When the temperatures start to rise in Marrakech, a short stay in the vibrant red city with a longer Tour into the Atlas Mountains Hiking is a great option.
The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains are only 2 hours away from Marrakech and so after breakfast your Private 4×4 with driver will arrive for the journey into the Toubkal National Park. Arriving in time for tea, you will then meet your Guide with his donkey for a hiking experience in this most beautiful of settings.
You can choose from easy to difficult hiking trips with local guides who have grown up in this region and take you on a safe and fascinating journey through traditional Berber villages, high onto stunning plateaus and into lush valleys.
A full day Atlas Mountains Hiking trip sees you stopping for a picnic lunch and can be tailored with a combination of more difficult terrain or relaxing valley walking.
Our recommended Guest House is an authentic place run by local Berber people who make your stay a really special experience and the food is great in the colourful dining room.
Written by Moroccan Journeys
Rebecca grew up in Africa and has spent her life travelling and working in the UK and around the world in both the corporate and personal development fields. She is co-founder of Moroccan Journeys with Mohamed Elhaoissi and lives in the UK and Morocco. She believes in the conscious management of business and the importance of personal growth. Rebecca is also a Reiki Master Teacher and runs Intensive Reiki Journeys in the Sahara desert. She spends her free time exploring the untouched parts of Morocco to ensure Moroccan Journeys is eclectic and unique in its offering.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can hike the Atlas Mountains year-round, but the best time to go is during the spring and autumn when the temperatures are mild and the landscape is lush and green.
The Atlas Mountains stretch across Morocco from north to south, and there are plenty of trails to choose from that cater to all levels of hikers. The most popular route is from Imlil in the north to Toubkal National Park in the south, but there are also plenty of other trails that wander through the valleys and over the passes of this stunning mountain range.
For a trip to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, it is best to dress in layers and bring clothes that can be easily layered on or taken off as the temperature changes. In the morning and evening, it may be cool, so it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater. During the day, when temperatures are warmer, you can remove your jacket or sweater and opt for short-sleeve shirts and light pants.
It is also important to bring sturdy walking boots as there will be plenty of hiking opportunities. Make sure your boots are comfortable and well-broken in before your trip. You’ll also want to bring a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Yes, it can get cold in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco during winter. The average temperature in winter is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), but it can get as cold as 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). However, the temperatures are usually milder than that, and it is often sunny and clear. So while it can be cold at night, the days are usually quite pleasant. In the summer, it is much warmer, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s Fahrenheit (mid-30s Celsius).
Generally speaking, the Atlas Mountains are colder than coastal areas and have a more temperate climate. The highest parts of the mountains receive snow in the winter months while lower elevations are warmer and drier.