The Atlas Mountains are the greatest mountain range in North Africa. Rising out of the haze to the south of Marrakech, the High Atlas, North Africa’s highest mountains offer us an incredible variety of scenery, a superb network of trails, and challenging peaks. Snow capped for half the year. This area has remoteness which until recent decades was virtually unknown to the outside world. It contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries, and yet the warmth and charm of the local population will make you feel right a home.
Best Travel team has put together a list of some of our favourite Atlas Mountain trekking trips, culturally immersive, from a day’s walk into the foothills to a trek lasting several days. The ascent of Toubkal is a favourite, requiring no technical expertise but a good level of fitness.. We hope they will provide a good starting off point for you to discover your dream adventure in the Atlas Mountain in Morocco!
Our treks and climbs in the Atlas mountains are led by a qualified and experienced local mountain guide and supported by a team of experienced staff. This includes logistical backup in the villages of Imlil, Ait Bougmez… and local muleteers and an expedition cook who is also an experienced guide. All are from the local communities and each has a lifetime of experience of life and travel in this part of the Atlas mountains. We have built up a very close working relationship with our local staff over the course of many expeditions.
It is the High Atlas that are the most dramatic, containing North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167 metres), as well as countless Berber villages, terraced on to inaccessible ledges and perfectly preserving a tenacious culture.
The High Atlas are easily accessed from Marrakesh, about 40 minutes away, and also offer wonderful mountain retreats, rustic but full of local character and set amidst stunning scenery.