Atlas Mountains: Must Visit, See and Do

The Atlas Mountains are an incredible part of Morocco. Untouched by the progression of time, this place is a breath of ancient Morocco as it maintains the charm it has held for centuries together. If you are in love with the idea of fortresses, valleys, quaint villages, waterfalls and market lanes, Morocco’s high Atlas Mountains is the perfect getaway for you.

Atlas Mountains, Photo: Scott Presly, Flickr

Atlas Mountains, Photo: Scott Presly, Flickr

Where are the Atlas Mountains?

An hour’s journey from Marrakech brings you to the Atlas Mountain range. It stretches an awe-inspiring 1,500 miles from Morocco, through Algeria and the neighbouring country of Tunisia. Running parallel to the Mediterranean coast, the mountains range from High to Low, giving hiking enthusiasts and climbers ample sites.

Atlas Mountains on Map, Source: Wikipedia.org

Atlas Mountains on Map, Source: Wikipedia.org

Here’s why Morocco’s Atlas Mountains should be on your “Must Visit” list-

altai mountains, Photo: Jörgen Nybrolin, Flickr

altai mountains, Photo: Jörgen Nybrolin, Flickr

Trekking

The Atlas range offers a world of trekking and hiking options. You can choose between short hikes and a complete two day trek at Mount Toubkal or a tour of the Toubkal circuit. Along the way, you can stay the nights in traditional bivouacs and breathe in the Moroccan night air.

Trekking in the Atlas Mountains, Image: E. Crespo, Flickr

Trekking in the Atlas Mountains, Image: E. Crespo, Flickr

Cultural Experience at Asni

Asni boasts of a popular souk. Shopping at a traditional street market among a riot of colors, livestock and souvenirs is the best way to experience Morocco. Here you will find handcrafted items. The Berber handmade carpets are one of the best in Morocco and there is a variety of delicious local food to be enjoyed at Asni.

Asni, Photo: Flickr

Asni, Photo: Flickr

Breath-taking views

Site-seeing is a delight as you get to see rocky terrains, lush green valleys and some of the highest mountains in Africa. Located at a height of 2,092m the Tizi n’Test Pass at its summit offers an all-encompassing view of the Sous Valley and the Anti-Atlas Mountains. The Tizi n’Tichka Pass at 2,260m above sea level offers the view of serene foothills and villages. The Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, featured in the Gladiator is one of the most photographed places in Morocco. The town offers ample scope for photographing your journey through the mountains.

Tizi n' Test pass, Morocco. Photo: xhitsthespot, Flickr

Tizi n’ Test pass, Morocco. Photo: xhitsthespot, Flickr

Experiencing the Berber culture

The Berber houses and the people are the embodiment of tribal life in Morocco. Your visit to the Atlas will be incomplete without staying at a Berber Lodge. The traditional lodges are designed to give visitors a taste of how the nomadic tribe lives.

Berber Women Dancing at Imlchil Wedding Festival, Atlas Mountains. Photo: zakaria Elqotbi, Flickr

Berber Women Dancing at Imlchil Wedding Festival, Atlas Mountains. Photo: zakaria Elqotbi, Flickr

Living the rustic village life

Imilchil village gives you the perfect taste of rustic nomadic lifestyle. The mountain village is inhabited by the shepherd tribe, Aït Hadiddou. Tourists come to this village to enjoy the Marriage Festival with the locals. You get to soak in the true spirit of village life between pastures and lakes.

The atlas culture and rustic lifestyle, Photo: DOI International, Flickr

The atlas culture and rustic life, Photo: DOI International, Flickr

The Incredible Atlas Mountains are sure to become a cherished part of your travel diaries for years to come.

 

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