Atlas Mountains Holidays: an Overview

Just 40 miles away from the ochre-coloured city of Marrakech lie the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, towering above the desert floor.

Louise Fitzgerald, Isabel and Fee are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Always take a mule on longer Atlas Mountain treks. They take your packs, but also provide a welcome mode of transport if your legs need a rest.
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Walking and Trekking in the Atlas Mountains: the Detail

Atlas Mountains holidays are the perfect antidote to the bustle of Marrakech, and there are an increasing number of excellent places to stay with comfortable rooms, traditional hammam steam rooms and expansive roof terraces.

Aside from acting as a chilled out 'decompression chamber' after hectic Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains are also an excellent place for exploration. Trek with an experienced guide through walnut groves and past Berber goatherds, taking in the incredible views down valleys dotted with tiny villages.

Atlas Mountains day trips are possible, but more adventurous souls can try an overnight trip, accompanied by a donkey laden with all the necessary food and bedding for an overnight stay in a remote village.

Also possible is the beautiful ascent of Jebel Toubkal itself, which involves an overnight stay in a comfortable but basic refuge.

Original Travel knows all the best kasbahs to stay in, and can arrange treks to suit every fitness - or interest - level.


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Top picks for Atlas Mountains

 Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot

Atlas Mountains

Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during preparations for one of his famous ballooning expeditions in the late 1990’s, and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2005.

Where to stay

Kasbah Tamadot
Trekking in the Atlas Mountains

Trekking in the Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

Wherever you stay in the foothills, or the Atlas Mountains proper, we can arrange treks to suit all abilities and inclinations, from short circular walks to the Ascent of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

What to do

Trekking in the Atlas Mountains
Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Atlas Mountains

Starting out from Imlil, the ascent of 13671-feet Jebel Toubkal is a non-technical climb that requires an overnight stay in a basic but comfortable refuge on route.

What to do

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal
Azzaden Trekking Lodge

Azzaden Trekking Lodge

Atlas Mountains

Kasbah Toubkal is one of our favourite places to stay in the Atlas Mountains, but the beautiful mountain landscape surrounding the Kasbah demands closer exploration on a trek, and this is where Kasbah Toubkal’s Azzaden Trekking Lodge comes in to its own.

Where to stay

Azzaden Trekking Lodge
Kasbah Bab Ourika

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Atlas Mountains

Bab Ourika sits like an eagle's eyrie at the apex of the Ourika Valley, with spectacular views of the mountains, river valley and nearby Berber villages.

Where to stay

Kasbah Bab Ourika
Kasbah du Toubkal

Kasbah du Toubkal

Atlas Mountains

Perched on a rocky outcrop at the foot of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, the former fortress of Kasbah du Toubkal is the most atmospheric place to stay in the High Atlas Mountains.

Where to stay

Kasbah du Toubkal

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