The Atlas Mountains and trek through the remote berber villages, where you meet more than embracing Berber people and enjoy excellent Moroccan food. We provide many walking vacation options mixed with cultural interaction and Berber village lifestyle in the High Atlas Mountains. Following time-honored trails and trek a series of mountain passes, you’ll experience Berber life close up as you explore very different valleys.
Jebel Toubkal North Africa’s highest peak. vaults 4167m into the heavens in the Central High Atlas, dishing up views that more than reward the effort of trawling up there. This quasi-mythical mountain is the most eulogized peak in the country, and it well-deserves the praise heaped upon it. In summer, it is an experience that most reasonably fit people can take in two or three days from Imlil – sunstroke, altitude sickness, and dehydration permitting – and the Kasbah du Toubkal is an excellent base that lies at the trail start. In winter, when the roads are thick with snow, Toubkal is an even more serious animal requiring specialist gear and skills. For an exhausting but exciting challenge, there is also the Toubkal Circuit, a grueling trek that takes around a week to complete.
When the snows make the High Atlas difficult, the mountain range of Jebel Saghro offers stunning wintry landscapes but with fewer challenges. A line of the Anti-Atlas, it has slightly cooler temperatures and trails that are usually still accessible without the same level of difficulty as Toubkal‘s snowy wastes. The highest peak, Amalou n’Mansour, is much lower than the High Atlas peaks at 2712m, so the risk of altitude sickness is commonly less of a problem. The local cave paintings are a bonus.
The crossing of the M’Goun Massif in the Central High Atlas must not be as taxing as taking on Toubkal if you avoid climbing the high peaks such as M’Goun itself (4071m). This lets you spend more time enjoying the drama of the mountain scenery and valleys that are home to the local Berber tribes. The area is at its best in late spring with rugs of wildflowers and exciting snow-melt rivers in valleys like the Ait Bougmez and the Tessaout. If you’ve got a week to play with, you can enjoy exploring the lower slopes and valleys, or use your time to acclimatize properly and tackle M’Goun itself.