3 Day Trek In The Atlas Mountains And Berber Villages From Marrakech

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Valid from the time of first use, for the consecutive days selected.
  • Departure Details :
    Marrakech, Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This 3 day-long trip to and from Marrakech provides the opportunity to encounter Moroccan village life firsthand as you make your way to the home of a Berber family in the High Atlas mountains. The rural, scenic walking is a welcome contrast to the hectic atmosphere of Moroccan cities. After spending the great time enjoying a meal and experiencing village life, you'll have a good sense of the beauty and hospitality of Berber's indigenous people. on this perfect trip you will have a real experience.
Depending on your fitness level, we offer three different trips. The first includes about 4-5 hours of walking every day, the second includes 2-4 hours of walking every day, and the third includes very little walking, visiting a local village accessible by Mule ride. All three include visiting a Berber family and the chance to see Berber village life firsthand.

Highlights

Enjoy fantastic aerial views

Excellent value for money

Popular choice with kids

All-inclusive tour

Vegetarian meal option available

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Day 1: Marrakech-Imlil Tizi nTamaterte Tachddirt

Departing Marrakech around 9am in the morning to Imlil. After a welcome drink leave Imlil behind and enjoy walking with the views of many berber Villages and meet friendly local berber people. After a 1 hour walk we stop for a glass of mint tea in a traditional berber home with family. Continue the trek to Tizi n Tamatert (2300m). There will be lunch on the pass after Tizi n Tamatert before you head to the last village, Techdirt or Tinghourine, and spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day 2: Tinghourin/Tachddirt-Ikkis-Aguersiwal-Matat-Ait Aissa

The second day will bring you 4-5 hours of trekking and take you from Tinghourine/Tachdirt to Ikkis, Aguersiwal (2100m) and to Matat to Ait Aissa. The route takes you by other picturesque villages and along the Oudit Pass (2200m). In the evening in the Ait Aissa, there is a gite to stay in and a steam bath (hamam) if you would like to use it.

Day 3: Ait Aissa/Tizi Oussem- Marrakech

The third day is 4 hours and will take us first to visit the biggest waterfall in the Toubkal National park. Then join the path that goes over Mzik pass (2500m) with fantastic views over the Ait Mizan valley. Enjoy lunch in Mzzik and trek down to Imlil where the trek will end and you will be transferred back to Marrakech.

Inclusions

Private transport to and from your hotel in Marrakech

Local guide

Food for 3 days (Breakfast and dinner)

Accommodation

Mule to carry the bags

Exclusions

Soft drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 3 years

Walking shoes are recommended and sunglasses, sun cream and camera

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Nov-2019

    I just spent 2 weeks in Morroco and this trek was clearly the highlight of my trip, better than the 3 day trek in the desert with the camel ride. Hicking in the Atlas mountain with only 2 others tourists, our guide Abdhul and our cook and mule leader Mohammed was just fantastic. Views were spectacular and everything was so peaceful and quiet. Mohammed was a great cook and he prepared good healthy meals with vegetarian options right in the middle of the mountains for lunch, and at night at the 'gite' where we stayed for one night. We were having nice long picnics sitting on a berber rug looking at the beautiful sceneries. The people we met crossing the small villages were all friendly, especially the kids waving at us. On the last day, we even stopped at Mohammed's house and had tee with his family. The trek is not too difficult, we had a city girl with us who had not exercised in a will who managed to do it smiling the whole way. Accommodation was fine to me (nothing luxurious), first day in a Riad with my own private room and bathroom, second day in a gite with a dorm for girls and one for guys. Both were really clean. Bring a down jacket as it can get cold at night (was there at the end of october). One thing I will tell you on the other hand, is that the first day may seem chaotic to you. Indeed, I am not sure I did what I had signed for on that day and ended up with a group of tourists doing the 1 day excursion. I think this happened because some tourists are canceling and booking at the last minute and the guides are left juggling with that trying to accommodate everyone. If this happens to you, just relax and be sure your days 2 and 3 will be just fantastic :)
    Many thanks again to Abdul, Mohammed and Jacqueline the mule :)
    Louise

  • 30-Oct-2019

    We had an amazing time with our guides Hicham and Mohamed. They made sure we were always OK and had everything we needed. Thank you! Amazing scenery, welcoming people and great food provided by our cook who accompanied us in the 3 day trek through the villages.

  • 14-Oct-2019

    We had an excellent time with Mohammad and Abdul as our guides for the 3 day trek. It was a fairly leisurely stroll through several (10+?) villages and over several mountain passes ... not anything too intense, but fun nonetheless! Highly recommended

  • 06-Aug-2019

    Definitely worth your time, and great value for the money as well!
    My partner and I had our trek cut short by my partner's illness, unfortunately, but not before experiencing enough to be extremely grateful that we came! We are also extremely grateful to our guide, Mohammed Ali, and to the program owner for doing everything they could to accommodate my partner.
    We started with a camel ride, before driving up into the Atlas to meet Mohammed Ali. He took us on a morning trek, after which we had lunch. Had my partner not been sick, we would have then explored the area that afternoon, stayed at an inn in town, and then hiked to a new town on the next two days.
    The accommodations were remarkably comfortable – we stayed in a huge, beautifully decorated room with a large bathroom (with shower), wifi, and 3 luxurious beds. We were waited on at every meal, and the staff were incredibly kind and generous. I read negative reviews before I went which led me to expect a dirty, dingy room – nothing could be further from the case! The hotel is still under construction, and likely to get nicer each year. It's not the Hilton, but it's the most luxurious trekking I've ever experienced!

