About Atlas Mountains
Morocco's mountain ranges are incredible areas of wilderness and beauty. As well as offering superb and breathtaking scenery whilst driving from one part of Morocco to another, the Atlas and Rif Mountains have some wonderful hotels and kasbahs to entice visitors away from the cities and coast.
The Rif Mountains of the north hide impressive Roman ruins of immense scale (Volubilis), a thermal spa (Moulay Yacoub) and a really tranquil small town (Chefchaouen). The Mid Atlas and High Atlas both offer excellent trekking and a limited ski season (Ifrane and Oukaimeden). The High Atlas in particular, dominated by Mount Toubkal (North Africa's highest peak, 4137m) and the Tichka Plateau has high quality and intimate hotels, particularly in Ouirgane. In the southwest, not far from Agadir and the Atlantic, don't overlook one of our favourite locations - the Auberge de Cascades at Immouzer.
The Anti Atlas, the furthest south, is much less developed for tourism and although less dramatic in the size of its peaks it does offer unique scenery (a totally different geology, famous painted rocks) and an opportunity to explore a part of Morocco overlooked by so many.
For two decades Rediscover the World has been offering an exciting and comprehensive programme of trekking in the High Atlas. All of our treks are designed to be individual bookings or part of a larger tailor made holiday. This freedom of start date, duration and route means they are very popular with those who wish to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Atlas Mountain region at their chosen pace.
Where to visit
The Anti Atlas Mountains are a little off the beaten track, although popular with climbers. Visit on a day trip from the coast or a more leisurely stay at one of the small hotels we have chosen.
The High Atlas Mountains are dominated by North Africa's highest peaks which tower above the Berber villages providing a backdrop for a relaxing break or some stunning hiking.
The Mid Atlas Mountains, between Fez and Marrakech, offer excellent trekking, a limited ski season and a beautifully scenic drive.
Demnate is a small off the beaten track town in the foothills of the High Atlas to the northeast of Marrakech. Here, the kasbah guest houses offer an ideal base to learn more of the Berber culture.
At the head of the valley leading up from the market town of Asni is the small village of Imlil. Surrounded by the imposing majesty of the Toubkal Massif it is the perfect start point for trekking.
Surrounded by magnificent waterfalls this hillside hotel is recommended for walking, bird watching, fossil hunting or merely putting your feet up by the pool.
"the suites at Domaine Malika were superb although the food a little restrictive with only a set menu each day. We went to L'Oliviere up the road for lunch as it had a more varied menu. The walk in the Atlas was just right and our guide - Hassain was excellent."
D Moorhouse, May, 2015
"The two walks were very good - our guide managed to find interesting routes staying out of the worst of the snow. Even so, it was quite difficult as in places the snow was a foot deep and we weren't really equipped for it. The sun shone though and it was amazing scenery all round. We had lunch in his house on the first day and met his family which was fun. The second day we walked up to the shrine and lunched in the sun and snow. We had a traditional hamam on our last evening which was a whole new experience and very welcome."
C Haynes, March 2016
"I just wanted to thank you personally for organising our trip to Morocco. Our Australian friends are quite particular, having travelled the world extensively. Our 11 day trip hit the spot with the three locations allowing us to see a varied culture, scenery and meet some of the locals. All the private transfers worked like clockwork. The walk in the Atlas was just right and our guide - Hassain was excellent. Thanks once again for organising a superb holiday - we will definitely recommend your company and hopefully use you again. A well organised varied itinerary that showed us the many faces of Moroccan life and scenery."
D Moorhouse, May, 2015
"David and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you both for organising the most fantastic birthday holiday for us. Everything was so effortless and perfectly arranged. We hope it will be a lot sooner than 9 years to be in touch again for our next trip (and it hopefully won't be so last minute too!). Very best wishes and thanks"
C Padgham, November 2016