driver and drive back to Marrakech, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation or the airport depending on your wishes.

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Imlil: Full–Day Tour with Camel Ride & Lunch from Marrakech

7. Imlil: Full–Day Tour with Camel Ride & Lunch from Marrakech

After pick–up from your Marrakech hotel shortly before 9:00A M, drive to the small town of Asni, surrounded by fertile farmland and known for its lively weekly market held every Saturday. Enjoy bucolic scenery along the way as you wind through the Berber countryside, passing picturesque villages, citrus orchards, and rose gardens. On arrival, board your camel and enjoy a short ride through the mountains. After your camel ride, continue with your driver to the Imlil Valley at the foot of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco at 13,671 feet. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch at a local guesthouse before a short hike of approximately 1.5 hours through some Berber villages. Following your walk, depart for Marrakech. Your tour ends at your hotel in the evening. 

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From Marrakesh: 3‐Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

8. From Marrakesh: 3‐Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

On the first day, you will depart from Marrakesh around 9:00 AM in private transport. The journey takes about 1 and a half hours and passes south through the Moulay Brahim Gorges to Imlil. Imlil is a village set in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains, a main trail-head with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here, enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and meet your local guide prior to setting out for a four kilometre excursion. The purpose of the first day is to acclimatize to the high altitude of the region. Travel south to the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd), passing the hamlets of Ait Souka, Targa, and Imoula, situated along the slopes. Gaze upwards at the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif along the way. Once in Aroumd, watch over the ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables surrounded by almond and walnut trees. Travel onwards to lunch which will be served by a Berber family in the village of Ait Souka, where you will stay in a guest house for the night.  On the second day continue eastwards, crossing the flood plains as the route winds along mule tracks up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river you will arrive at Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline to the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), which is the stop for the second night. The second day comprises of about five hours of trekking. On the third and final day, rise early for the climb up Mount Toubkal. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil. At the summit of Mount Toubkal, catch wonderful views over the Atlas mountain range and the Sahara Desert. Then, make the long journey back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. Then be picked up by private transport to be taken back to Marrakesh, arriving back at approximately 5:00 PM.

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Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs: Day Trip from Marrakech

9. Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs: Day Trip from Marrakech

Experience Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs day trip from Marrakech. Criss-cross the Atlas Mountains and take the road to the Sahara Desert on the old caravan routes. See colorful villages with houses erected from mud. See trading outposts, local art, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured in Hollywood blockbusters. Ride over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka, see Berber villages, and watch as the landscape changes drastically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like as the chain of the Atlas mountains acts as barrier against the Mediterranean climate of the north. Take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Pacha of the Atlas, the Glaoui, and was left to ruin after the departure of the French armies. Marvel at the tiled walls, fluted pillars, painted wooden ceilings, and colored glass windows of the reception rooms. Enjoy lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road. Once in the village, get a closer look at the Kasbah's turrets, grilled windows, and soft peach coloured adobe walls. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, the most famous of all Moroccan kasbahs, due to its appearance in many Hollywood blockbusters. This was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory, and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Before leaving Ait Benhaddou, take one last glimpse of the village from a distant point offering a panoramic view.

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Marrakech: Camel Safari at Agafay Desert

10. Marrakech: Camel Safari at Agafay Desert

Go on a scenic camel safari across the magnificent Agafay desert, a rocky and sandy expanse in the South of Marrakech, dressed in Tuareg clothing. Take in panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains at the backdrop of the desert. Enjoy a soothing cup of mint tea amidst a haven of peace and tranquility. Make memories for a lifetime with your loved ones.

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What people are saying about Al Haouz

I would like to thank you for this nice day tour to imlil valley. It's been a memorable day to the Atlas mountains. I enjoyed every minute; lovely sceneries along the way. Snow-capped mountains. All in all, I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

Je recommande fortement ! J'ai passé une journée exceptionnelle hors du temps avec mon petit ami ! Ils ont été à l'écoute, hyper souple, milles merci à tous vous avez été géniaux et hyper compréhensifs. Amélie & Youri

We really enjoyed this excursion. For the price, we were able to do a lot. The guide assigned to us was very attentive and knowledgeable. We did a lot of picture spots as well.

Very good tour, great guides and very practical for a short visit stay to take a look at the rich culture of Morocco!

The day was beyond perfect with Abdul and Ibrahim. Everything was spectacular. Would do it again!