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Walking in the Atlas Mountains

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,099pp £1,074pp

From the spine-tingling buzz of Marrakech’s maze-like medina to the heart-stirring serenity of the peaks and valleys in the Atlas Mountains, you’ll walk amongst some of Morocco’s most captivating scenery. A land of Berber villages, fruit-rich orchards, dizzying orange-hued gorges, and impossibly green valleys awaits as we set off on a potpourri of walks from our base in the heart of the mountains.

What you’ll love

  • Soaking up the sights of Jemaa el-Fnna square
  • Discovering Aït Bouguemez valley, known as the happy valley
  • Walking in the heart of the Atlas Mountains
  • Marvelling at the mix of scenery, from the Ouzoud Falls to M’Goun mountain
  • Visiting a women’s cooperative where they make rugs and bottle honey

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • An evening of traditional Berber entertainment
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport 
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to your riad/hotel for the night. Explore Jemaa El-Fna square in the evening followed by dinner.

Riad Bahia Salam, Marrakech - Morocco

What was once a traditional Moroccan family home has now been lovingly converted into a luxurious and tranquil oasis just a short stroll from the bustle of Jemâa El Fna square. Simple yet tastefully decorated rooms are furnished in typical Arabo-Berber style while public areas are all long low sofas, covered in plush cushions, and handwoven Arabic rugs. Outside, you’ll find a sleek pool and terrace area complete with a fully stocked bar, and a mosaic-tiled courtyard garden ideal for cooling off in the shade. When it comes to dining, there’s a beautiful restaurant serving local cuisine.


Our first full day in Morocco begins with a drive through the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains to the Berber town of Azilal where we’ll have the chance to see Ouzoud Falls. We’ll pass mountains, gorges, and mud brick Berber villages on our way to the heart of the High Atlas, including Aït Bouguemez, also known as happy valley. Then it’s on to our accommodation in the village of Imelghas, which will be our base for the rest of our time in the mountains.

Auberge Dar Itrane, Aït Bougmez valley - Morocco

Surrounded by the green-carpeted mountains of the Aït Bougmez valley, this traditional riad-style lodge provides spectacular views over the stunning landscape – particularly from the stylish roof terrace. Rooms are simply decorated but the lodge boasts an outdoor pool and an excellent restaurant serving typical dishes using local ingredients. And thanks to the lodge’s remote location, a clear night rewards with incredible views of the starry skies.


Option 1 - Tabant – Ibakallone

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 100ft (30m)

Walk through fields from Imelghas, following tracks that weave through apples orchards and criss-cross over irrigation ditches. Once we reach the main village of Bouguemez - Tabant, we’ll stop for a coffee here before walking alongside the foothills of Adazene on mule tracks to Ibaklliwn village. We’ll return via Ait Imi where the Tizi n’Ait Imi pass walk starts.

Option 2 - Tabant - Ait Imi - Ibakalloun - Rbat

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,450ft (450m)

Today’s walk leads us along the orchard-lined tracks to the south towards Tabant, where the main souk happens every Sunday. We’ll then walk up the valley to the village of Rbat where nearby you can see fossilized dinosaur footprints on exposed slabs of rock. Starting the climb from Ibakalloun, there’s the option of a picnic at the top before descending into the valley, crossing the river and continuing to Imelghas.

Auberge Dar Itrane, Aït Bougmez valley - Morocco

Surrounded by the green-carpeted mountains of the Aït Bougmez valley, this traditional riad-style lodge provides spectacular views over the stunning landscape – particularly from the stylish roof terrace. Rooms are simply decorated but the lodge boasts an outdoor pool and an excellent restaurant serving typical dishes using local ingredients. And thanks to the lodge’s remote location, a clear night rewards with incredible views of the starry skies.


Option 1 - Iskataffen - Ain Souss

Distance: 3.8 miles (6km)

Ascent: 260ft (80m)

We’ll walk westwards past Iskattafen, where juniper bushes, lush vegetation, twisting streams, and orchards line the valley floor. Walk past the village of Taghdouit, spectacularly built on the end of a mountain ridge, and have tea with a Berber family. Then we’ll continue along the valley to Ait ouchkhachan back to Imelghas.

Option 2 - Sidi Moussa and Tighza Gorge

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 160ft (50m)

Passing the shrine of Sidi Moussa, a conical hill with an ighrem building (defensive mud brick granary store) perched on top, we’ll wind our way through fields and orchards. Look up and you’ll see stork nests balanced on top of trees as we make our way to a picnic stop near the Gorges of Tighza. On the other side of Aït Bouguemez valley, we’ll walk to the village of Aguerd N Ouzrou before returning to Imelghas.  

Auberge Dar Itrane, Aït Bougmez valley - Morocco

Surrounded by the green-carpeted mountains of the Aït Bougmez valley, this traditional riad-style lodge provides spectacular views over the stunning landscape – particularly from the stylish roof terrace. Rooms are simply decorated but the lodge boasts an outdoor pool and an excellent restaurant serving typical dishes using local ingredients. And thanks to the lodge’s remote location, a clear night rewards with incredible views of the starry skies.


