Day trip to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

(1165 Reviews)

Tour Overview:

Discover the Atlas Mountains on a day trip from Marrakech, a perfect escape to experience the serene Agafay desert, explore Berber villages, and wander through Toubkal National Park. This tour offers a unique glimpse into Berber culture and lifestyle, showcasing stunning landscapes from the snow-capped Mount Toubkal to the lush 3 valleys. Dive into the heart of Berber tradition in Imlil and a typical Berber Village, making this journey a must-do for those looking to explore Morocco’s natural beauty and cultural richness.

 

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains Day trip Highlights:

  • Traverse Agafay desert landscape, with a chance for a camel adventure.
  • Explore the Kik plateau's authentic mud-brick Berber villages.
  • Meet smiling Atlas Mountains shepherds waving at you in every turn.
  • Experience the warmth of Berber hospitality with a mint tea in their homes.
  • Venture into Toubkal National Park for a scenic hike to Imlil Valley's waterfalls.

Tour Includes

  • Transportation in A/C modern Toyota land cruiser 4x4.
  • English/French speaking driver/guide.
  • 1 hour camel ride.
  • Mint tea, home made bread and olive oil at a Berber house.
  • 1 hour walk in Toubkal National Park with an experienced local guide.
  • 3 course lunch at a Berber House in Imlil Village.
  • Pick up and drop off at your Marrakech hotels.

Meeting And Pick up

Tour Starting Time

09:00 AM

Tour Ending Time

05:00 PM

Pick up details

We’ll come to collect you from your hotel. If your accommodation isn’t reachable by car, your guide will meet you at the riad and accompany you to the vehicle.

Tour Itinerary:

Marrakech → High Atlas Mountains

Embark on an enchanting Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech, starting with a convenient pickup from your hotel. Journey aboard a rugged 4×4 through the picturesque Haouz plains to the Agafay desert’s edge. Enjoy the pristine beauty of this region with a scenic drive to Lake Lalla Takerkoust, a photographer’s paradise. For an extra thrill, opt for a camel ride along the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

Traveling through the mountain roads to the Kik Plateau, you’ll be greeted by the vibrant patchwork of traditional Berber villages against the serene mountain backdrop. Experience the warm Moroccan hospitality at Fadma’s home, a welcoming Berber hostess, who offers freshly baked bread and ceremonial tea steeped in local tradition.

The journey continues to the charming village of Imlil, nestled in the Toubkal National Park. Here, a hike through the valleys offers breathtaking views of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, and leads you to a hidden waterfall, a secret spot your guide is eager to show.

Lunch in the village of Aroumd introduces you to the cultural tapestry of Moroccan flavors with a homemade Berber Tagine, a sensory feast. The return trip to Marrakech through Tahannaout offers a peek into the vibrant life of its weekly market, a cornerstone of local culture.

As your day concludes, we’ll whisk you back to your Marrakech hotel, leaving you enriched with unforgettable memories. This day trip is more than a tour; it’s a journey through the heart of Morocco’s majestic landscapes and its soulful Berber culture, designed for adventurers, culture enthusiasts, and photographers alike.

Tour Price

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person: 160€ 95€ 75€ 60€ 55€ 50€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 160€
2 95€
3 75€
4 60€
5 55€
6 50€

Know Before You Go

  • You'll receive a confirmation upon booking.
  • Sturdy walking shoes are advisable, particularly for the walk to the waterfalls.
  • Feel free to chat with your guide about the duration of your walk.
  • Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • The hike in Toubkal National Park is optional and requires to be modeately fit.
  • This is a private tour, exclusively for your group.

Cancellation Policy

  • You have the flexibility to cancel up to 72 hours before the experience for a complete refund.
  • If the weather is exceptionally poor, you can choose to reschedule the tour for another date.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech?

The distance between Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains is 65 Km (40.38 miles). Imlil is the principal town used as a hiker base to climb the Atlas Mountains.

What is the best time to visit the Atlas Mountains?

The best time to visit the Atlas Mountains is the fall and spring. If you are a ski fan, you can also visit Oukaimeden ski resort during winter. However, Ourika Valley, on the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains is a popular destination for locals escaping Marrakech summer heat on a day excursion from Marrakech.

What do i wear for a day trip in the Atlas Mountains?