    Since some other travelers seem to have had negative experiences, here's my recommendations for getting the most out of your Atlas Mountains trek:
    1. Be flexible. We got almost no details of our itinerary before the trip, and the host isn't the fastest at answering email. If you're ready to trust them (and they are trustworthy) and go with the flow, it will all work out.
    2. Be assertive about what you want! The flip side of #1 is that tour can also be incredibly flexible with you! Don't be afraid to ask direct questions, to propose changes to the itinerary, or even to ask for a change of guides. We found that everyone working on the tour was very willing to accommodate.
    3. Make sure that you're ready. They are flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of fitness levels, but no matter what, you will be walking on unpaved roads at high altitude. You don't need to be a hardcore hiker or even a hiker at all, necessarily, but you do need to be able to walk for several hours straight. (On the other hand, if you want a hardcore trek, just ask for Mohammed Ali; he may be the fittest human I have ever met!)
    The company has ~60 staff and many don't speak much English. You can get by with just English with your guide, but it helps to know some French or Spanish or, better yet, Arabic.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The countryside is beautiful. I enjoyed walking through the villages and up and down valleys. I was expecting the transport to go directly to the Atlas and have most of a day hiking either with a small group or alone. The first day I was with 14 other people and transportation stopped for a camel ride, Argon oil extraction, etc all of which was fun and great but I'd already had those experiences. The short hike past two waterfalls, sheltering together while it rained is a roadside shed and going into an ancient house to have tea with the guides grandfather was delightful, just not what I thought I had signed up for. The second day started great. A new guide and I hiked up the hill to Tizi. We stopped to wait (1 hour) for another person who rode up in a car. The guide gave me directions and I hiked alone to that night's destination while the guide stayed with the new person. I arrived about 12:30 and had to wait several hours for the owner to appear. While waiting I did explore the little village and ate lunch next to a beautiful little stream. Guide and other person finally arrived around 4:00. The accommodation were in a very basic gite which was fine. Food was excellent. The third day was great but too short. We hiked through lush valleys, old villages, up dry switchback trails. I loved it. After a lunch in a village I thought we would be hiking further but no. So I was stuck for 3 hours waiting for transportation.
    I enjoyed the hiking we did. With the abundance of trails in the area, I expected to do longer hikes/further distances each day.

  • 02-May-2019

    We went on this trek in the end of april and it was the best part of our time in Morocco. Bring warm clothes since it gets really cold at nights.
    As others have mentioned in their comments we had a hard time contacting them before our trip to confirm pickup, but other then that everything was really well organized.
    Some have mentioned that the walking was short the first day but we walked a lot. In the afternoon the first day we were asked if we wanted to relax or walk some more - so if you want to walk more I think you can just ask.
    The nature is beautiful, the food is amazing and our guide Mohammed was great!

  • 07-Jan-2019

    This trip is an excellent way to experience Morocco. As others have mentioned, we had a hard time contacting them before our trip to confirm pickup. But the best way to reach them wash through WhatsApp. Our guide, Mohamed, was very considerate, flexible, kind and confident. We greatly appreciated his careful guidance. Imlil has a kind and welcoming feel (much calmer than Marrakesh). My recommendation is to only spend a couple days in Marrakesh then come directly on this trip! Food was excellent, the views are incredible and Mohamed is the BEST.

  • 18-Dec-2018

    Just last week I had a brilliant time trekking around Imlil valley. My guide Mustafa was very informative, friendly and also was good fun to talk to while walking. The food throughout was delicious and the accommodation great. There wasn't much trekking the first day but the two following days were amazing!

  • 05-Nov-2018

    He had a very interesting trip for 3 days at the Atlas mountain. The whole experience was pretty well organized, and the route offers great views, is interesting and as demanding as it should. Abdel was an excellent tour guide, friendly original and it was a joy watching him interact with the locals. Our trip had quite a bit of rain and you need to be prepared for this scenario and also the cold during night can be a bit challenging but with a spring jacket and some extra clothing you will be good until mid October.. One thing I have to notice is that meals for lunch are extras and all meals are cooked from the guides almost in front of you.

  • 16-Jul-2018

    We started with a group of four people on the first day. The picked us up at the hotel in a nice van with airco. On the way to Imlil we stopped at a shop and did a short Camel ride. After that we went for two hour walk a had a long lunch.
    I didn't like the first day. The walking part was way to short. The second day our guide, Idris, took us for a great walk in the atlas mountains. He knows everybody and is very friendly. The last day we also saw amazing views and had a nice long walk.
    Breakfast lunch and dinner was included. The lunch was prepared along the way. The meals were far better that i had imagined. The lunch is served at the most beautiful places. The first hotel was very good. Keep in mind that it can get very cold at night. The second day we could choose between a similar hotel or a low comfort place in the mountains. We chose the last one and had a great time with the guides and other groups. We shared the dinner and breakfast.
    Lunch is extra and costs 7 euro per person per day.
    Except for the first day it was perfect

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