The Atlas Mountains is a place to be included in your vacation to go to list if you love adventure or you are seeking respite from your busy city life.
The Atlas Mountains run along Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia stretching till 2500 Kms. These mountains are inhabited by the Berber populations ( people with origin from North Africa, west of Egypt) and also filled with amazing flora and fauna.
The highest peak of the Atlas Mountain ranges is Toubkal located in southwestern Morocco, in the Toubkal National Park.
If you looking for a few off-the beaten trekking trails amidst the unspoiled landscape of Morocco, then Atlas mountain ranges is your destination.
Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountain ranges is a part of the High Atlas, also known as the Grand Atlas Mountains.
This part of the Atlas Mountain is best for Skiing and other winter sports. Snowfalls start in winters and lasts till late spring.
Oukaimeden is a Ski Station near Jebel Toubkal about 80 Kms from Marrakesh in Morocco. It is facilitated by six ski lifts and few hotels and rental shops.
One of the interesting attractions in High Atlas is Aït Ben Haddou which is a Berber Castle, referred as “Moroccon Hollywood” as it has been featured in many Movies and TV Series such as Game of Thrones.
Other attractions which you should explore on your next trip to Morocco are
Imlil is the most popular trekking destination in Atlas Mountains. There are many trekking trails from here. Few of them are
This trek is best for walking tours and witnessing Morocco Architecture. You will find many ridges and gorges in this trail.
One hour drive from Marrakech, it is popular for day treks and longer trek to Mount Toubkal.
This trek starts and ends at Setti Fatma. Trek to Ourika valley presents opportunities to experience skiing and prehistoric rock carvings.
This is a moderate level one day trek.
Its trekking base is at the foot of western high atlas mountains in Taroudant. From this base trekkers can choose the trails to
It is at a one hour drive from Marrakech with Lalla Takerkoust lake on the way to Amizmiz.
Every Tuesday a Berber market is set up in this valley. Trek level is easy to moderate.
This is a 6 days long trek from Marrakech amidst the Saghro Mountains.
The route starts from Marrakech to Nkob via Tizi ‘n Tichka Pass. At Nkob stay overnight. Then move to Bab-n-Ali where you camp overnight. Then trek to Ighazzoun and camp there by the river. Then Trek to Handor crossing Tizi Olhyan Pass and the Valley of Tifdassine. From here you trek back to Nkob to Marrakech.
Trek level is moderate to difficult.
The northernmost range, Middle Atlas is located south of Fez and Meknes, run towards Marrakech. Middle Atlas Range is home to dense and beautiful Oak and Cedar forest.
The most popular attraction here is the waterfalls of Cascade Ouzoud. Cascade Ouzoud is located approx 2.5 hours north of Marrakech.
You can explore Whitewater Rafting in the river running towards lake Bin El Ouidane between March and May.
Adventure Travellers also explore trekking trails starting from Berber towns of Bahlil, Sefrou and Azrou.
Also Ifrane town in the Northern Middle Atlas is perfect for cooler summer vacations and sporty winters when you can Ski at nearby Michlifen resort.
Anti-Atlas, also known Lesser Atlas or Little Atlas is a deserted area with rocky, dry and barren lands.
It does have hiking trails but they are less explored and rough. The land here is best for mountain biking and rock climbing.
The main town of the area is Tafraoute. You can witness some Neolithic cave paintings in this region. Also, a day trip to Ait Mansour Gorge and Blue painted rocks at Agard-Oudada will also be a great experience
The Atlas Mountains in Morocco is a perfect getaway for the trekkers and to have rustic experiences.
Explore the Berber cuisine and when you are hungry eat the delicious food like Couscous, Tagine, Briouats, Harira and drink the refreshing Mint Tea.
Explore variety of plants including Atlas cedar, European black pine, Algerian oak and animals including Barbary macaque, leopard, stag and others.