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Atlas Mountains

Marrakech, Morocco

The Basics

The vast mountain range is split into three main regions: the centrally located High Atlas, the Middle Atlas to the north, and the remote Anti Atlas, tucked away in the south. Easily reached from Marrakech, the High Atlas range draws many visitors, with hotels clustered around popular spots like the picturesque Ourika Valley, Ouirgane, and Imlil. It’s also home to the 13,671-foot (4,167-meter) Mount Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak. For many, a stay in the High Atlas Mountains is a pit stop en route to Ouarzazate, the launch pad for camping tours and desert camel treks. Experience the grandeur of the Atlas Mountains on a day trip from Marrakech, which might include activities such as quad biking, hot air ballooning, or a visit to a Berber village.

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Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience
Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience
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$218.36 per adult
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Great experience
It was amazing GreaT experience Everything was great We loved it We have two 8 years old girls . Everybody loved it
barbiecebey, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

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Great experience
barbiecebey, Oct 2021
Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience
It was amazing GreaT experience Everything was great We loved it We have two 8 years old girls . Everybody loved it
star-5
Do This Tour!!!
Lynnetta_B, Oct 2021
Private Full-Day Tour of the Atlas Mountains with Lunch
What a tour!!!! Get ready because you do A LOT in this tour and its all worth it. Beautiful scenes, villages, crafts, hiking, waterfalls, camels….and let’s not forget the tea! Our tour guides were Mohammad (potatoes) and chawi and they were absolutely awesome. Thorough, patient, lively, accommodating and fun! Definitely recommend this tour with these two guides if you can get them, but definitely this tour in general! Great experience!!!!
star-5
Fun Day Trip!
Tuan_A, Oct 2021
Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
The tour was amazing. The tour guide made sure everyone was included. His English was very good. He and his father offered help in a difficult terrain to make sure everyone was safe. 10/10 recommended.
star-5
Very well organised,...
Ed_B, Oct 2021
Private Full-Day Tour of the Atlas Mountains with Lunch
Very well organised, accommodating driver returning for two members of the party who turned up late. Great itinerary, especially Tagine lunch with a phenomenal view
star-5
All in one tour with great guide
Leili_w, Aug 2021
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
It was a great tour! You‘ll get to know the culture and people of Atlas Mountains very close. We had a lot of fun and Mohammed aka. Potatoes is the perfect guide:)
star-5
The best tour guide omar
Jip_H, Oct 2021
All-Inclusive Agafay Desert and Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakesh
The Atlas valleys and Agafay dessert were amazing. The Diner at Omar’s was the perfect combination between touristic and local Marokko, thankyou Omar!
star-5
Hiking Day
Jinat_S, Sep 2021
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
Mohamed (potatoes) was our guide for the day! He was really great, very knowledgeable, very detailed! Most importantly he is so caring about his guests. There were times I had trouble hiking but he’s helped me all throughout the hike. Thank you Potatoes for making this experience I will never forget
star-5
This experience felt like 3 for the price of 1.
Kennedy_H, Sep 2021
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
Definitely worth the price. Transportation was efficient. Potatoes (our guide) was amazing! We started with camel riding in authentic gear, stopped for pics otw to lunch, hiked to the waterfalls and finished at the argan oil shop. There are a lot of vendors with special pieces along the way…make sure to bring cash with you.
star-4
Loved it - great guide
Tim_F, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Berber Villages from Marrakech
Omar Bousserhan was a great guide, very informative. We walked in the Berber villages and went to the waterfall. Mint tea and tagine were highly traditional. Great sociable experience too.
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Loved this experience! It...
Lillian_M, Aug 2021
Sunrise Atlas Mountain Hot Air Balloon Ride From Marrakech
Loved this experience! It was smooth from pick up to drop off, right at our hotel. Staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast was great and the ride itself was spectacular. The beautiful sunrise over the mountains is something we'll remember forever
star-5
Great trip and excellent tour guide.
Masood, Aug 2021
Day Trip To Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Berber Villages from Marrakech
We have just recently been on this trip and had a fantastic time. Pick up was prompt from our hotel. Our tour guide Mohammed (Potatoe) was very professional and patient as we were a group of twelve including young children, he made the trip very enjoyable and looked after us. Lunch was delicious and the kids loved the camel rides.
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Mt. Atlas
Ladydi, Aug 2021
The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech with Berber Lunch
It really is a drive, but I enjoyed myself so much I am happy I took the trip. The food was great though only 2 choices. The hike in and out is somewhat strenuous but I'm 70 and had no problem. Just watch the stones as tripping is easy and if wet, sliding. Enjoy the trip. I really did.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Atlas Mountains are a must-see for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Choose among day trips from Marrakech or multi-day itineraries through the mountains and into the Sahara.

  • Remember to bring sunscreen, water, and a hat, as shade is scarce in the Atlas Mountains.

  • Day trips to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech can last upwards of 12 hours.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to experience the Atlas Mountains is on a guided tour that offers round-trip transportation from a city such as Marrakech, Fez, or Agadir.

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When to Get There

For most travelers, the best time for a trip into the Atlas Mountains is March through November. While summers can be hot, temperatures in the Atlas Mountains are cooler than in the Moroccan lowlands. Mountain snow is usual from mid-January to mid-February, making this an excellent time for skiing in North Africa. Note that some businesses will be closed during Ramadan.

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Highlights of the Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains are dotted with interesting places to explore. Azzaden Valley is a quieter alternative to neighboring Imlil Valley and a popular base for guided treks. Dades Gorge, famous for growing Damascus roses, is a favorite destination for climbers, hikers, and white-water rafters. The rivers of the Middle Atlas feed the beautiful Ouzoud Falls, while Ifrane, the gateway town of the region, looks right out of the French Alps.

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