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Atlas Mountain Gites & Camping

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

Highlights

- Very Basic Private Rooms
- Very Basic Shared Bathrooms
- Camping in summer / Gites in Winter
- Sleeping Bag Required

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Overview

The mountain gites can be real gems, but they can also be very basic. Each village in the Atlas Mountains has a gite. The gites are part government funded part locally owned guesthouses and are simple traditional buildings with a number of private rooms and shared facilities.

The rooms in some are little more than Berber salons - bare bones rooms with soft cushions placed around the room, which serve as a dining area for your group and sleeping area. You would typically expect a private room for your group (although in very busy periods, this may not always be the case).

The bathroom facilities are usually bearable but not exactly welcoming, some of the more basic gites may only have squat toilets. Hot showers are sometimes available, the gites do charge 1 or 2 Euros, but we do cover that cost (ask your guide).

The best thing about the gites is that you can usually get a private room for your party (even if there are only two of you), they are situated right in the heart of traditional Berber villages and some have outdoor terraces with wonderful views.

In the summer months, we will typically camp instead of staying in gites. We put on a private camp for you using modern dome tents and a mess tent for dining. There are some fantastic sites available and although few offer any facilities to talk of, except for a mountain stream to wash in, they can be a welcome alternative to sleeping in a crowded dorm room full of other trekkers. It is even possible to camp in the grounds of the Toubkal refuges and avail yourself of the bathroom, kitchen and sitting room facilities in the buildings. Modern dome tents are provided along with roll up sponge mattresses for sleeping on. Meals are served in a mess tent. For toilets, the crew will dig a fresh hole for each visit and put a small toilet tent by way of privacy (toilet roll is provided, but we always recommend taking a roll yourselves as back-up).

If you would rather stay in comfort we can offer a couple of alternatives. You could either base yourself in Imlil at a nice hotel or guesthouse and head out on day treks (instead of a multiday trek), or we can modify your trekking route to take in the Kasbah Du Toubkal 'luxury' trekking lodge and a couple of the newer gites which have private ensuite rooms (very limited availability), this does involve some degree of compromise on the trekking route, but may be worth it if comfort is your priority. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss these options.

If you are climbing Toubkal, then we have to use the Mountain Refuges, such as Neltner Hut and the Lepiney Refuge, both dorm style mountain huts. Anybody tackling Toubkal is going to have to deal with the mountain refuges. You can expect fairly crammed in dormitories, shared bathrooms and plenty of noisy trekkers spoiling your hard earned sleep. So no different really than mountain huts in the rest of the world. In winter and when it is cold, we use the dorms in the refuges, otherwise in warmer weather, we prefer to camp in the grounds of Neltner. That way we can avoid the dorms, but still make use of the bathrooms, dining rooms etc.

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Suggested Itineraries for Atlas Mountain Gites & Camping

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.

Our most popular Multi Day trek through stunning High Atlas scenery, traditional Berber Villages and some moderately challenging high passes. Overnight in basic village accommodation or camping.

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 4 days

Adults from $274 pp plus flights

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

Climb Mount Toubkal & visit Berber villages on this four or five day trek in the Atlas Mountains.

Private Trek Adventure 4 - 5 days

Adults from $430 pp plus flights

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

Five Day trek in the stunning and remote Ait Bougmez region including the summit of Jebel Mgoun.

Private Trek Adventure 1 week

Adults from $869 pp plus flights

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

A challenging family holiday for children aged 12 + trekking in Morocco's Toubkal National Park, culminating in a summit attempt of North Africa's Highest Mountain.

Tailor-made 8 days

Families from $623 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $256 per person economy class from London

The ultimate Toubkal Trek. A six day circular route through remote areas to the East of Toubkal & including 3x3000m+ passes & Toubkal.

Private Trek Adventure 6 days

Adults from $625 pp plus flights

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

Comfortable five day North-South traverse from the beautiful Ait Bougmez Valley over the Atlas Mountain range.

Private Trek Adventure 5 days

Adults from $755 pp plus flights

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

Our most popular family adventure, combine a 3 day mule supported trek in the Atlas Mountains with a boutique riad in Marrakech.

