4×4 Day Trip From Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains & Berber Villages

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Best Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Tour

Escape to the splendid Atlas Mountains and enjoy an award winning day trip from Marrakech to the wilderness: Drive past Agafay desert and ride camels. Cross Kik plateau with its mud-brick humble Berber houses. Meet shepherds waving at you with smiling faces. Visit Berber houses for a cup of mint tea, and hike Toubkal National Park to the waterfalls.

Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip Highlights:

  • Drive across Agafay desert to admire the view of the arid dunes with Atlas Mountains in the backdrop
  • Experience a camel ride enjoying the views of snow-capped Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy a tea ceremony at a Berber house in Kik Plateau
  • Hike to Aroumd Berber village and stop at the waterfalls on the way
  • Treat yourself to a delicious Tagine served at a Berber family house
  • Visit a Berber market and watch locals haggle for every item

Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Marrakech - Agafay Desert - Toubkal National Park

    (3 Hours Drive)

    After meeting your 4x4 driver / guide at your hotel or riad, your day trip to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech will start with a drive south of the city through the Haouz plains to Agafay desert.
    From here, enjoy some off the beaten track drive to the lake of Lalla Takerkoust where you will stop to enjoy the view and take photos.
    An optional 30 minutes camel ride will be your next stop at the slopes of the Atlas Mountains before you continue your drive through the mountainous tiny roads to Kik Plateau admiring the views of Berber villages scattered left and right.
    Fadma is a generous Berber lady who was kind enough to host our guests for a tea ceremony at her humble mud brick house. She will bake home made bread for you as well, to dip into extra virgin olive oil.
    Continue your Atlas Mountain journey through rough terrains to Imlil village, where we will leave our 4x4 and enjoy an hour moderate hike to ‘’Aroumd’’, a tiny Berber village located at the heart of Toubkal National Park, famous for its splendid views of Toubkal Mountain, the highest peak of North Africa (4 167 m / 13,671 ft high). There is also a small waterfall the way not to miss, and surely your local guide will show you the way there.
    After a delicious Berber Tagine lunch served by a host family in ‘’Aroumd’’ Village, descend back to Imlil, and enjoy a smooth ride back to Marrakech through Tahennaout, the main town in the region, where the weekly market takes place every Tuesday.
    Your Marrakech to Atlas Mountains day trip will come to an end around 16h00 with a drop off at your hotel or riad in Marrakech.

A/C modern Toyota land cruiser 4x4

English / French speaking driver / guide

30 minutes camel ride

Mint tea, home made bread and olive oil at a Berber house

1 hour hike in Toubkal National Park with a local experienced guide

3 course lunch at a Berber House in Imlil Village

Know Before You Go:
  • Kindly note that 4x4s take 4 adults comfortably, but can fit up to 6. The two second row seats in the back lack leg room, and can only fit children comfortably.
  • One-hour hike to ‘’Aroumd’’ Village is optional, and can be skipped if you wish. However, an alternative location will be chosen for you to have lunch ( Please communicate the info to your driver at the start of your tour.
  • You can choose to ride the mules to ‘’Aroumd’’ Village if you wish, for an extra 10 Euros to be paid directly to the supplier.
  • During the winter season and early spring, it might be cold in the Atlas Mountains during the day, please be prepared and don’t forget warm jackets.
  • Sandals and flip-flops are not recommended for this tour.
  • Ladies are advised to dress moderately during this trip. Berbers are conservative people.
  • Camel ride requires trousers or long shorts, skirts
  • Do not forget a hat, sunscreen, wet napkins and sunglasses. They will be very useful during your day trip to the Atlas Mountains.

Day Trip to the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech Prices:

Number of Participants 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person 160€ 85€ 65€ 50€ 45€ 40€
Number of Participants Price per person
1 160€
2 85€
3 65€
4 50€
5 45€
6 40€
Frequently Asked Questions
Eolin B – Feb 2021:

With the high Atlas Mountains laced with snow, the views were beautiful. The hike to the waterfall was challenging but rewarding. I've always found Moroccans to be quite welcoming, and Mohamed, our wonderful guide, was no exception. He was really considerate, helpful, and informed about Morocco and anything else of interest. Lunch was fantastic and a lovely experience at a local Berber family's house. Overall, I would strongly suggest this trip.

Norah R – Jul 2021:

It was an amazing experience. The views of the valleys and Berber Villages are very breath taking. The landscape's hues and curves are amazing. Mohamed, our guide, deserves special praise for his professionalism. Such a kind, helpful, and well-educated person. He added a new depth to the journey. This is an excursion that every visitor to Marrakech should take.

Alex C – May 2021:

We had a fantastic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Reda, our driver, was really kind and informed about the culture and surroundings, and he contributed greatly to the success of our trip. All of the other individuals involved, such as our guide in Imlil and the gorgeous lunch at the Fadma family's home, made it the finest possible tour for us, and I can only recommend it to anybody planning a trip with Marrakech Desert Trips to get away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh!

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