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Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek

Strongly recommended year round, the Atlas valleys and villages trekking options are for those not intent on climbing Toubkal. They offer, in our opinion, the best mountain scenery and Berber villages within the Imlil and Toubkal National Park area. And because they stay below the snowline, they are accessible in the winter to all regardless of experience.

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 4 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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Itinerary

Overview

The area of the Atlas Mountains close to Marrakech offers some of the best trekking in the world. It offers stunning mountain scenery, snow-capped mountains topping over 4,000m, traditional earth built Berber Villages and a great trekking infrastructure. Although many people want to climb Mount Toubkal (Morocco’s highest peak), the direct route from the main trailhead at Imlil doesn’t give a lot of exposure to the diversity of mountain scenery and Berber Villages that the Atlas Mountains can offer. In that regard these treks more than surpass the main Toubkal route. All the routes offered pass through the beautiful Azzaden Valley (at the head of which sits snow-capped Toubkal and its sister mountains) and offer an opportunity to walk through some characterful Berber Villages.

Accommodation on trek is in basic village Gites (guesthouses) or camping (in the warmer months). For those looking for something more comfortable, we offer our upgraded comfort treks staying in good quality lodges with character and private ensuite rooms.

This trek is available to be booked independently (including transfers from Marrakech) or we can put together a full itinerary and quote to combine your trek with any of Marrakech, Essaouira, The Atlantic Coast and Sahara Desert.

Day-by-day

Experience traditional Berber Culture and stunning Mountain scenery on our 2 day trek from Imlil.

Day 1: Marrakech - Imlil (1780m) - Tizi n Mzik (2489m) - Tizi Oussem (1900m)
Day 2: Tizi Oussem (1900m) - Tizi Oudite (2219m) - Imlil (1780m) - Marrakech

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Passing through the beautiful Azzaden Valley and the small Berber town of Imlil, this moderate difficulty trek is the perfect way to experience the Mountains. The trekking days last 5-6 hours and the overnight stops are in traditional, basic Gites.

Day 1 - Marrakech - Imi Oughlad (1450m) - Tinzert
Day 2 - Tinzert - Tizi Oussem
Day 3 - Tizi Oussem - Tizi n Mzik (2489m) - Imlil (1740m) - Marrakech

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An extended version of the Classic 3 Day Trek, this route adds on the remote and traditional D'knt Valley that poses more challenging hiking.

Day 1 - Marrakech - Imi Ourlad (1450m) - Tiziane
Day 2 - Tiziane - Tizi n'Taghrhourte (2294m) - Tizgui D'knt
Day 3 - Tizgui D'knt - Tizi Tougdal (2500m) - Tamsoult (2250m)
Day 4 - Tamsoult (2250m) - Tizi n Mzik (2489m) - Imlil (1740m)

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Treat yourself to a stay in a stylish, boutique riad in Marrakech and let us take care of your entire trip to Morocco. The optional package adds return airport transfers, two nights in a simple homely Imlil guesthouse and two nights in a boutique Marrakech Riad.

We will pick you up from the airport and whisk you out to the Atlas Mountains with your first night at Dar Adrar. You'll be able to head out on your trek the next morning from the door. After your trek, we recommend a relaxing night in Dar Adrar, before returning the next morning for two days and nights in Marrakech.

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Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Traditional villages
- Private rooms
- Very basic
- Shared bathroom
- Camping in summer

Details

Getting there

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The flight time is around 3.5hours. On average it takes around an hour to clear airport security and then around 15 – 20 minutes to drive to the Medina or 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the Atlas Mountains.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc &Thomson
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair & Easy Jet

From the South West:
Bristol: Easy Jet

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Thomson

From the North:
Manchester: Easy Jet and Thomson

From Ireland:
Dublin: Ryanair

Price includes

- Private transfers to and from Marrakech
- English speaking mountain guide
- Cook, all meals on trek and bottled water
- Mules to carry your kit bags
- All accommodation; price dependent upon choice of upgraded/classic option.

Excludes: Flights, items of a personal nature, tipping, travel insurance

Is it for me?

This trek is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness levels. It is a particularly good choice for those interested in trekking in Morocco from the months of November through to April when high altitude snows make crampons and ice axes necessary on Toubkal.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate
Tourdust trek grading: Challenging (4 day trek)

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 613 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • Service rating : Excellent, from helping me book the right tour in Morocco to making some necessary adjustments due to the weather and high amount of snow in the upper passes. They took care of everything so myself and my daughter could relax and enjoy the trek.
    Product : Great value for this trek.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 26 December 2016

  • Everything worked and was exactly as described.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 11 May 2016

  • From the very first phone call the team were extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient and reliable. I always recommend them to anyone thinking about Morocco as a holiday destination, having been with them 2 years ago.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 09 April 2016

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Experience traditional Berber Culture and stunning Mountain scenery on our 2 day trek from Imlil.

Day 1: Marrakech - Imlil (1780m) - Tizi n Mzik (2489m) - Tizi Oussem (1900m)
Day 2: Tizi Oussem (1900m) - Tizi Oudite (2219m) - Imlil (1780m) - Marrakech

Passing through the beautiful Azzaden Valley and the small Berber town of Imlil, this moderate difficulty trek is the perfect way to experience the Mountains. The trekking days last 5-6 hours and the overnight stops are in traditional, basic Gites.

Day 1 - Marrakech - Imi Oughlad (1450m) - Tinzert
Day 2 - Tinzert - Tizi Oussem
Day 3 - Tizi Oussem - Tizi n Mzik (2489m) - Imlil (1740m) - Marrakech

An extended version of the Classic 3 Day Trek, this route adds on the remote and traditional D'knt Valley that poses more challenging hiking.

Day 1 - Marrakech - Imi Ourlad (1450m) - Tiziane
Day 2 - Tiziane - Tizi n'Taghrhourte (2294m) - Tizgui D'knt
Day 3 - Tizgui D'knt - Tizi Tougdal (2500m) - Tamsoult (2250m)
Day 4 - Tamsoult (2250m) - Tizi n Mzik (2489m) - Imlil (1740m)

Treat yourself to a stay in a stylish, boutique riad in Marrakech and let us take care of your entire trip to Morocco. The optional package adds return airport transfers, two nights in a simple homely Imlil guesthouse and two nights in a boutique Marrakech Riad.

We will pick you up from the airport and whisk you out to the Atlas Mountains with your first night at Dar Adrar. You'll be able to head out on your trek the next morning from the door. After your trek, we recommend a relaxing night in Dar Adrar, before returning the next morning for two days and nights in Marrakech.

Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Trek through stunning High Atlas scenery, traditional Berber Villages and some moderately challenging high passes with comfortable accommodation

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 4 days

Adults from $437 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $260 per person economy class from London

Make a week of it with a fantastic four day Atlas Valleys and Villages trek combined with three nights in a beautiful riad in Marrakech's atmospheric medina.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

Adults from $727 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $130 per person economy class from London

Two or three day Mount Toubkal trek either direct to the summit in 2 days or a better 3 day route via the stunning remote Azzaden Valley and Aguelzim Pass. Possible from May to October.

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 3 days

Adults from $273 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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