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From Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

1. From Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, experience one of the best adventures within easy access of the city and journey to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan and travel in a small group with an English-speaking guide for approximately 1 hour. Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the mountains as you approach the Ourika Valley, famous for its waterfalls and photogenic landscapes. Benefit from plenty of stops to take pictures of the stunning scenery throughout the morning. Upon arrival, join an expert mountain guide and embark on an optional 100-minute hike around the area and to its refreshing waterfalls. Alternatively, relax at one of the riverside cafés with a drink while you wait for the rest of the group to complete their trek. Then, visit an argan oil factory run by local Berber women to learn more about how the unique oil of Morocco is produced. Enjoy a full traditional breakfast of mint tea, argan oil, olive oil, honey, amlou (nut spread similar to peanut butter) and freshly baked bread prepared by the women right before your eyes. Journey back to Marrakech for an approximate 13:00 arrival, and get dropped off at your original departure point.

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The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

2. The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Enjoy a full-day trip from Marrakech to the most beautiful valleys of the High Atlas Mountains region in the company of an experienced guide. First, on your way to Ourika valley, you will enjoy the stunning sceneries. Take a 90-minute hike to see waterfalls and some spectacular vistas. Along the way, you’ll see Berber women extracting the unique Argan oil. Continue on to the second valley, Oukaimden, and take a secluded mountain road up to 1,800 meters above sea level. You’ll pass through many traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones, and see the daily life of local Berber people. When you arrive at Ait Fares, the third valley, you’ll be served a delicious full lunch. Enjoy a typical meal of soup, salad, Berber tajine, couscous, dessert, mint tea and mineral water in a local home surrounded by breathtaking scenery. After that, you’ll visit the fourth valley, Asni, best known for its fruit trees, where you can enjoy the views of the snowy summits of the High Atlas Mountains. The tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech via the fifth valley of Tahanaout, arriving back in Marrakech at approximately 5:00 PM, and a drop-off at your accommodation.

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Atlas Mountains: Ijoukak and 4 Valleys with Camel Ride

3. Atlas Mountains: Ijoukak and 4 Valleys with Camel Ride

Your driver will pick you up from your Marrakech accommodation in the morning to begin your drive to the valley. Along the way you’ll get your first glimpses of the High Atlas Mountains including snow capped peaks, depending on the time of year. You will visit a women cooperative for argan trees then take a camel ride in Moulay Brahim Valley. You will arrive at your host's home and take a short walk through the village to the family home. Enjoy a fresh breakfast of all local products before you take a longer walk through the villages and valley (optional). Before lunch, visit the historic 12th Century Tin Mal Mosque as well as see how clay tajines are made – and possibly try your hand at making them as well. After you’ve worked up an appetite, return to the family home and dig into a delicious home cooked lunch with seasonal products. Your driver will return to bring you back to Marrakech. This experience gives you an opportunity to see life in a local Berber village.

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Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

4. Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to Toubkal Massif on a full-day trip into the Atlas Mountains. Visit a national park that’s characterized by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys. You’ll take in spectacular views of the highest summits in the Atlas mountain chain here as you make your way through the park. At the small village of Imlil you’ll leave the highway and arrive at the starting point for exploring the Toubkal area. Enjoy a hike of around 20 minutes in this stunning natural environment, stopping for lunch at a restaurant that faces Mount Toubkal. The massif, standing an impressive 13,700 feet, is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain rangem and one of the highest peaks in Africa.

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Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

5. Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel at 9 AM, start your journey toward Imlil village and the High Atlas Mountains. On your way, you will pass through the town of Tahnaout. Before reaching the village, embark on a 1-hour camel ride and enjoy a cup of mint tea. Then, visit a female-run argan oil cooperative and learn how the cooperative turns the argan nut into many of the different argan oil-based products Morocco is famous for. Take in stunning panoramic views at Moulay Brahim Gorges before reaching Asni village and the valley. Continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Next, drive to Imlil village to discover the National Park and the high plateau of the Toubkal. At your arrival in Imlil, meet a local guide to explore the marvelous Berber village. Take in spectacular views over the Imlil waterfall and the valley at the Toubkal Summit. Enjoy a Moroccan lunch with a Berber family and immerse yourself in the culture. After lunch, continue exploring the village as you enjoy the scenic landscape. At 5 PM, journey back to your accommodation in Marrakech where your tour will end.

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Toubkal National Park Day Trip from Marrakech

6. Toubkal National Park Day Trip from Marrakech

After being picked up at 8:30 in the morning from your accommodation in Marrakech set off for the Toubkal National Park, located about 60 km South Marrakech. Stop in the village of Asni for a 30-minute camel ride. Visit a local market where every Saturday people come from the surrounding villages to barter for fruits, vegetables, footwear, clothes, crafts, and livestock.  Continue to Imlil, a famous Berber village that marks the entrance to the Toubkal National Park where most expeditions to the Jbel Toubkal begin. Stop for tea and a little rest before you start a short walk through the Berber villages of the High Atlas Mountains. Meet the local people and learn about their culture and customs. When you reach the village of Aremd, enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Toubkal National Park. Enjoy lunch in Berber family house and you will have the possibility of making a short tour on a mule before heading back to Imlil. Journey back to Marrakech where you will arrive at around 5 PM where your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.

