You're an active traveler who enjoys spending quality time in the outdoors. This tour takes you deep into the High Atlas Mountains, where you'll come across mountain goats, waterfalls, and wild juniper trees, as well as terraced fields, colorful valleys, and imposing mountain peaks.
You're curious about different cultures and want to develop a deeper understanding of Morocco by getting to know local people, eating traditional food, visiting remote Berber villages, and traversing the country's diverse landscape. This is an eye-opening experience that we promise you won't soon forget!
You're passionate about responsible tourism and want to see firsthand the positive impact that it can have on poor, rural communities. This tour is run exclusively by guides who are from the Atlas Mountains and who help bring money into their community through their work in tourism.
Arrive on Thursday as the tour begins early the following morning. Spend this bonus day enjoying mint tea in Yves Saint-Laurent’s garden, watching snake charmers in Djemaa- El-Fnaa (the main square), and exploring Marrakesh’s colorful labyrinth of souks (markets). We'll provide you with a self-guided tour and a digital map -- just be sure to bring your best bargaining skills along too!
The tour officially starts bright and early on Friday morning. Your local guide will pick you up promptly at 8am from your hostel in Marrakech. You will then begin the short drive to Imlil Valley, a beautiful area nestled in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains.
Enjoy an energizing mint tea before beginning the ascent over Tizi n’Tachte Pass (2000m). Along the way you will walk through a forest of juniper trees and past several remote Berber villages. For lunch, tuck into a home cooked meal made by your own private chef as you sit in the shade and enjoy the spectacular views of Toubkal Summit. Don't worry about having to lug around a heavy backpack: you'll also have a mule to carry all of your belongings.
The day concludes in a quaint Berber village nestled deep within the mountains. You’ll spend the night in a traditional home made of clay where you can observe day-to-day village life before finally hitting the hay.
Rise with the village before making your way up and over Tizi Mzik Pass (2684m). After another rewarding lunch, quickly descend into the valley where you’ll have a chance to cool off under a waterfall. If you fancy a snack before dinner, pick a few cherries or walnuts from the many trees nearby.
End the night in a stunning, family-run guesthouse that is decorated with ornate, handmade furniture and woodwork by local craftsman. This place is truly a gem and we promise it will feel like your own home away from home!
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the guesthouse before your transfer back to Marrakech to catch your flight or spend more time exploring the city.
When does this tour begin? When do I need to arrive?
The tour begins promptly at 8am on Friday morning, so you must arrive the day/night before.
Are there any age restrictions?
You must be 18 or over.
When does the tour end on Sunday? When should I book my return flight?
You will be back in Marrakech no later than 3pm on Sunday. Your guide can either drop you off at the airport or in the city center. If you opt for the latter, you will be responsible for organizing your own transportation to the airport later on. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before departure, so be sure that your flight is scheduled no earlier than 5pm on Sunday evening.
If I need to book an earlier flight, can I arrange my own transportation to the airport?
Possibly. The guesthouse in Imlil is approximately 1.5 hours from Marrakech Airport by car. You are welcome to arrange your own transportation from the guesthouse to Marrakech after 8pm on Saturday evening. However, it is not possible to depart any earlier than that as the hike into the Atlas Mountains takes you to remote Berber villages that are not accessible by car.
Can I arrive earlier / stay later than the days you recommend?
Absolutely! While it’s difficult to shorten this tour, it is very easy to extend. If you’d like help organizing activities for any extra days that you’re in Morocco, just give us a shout and we’ll see what we can do.