Atlas Mountains Morocco
High Atlas, French Haut Atlas, or Great Atlas, a mountain range in central Morocco. It extends northeastward for 460 miles (740 km), from the Atlantic Coast to the Algerian border. Many peaks exceed an elevation of 12,000 feet (3,660 metres), including Mount Ayachi (12,260 feet [3,737 metres]), Mount M’Goun (13,356 feet [4,071 metres]), and Mount Toubkal (13,665 feet [4,165 metres]), the highest point in the Atlas Mountains. Well-known passes include Tichka (7,438 feet [2,267 metres]), Test (approximately 7,300 feet [2,225 metres]), and Talrhemt (approximately 7,250 feet [2,210 metres]). The northern sides and tops of the lower peaks are clothed with forests of cork, oak, pine, cedar, and other trees, including walnuts, which grow to the limit of irrigation. The lower slopes enclose well-watered valleys in which the Amazigh (Berber) peoples cultivate tiny irrigated fields. The mountains’ southern flanks, exposed to the hot, dry Saharan winds, are generally destitute of vegetation. Minerals extracted include copper, iron ore, lead, zinc, and manganese. Skiing is popular when snow covers the peaks, and many tourists visit Toubkal National Park for hiking in the summer months.
The High Atlas Mountains are the most easily reached section of the Atlas Mountains and arguably the most spectacular, the High Atlas Mountains, are only a 2 hr drive from Marrakech centred around the trailhead town of Imlil and peak of Toubkal. This guide is primarily concerned with this area.
The area can be reached in a (long) day trip from Marrakech. However given the 2 hr drive each way, we would rather recommend staying overnight. Multi-day treks are a wonderful way to experience the landscape and traditional Berber culture, or you can simply relax on the rooftop terrace of a charming mountain guesthouse and take in the views over a good book and a few gentle short walks.
Are you looking to experience a real taste of Morocco but don’t know which of our activities is best for you?
We offer you a bit of everything Morocco has to offer – mountains, including the highest in North Africa, desert, with the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes and the coast,a windsurfing paradise. So if you want to cram in as much as you can on your trip to Morocco then our combined tours are for you!
Our aim is to provide you with a memorable holiday, at a reasonable cost, combining physical challenge, spectacular scenery and an insight into the Moroccan way of life.
We recommend that you look at our Walking Trek and Desert Tours as most of these can be adapted to make a Combined Tour. Let us know what you want on the Enquiry Form and we’ll do the rest!
check our tours: Ourika day trips, Merzouga Sahara desert, Zagora desert, camel trekking, Casablanca city, gorge Dades valley, ait Benhaddou,oukaimeden day trip, Marrakesh,ouzoud day trip, camping in the desert, Ouarzazate,
Our activities included: meal exept lunch, car, professional driver speaking English