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Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains: Day Tour from Marrakech

7. Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains: Day Tour from Marrakech

Experience the best of Ourika Valley with Setti Fadma waterfalls on a full-day excursion. Ourika Valley is located in the High Atlas Mountains, only 35 kilometers from Marrakech. Admire the sightseeing of Ourika River. Visit the authentic Berber villages and discover how the local women make Argan oil. Then, enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant overlooking the river. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 08:30. Start your journey through the Atlas Mountains on your way to Ourika Valley with stops for discovery and photos. Your first stop will be at the Argan oil cooperative, where you will be shown the various natural products (oils, soaps…) while sipping Moroccan tea. Next, proceed to valley of palm trees coming after the Ourika Valley, in which you will take in the charming nature and spend an hour trekking to explore the area. In the afternoon, enjoy your lunch (at leisure) while you are sitting near the cool river. Sometimes locals who live in the valley may invite those who would like to visit and discover the lifestyle of the Berbers. Afterwards, head to Setti Fatma known for its seven waterfalls and feel the refreshing waterfalls. In the evening, drive back to your hotel in Marrakech.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

8. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

On the first day, ride to Imlil from Marrakesh and begin your trek. You'll head along the Ait Mizane Valley, pass through the village of Aremd and onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. You’ll follow mule tracks into the high rocky cliffs, climbing steadily above the snow line until you reach the Toukbal Refuge. Rest here for the night. On the second day, you’ll follow the southern circle route. The climb itself is not highly strenuous, but scree and altitude changes may make it difficult in parts. Don't worry - there are plenty of views to distract you along the way. When you reach the summit, soak in the 360-degree-view. You'll see the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains to the north, all the way to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert in the south.  From the peak, you’ll head back down the mountain and return to Marrakesh via Imill.

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Marrakesh: 3-Day Valley Trek Comfort Tour

9. Marrakesh: 3-Day Valley Trek Comfort Tour

Day 1: Marrakesh, Imi Oughlad, Tinzert, and Marigha You'll depart at 9:00AM from your accommodation in Marrakesh, from where you will travel for 1.5 hours to Imi Oughlad (1,450 meters). It will be there that you will leave your vehicle and will meet your Berber muleteer and guide. Your first day will be an easy acclimatization trek in the Ouirgane National Park. The terrain there is gentle, consisting of copper-green soil and beautiful juniper trees. You’ll later spend the night in an eco-lodge in Ouirgane, which will be a comfortable guest house with en-suite rooms and a swimming pool. Day 2: Marigha and Azzaden Valley (Ait Aissa) After breakfast you’ll head up and out of the valley and traverse over to the stunning Tassa Ouirgane Valley. The views will open up to expose a rushing mountain stream surrounded by lush walnut groves, which will lead up towards Toubkal and the sister peaks at the head of the valley. That evening, you’ll spend the night in a luxury Toubkal lodge. Day 3: Ait Aissa, Tizi n Mzik, and Imlil Your final day involves a fantastic climb out of the Azzadene Valley. You’ll head up the valley towards Tizi Oussem, from where you will ascend towards the pass at Tizi n Mzik (2,489 meters) before descending down into Imlil. After lunch in Imlil you’ll be transferred back to Marrakesh, with plenty of time to explore the city in the evening.

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Marrakesh: Atlas Mountains Day Trek with Lunch

10. Marrakesh: Atlas Mountains Day Trek with Lunch

Escape the bustle of the city and embark on a tour to Morocco’s countryside from Marrakesh. Following a pickup from your accommodation at 9:00 AM, enjoy a relaxed 1.5-hour ride. Make a stop at one of the towns on the way before arriving in Imlil at around 11:00 AM. In Imlil, the small village at the foothills of Morocco’s highest mountain Toubkal, you will meet your local guide and start trekking into Morocco’s rural area. Discover beautiful Berber villages along the way and take in panoramic views of the Atlas mountains. Enjoy a full 3-hour walk through the towns around Aremds Ait Souka, Techeddirt, and many more.  In the afternoon, stop at Aroumd to explore this beautiful village in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley. Then, have a traditional lunch at a Berber guesthouse. Take a short digestive walk after lunch before heading back to Marrakesh at 4:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Atlas Mountains

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Unforgettable... Thank you so much Hassan en Hsen for making this experience unforgettable for us and made us in love with the Berber traditions. Thank you for making the impossible impossible for us to experience, the amazing hospitality, kindness and the delicious food that you prepared for us. You made us feel like family and me and my daughter can’t thank you enough. I would recommend everybody to experience this amazing journey with you and i guarantee they will all have an amazing time. 100000 times thank you and see u for sure next time we come to Marrakech.

The scenery was breathtaking with the high Atlas Mountains streaked with snow. The walk to the waterfall was exhilarating but well worth it. I have found the Moroccan people so friendly and Abdulla our excellent guide was no exception. He was very thoughtful, helpful and exceptionally knowledgeable about Morocco and everything of interest. The lunch at a local berbers home was delicious and a wonderful experience. All in all despite it being a long day travelling many miles, I would highly recommend this trip.

Five star experience, simply amazing from start to finish. Abdul is an amazing, fun loving guide. The day out has been thoughtfully put together from the beautiful waterfall to five (plus) stunning valleys. The highlight of the day is the delicious lunch with the welcoming Berber family and the closing visit to the local market brings out the essence of true Moroccan experience. Our thanks to Abdul. Lisa & Chris

Amazing trip! The hike to the waterfall was short, but we were able to see all 5 valleys and have an amazing lunch from a local berber family. Would highly recommend!

Very good driver with new mini van. Gave many interesting information and was very friendly.