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  • Conquer three peaks over 4000m
  • Explore varied scenery from every peak and valley of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Trek through remote villages and discover the traditional Berber way of life
  • Soak up the vibrancy and culture of Marrakech
The Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas tour starts and ends in Marrakech. The Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas is a Trekking tour that takes 15 days taking you through Marrakech, Morocco and other destinations in Morocco.

During this varied and challenging trek we aim to summit Jebel Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak (4167m), Jebel Ouanakrim (4088m) and Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m). We also discover seldom-visited gorges, passes and valleys and are rewarded with spectacular views as far as the Sahara. Campsites are mostly in high valleys and one night we camp near Lake Ifni with the chance of an afternoon swim. When our trek is over we return to the fabulous city of Marrakech to cool off in its pleasant gardens or visit the vibrant souks.
customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 16 reviews
A challenging and enjoyable trip
5 - Excellent
“This was my first experience of high and hot trekking and it was everything I hoped it would be and more - a delightful experience, a superb guide, and a unique opportunity to see views and landscapes that were out of this world.”
Great little experience
5 - Excellent
“This is a great trip for anyone who likes mountain walking and camping. The scenery is absolutely stunning and local people are really nice and polite. This trip is perfectly put together so you start off with the easier days and slowly day by day it gets a little harder so you have time to get used to the environment, distances and altitudes. Our guide was so nice, informative and funny. He always kept an eye on our group while walking and kept us company at lunches and tea breaks. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone who likes mountainous outdoors.”
Peaks and valleys of the Atlas Mountains, Morroco
5 - Excellent
“What an adventure! This is a brilliant trek that pushes you to your limits with 12 days in the Atlas Mountains trekking through remote berber villages, ascending a gorge and many ridges and plateaux and climbing North Africa's highest peak Toubkal. There is a mix of wild camping and accommodation in gites with an opportunity of swimming in Lac d'Ifini lake.”
Peaks and Valleys of the Atlas
5 - Excellent
“Brilliant trek. Challenging but well balanced with plenty of rest time and opportunities to clean up in gites after the extremely basic camp sites. Mountains are very impressive and more varied that I expected with lots of streams, flowers and trees in the valleys as well as exposed ridges and peaks above the cloud level. June is a good time to go. We saw very few other walking groups until we got to Toubkal and even then it wasn't really busy. Hot but a cooling breeze most of the time and not too cold on the summits. Definitely recommend it.”
Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city.**

*Hotel Gomassine or similar*
After breakfast we head out of Marrakech by private mini bus to Imi Noughlad, where we meet our muleteers. We start our trek up to Tizi n'Msker (1500m), taking in the beautiful view through the Imnan Valley. From here we hike down to Imsker, where we stop by the river for a picnic lunch. Then continue on to Tizi n'Tkhfiste, where we set up camp for the night.*Full-service camping*
Today we start our walk in the village of Arg, before continuing uphill through more Berber villages, learning about the local way of life. Stopping for our picnic lunch under the shade of walnut trees. Our route then leads us up to Oukaimden, a Moroccan ski resort in winter, here we stay in a simply but comfortable refuge operated by Club Alpin Français.

