Trekking the Atlas Mountains

Stretching for around 2500 kilometres across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, the Atlas Mountain range separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert and offers sweeping views of its verdant valleys and traditional mud-built Berber villages.

The mountains are divided into ranges including the High Atlas, Middle Atlas and the Anti Atlas. Primarily inhabited by ancient Berber populations, trekking in the Atlas Mountains provides a real sense of culture and history, which you can experience first hand amid the formidable vistas.

Choose your trek

You’ll find tours and excursions to suit all ages and levels of fitness, from speedy day trips navigated by 4×4 to authentic camel treks including an overnight stay in a gite with a Berber community.

Whether you’re staying north of the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in Marrakech or further south in Agadir, adjacent to the Anti Atlas range, you’re bound to find your perfect trek across this stunning terrain.

When to go

There are great trekking opportunities all year round with the best conditions between March and November. In spring, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fragrant almond blossom while the cooler months of autumn offer a more comfortable climate.

In winter you’ll still find sunny days but cold nights, with temperatures dropping to around zero, and if you’re heading above 3000 metres you’ll be met with permanent snow. If you can handle hiking in the heat, July and August are hot but a lot cooler than the suffocating heat on lower ground.

Anti Atlas ranges south of Agadir

Extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the southwest of Morocco, just down from Agadir, the Anti Atlas mountain range is a wonderfully wild area of quarzite mountains dotted with ancient castles from times gone by. The Berber way of life hasn’t changed for centuries and, as you traverse the endless valleys, you’ll find traditional shops and markets giving you the chance to barter with the enigmatic community.

This range has been popular with British climbers since the 1960s and is an excellent location for beginners. The area is also home to the volcanic mountain Djebel Siroua, which boasts the highest summit in the southern regions at 3,304 metres. It offers fantastic trekking, rewarded by panoramic views of dramatic gorges and quaint cliff villages along the way.

Mid Atlas ranges

Extending from Azilal to Ouarzazate, the Middle Atlas ranges provide contrasting landscapes reminiscent of the peaks of Colorado, with its impressive gorges and canyons. The highest peak here is Jbel Mgoun standing at 4,068 metres. It’s surrounded by magnificent green valleys pierced with irrigation canyons, walnut groves, cedar forests and traditional villages tucked into the mountainside.

The area is at its best in late spring when you’ll be met with carpets of wild flowers and dramatic rivers fuelled by the melting snow. Valleys like the Ait Bougmez and the Tessaout offer easy hiking terrain.

High Atlas ranges

It’s around a two-hour drive from Marrakech to the villages at the start of the High Atlas trails, the most common being Imlil. This breathtaking range is a trekkers paradise between spring and autumn. You’ll find some of the highest peaks in North Africa here with the tallest, Mount Toubkal, vaulting 4,167 metres above sea level.

Trek through fields of wheat and fragrant orchards of walnut, apple and cherry trees surrounded by cocoa coloured mountains as you head deep into the rugged landscape. Home to the Ourigane National Park, you’ll be met with gentle terrain covered with remarkable copper green soil and winding juniper trees. While over in the Azzaden Valley are rushing mountain streams near the base of Mount Toubkal.

From Agadir, visitors can experience the southern regions of the High Atlas at Paradise Valley. An hour’s drive north of the city you’ll be greeted by an inviting blue pool surrounded by craggy cliffs, waterfalls and trails lined with palm trees.

Holiday Hypermarket is a trading name of TUI UK Retail Limited.
Registered office: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, LUTON, LU2 9TN.
Company Number: 01456086.

Book with confidence. We are a Member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. All the package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails. Other services such as hotels or flight on their own may not be protected and you should ask us what protection is available.


All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check and follow @FCDOtravelGovUK and More information is available by checking Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting The advice can change so check regularly for updates.