Choosing what to wear for the Atlas Mountains depends on the season: Light clothes during early fall and late spring as the temperature in the Atlas Mountains is mild and sunny. However, it would be best to pack warm clothes for winter and early spring.

What are the Atlas Mountains famous for?

Morocco’s Atlas Mountains are famous for trekking and skiing and represent an excellent opportunity for a moderate walk and visit Berber communities. They are also amazing destinations to explore on a day excursion from Marrakech.

What is the Climate of the High Atlas Mountains?

During summer, the altitude level of the Atlas Mountains offers cooler temperatures. However, exposed valley’s temperatures can reach up to 30 °C. Thunderstorms and heavy showers are occasional during summer seasons in the Atlas Mountains. In winter, the high altitudes are exposed to freezing weather and heavy snow. Toubkal summit ( 4167 m above sea level ) is covered in snow from late November to late May. During the day, the temperature can range from 10°C to 20°C. Although the spring season is wet in the Atlas Mountains, and possible floods are caused by occasional rain and melting snow, there will be many dry and sunny days, representing an excellent occasion for visitors and trekking fans to enjoy the Atlas Mountains. The fall (September / October) is undoubtedly the best time to visit the Atlas Mountains, thanks to its dry weather and mild temperatures.

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Silas Mercer

Family Traveller

It was truly a wonderful and fresh adventure that I would enthusiastically suggest to everyone. Our driver, Mohamed, was an outstanding tour guide who ensured we felt right at home and shared all the important details with us. He truly elevated the experience beyond our expectations. We gathered at a designated spot and then embarked on a journey to the Agafay desert, where we not only enjoyed tea but also had the chance to ride camels. After that, we had the incredible opportunity to meet a local family of berbers who graciously taught us the art of making authentic Moroccan tea. Moving forward, we ventured into the stunning Atlas Mountains, treating ourselves to a captivating tour of the mountainous region. And to top it all off, we indulged in a delicious tagine meal with a breathtaking view of the mountains.

August 30, 2023

Ignacio Rojas

Family Traveller

I highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Marrakech! Our guide, Hassan, was absolutely fantastic. He led us to a local Berber friend’s house for an incredible Moroccan breakfast, where we got a firsthand look at their lifestyle and learned about their daily routines. We had numerous chances to take memorable photos. We journeyed through the Agafay desert and continued to the Atlas Mountains, which offered stunning views. Hassan even took us to his family’s home in the Atlas Mountains, treating us to tea with breathtaking vistas. We enjoyed a short walk to witness a beautiful waterfall as well. The day also included a Moroccan lunch in a charming mountain town, with more opportunities for photos. We explored a women’s cooperative and wrapped up the day with a camel ride. This jeep safari is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the Berber way of life, guided by someone knowledgeable and friendly!

August 26, 2023

Arata Tanaka

Couple Traveller

We had a fantastic outing with our guide, LAhcen! He skillfully highlighted the key aspects of the excursion and accommodated our preferences throughout the day. His driving was excellent, and he provided valuable assistance. Thanks once more!

August 25, 2023

Luciano Costa

Couple Traveller

Our guide was really friendly and did a great job explaining the various villages and places we visited. We had a quick stop at a shop where they produce argan products, and we got to taste tea, oil, and honey. When we reached the Atlas Mountains, we visited a Berber house and even got to prepare a tagine ourselves. In the afternoon, we explored the Agafay desert, taking photos and going on a 4×4 adventure. I highly recommend this! Many thanks to Ali for making this day so wonderful.

August 23, 2023

Emilian Kova?

Family Traveller

The excursion was truly worth it. It offers a fresh perspective on the country and its people compared to the usual city experience. Venturing into the mountains and Agafay desert, we enjoyed breathtaking views. The Berber villages we visited went the extra mile to prepare delicious food, and we were treated to stunning waterfalls. It was fascinating to witness the process of making Argan oil. The camel tour was decent, and overall, it was a very pleasant trip that provided a unique experience. On a personal note, it was a bit disheartening to observe how animals are often used for tourism or other purposes, rather than being cared for. Nevertheless, the excursion itself was cozy and enjoyable. Our guide shared a wealth of information and was extremely friendly. This experience was truly valuable, and we’re thrilled that we went for it. The warm and welcoming attitude of everyone involved added to the overall charm of the trip.

August 22, 2023
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