Tailor-made Classic 8 days

Families from $652 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $256 per person economy class from London

Fantastic holiday for adventurous families with trekking, surfing & Marrakech.

Tailor-made Adventure 8 days

Families from $823 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $256 per person economy class from London

A family holiday including some of Morocco's must-do's; A trek in the Atlas Mountains, a stay in a riad & a camel trek.

Private Trek 8 days

Adults from $858 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $256 per person economy class from London

The ultimate Morocco in a week adventure. Trek the Atlas mountains, discover ancient kasbahs, camel trek to Troglodyte caves & explore Marrakech.

Tailor-made Classic 8 days

Families from $823 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $256 per person economy class from London

Perfect for an active summer holiday, combine an Atlas Mountains trek, Marrakech and a week surfing on the Atlantic Coast.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

Families from $1,363 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $256 per person economy class from London

A tailor-made holiday taking in the highlights of Morocco; Marrakech, Essaouira & a 3 day trek in the Atlas Mountains.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $1,068 pp plus flights

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

The perfect remedy to grey winter days: trekking in the Atlas Mountains, exploring & cookery course in Marrakech and sunny beaches.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

Adults from $1,524 pp plus flights

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

A holiday combining camel treks, desert camping, Atlas mountain trekking and the wonderful city of Marrakech.

Tailor-made Adventure 2 weeks

Adults from $2,119 pp plus flights

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

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 $731 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $128 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 496 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trek was fab, really enjoyed it! Was definitely a challenge but one worth doing. Our Guide Mohammed was excellent, took care of our needs, patient and went at a suitable pace for us. Ali, the muleteer and cook made us the most remarkable dishes and such large quantities, we felt bad for leaving so much food.....was enough for six people or more.

    The refuges provided us a great place to stay....the first one was very quiet only another couple staying there, whilst the next was much busier and was a fab way to meet new people.

    We were really pleased we made it to the summit, it felt like a great achievement.

    I don’t think I would change any part of it.

    Thank you, to you and your partners in Morrcco, will recommend you to anyone who wishes to follow in my footsteps.

    MissingLouise Davis reviewing Climb Mount Toubkal on 29 August 2018

  • The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
    Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
    When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
    Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.

    MissingInga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018

  • We travel to enjoy the sites and sounds, the food and the culture so we like to leave all the planning and organizing to a good tour company and from our first interaction I knew we had found a really great one. Jayne promptly answered all our questions and easily adjusted the standard offering to accommodate our specific schedule. From there on everything worked like clockwork and exactly as promised exceeding our every expectation. Payment was simple, and the thoughtful, well-documented pre-travel package of information, guidance, tips and suggestions that accompanied the booking confirmation was excellent.

    On arrival in Marrakech we were met at the airport right on time where Ibrahim kindly provided water, local treats and a comfortable drive to our first night's accommodations which was comfortable and warm and the food excellent. Along the way all accommodation were exactly as described and equally comfortable and accommodating. We were met as promised on the first morning by our guide, Rashid who was the perfect host for our 4 day trek: helpful, friendly and accommodating without being in any way pushy or crowding and happy to answer any and all questions in perfect English. The stunning scenery and fascinating villages made for perfect trekking and each day was well-timed and challenging without being too strenuous, not too short and not too long.

    And then there was the food along the way! Ahmed ingeniously produced delicious, nutritious, hearty meals every morning and every evening in the kitchen of the gites where we stayed and somehow, amazingly, out in the open in the beautiful spots where every day we had lunch - seriously good food, well beyond our expectations for a mountain trek.

    Transport to Marrakech was smooth and simple and our stay there excellent. Riad Tzarra is exactly as promised: beautiful and comfortable and charming with the most welcoming and accommodating staff one could possibly imagine. Ibrahim, Naeema and {oh, I forget her name!} catered to our every need with a smile and I wish we'd had more time there. I highly recommend taking a breakfast or lunch at the Riad - both were excellent.

    Tourdust is now #1 on our list for any future trekking vacations we have planned for any of the places served

    MissingBarry Danilowitz reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 04 December 2017

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