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Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

1. Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech or the closest accessible point to your accommodation. Head south towards the vast Agafay Desert, admiring the changing landscape along the way as the city gives way to luscious greenery. Arrive at the large village of Imlil located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, then pass through the incredible Kik Plateau. Next, embark on a 30-minute camel ride and soak up views of the surrounding landscapes. After your ride, enjoy a relaxing tea break and learn about local Berber culture, as well as their traditions, history, and way of life. Pass through several Berber villages on your way to the Amizmiz Valley, then arrive at Tinirt Village where you can have lunch at a traditional Berber house. After lunch, continue the tour to the Great Plain of Haouz, passing through the village of Ouled Mataa which was originally inhabited by Bedouin Arab tribes from the desert. The day ends with a tour of the Agafay Desert, where you can take incredible photos for your holiday album, and marvel at the rugged Moroccan landscape that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Marrakesh, arriving back at your accommodation.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

2. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

Explore the High Atlas Mountains on a full-day excursion and discover several Berber villages and scenic landscapes. Enjoy a 2 to 3-hour hike, ride a camel along picturesque trails, and enjoy a traditional lunch in a Berber household with local mint tea. Depart Marrakech in the morning and drive to the Moulay Brahim Gorges. Arrive at the main trailhead and experience the dramatic scenery on a camel ride. Hop back aboard the vehicle and pass Berber villages on your way through the Imlil Valley.  Arrive at the village of Imlil where a local will welcome you with a glass of mint tea. Hike for hours to Armed, the highest and largest village in the Imlil Valley. Go by the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula on your hike to the Berber village of Ait Souka. Stop on the way at Tamatert, and take in sweeping views of ancient irrigation terraces for barley, corn, and vegetables. Admire cherry orchards and walnut trees before you reach the home of a Berber family in Ait Souka. Sip on a refreshing mint tea while savoring a traditional lunch in the home of a Berber family. Return by going down the other side of the valley through Taourirt and ride the van back to Marrakech at the end of the tour.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert Tour w Camel Ride

3. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert Tour w Camel Ride

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people as you hike between villages. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco. Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride

4. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride

Depart from Marrakech and enjoy a guided day trip through the High Atlas Mountains to learn more about Berber culture and traditions. Admire scenic landscapes, learn about local traditions and industry, and enjoy some local food and drinks. Meet your guide at your accommodation and start the transfer to Imlil. On your way, pass through the town of Tahnaout. Stop at an Argan Oil Cooperative to learn how women of the cooperative turn the Argan nut into many different Argan oil-based products which Morocco is famous for.  Continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Once you arrive in Imlil, enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea and meet your guide before commencing your tour of the local area. Make your way to the largest and highest village in Imlil Valley. Your journey will take you past waterfalls and the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula. Stop off in Tamatert and have the opportunity to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn, and vegetables, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Your guide will point out things of interest and talk to you about the Berber culture and heritage along the way.  Travel down through the village of Ait Souka and afterwards enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch in a Berber family guest house. Once you are rested, begin your return trip down the other side of the valley to Taourirt to board your vehicle. Go through the Moulay Brahim Gorges, before arriving at the main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here, enjoy a camel ride through picturesque landscapes. Finally, make your journey back to Marrakech, with drop-off in the early evening.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages & Waterfall Tour

5. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages & Waterfall Tour

Embark on a day trip from Marrakech and discover the scenic views of mountain peaks, charming towns, and stunning waterfalls. Explore the small town of Imlil and enjoy a traditional Berber lunch in a local home. Start with pickup from Marrakech and travel towards the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy the scenic drive as you leave the bustling city behind and enter the serene countryside. Arrive at Lala Takerkoust nestled near the Atlas Mountains. Embark on an exciting camel ride, allowing you to experience the traditional mode of transportation. Explore an argan oil factory managed by Berber women to gain insights into the production process of Morocco's distinct oil. Savor a complete traditional breakfast consisting of mint tea, argan oil, olive oil, honey, amlou, and freshly baked bread thoughtfully prepared by these skilled women. Pass by a charming town where a local market takes place. If it's a Tuesday or Saturday, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and explore the colorful stalls, and interact with locals as they showcase their produce and handicrafts. Stop in Imlil, a quaint village situated in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Prepare for an adventurous hike to the stunning waterfalls, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and picturesque trails. After an exhilarating hike, indulge in a delicious lunch in a traditional Berber house. Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with a mouthwatering spread of tajine, couscous, salad, and other local delicacies. Experience Berber hospitality and learn about their customs and way of life. Bid farewell to the tranquil beauty of the Atlas Mountains and embark on the journey back to Marrakech. Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories created during your day trip.

Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

6. Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in North Africa in 2 days. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. You will trek with a local English-speaking guide, a local cook, and mules to carry your luggage. This is a challenging walk rather than a climb, and anybody in good physical condition can reach the top. Make sure you bring your camera; the views from the summit are spectacular. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing but may involve walking in crampons or holding an ice axe for security (November to April). The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but does involve some easy scrambling and snow slopes. After the first day spent trekking, you will stay at the refuge where you will spend the night, and enjoy Berber hospitality. After an early breakfast the next day, set off and reach the summit as the sun rises, rewarding you with amazing views. The views from the summit are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. During the ascent you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys, and Berber Villages.

Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

7. Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

Your 2-day adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech and heads towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya, and Asni. Throughout the drive, admire stunning views of the surrounding landscapes as well as a glimpse of local villages along the valley. Arrive at Imlil and meet your trekking crew for the trip, then enjoy a refreshing mint tea to set you up for a day of exploring. With your guides, head out towards Azzaden Valley via the Tizi Mzik pass where you can marvel at panoramic views over the valley as well as several neighboring Atlas peaks. Lunch is served at the top of the pass, so you can admire the views while you eat, then continue down the valley through the Juniper Forest to arrive at Tizi Oussem village. Spend the night at this traditional Berber site, meet the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. Enjoy a delicious and authentic tagine dinner surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the mountains. After breakfast on day 2, soak up the sunshine that lights up this colorful valley before heading out towards Id Issa village. Spend some time exploring then trek to Tizi Oudid mountain pass walking through Matat village along the way. Arrive at a walnut grove and enjoy a relaxing lunch next to the river. Finally, return to Marrakech around 5pm.

Atlas Mountains and Ourika Valley with a berber lunch

8. Atlas Mountains and Ourika Valley with a berber lunch

Ourika Valley Day Trip is the closest day trip destination from Marrakech, due to its many waterfalls and beautiful nature, it is a very popular attraction, the Ourika valley extends between the first foothills of the Atlas mountains. Despite being so close to Marrakech, this beautiful green valley is certainly one of the best preserved valleys in Morocco. About 64 km from Marrakech, the village is at the end of the road, but an off-road (towards Timichi) then a mule track continues down the valley to pass Tacheddirt and Oukaimeden, which has the best ski resort in Morocco and some interesting prehistoric rock carvings. The path also continues across the mountain to Imlil and Toubkal, making it a useful start/finish point for hikers. So, this day trip to the picturesque village of Ourika will allow you to experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comfort of your hotel or riad. Walking around the valley requires a bit of effort and good shoes and comfortable clothing, there is a bit of rock climbing here and there to reach the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma. All hikes are led and supervised by qualified and experienced guides and mule drivers from the local population. You will also cross numerous Berber bridges to get from one side of the valley to the other, a great place to admire wonderful panoramas My visits to cooperatives berber women get argan oil When you arrive at the village of Siti Fatima, the local guide takes you on a photo tour of the places, shops and waterfalls, then returns to the restaurant where you have lunch on the side of the valley. In short, the Ourika Valley offers a tapestry of experiences, from charming Berber villages to enchanting scenic waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor and cultural richness of this amazing destination, and let its beauty leave an indelible mark on your heart.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Mount Toubkal Climbing Trek

