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High Atlas Mts

The High Atlas mountains offer something different for you holiday in Morocco - a huge range of trekking opportunities or a chance to relax in stunning surroundings. The mountains form the largest and most dramatic range in Morocco, with many peak over 3,000 m and some over 4,000 m, yet are only a quick journey south of Marrakech, or even shorter trip north of Taroudant.

Overview

The Region

The range has several peaks over 3,000 m and has North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,176 m), which lies within the Toubkal National Park.

The High Atlas offers numerous options for trekking but it is equally a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and air.

Higher areas are snow covered in winter, with peaks remaining topped with snow through into the spring. The mountains are easily accessed from Marrakech from the north or Taroudant from the south.

The High Atlas range runs for 700 km from the Atlantic coast near Agadir and Essaouira eastwards, past Marrakech and beyond. Its sharp peaks, deep valleys, and high plateaus create a dramatic landscape. The many pretty, remote Berber villages offer an easy escape from towns or cities for visitors wanting to trek or relax in beautiful mountain scenery. 

Weather

The best time to visit the region is between March and November. On the other hand, from December until February one can enjoy crisp sunny days and very cold nights; be sure to take warm clothes for the evenings. The higher reaches of the High Atlas are a pleasant escape from the heat in summer, since the accommodation we offer lies between 800 and 1,800 m above sea level. It is difficult to supply useful statistics, since altitudes vary rising up to over 4,000 m and weather is unpredictable, as in any mountain environment.

The higher parts of the High Atlas mountains receive snow during winter; however, it is relatively rare for roads to be blocked. Valleys may be susceptible to flash flooding from rain and in spring (from snowmelt).

Location

The High Atlas mountains lie in a vast belt running just south of Marrakech and separating the desert regions in the south east from the rest of Morocco, and are easily accessible from:

  • Marrakech, the bustling centre of Morocco for most visitors, the mountains start around 1 hour's drive south from the city; or
  • Taroudant, the medina town in the heart of the Moroccan south, the mountains start around 30 minutes north from the town (which is 1 hour inland from Agadir and the international airport there).

Places in the Region

Near Marrakech:

  • Asni - the first significant small town when entering the range from Marrakech.
  • Imlil - the most significant trekking village, lying at 1,800 m above sea level at the end of a valley where most treks to Djebel Toubkal begin.
  • Ouirgane - a village in a wonderful bowl shaped valley in the High Atlas at 1,000 m above sea level, a good base for trekking or to travel on to the Tiz n Test Pass and Tinmel Mosque.
  • Ourika valley - a lush green valley in the foothills of the mountains close to Marrakech.

Near Taroudant and Agadir:

  • Afensou - a small village with a spring and verdant palm gardens at 800 m above sea level, just an hour north of Taroudant, where you can stay at Les Terrasses de L'Atlas.
  • Grarga - easy day treks and accommodation available at Atlas Kasbah in the foothills of the mountains; the area benefits from the moderating effects of the Atlantic ocean, not being far inland from the resort of Agadir.

Accommodation

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Dar Adrar

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Dar Adrar is a small, simple, clean auberge set in a stunning location above the village accessible only on foot or mule. It is run by our excellent guide and is an ideal base for a night or more before/and or after a trek. It offers genuine Berber culture, good local food and a terrace with panoramic views.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£45 per night, half board Information

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2** Classic Information

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Chez Momo

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> Destinations > High Atlas Mts > Ouirgane

Chez Momo is a friendly Moroccan-owned little rural inn set in a commanding position on a hillside overlooking a reservoir. It is a delightful place to relax and enjoy Berber hospitality, with a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and pretty gardens with wonderful views of the lake and mountains.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, half board Information

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Dar Ouassaggou

Dar Ouassaggou

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Dar Ouassaggou is a small, comfortable, easy accessible guest house. It has a superb terrace with panoramic views of the mountains, Berber villages and the walnut groves. Your hospitable Berber hosts live on the ground floor and serve good traditional meals either on the terrace or in the cosy salon.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£35 per night, B&B Information

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Kasbah Samra

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Kasbah Samra is a traditional Berber dwelling conversion, set at the head of a valley in the dramatic scenery of the High Atlas. It is a fascinating eco-tourism project and a great place to stay before and/or after a trek, with the spacious roof terrace an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the scenic views.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£90 per night, half board Information

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Ourika Garden Villa

Ourika Garden Mountain Villa

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The Ourika Garden Mountain Villa is a delightful small guest house set in a beautiful terraced organic garden in a very scenic part of the Ourika valley. It has a pool and restaurant, and offers delightful suites, some ideal for families.more..

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£55 per night, B&B Information

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Domaine Malika

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Domain Malika is a luxury guest house set amongst the pretty gardens, pine trees and olive groves of the Ouirgane Valley surrounded by the peaks of the High Atlas mountains and bordering Toubkal national park

Standard Double Guide Price:

£110 per night, B&B Information

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Kasbah Angour

Kasbah Angour

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Kasbah Angour is a recently constructed boutique hotel superbly situated on a hill-top in the foot-hills of the Atlas Mountains around 30 minutes’ drive from Marrakech. It offers a wonderful garden with large pool and stunning vistas, a high standard of accommodation, service and cuisine.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£140 per night, B&B Information

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Bab Ourika

Kasbah Bab Ourika

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Kasbah Bab Ourika is a superb luxury hilltop kasbah with fabulous views of Ourika valley and the High Atlas mountains. It has a pool, hammam and exceptional restaurant, and is one of the most sustainably managed hotels in Morocco.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£150 per night, B&B Information

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Kasbah Toubkal

Kasbah du Toubkal

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Kasbah du Toubkal is a luxury retreat full of character created using traditional methods from a ruined Kasbah. It is spectacularly located in the High Atlas near Morocco’s highest peak but also offers a luxury remote trekking lodge.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£190 per night, half board Information

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4**** Chic Information

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L'Oliveraie de Marigha

L’Oliveraie de Marigha

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> Destinations > High Atlas Mts > Ouirgane

L’Oliveraie de Marigha offers a number of minimalist and modern well-equipped bungalows scattered amongst pretty gardens in a beautiful setting in the Ouirgane valley, an hour’s drive from Marrakech. It has a well known restaurant and 2 swimming pools.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£80 per night, B&B Information

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Kasbah Tamadot

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> Destinations > High Atlas Mts > Asni

Kasbah Tamadot is a luxurious hotel and spa set in the High Atlas Mountains around 50 minutes south of Marrakech. It is an incredible place to relax or enjoy the mountains, of which there are outstanding views. It also operates a responsible tourism policy including supporting village projects.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£450 per night, B&B Information

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Attractions

Things to do or see

The High Atlas offers numerous options for trekking but it is equally a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and air.

The region has a number of spectacular passes, gorges, and interesting places to visit:

  • The breathtaking Tiz n Test mountain pass, on the Marrakech to Taroudant road and the atmospheric Tin Mal Mosque, one of only 2 that non Muslims can enter in Morocco.
  • The Tizi n Taghatine mountain pass, on its southern edge on the Taroudant to Zagora or Ouarzazate road, a lower route passing through the volcanic Jbel Siroua, an area famous for its saffron and carpet-producing centres.
  • The Tizi n Tickha mountain pass, on the Marrakech to Ouarzazate (and Skoura) road, off which the Glaoui Kasbah at Telouet is well worth a visit.
  • The spectacular Todra and Dades gorges on the southern edge of the High Atlas Mountains and the Oued Nfiss gorges on the northern edge of the range near Ouirgane.

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