Option 1 - Ighil N Ourir

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)

Ascent: 550ft (170m)

We head south into the foothills of the Ighil n' Ait Ourit ridge, where 2,800-metre-high peaks tower above us. Follow the valley past fields, oak trees and juniper. Mule tracks then take us past Iskattafen with a short climb to loop to the next valley. We’ll return along Tadghouit valley to Imelghas.

Option 2 - Aguerd N Ouzrou – Igoudammen – Tabant

Distance: 8.5 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,150 ft (350m)

This walk explores the southern parts of the valley towards the mountain range that includes M’goun, the second highest peak in North Africa. We'll pass the village of Aguerd D Ouzrou and climb up Ighill n' Igoudamene towards the high mountain pass of Tizi n’Ait Imi. We’ll then descend to the village of Tabant on stony mule tracks.

Auberge Dar Itrane, Aït Bougmez valley - Morocco

Surrounded by the green-carpeted mountains of the Aït Bougmez valley, this traditional riad-style lodge provides spectacular views over the stunning landscape – particularly from the stylish roof terrace. Rooms are simply decorated but the lodge boasts an outdoor pool and an excellent restaurant serving typical dishes using local ingredients. And thanks to the lodge’s remote location, a clear night rewards with incredible views of the starry skies.


Option 1 - Sidi Moussa – Timit – Aguerd Nouzrou

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 450ft (140m)

From the village, we’ll walk to Sidi Moussa, built on the top of a distinctive conical hill, which was used until recently to store and protect all the village harvests. The ascent is very short but quite steep. We’ll then descend into the village of Timit, carrying on across fields to the village of Aguerd N Ouzrou. Keep an eye open for dinosaur tracks in the exposed rock. Apple orchards and streams also surround our return walk to Imelghas.

Option 2 - Iskattafen – Ahabbay - Ighil n Tissila

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 950ft (300m)

Today we’ll walk through the village of Imelghas, past Iskattafen, and up into the foothills below the mountain of Ighil n’Aït Ourit. Rocky paths are lined with juniper and oak trees as we follow the valley to Ahabbay. Walnut and apple trees also blanket the valley below, while the fields are still managed by hand. We’ll climb up to a picnic spot with views towards M’goun then walk to the small shepherds’ huts to Ighil n Tissila and back down the valley to Imelghas.  

Auberge Dar Itrane, Aït Bougmez valley - Morocco

Surrounded by the green-carpeted mountains of the Aït Bougmez valley, this traditional riad-style lodge provides spectacular views over the stunning landscape – particularly from the stylish roof terrace. Rooms are simply decorated but the lodge boasts an outdoor pool and an excellent restaurant serving typical dishes using local ingredients. And thanks to the lodge’s remote location, a clear night rewards with incredible views of the starry skies.


Our last day is an opportunity to meet the local women who make rugs, felt, and bottle honey. Have a go at some rug-making or cooking Berber bread if you fancy. In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Marrakech and enjoy a traditional dinner to celebrate our final night.

Riad Bahia Salam, Marrakech - Morocco

What was once a traditional Moroccan family home has now been lovingly converted into a luxurious and tranquil oasis just a short stroll from the bustle of Jemâa El Fna square. Simple yet tastefully decorated rooms are furnished in typical Arabo-Berber style while public areas are all long low sofas, covered in plush cushions, and handwoven Arabic rugs. Outside, you’ll find a sleek pool and terrace area complete with a fully stocked bar, and a mosaic-tiled courtyard garden ideal for cooling off in the shade. When it comes to dining, there’s a beautiful restaurant serving local cuisine.


Transfer to Marrakech airport for departure.


Riad Bahia Salam, Marrakech - Morocco

What was once a traditional Moroccan family home has now been lovingly converted into a luxurious and tranquil oasis just a short stroll from the bustle of Jemâa El Fna square. Simple yet tastefully decorated rooms are furnished in typical Arabo-Berber style while public areas are all long low sofas, covered in plush cushions, and handwoven Arabic rugs. Outside, you’ll find a sleek pool and terrace area complete with a fully stocked bar, and a mosaic-tiled courtyard garden ideal for cooling off in the shade. When it comes to dining, there’s a beautiful restaurant serving local cuisine.

Auberge Dar Itrane, Aït Bougmez valley - Morocco

Surrounded by the green-carpeted mountains of the Aït Bougmez valley, this traditional riad-style lodge provides spectacular views over the stunning landscape – particularly from the stylish roof terrace. Rooms are simply decorated but the lodge boasts an outdoor pool and an excellent restaurant serving typical dishes using local ingredients. And thanks to the lodge’s remote location, a clear night rewards with incredible views of the starry skies.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £1,099pp £1,074pp

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