How to plan a perfect day trip to the High Atlas Mountains (2024)

Are you planning a day trip to the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco?

You can reach the Atlas mountain range from more or less every main city in Morocco, and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast like me,  you’ll love it!

The road to the Atlas Mountains, through the palm-lined Paradise Valley, traditional mud-built Berber villages, and the lovely little village of Immouzer, is superb.

I visited the High Atlas Mountains on a day trip from Agadir and in this post, I’m sharing everything you should know to plan your own trip.

Let’s dive in!

This post contains referral links for products I love. Adventurous Miriam earns a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase through my links. I appreciate your support ♡ Learn more

Atlas Mountains facts

The Atlas Mountains are a series of mountain peaks that stretch around 2,500 km through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Where are the Atlas Mountains in Morocco? The mountain range is divided into three regions:

  • Middle Atlas (North) – Less popular than High Atlas. It has heavily forested slopes, Berber villages, and the famous waterfalls of Cascades Ouzoud.
  • High Atlas (The middle) – It boasts the highest peaks and is marked by lush gorges, green valleys, and large rock outcroppings. Good for skiing and hiking.
  • Anti Atlas (South) – Delivers an unspoiled experience and has fewer tourists. Good for hiking and other sports activities, and is easily combined with a trip to the Sahara Desert.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Planning a day trip to the Atlas Mountains

How to get there

The easiest way to do a day trip to the Atlas Mountains is on a guided tour. Several operators offer round-trip transportation from Marrakech, Agadir, or Fez.

  • Atlas Mountains from Marrakech 👉🏻 Book here
  • Atlas Mountains from Agadir 👉🏻 Book here

When to go

The best time to visit is in the fall (October to November) when temperatures are mild. It gets really hot in the summer, and it snows in January and February. I went in November and it was chilly, but a nice time to visit.

What does an Atlas Mountains tour traditionally include?

Depending on where you’re visiting from, an Atlas Mountain guided tour generally includes a hike to a waterfall or Paradise Valley, a drive through the beautiful Atlas Mountains and valleys, and a traditional lunch in a Berber Village.

The perfect Atlas Mountains day trip

From Agadir to Atlas Mountains

We left Agadir to drive up to the High Atlas mountains.

After exiting the city and passing through small villages, we were into hilly, stony ground with sheep and donkeys walking by the roadside.

The winding mountain road led us to an oasis of lush palm trees surrounding a small lake.

At this time of year (November, which is the Moroccan winter), the mountains are sparsely vegetated so all this green was a surprise. But I guess that’s the point of an oasis, eh?

We stopped at the oasis to take a few pictures of the fertile area where palm trees, cactuses, and bushes grew in abundance along the river. I noticed a lonely mule by a house and as I crossed the street, it trotted over to investigate. Then we were off to the next stop.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Paradise Valley

We stopped a little further up the road after a few twists and turns.

We were still in the valley, but the fertile oasis had been replaced by red sandstone rocks, gorges, and enclosing cliffs.

This was Paradise Valley, a place with waterfalls, shallow pools, and deeper ones where you could jump off the cliffs – when the season is right. The pools are only full at certain times and they had almost dried up in November, so no swimming for me.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco
A Moroccan oasis
Atlas Mountains, Morocco

The small village of Immouzer

After walking through Paradise Valley, we left the palm-lined valley by car, over a high pass through sheer rock cliffs towards the little village of Immouzer.

Immouzer is tucked away on top of the surrounding valleys.

There’s little to see in the village itself, but the areas around Immouzer are well worth the visit, with plenty of gorges, mountains, and the waterfall of Ida Ouatane.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Overlooking the Tinkert Valley at 1,160 meters

Lunch at Cascades restaurant

We lunched at Cascades restaurant in Immouzer while overlooking the Atlas Mountains and Tinkert Valley.

The weather was borderline perfect this time of year (around 20-22 degrees). But spring seems like a more beautiful time when the cascades are at their most spectacular, the water flows more strongly and trees blossom everywhere.

The High Atlas mountains was a delightful day trip from Agadir and I’d love to return in the springtime. Maybe next time I’ll do some hiking.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco

A thousand thanks to the Moroccan National Tourist Office and Marokko Eksperten for hosting me. I was a guest on this press trip, but all opinions are my own as always.

FAQ – Day trip to the High Atlas Mountains Morocco

Can you do a day trip to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech?

Yes, you can! Experience the Atlas Mountains’ beauty on a day trip from Marrakech.

Atlas Mountains tour from Marrakech 👉🏻 Book here

Are the Atlas Mountains worth it?

Yes, definitely! The Atlas Mountains offer stunning landscapes and cultural experiences, making them worth a visit for anyone seeking adventure or natural beauty.

Which city is closest to the Atlas Mountains?

Marrakech is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) away from the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, making it the closest city to this natural marvel.

How long does it take to get from Marrakech to Atlas Mountains?

It typically takes around 1 to 2 hours by car to get from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, depending on your specific destination within the range.

How far is Agadir from the Atlas Mountains?

Agadir is about 155 kilometers (96 miles) from the Atlas Mountains.

How high are the Atlas Mountains?

The Atlas Mountains reach heights of over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level.

More posts from Morocco you might like

Save it!

Discover the ultimate day trip to the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Experience breathtaking trekking adventures amidst stunning landscapes. #DayTrip #HighAtlasMountains #MoroccoTrekking

Similar Posts


  1. We’re planning a trip to Agadir for a few days next year – as a sunshine break from our great British weather and in between a summer holiday to the Canaries.

    We stayed in Marrakesh and Essaouira for 12 days in March this year – our first time in Morocco. One of the highlights of our trip was a day out under our own steam to Sti Fadma where we climbed up part of waterfalls before making our way back down to have lunch at one of the tables set upon the rocks in the middle of the river. A great experience and made all the better to have done it without a tour or guide.

    So, as we will only have 7 nights in Agadir, we’re looking for at least one day trip out and this sounds perfect for us although it may not be quite as warm as when you took your trip to the High Atlas.

    We don’t want to do desert trips to the Sahara or camel rides as we’ve done both of these several times but from other destinations and have no thoughts of ATV rides or similar.

    Thanks for the insight and the fabulous photos!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *