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Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

1. 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.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

2. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech behind for a day and head to the Atlas Mountains and the 5 Valleys. Your first stop is the famous waterfalls of Ourika valley. Enjoy spectacular views of different landscapes as far as you can see. Watch Berber women extract Argan oil – unique to Morocco.  Continue through the Oukaimden Valley on secluded mountain roads and pass through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. Discover the authentic life of Berber people and enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house with an amazing view over Sidi Fares valley. Visit the Asni valley, famous for its apple, walnut, almond and peach trees, and enjoy the sight of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains.  Conclude the tour with a drive back to Marrakech passing by the fifth valley, Tahanaout.

Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

3. Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

Your full-day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains will start with a pick-up from your hotel or Riad. First, you will drive east towards the town of Tahannaout, where you will make the first stop. Admire a panoramic view of a mud-brick Berber village on top of a hill across the Ghighaya River. Then, continue to an Argan Oil artisanal factory run by local ladies. Sample local bread, Argan oil with min tea, and learn the process of extracting this liquid gold. If your day trip coincides with a Tuesday, visit the local weekly Berber Market in Tahannout or the one in Asni that runs every Saturday. Next, you will cross the canyons of Tibidrt with stunning views of the river and juniper forest on our way to Asni. From here, you will continue to Imlil Village, located at the foothills of Mt.Toubkal. Upon arrival at the Village center, meet your local Berber guide for an hour-long moderate hike in Toubkal National Park past various scattered Berber settlements to a small waterfall. Then, treat yourself to a delicious cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice while admiring the views before you continue to Aroumd village. Next, a well deserved three-course lunch home-made made lunch will be served at a Berber house. In the mid-afternoon, Descend back to Imlil center, where you will meet your driver. Continue to Kik Plateau across green valleys to Agafay Desert, then get ready for a 30-minute camel ride across the stone desert. Finally, you will drive towards the Lalla Takerkoust lake, which serves as a water reservoir supplying Marrakech. Your Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day trip from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or pre-set drop off points in the Medina.

From Marrakesh: Ouirgane Private Tour with Mountain Views

4. From Marrakesh: Ouirgane Private Tour with Mountain Views

Nestled in the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of the Toubkal National Park is the pretty Berber village of Ouirgane. Wonderful views of the Toubkal range, walking, horse riding, mountain biking, a wide variety of birdlife and a fresh and invigorating altitude of 1,000 metres await the traveller who makes it here.  Ouirgane is only a one hour drive from Marrakech and is located on the valley floor of the Oued ‘River’ Nfis.    En route a stop sill be made at the busy little town of Asni which is a buzz of activity as local Berbers ply to sell their produce, particularly on Saturdays – market day.    Once in Ouirgane time is free to explore the village. Fed by the Oued Nfis from the Atlas, a perennial water source, the village is surprisingly verdant – a real oasis in the mountains. In recent years a dam was built creating a reservoir which adds to the visual appeal of the valley.   The most popular activity for visitors is walking. Market day is Thursday.    Lunch is at local restaurant .

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountain and Berber Village Bike Trip

5. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountain and Berber Village Bike Trip

Travel from Marrakech to discover the Atlas mountains on this day trip. Take in views of mountain peaks and valleys as you ride. See charming Berber villages. Try a delicious Berber Tagine (a baked dish). Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in in Marrakech. Relax as you head to Asni where your bike ride begins. Peddle through the Moulay Brahim and Kik plateaus. Marvel at sweeping views of Berber villages. Go by the Lalla Takrkoust dam and verdant agricultural terraces. Savor flavorful spices in a Berber Tagine before continuing to a village for a cup of mint tea.

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What people are saying about Asni

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 6,657 reviews

Wow what a great experience. From the moment We were picked up Marian was the best host. He gave us so much info of the Marrakesh and throughout the trip he explained so much and was always happy and friendly. The trip exceeded our expectations and one we will never forget. The trek up the mountains was incredible and again the host was so kind and helpful. We had lots of stops and shown all the valleys and the lunch in the village was the icing on the cake. I’d highly recommend this trip. If i could give more stars I would. I’m so glad I chose this excursion as there was lots of similar on GetYourGuide but I truly believe this one will be the best !!!

Had a great experience with this 2 day atlas mountain trek! Our guide Abdul was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and we so appreciated having him with us for our trek. The transportation to and from Marrakech was seamless and before we went out Abdul thoroughly reviewed our route and details of the trek. The trek itself was very scenic and provided gorgeous views of Imlil valley as well as travel through several Berber villages. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and the food throughout the hike cooked by Syed was delicious! A great experience and a highlight of our time in Morocco.

It was a very full day where we enjoyed the Waterfalls, visited several valleys of the Atlas Mountains and ate at the home of a Berber family and returned to Marrakech.

A very nice visit with a very cool guide (Abdel) and a great lunch!

Great guide, beautiful places, yummy food. Very nice experience !!