The High Atlas

Escape the modern world in the pristine wilderness of Morocco’s dramatic High Atlas Mountains, just a short drive from Marrakech.


High Atlas Mountains Holidays

If you’re looking for wilderness and splendid isolation, then it’s hard to do better than the High Atlas Mountains. With their soaring snow-covered peaks, rivers, valleys and mountain passes, the mountains are wonderful to explore slowly on foot.

Variety is the name of the game here. Walks over a few days can easily take you through shady almond groves and wheat fields, into high alpine pastures grazed by nomadic pastoralists and through deep gorges and canyons. 

One of the things that makes this area so fascinating is the strong presence of a centuries old and fascinating culture, even when walking in wild and remote areas. Valleys are lined with immaculate irrigation systems built from dry stone and lined with turf, just as they have been for centuries, while travelling with a tented camp carried by mules is as old as the bible.

Few places within such close reach of Europe provide such an inspirational and other worldly wilderness experience.

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Top Reasons To Visit The High Atlas Mountains

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Best time to go visit the High Atlas Mountains

Morocco can be roughly divided into three climatic regions: the High Atlas Mountains, the Atlantic coast and the Sahara desert areas of southern Morocco.

If you are planning to go walking and trekking in the High Atlas, the best time of year is from early March, when the risk of snow has passed, until late June. This is the time of the almond blossom, the terraces being tilled and the sheep and goats returning to their high pastures. 

July and August are hot months but as long as one is aware of this and the need for sun protection there is no reason not to trek. September to late October is another wonderful time as the temperature is perfect and the light beautiful. Trekking the High Atlas from mid-November to March is not possible.

Best time to go visit the High Atlas Mountains


Top experiences in The High Altas Mountains

Whether you’re a seasoned explorer, a first-time adventurer, or a parent seeking a once-in-a-lifetime family trip, we can create your dream holiday filled with experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.
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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

When it comes to accommodation, there’s a huge range of choice available for every budget and every trip type. For an all-encompassing experience, we recommend mixing and matching accommodation types, from light tented camps immersed in the wild to stylish luxury camps where you can kick back without missing any of the action.
Mobile Tented Camp

The Moroccan Light Mobile Camp is a private tented camp that we use to explore the wilder parts of Morocco.

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Kasbah Bab Ourika

The Kasbah Bab Ourika stands in an exceptionally beautiful landscape in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

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Kasbah Du Toubkal

Having wound you way up the road to the village of Imlil, past orchards, precipitous terraced fields and a fast flowing river.

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The High Atlas Mountains (FAQS) NEED TO KNOW

Do I need to be reasonably fit to go trekking in the High Atlas Mountains?

The short answer is no, these are not treks designed to test your stamina, so much as take you – at a pace that you are comfortable with – into a dramatic and wild place. Of course you need to be comfortable with a long day’s walking, but as all our treks are private and supported by a private mobile camp, the whole thing is designed around you.

Where should I stay in the High Atlas Mountains?

Take the chance to stay in a mobile tented camp. This is a reason to visit Morocco in itself. A beautiful, old-school camp with comfortable beds and excellent, freshly cooked Moroccan cuisine, served in brocaded tents. All just for you.

Is it cold in the High Atlas Mountains?

Like any mountains, the High Atlas should be treated with the respect they deserve. Weather can indeed be highly changeable and there are times that it can be bitterly cold at altitude. Talk to us about the best time to visit and we will advise you on where to go when and how to ensure you are properly prepared. Nights are often chilly, but we will advise you on the correct kit to take to ensure that the cold is not a problem. 

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