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Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent

Explore the Atlas Mountains around Marrakech and hike up Mount Toubkal on this five-day tour with four nights’ accommodation. You’ll visit traditional Berber villages, picnic in idyllic countryside and have your meals rustled up by your very own cook.

Private Trek Adventure 4 - 5 days

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Itinerary

Overview

Marrakech. Bustling souks, labyrinthine bazaars and stalls that bow under the weight of rainbow-coloured spice pyramids. There are few more exotic places you can be in just three hours from London. But cities rarely offer breathing space and that’s where this tour steps in. Just outside the city lies the Atlas Mountain range. It stretches across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for about 1500 miles and the patch just outside Marrakech is great for exploring on foot.

Wander through red-clay Berber villages, picnic beside springs set amid juniper trees, and hike along high mountain passes. This five-day tour is the perfect antidote to the hectic city life of nearby Marrakech. Your days will be spent walking through magnificent mountain scenery and getting back to basics in traditional bivouac accommodation. But the most challenging and inspiring point of the tour has to be the climb up Mount Toubkal – the highest peak in the High Atlas range. Once at the top you’ll be rewarded with views that coast all the way down to the Sahara.

If you would like us to arrange your entire stay in Morocco, including airport transfers, two nights in a lovely Berber guest house in Imlil either side of your trek and two nights staying in a boutique riad, please select the Trek & Accommodation Package in the drop down box at the bottom of this page.

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If you are short of time, this alternative 4 day trek through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and Toubkal is a good option.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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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.

The last day of the trek is usually a long one, so we recommend a relaxing night in Dar Adrar, before returning the next morning for two days and nights in Marrakech.

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The most popular Atlas Mountains trek we offer. 5 days and 4 nights through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and culminating in the ascent of Toubkal.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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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.

The last day of the trek is usually a long one, so 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

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional chic riad
- Beautiful rooftop terrace
- Individually and tastefully designed
- Gorgeous communal areas

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Medina Location
- Small swimming pool
- Lovely roof terrace
- Fantastic family suite

Dar Adrar

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Homely Berber guesthouse
- Fantastic views from terrace
- Great food
- Comfortable and clean

Riad Tzarra

Marrakech

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate riad
- Traditional, yet sophisticated
- Lovingly furnished

Dar One

Marrakech

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Cosy communal areas
- Moroccan style rooms
- Views across Marakech

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

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

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Wild camping
- Basic facilities
- Dorm rooms in refuges

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

Price is per person for a group of 2-4 people and includes transfers to and from Marrakech, tour guide, cook, all meals, mules to carry your bags and accommodation in a Berber village or camping. If you are travelling alone please contact us as there is often the opportunity to join a group.

Is it for me?

This is one of our most popular treks in the Atlas Mountains. It offers an excellent balance of valleys, peaks and passes giving you a taste of the high altitudes and the Berber Villages.

The trek is of moderate difficulty with most days ranging from 5 - 8 hours walking. The longest day (10-12h) comes with the Toubkal summit which is why we have given the trek an overall rating of challenging.

Toubkal is a strenuous climb, and you will need to be fit, it is though a moderate trek rather than a technical climb so you needn't be a hardened mountaineer. That said, if you are planning on tackling the mountain in the winter months (November to April), then it is imperative that you have suitable prior experience using crampons and ice axes. Your guides are experienced mountaineers usually with many years of winter ascents under their belt. They will all have undergone extensive training at the Royal Moroccan Federation of skiing and mountaineering (equivalent to the British Mountain Leader Summer scheme), however they are not qualified winter mountain leaders according to International qualifications.

As with all out Atlas Mountain treks, your cook will prepare all your meals and your baggage will be carried by mule, so you don't need to worry about carrying all of your belongings with you. Accommodation is in a mix of village guesthouses, refuges and camping, so expect basic but comfortable conditions.

Tourdust trek grading: Challenging

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Service rating : Very efficient. Everything happened when it was supposed to. All staff members were very helpful and helpful. Holiday was exactly as described.
    Product : We had a really amazing break. It was everything we hoped for and expected.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 29 October 2015

  • We had the most fabulous trip, thank you. Everything you arranged went to plan perfectly and all your Moroccan contacts were efficient and pleasant to deal with. Our guide, Rashid, was super - we got along well with him and found it so interesting talking to him about his family, life at home and his hopes and expectations - and he had a great sense of humour which is always a bonus. How Hamed, our cook/muleteer managed to produce the meals he did, I have no idea - tasty, healthy, beautifully presented and more than plentiful. The last couple of days in Marrakech were, of course, a complete contrast to the trek but great fun too. So all in all, a great break and we've had no hesitation in recommending Tourdust already to our friends.

    MissingSTEPHEN PEARCE reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 29 October 2015

  • Our trip was pretty much perfect. I really can't think of anything that could have been improved. The trip did require a slight change in schedule but it was great that our guide was flexible enough to arrange this. Thank you so much.

    MissingSteven Murphy reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 29 October 2015

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If you are short of time, this alternative 4 day trek through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and Toubkal is a good option.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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.

The last day of the trek is usually a long one, so we recommend a relaxing night in Dar Adrar, before returning the next morning for two days and nights in Marrakech.

The most popular Atlas Mountains trek we offer. 5 days and 4 nights through the Ouirgane National Park, Azzaden Valley and culminating in the ascent of Toubkal.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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.

The last day of the trek is usually a long one, so 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 $417 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 $693 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 $261 pp plus flights

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

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