An adventurous trek through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains is not just one of the most scenic hikes in the world—it's also an immersion into the culture of the Berber people, Morocco's original inhabitants. Few roads penetrate this craggy mountain stronghold, where the agrarian way of life has changed very little in a hundred years. As we trek, we see Berber women in brightly colored dresses tending fields amid mud-brick villages, and higher up, we meet shepherds in summer pastures. We often visit homes to share a cup of mint tea with these friendly, open, mountain people. Scenic grandeur abounds, from towering limestone peaks to sheer red-rock canyons. Our journey also explores the fairytale walled city of Fes, and Marrakesh, where labyrinthine bazaars beckon.
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
This large modern hotel is set in the business district opposite the Hassan II mosque, an ideal location for walkers. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, one serving traditional French brasserie dishes, a rooftop bar, indoor pool, and a spa offering massage services.
Day 2 (1 night)
Days 3-4 (2 nights)
The delight of this hotel is its view over the city of Fes, which you can enjoy from the terrace bar, listening to the call to prayer echo through the city after a busy day of exploring the medina. The hotel's location makes it a serene retreat from the bustle...
Day 5 (1 night)
High Atlas, Morocco
Days 6-11 (6 nights)
Boumalne Dades, Morocco
Day 12 (1 night)
Days 13-14 (2 nights)
With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in the 1950s and still managed by its original owners, a local Moroccan family, the Es Saadi offers spacious, updated rooms and a swimming...
We recommend that you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing, are excellent preparatory exercises.
We have 8 nights in first-class and best-available hotels, 1 night Berber house, and 5 nights expedition-style camping. At the camps, there is a private (though rustic) bathing tent, which includes a bucket of hot water you can use to wash yourself.
"I especially liked the combination of the exposure to the culture, both in the cities and in the mountains, and the trekking experience."
"The trip itinerary was exceptional. No other company could match it. And wonderful hotels. I loved our Trip Leader's command of several languages—French, Arabic, and Berber dialects."
"I was impressed with the coordination and efficiency of the trekking support. All of the muleteers were always cheerful, available and willing to help. Housain the cook was exceptional and we were amazed what he could prepare in his camp kitchen. I would happily have continued traveling with them!"
San Francisco, CA
"This trip rocked all my expectations!"
"An excellent trip combining cultural sightseeing with mountain trekking."
"The Atlas trek was much more beautiful and memorable than I could have imagined. Seeing and learning about the Amazir, their azibs, transhumance, as well as the isolated valleys was fascinating."
"A well balanced trip with a blend of culture and mountain trekking and exactly what I was looking for. Our Trip Leader's knowledge and passion for the High Atlas mountains and Berber culture was exceptional."
New York, NY
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.