About High Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas Mountains are dominated by some of North Africa's highest peaks and their breathtaking size towering above the Berber villages provides a backdrop for our selection of small hotels and kasbahs. Ouirgane and the other villages featured here such as nearby Marigha are situated in the dramatic foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, surrounded by almond blossom in early spring and just an hour's drive south of Marrakech.
To the north of Marrakech is Demnate an ideal base to learn more of the Berber culture; you can also visit many natural Geoparc sites in the M'Goun area on guided day hikes. However, the majority of the High Atlas villages we feature are south of Marrakech, these include Imlil which, at the head of a narrow valley, is the base for trekking into the Toubkal Massif; nearby but a little lower in altitude are the villages of Ouirgane and Marigha, one just above the fabulous new lake and one just below. These two places are beautiful, relaxing and offer some lovely day hikes, suitable for all.
A little further away from Marrakech (quite near the coast, just north of Agadir) is Immouzer, surrounded by magnificent waterfalls. Ideal for walking, bird watching, fossil hunting or merely putting your feet up by the pool. The journey to the hotel passes through the aptly named ‘Paradise Valley’ dotted with olive and almond trees. If you were looking for a more active option then you may be interested in Oukaimeden which is Morocco's highest ski resort (December to April), boasting impressive views out across the High Atlas range.
Finally, there is Asni, a Berber village just an hour from Marrakech with a thriving souk, where the road branches off to Imlil and the Toubkal Massif. The nearby Kasbah Tamadot affords stunning views of the mountains and valleys and is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Atlas Mountains.
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 for 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
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