Trekking with a Private Camp
in The High Atlas Mountains

A wonderful way to explore this beautiful wilderness area over a period of days.

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About Treks IN THE High Atlas Mountain

Drive south through the Tizi n’Tichka pass in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, then east to the Valley of the Roses to find the starting point for treks through hidden valleys where life remains almost biblical.

Here Berber communities’ lives depend on their flocks – with few signs of modern life and its trappings; cars, electricity and even roads.

Our trekking experiences in Morocco are typically four days/three nights, starting with a four to five-hour journey by jeep to the starting point, where your private crew and camels await you.

The treks take you up arid hills, plains peppered with sweet scented herbs and then, suddenly, impossibly lush valleys. 

Depending on quite how mobile and adventurous you feel like being, a choice can be made between the lavish Caidal camp or a simple mobile camp at the planning stage.

Your Berber cook produces food that would rival the best restaurants in Marrakech eaten in a silk lined tent, sitting low on cushions around a candlelit table. Mint tea and mineral water are provided but alcohol can easily be brought.

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Private camp transported by camels

Watching the art of packing and balancing each camel’s load early in the morning by an expert crew is worth delaying the start of the day’s walking.

Tents are white canvas, roomy and comfortable, with soft mattresses and colourful Berber carpets. A private washing tent with sectioned off shower and loo arrangement make this experience far from basic.

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BEST TIME TO GO TREKKING IN THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS

In general, the peak time for trekking in the mountains is from March to late June when the risk of rains has passed, but before the full force of the summer heat arrives.

Morocco is also an ideal destination for the northern hemisphere autumn and winter months – clear blue skies and warm sunshine make for picturesque trekking conditions.

BEST TIME TO GO TREKKING IN THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS

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“We walked through dusty ochre foothills, following a thin stream lined with wild pink oleanders and fragrant thyme.
– Richard Grant, The Telegraph

Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

The wilderness experience is all about getting off the beaten track and you’ll do so with your private mobile camp. Morocco also has a number of stunning kasbah properties for you to relax and unwind after your trekking experience.
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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Luxury Caidal Camp

With it’s lavishly decorated Caidale tents, the Luxury Desert Camp, used to access wild parts of Southern 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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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR TREK

Breakfast consists of flat bread, baked on hot fire stones the night before, fig jams, soft sweet pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Delicately spiced soup and tagines prepared with all the knowledge of centuries of Berber cuisine are produced each evening, meals completed with sweet pastries and mint tea poured high from silver pots.

The trekking is gentle, and the route can be planned in advance to suit you – whether you wish to walk eight hours a day or four. The treks we organise are always private, so you won’t join a group of strangers. You’re accompanied by an experienced Berber guide and a crew of around six, made up of muleteers, camel drivers and a cook. 

The days spent walking are a time of peace, isolation from the 20th century world and spectacular scenery but as the trek ends you return slowly to modern Morocco, visiting the artisan industries of rose water production in the fragrant Valley of the Roses.

After your trek, we would highly recommend some time to relax and unwind in one of the fortified mountain Kasbahs with 360-degree panoramic views in splendid isolation.

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REST THOSE WEARY FEET AFTER YOUR TREK

After your trek, we would highly recommend some time to relax and unwind in one of the fortified mountain Kasbahs with 360-degree panoramic views in splendid isolation.

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High Atlas Mountain Trek (FAQs) Need to Know

How many days should we spend in the Atlas Mountains?

We believe spending a few days off grid trekking in the Atlas is an unsurpassed way to spend a few days of any Moroccan holiday.  Three full days with two nights in a private mobile camp is enough to feel immersed in a very different world where time feels stretched.  Four days and three nights is perhaps the optimum as it allows for a circuit taking you far from road heads and to remote rarely visited villages. 

For people with two weeks at their disposal we often organise 7-10 night trekking itineraries with a private guide, vehicles and crew taking in the High Atlas and the other trekking areas such as the Valley of the Roses.

What should I pack to trek the Atlas Mountains?

It is important to be prepared for a variety of weather when trekking in the Atlas mountains. Warm clothes are needed for the evenings and nights, especially in the winter months, but during the day you will likely be comfortable in lightweight trousers and long sleeved shirts. The sun can be strong even though the air is cool.  Worn in trekking boots are important, preferably water proof as there are often streams to cross. We always send a packing list well before departure.

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