*Chalet de L'Oukaimeden or similar*
Leaving the summer pastures of Oukaimden, we contiune, zigzagging up hill to Tizi n Ouatar (3100m). From here we will enjoy beautiful views of the lush Ourikai Valley below. Then we decend down to Agouns for our picnic lunch, before taking a small pass through the valley to Iaabbasen where we set up camp for the night.*Full-service camping*
Today we take the Tachdirt Pass (3200m) through the wide open valley in the mountains to the village of Tachdirt. Our accommodation for the night is a simple mountainside gite with wonderful views of this small valley. Tea will be served on the large terrace, giving you time to relax and take in the beautiful panoramic view. *Gite Ogog Tachedirt or similar*
A quite demanding walk today as we start our ascent to the Tizi n'Likemt pass (3615m). On the pass, we continue for another 2hrs, descending to the pastures of Likemt (2600m). Our camp for the night is close to the river where we can enjoy some al-fresco dinner whilst taking in the peace of the surrounding mountains.*Full-service camping*
We have an early start today in order to summit the first of our 4000m peaks, Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m). We walk to the summer pastureland of Adouz Azibs through magnificent wild mountain landscapes rarely frequented by tourists. On the summit we are rewarded with splendid views over Toubkal and the Siroua Massifs before finally descending to Aourai Camp (300m). When there are strong winds, this can be considered the most difficult peak to summit due to the exposure of the route. Those who choose not to do this peak can enjoy a gentle 3-hour walk with the muleteers to the next camp.*Full-service camping*
Today we walk up to the Aourai Pass, through a wild volcanic landscape, with views as far as the Sahro range in southern Morocco and Toubkal.  From here we descend towards the verdant valley of Tizgui and continue to our destination, the village of Amsouzart at 1700m. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to walk to the neighbouring village and water mill. Tonight we stay in a simple mountain gite with a shop selling all sorts of treats such as chocolate and fresh orange juice. (Note: the gite does have solar power for lighting but no power points for recharging batteries). There may also be the opportunity to try out a hammam (Moroccan steam bath).*Gite Amsouzert or similar*
After crossing the beautiful valley of Ait Ighrane and ascending alongside the river, we arrive at Lac d'Ifni (2300m). This is an idyllic spot is encircled by towering mountains and we camp close to the shores of the lake. There may be the opportunity to take a swim (weather permitting) although this must be reserved for the very brave as at this height, the water is very cold.*Full-service Camping*
We make our way up the Ouanoums Gorge today on steep hairpin paths to the 3680m pass of Tizi n'Ouanoums. From here there is a superb views back over Lac d'Ifni and forward towards Jebel Bouiguinoussem (4025m). After our picnic lunch we start our descent to the Toubkal Base Camp at 3207m, where we will be spending the next two nights.*Full-service camping with use of the refuge *
Today we take on another challenging 4000m peak, Mt Toubkal. At 4167m, it is the highest mountain in North Africa. The route is non-technical although there may be some sections of snow and scree along the way but these are safe to cross. The view from the summit is truly breathtaking, as you can see the entire Toubkal Massif, the Siroua Massif and, on clear days, all the way to Marrakech. By far, the most rewarding of all achievements over the last nine days.

We return to the refuge for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon reflecting on our journey so far. *Full-service camping with use of the refuge *
Our final challenge is the last of our three 4000m peaks, Mt Ouanakrim at 4089m. Although this is generally a non-technical ascent, there will be a section towards the summit where you will need to use your hands for 30-40 mins of scrambling. Anyone who doesn't wish to undertake this ascent can instead do part of the trek up to the col of Tizi n'Ougan (3750m) and return to camp along the same route (3½ hours round trip +/-600m). We retrace our steps to Base Camp and, after lunch, continue our descent to Aroumd (1900m) for a welcome shower and night in a gite, with dinner on the terrace, facing back up toward Toubkal. *Hotel Armed or similar*
The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.

*Hotel Gomassine or similar*
In the morning we have a guided tour (on foot) to some of the main sights of Marrakech and the afternoon is free for you to further explore this vibrant city. You may choose to take a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) round the old city walls, visit one of the palaces or the Saadien tombs. Haggle for some last-minute bargains in the souks or relax at the tranquil Jardin Majorelle. Finally, no trip to Marrakech is complete without a nighttime visit to the main square, the Djema el Fna.

*Hotel Gomassine or similar*
Our tour ends after breakfast**
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 7 nights full service camping, 4 nights gite with shared facilities & 3 nights hotel in en suite rooms , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included
Transport
  • Free transfers for any flight
  • Travel by private minibus
Others
  • 12 days point-to-point walking
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2400m
  • Free transfers
  • Crampons if required
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Marrakech are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 15 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Marrakech, Morocco/ Marrakech, Morocco
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A deposit of 109 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 15 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Peaks & Valleys of the Atlas tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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