Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

For an #active and cultural trip in #Morocco, we set off to hike up a 2100m mountain for a picturesque view and lunch, went to the local Berber markets, and discovered beautiful eucalyptus forests, relaxed in our hotel and more! Your turn!


Looking to escape the crowds in Marrakesh? Just head to the Atlas Mountains to spend a couple of days in peace surrounded by beautiful nature. 

Close to the village of Asni you will find Kashbah Tamadot, Virgin’s Moroccan retreat. The boutique hotel has a highly curated mix of Indian artifacts combined with Moroccan architecture. It was owned by an Italian art dealer until Richard Branson bought it. To the active traveller I would not recommend staying in Kashbah for more than two nights. 

The ideal itinerary would be to rent a car in Marrakesh and drive to the village of Asni, less than 5km away from the Kashbah. Driving your own car will be much less expensive than using the hotel transfer and it is very easy to find the Kashbah. 

Service at the hotel is of a very high standard and the food is delicious and varied. The hotel works on a semi-all inclusive model in which water and minibar are included but no alcoholic drinks at the restaurant. I would recommend booking a package deal with full-board as there are no alternatives to eating at the hotel.

The Pool at Kashbah Tamadot
There is even a camel at the hotel

The first day we had the pleasure of hiking the Toubkal mountain with Mohamed, the owner from Atlas-Trek-Adventure, my suggestion is to contact him directly if you want to do the hike instead of going through the hotel. It will surely be cheaper and you will still have the same great service.

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Mt. Toubkal Ascent Express Trek

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 Gite Toubkal, Imlil, Morocco
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Any hike will start from the town of Imlil and you can even decide to hike the summit of the Toubkal but for that you will need to count two full days with one night in a refuge. 

Just call Mohamed, tell him how much time you have, how fit you are and how much time and he will suggest the best for you!

tell him how much time you have, how fit you are and how much time and he will suggest the best for you
Nature is very beautiful and very green in the valley

As we only had one day we only hiked up to 2100 metres but we were then rewarded by a simple but very charming lunch in Aroumd, the highest (and last) village in the valley.

Lunch Stop in Aroumd

The following day was Saturday and we couldn’t miss the weekly Berber market in the city of Asni.

we couldn’t miss the weekly Berber market in the city of Asni

This is the main marketplace and merchandise exchange opportunity for all of the inhabitants of the valley. It really feels like a true market and you can see how these people still live in the 21st century. It was overall a very interesting experience and I would definitely recommend it.

I had never seen so many onions in the same place!!
And of course, don’t expect a regular parking .. but more a donkey parking for the people of the valley!

We then decided to walk back to the hotel and the Kashbah kindly offered us one of their employees to serve as a guide to come back. The valley was surprisingly beautiful and reminded us of Tuscany. We went through barley fields and eucalyptus forests and it was a really nice and easy walk back to the hotel. 

We went through barley fields and eucalyptus forests and it was a really nice and easy walk back to the hotel

I would definitely recommend it over taking the car back!

Looks more like Tuscany than Morocco!
Morocco
Donkeys roaming free


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