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   High Atlas !

 

High Atlas Photos

 from Marrakech to high Atlas road

high atlas in spring

berber man picture

Armoud is a traditional berber village in high-atlas

group of travlers in high-atlas

high-atlas walkers

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High Atlas

The High Atlas is a region in Morocco covering the mountain range and surrounding destinations such as Marrakech. It's a regular destination for mountain hikers, ski enthusiasts, or travellers interested in the indigenous Berber culture found throughout its many peaks and valleys.

Understand

Berbers are the indigenous North Africans, having inhabited the north coast of Africa ranging from present day Morocco to Egypt, for at least 5,000 years.
The Arab invasion of North Africa in the 7th century forced Berbers to assimilate, or take refuge in the Atlas mountains.
It is said that as much as 80% of the Moroccan population is racially Berber, however only half of those people live culturally Berber lifestyles.
Berbers have adopted Islam as their primary religion, but continue to speak dialectic Berber in their villages, and practice Berber music, spirituality, and art.
The Atlas mountains are home to relatively pure Berber populations, who live in earthen adobe houses. Marrakech is the only Moroccan city with a recognizable Berber ambiance, being situated at the base of the southern Atlas mountains. The color of Marrakech is the color of the Berbers - reddish, ochre and earth tones are the only colors you see adorning the adobe buildings, giving the impression that the entire city springs from the earth.

Towns

  • Marrakech – It's long been a city that conjures up images from your wildest dreams. It's a great market town and a great place to eat.

  • Aït-Benhaddou – a traditional mud brick town, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Amizmiz – A small Berber town that hosts one of the largest Berber souks in the region. A great point of departure for the small Berber villages of the mountains.

  • Asni – A small town at the foothills of the High Atlas

  • Imlil Starting point for some awesome hiking. Only 75 minutes from Marrakech by shared taxi. or, 25 minutes from Asni by shared taxi also.

  • Oukaimeden Ski resort.

  • Tinerhir – This town is the perfect point of access to the stunning Todra Gorge.

  • Ait Ourir -

  • Ourika - situated less than 30 minutes from the Marrakech Medina - is a portal to the High Atlas, and home to many Berber villages.

  • Setti Fatma – Berber town at the end of the Ourika Valley

  • Tinerhir – This town is the perfect point of access to the stunning Todra Gorge

Talk

Berber, or the Amazigh language, is spoken byHigh Atlas Berber population.  they call thier Berber dialect Tachelheet. Also, most of them speak Arabic.
Although you will find people who speak French, English and Spanish in tourist centers in high Atlas, many of these will be touts and faux guides, who may become a burden. Some shop owners and guest houses managers in the villages of high Atlas also speak French and English, but outside of that these languages are not widely understood.

Do

  • biking trips in the nearby of village and tows

  • Hiking in the valleys Toubka, M'goun, Ourika, Bougmaz, Dadis..

  • Hire a 4x4 and drive around the the mountain villages.

  • Camping

  • Skiing

  • Visits can be arranged to Berber homes to see how they live, watch them prepare home-made bread and cous-cous or tagines, eat with them and drink mint tea.

  • If you are looking to experience how real Berbers live in the High Atlas, there are different outfits that will help you get to some of their villages. One of the best is Berber Adventures. You'll be able to schedule a day trip or more extended hike into the mountains. The prices are reasonable and the guide is extremely kind and used to working with westerners. If you're in Marrakech, this is a great one or two day side trip.

Bear in mind

  • Prices are to be bargained hard, it has been reported that travellers payed between 300dh and 600dh/person/night. You loose face if you don't bargain.

  • For some weird reason, sleeping 2 nights is more expensive. The reason is that Lunch is included if there is more than 1 night's travel. That explains the difference in price.

  • Talk in advance what is included and what's not: food, water, blankets, how far are you going, etc.

  • Each guide cooks for just his group, so if you want to eat something special, maybe you can pay a few dirhams more and have a tastier meal (standard is chicken tajine) Depends on your cook.

Sleep

There are many small hotels gits guest houes of varying categories in the berber villages all over high Atlas.

 

To go on up into the mountains, please read the Imlil page. Also you can contact us to help light up your trip.

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