Planning Your Time

There is so much to see in this region, and since the roads are narrow and serpentine, slopes are steep, and terrain is bumpy, allow plenty of time for getting around. A full two weeks is recommended to truly experience the Atlas, but a shorter 7-to-10-day trip could also be done. Start off in either Ourika or Tahannout to get acquainted with the region, while any mountain hike will truly begin in Imlil. The village of Tacchedirt is worth the five-hour trek, as is the more demanding two-day ascent to the great Toubkal. Afterwards, explore the route to the pretty village of Ouirgane, and, to complete a circle back in the Marrakesh direction, stop at the barrage of Lalla Takerkoust, a pretty settlement with some pleasant eateries and accommodations.

Alternatively, you can take the Rte. 210 out of Marrakesh, heading towards Ouzoud Falls, before continuing on to the reservoir Bin el-Ouidane. From here, head back down through Azilal and further south to the magnificent valley of Aït Bougmez, which can serve as a base for trekking.

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