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Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek

A family holiday suitable for children aged 8+, offering a perfect blend of trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and culture in the intoxicating imperial city of Marrakech.

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  • 3 Day mule-supported trek in the Atlas Mountains
  • Stay in remote Berber villages
  • Additional mule provided for children to ride when they get tired
  • 3 nights in a traditional riad in Marrakech
This holiday has been created for active families. It is not a children's holiday, but an adults holiday that children will enjoy. This distinction is very important to us, as we believe it is what sets it apart. Where possible, accommodation has been carefully selected to ensure that you can have a rich, cultural experience, without having to be too self conscious of noise and disturbing others. These are not, though, family hotels. Many feature traditional architecture and unattended swimming pools. Children are welcome on the simple understanding that parents accept full responsibility for their safety and behaviour.

After being met at Marrakech airport, your holiday begins in the pretty mountain village of Imlil. Your first night is spent in a cosy guesthouse with gorgeous views of the valleys. If the weather is nice, you will be able to enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal on the roof terrace. The next morning, you begin a three day trek in the Atlas mountains, staying in remote Berber villages. An additional mule will be provided which the children can ride (and rest) on long flat stretches. The walk is moderate and there will be plenty of stops for snacks and lunch, but is more suited to children who are happy undertaking 4-5 hour walks at home.

The holiday ends in Morocco's finest city, Marrakech. In the 1960's, Marrakech had quite a reputation as a destination on the hippy trail, it is now an exceptionally accessible city, which both adults and children with love. The main draw of the city is the world famous Djemaa el Fna, which comes alive at night with story tellers, acrobats, musicians and food stalls. There are also the souks to explore, which are chaotic, but a lot of fun to navigate around. The medina is also culturally rich, with highlights such as the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Palais el Badi & Bahia. In the new town, the Jardin Majorelle, designed by the late Yves Saint Laurent, provide a welcome respite from the chaos of the city.

Please note: Sleeping bags are required for this trek.


Itinerary in Brief

DAY 1: Arrive & transfer to the Atlas Mountains
DAY 2: Trek
DAY 3: Trek
DAY 4: Trek
DAY 5: Transfer to Marrakech
DAY 6: Marrakech
DAY 7: Marrakech
DAY 8: Depart

Extended Itinerary

You will be picked up from Marrakech airport and transferred to the small town of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains. Your first night is spent in a friendly family run guest house where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner on the roof terrace (weather permitting)
Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Adrar
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

Imlil – Tizi n Mzik –Tizi Oussem After breakfast, you will meet your guide and muleteer. Once you have loaded up your bags, the mule and cook set off together, taking a head-start to pick a perfect picnic spot and start cooking your lunch. Your walk starts with a fairly stiff climb up towards the pass at Tizi n Mzik (2489m), which offers dramatic mountain views. From here, the trail descends down into the spectacular Azzadene valley, known locally as the valley of colour. Your day of walking ends in the small Berber village of Tizi Oussem where you will spend the night in a gite. If you’re feeling energetic, you can take a slight route detour to include the D’Irhoulidene waterfalls, this adds a couple of extra hours walking but is worth the effort. Approx. 4-5 hours walking, 6-7 hours walking including the waterfalls. (749m ascent & 649m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Gite
Transport (where relevant): n/a

Tizi Oussem – Tinzert After breakfast you will set off walking through the Azzadene valley, passing traditional Berber mountain villages. The view behind you is of the peaks of the High Atlas, whilst the valley ahead offers beautiful scenery with a rushing mountain stream surrounded by lush walnut groves. As you descend you will eventually enter the Ouirgane National Park, a protected area of natural beauty. Tonight you stay in Tinzert, a rustic Berber village. Approx. 5-6 hours walking (640m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Gite
Transport (where relevant): n/a

Tinzert – Imi Oughlad – Imlil Today is the gentlest day of walking; there are fewer steep inclines and descents so you can really enjoy the Mediterranean-esque scenery. Shepherds tend to their goats amongst the pretty valleys dotted with juniper trees, rosemary and thyme. You will be walking towards Imi Oughlad where you will have lunch before saying goodbye to your cook, guide (and mule). After lunch, you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation in Imlil where you can enjoy a hot shower followed by an afternoon of relaxation. Approx. 4 hours walking (200m ascent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Adrar
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

You will be picked up after breakfast and transferred to Marrakech (about 1 ½ hours). Once you have settled into your riad, we suggest you set off and explore Marrakech's medina. You can spend all afternoon exploring the souks and taking in the atmosphere or you could relax on the roof terrace on one of the sun loungers. In the evening, be sure to head down to the main square where food stalls, acrobats, snake charmers and story tellers congregate creating an unforgettable atmosphere which is compelling for adults and children alike.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dar Hanane
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