9. From Marrakech: 3-Day Mount Toubkal Climbing Trek

Day 1: Marrakech - Imlil 1740m - Tizi Mzik pass 2479m - Red Valley - Tamsoult Refuge 2550m After breakfast in Marrakech, pick up & drive towards the high Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya & Asni, enjoy the stunning view of the villages along the valley . Arrival to Imlil (65km from Marrakech), meet the guide & multeer and then start the trek & climb Tizi Mzik pass (2479m), spectacular view over Imlil valley & Toubkal Summit, continue to Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains (100m of hight) through juniper forest, Overnight at the Refuge, 5hrs walking. ( Imlil to Tamsoult - 11kms, up 800m and down 400m, 5-6 hours). Day 2: Tamsoult Refuge 2550m - Aguelzim Pass (3650) - Toubkal Refuge 3207m. Today is an intense day, in which we significantly increase the average altitude of the trek. Ahead of us we have the demanding ascent to the Aguelzim pass at 3450 m. The ascent is long but progressive. Once on the pass we will be able to admire the summit of Toubkal. We then descend towards the Toubkal base camp, at 3200 m. Walking time: 6h30. ( Tamsoult to Toubkal Refuge - 10 kms, up 1200m, down 300m, 6 hours ) Day 3: Toubkal Refuge 3207m - Toubkal summit 4167m - Imlil 1740m - Marrakech Up early for the climb up Toubkal (4,167 m) from where, clouds allowing, you will have wonderful views over the Atlas range and the Sahara desert. T hen a long way back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500 m back down to Imlil. You will normally be dropped off at around 5.00 pm in Marrakech. ( Toubkal Refuge to summit - 4 kms, up and down 980m, 5 hours Toubkal Refuge - 4 hours, down 1400m, 5 hours).

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

10. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

On the first day, ride to Imlil from Marrakesh and begin your trek. You'll head along the Ait Mizane Valley, pass through the village of Aremd and onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. You’ll follow mule tracks into the high rocky cliffs, climbing steadily above the snow line until you reach the Toukbal Refuge. Rest here for the night. On the second day, you’ll follow the southern circle route. The climb itself is not highly strenuous, but scree and altitude changes may make it difficult in parts. Don't worry - there are plenty of views to distract you along the way. When you reach the summit, soak in the 360-degree-view. You'll see the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains to the north, all the way to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert in the south.  From the peak, you’ll head back down the mountain and return to Marrakesh via Imill.

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4.8 / 5

based on 7,079 reviews

Our guide Youssef and driver Brahim were friendly, helpful and informative. They collected us promptly from our hotel and we felt the tour was excellent value. There was no heavy selling at the Argan co-op which we had been worried about. Although we did make a purchase! The walk to the waterfall might be a little strenuous for some but my kids (under 10) are well used to things like this. Lunch was excellent but the kids favourite part was the camel ride. Must admit we were a little concerned about how the animals were treated prior to going but they all looked well cared for. We enjoyed our time so much we recommended the trip to other guests at our hotel.

Absolutely amazing provided. We were looked after on the excursion by Ibrahim and Abdul the driver. Both were 10/10. They looked after us, gave lots of history, information about Atlas Mountains. All the trip was well planned and five star service. Would definitely definitely definitely recommend. Thank you Ibrahim and Abdul from Monica and Pankaj. UK ☺️

This was a brilliant trip and a highlight of our time in Marrakech. Our guide Ali and driver Lahcen were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The views from the drive and the hike are breathtaking, lots of opportunities to enjoy the scenery and take photos. We were out all day, the trip was excellent value for money. Thank you!

Amazing day trip made even better by an incredible guide Ibrahim and a very talented driver Abdou. Beautiful places and great experiences❤️

Abderazak made the experience amazing. Couldn’t ask for anything more and I would recommend this to anyone looking to explore these areas.