Today you might want to see some of the main cultural sights of Marrakech, including the Medersa Ben Youssef, Palais el Badi and the Bahia Palace, interspersed with a leisurely lunch watching the storks nesting on the ramparts of the ancient city or perhaps some people watching at a cafe in the Spice market. In the evening, you might want to enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants over-looking the main square, or perhaps ask your host to book you a table at the atmospheric Foundouk restaurant, serving up delicious French & Moroccan fusion food.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dar Hanane
Transport (where relevant): n/a

Today you might want to catch a petit taxi out to the Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. The gardens are beautifully laid out and offer a welcome respite to the chaos of the medina. (There is also a lovely cafe there) In the afternoon, you might want to take it easy and see the ramparts from the comfort of a caleche (horse and cart.) In the evening, you might want to go back to the Djemaa el Fna, or perhaps head to the new town for some more Western cuisine.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dar Hanane
Transport (where relevant): n/a

You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: n/a
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer


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.

Dar Adrar

Atlas Mountains

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

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

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


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

All transfers are included.

Whilst trekking: tour guide, cook, all meals, mules to carry your bags, spare mule for the children and accommodation in a Berber village or camping. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or you can hire €3 per person per day on trek. If hiring, please bring a sleeping bag liner)

In Marrakech: Accommodation with breakfast

When is best?

This trip can be enjoyed throughout the year. The winter months in the mountains are usually fine as you will be trekking below the snow-line, it tends to be mild during the day, but the evenings are cold. The same applies for Marrakech, where you can expect warm days, but chilly evenings.

Summer time temperatures in Marrakech can reach the mid 40's, but it is more bearable in the mountains. All accommodation that we use is air-conditioned and at this time of year we usually use riads that are equipped with a plunge pool.

Is it for me?

This family activity holiday is a balance between trekking, relaxation and a smattering of culture. It is not a children's holiday, rather it has been designed for parents and children who want to have an active holiday to suit a mixture of tastes and interests.

This holiday has a minimum age of 8. The reason for this is that the accommodation we use is not considered appropriate for young children, as some have unattended plunge pools. Whilst in the pools, your children are your responsibility and they do need to be supervised for their safety and the comfort of others.. If you would prefer to stay somewhere that does not have a pool, please contact us.

For the trekking, you all need to be relatively fit. You will walk for about 4-5 hours a day, but as well as being accompanied by a guide and a mule to carry your bags, an additional mule will be provided in case one of the children needs to rest their weary legs.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

The time in Marrakech is self-guided and the trekking will be just you.


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Wow, we had a brilliant time!! Not sure where to start…

    Transport was great, very reassuring to have all that taken care of and all drivers were polite and helpful. Good to know in advance to have some dirham ready for tips.

    Treking: Our guide Hassan, muleteer Centim and chef were great. We’d never been guided before and were a little worried about how it would all work out but Hassan went at a pace that worked for us, always made sure we knew where we were going and happy to answer questions but also to give us some space. Food was such a treat! Beautiful locations and we were thoroughly looked after.

    Accommodation. Mountain lodge were brilliant. Very cold at night in Imlil so glad to have layers. Staff helpful, food plentiful and delicious. Ouirgane Eco Lodge was a real treat after the mountains. And the riad. Oh my goodness. We loved it! Breakfast on our own terrace, a pool to cool off in. So much space and so beautifully decorated. We couldn’t believe it was ours for the period of time and a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the souks.

    The balance of the trek and city was great for us, kids saw all kinds of things in both places that really opened their eyes. Weather was very kind to us so it was an extra treat to have the sunshine.

    It definitely felt like a real adventure and something that we’ll always remember as a family.

    We had plenty of info from Tourdust and plenty of prompt replies as my queries popped up.

    MissingKate A reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 26 April 2019

  • The whole experience was truly fascinating and was really well organised from start to finish. We came away feeling that we had experienced the real Morocco. The accommodation and food was excellent throughout and we particularly liked Kasbah de Cigogne and the incredibly friendly staff, especially Ali! The mountain trek was invigorating and proved a highlight of the holiday - even the cold overnight stay in a mountain gite!. Credit to the guides and excellent cook plus of course the ever patient mules! We couldn't believe the quality(and quantity) of delicious hot food prepared half way up a mountain for us!
    Oh and Marrakesh - well it needs no introduction but if you need to get away from the Souks for a while, a day at the Beldi Club comes highly recommended!
    We'll be back to conquer Toubkal one day!

    MissingChristopher S reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 23 April 2015

  • We had a fantastic holiday in Morocco. Both Riad Dar Imlil and Riad Wo were lovely, the staff very friendly and helpful and both served delicious food. Please could you pass on our thanks in particular to Ibrahim who was our guide in the Atlas mountains. He was a brilliant guide, extremely helpful and considerate and a definite asset to your operation out there. All the transfers went smoothly and the little extra touches such as the pastries and water in the taxi from the airport to the mountains were very much appreciated.

    We will most certainly be recommending Tourdust to all our friends.

    MissingGavin K reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 15 April 2015

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