small group tour

Atlas Mountains Hiking Tour

Start Fes
Finish Fes
Days 8
Theme Hiking
From $785 USD
Group Min 4
Group Max 18
Middle Atlas Cedars and Lakes Trek

Morocco with its multi ranges from The crags of the Anti Atlas south to the high peaks of the Atlas and Rif Mountains is replete with exquisite places to take the perfect backroads hiking tour.   Trekking from Fez in the middle ranges of the Atlas south on the backroads and footrails or venturing up north to the Rif Mountains reveals an enticing new world of adventure and hiking tours in Morocco. This is an outlet for hiking activities with diverse-off the paths trails, was known only to local mountain enthusiasts.  Very few adventure tour companies and hiking local DMC affiliates have ventured to offer active trips and private expeditions in the Middle Atlas Mountains around Fez.  Morocco Discoveries now offers adventure tours in these areas with great integrity and a vision to sustain active and green tourism in the Northern part of Morocco. Things have changed when Fez has opened to tourism not only as an ancient city but also offered it Millennium old trails at the Rif Mountains North of the city as well as the evergreen Atlas Mountains ranges south of the city for small groups and private expeditions hiking tours.  With our hiking tour packages off the beaten path, stop at Berber Villages and hamlets around Fez. This backroads trip is worth every effort to discover a world of marvels trekking in dense cedar forests and high peaks in the Atlas Mountains.  Join our small group adventure trips and expeditions directly from Fez to enjoy an in-depth cultural and natural encounter in 2019 and 2020.  Morocco best trails and landscapes you have always dreamed to explore are available for you. Most importantly in this Morocco overland trek, you will have direct contact with the reality of this culture that varies from the sophistication of ancient city of Fez to Berber nomadic life of the hinterland and remote mountains and valleys.  You will surely encounter genuine people and share moments with them outside of tourism norms.  You will be invited for a tea in a nomadic tent, share a meal with a family or simply exchange ideas with your local peers and trek in the cathedral of nature.  In your Atlas Mountains cedar and lakes tour, exquisite landscapes and wildlife, hospitality and memorable encounters are guaranteed for all our travelers hiking and trekking to explore this marvelous itinerary.  You may end up making friends in these mountains and create memories to treasure for a lifetime. Welcome to our Morocco adventure tours outlet, a sample from hundreds of trekking activities at all levels and budget. This is a hiking tour in the Atlas Mountains near Fes that you will not find anywhere else. Join this expedition from Fez in the spirit of exploring the Outback terrain unknown to most hikers and explorers who visited Morocco. Contact us for other Morocco small group Tours 2019

An Adventure as lovely as it gets

  • Hiking and trekking in Morocco Middle Atlas Evergreen Mountains, everyone can do. But opening opportunities for active travelers to immerse in the culture by visiting the back roads in the rural area or places not accessible to mass tourists is what we are best at. Natural Landscapes, tribal markets, private homes, and nomad camps are all in your reach

  • Experience a night in a natural setting of a cedar forest or by a natural lake, hike in the footsteps of thousand years old footpaths, have a dinner with traditional farmers. Enjoy backed fresh bread and a tagine cooked before your eyes to honor you as a guest. Experience the true Moroccan hospitality.

  • Encounter the walled medina of Fez (Gathering place) a rich book of historical and architectural remnants from the Phoenician era to modern Art Deco. Walk in most impressive and authentic old city in the world. Fez is unique. The vicinity of fez by the Atlas Mountains and Berber villages are a world of marvels yet to be discovered.

  • Savor from open market small eateries like Moroccan do and enjoy a typical shish kabab skewers and Kefta (minced Meat) fresh as it could be all cooked right in before your eyes in breathtaking mountain landscapes

A year around tour roaster works for you?

  • We are a member of Responsible Travel. So environment and culture are our priority to protect. Be considerate of Morocco’s customs, traditions, religion and culture

  • This trip is an adventure and Active journey. So we run it at best months to enjoy the outdoor activities. Fall and Spring are the best time to be in Morocco for hiking and trekking activities.

  • You are welcome to buy bottled water and canned food. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts. Help us protect the atlas Mountains forest and lakes.

  • When you visit homes visits or nomadic tents, please refrain from giving gifts or money to locals especially Children

  • Buy locally made products, especially from the hands of the maker while you are visiting their workshops. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional arts and crafts alive.

  • Best cost and best services guaranteed compare with all other tour planners in Morocco. All hand-picked, top notch guides to give the best trekking experience to the Atlas Mountains.

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Itinerary

When you arrive at Fez Airport you will meet our representative who will greet you and then transfer you to your lodge.  Lunch will be served at the riad in the Medina followed by a group orientation then a guided introduction to Fez exterior tour around the walled city.  Later we will go on an excursion to Mount Zalagh in the Rif Mountains north of Fez for most enticing panoramic view on the city.  We will return to Fes for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will take off in our overland 4 wheel drive to Azrou.  Visit the Troglodytes of Azrou, then to Ain Leuh where we will begin our trek excursion in the dense cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains.  Walk to Ajaabou for about 3 hours where we  will have a local encounter in a Berber home with a typical home cooked dinner.

After breakfast we will start our hike up to Zaouiet Ifrane. Our mule caravan will be ready to load our belonging and what we need for the journey trekking through thousand year old cedar trees on an altitude of around 6000 feet.  We follow on the mules by the on the a trail through the valley of Ain Leuh in most natural setting.  First slopes we will encounter will be at Bou Harch Valley a breath taking scenic trail in the Middle Atlas.  We will stop for lunch at the breath taking plateau of Tagnite.  In the afternoon with them will encounter nomadic shepherds.  We will learn about their daily life watching them returning with their flocks of sheep and goats or simply walking back from a laborious day in their small plots.  We will be hosted by a local family in their compound, another dinner cooked for the occasion.  Night will be at a natural if weather allows if not a Berber guesthouse warm a cozy will host our group.

We will start our morning hiking from Zaouiet village along  with a shepherd toward the springs up that give life to this village.  We will pause for lunch at Afnourine under the Millennium old cedar trees then proceed in the afternoon hiking up the peaks of Mount Michlifen.  Our camp will be set in the natural environment around Wiwane Lake for an overnight under the starry african sky.

We will pack our mules and proceed along a series of brooks and natural springs encountering cliff hanging Berber villages down to Oum Rabia River.  We will take a break to freshen up and bath in the crystal clear water of this magnificent river that takes its springs only few miles upstream.  Our crew will prepare a festive lunch for you on the banks of the river shaded under sky reaching poplar and willow trees.  Our camp will be up the river by its springs in open nature if weather allows it.

After breakfast in the wilderness of the Atlas Mountains, we will head down to Fez.  A city that never ceased of amazing visitors and locals alike, a historic mystery of the magnitude of a UNESCO world heritage site is waiting for you to discover.  The afternoon will be devoted to explore the outskirts which entice every visitor and locals alike.  On our way we will visit The ancient city of Sefrou and the neolithic troglodytes village of B’Halil.  Dinner and accommodation will be at a Riad inside the walled city of Fes.

Are you ready for most interesting walking tour? Well here you are with a local guide stepping back in time to the 8th century when the city of Fes was founded.  this medieval walled wall city has not changed since.  Remnants of antiquity are in every step you take.   Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest exclusively pedestrian area in the world.  Cars, bicycles motorcycles and the like are strictly prohibited within the walls of the Medina.  Mules are the only permissible form of transportation and are known as the "taxis of the Medina."  Today, you will add to your most authentic encounters an immersion with most Moroccan city, the intellectual and spiritual capital of the kingdom of Morocco.  The entire day will be devoted to exploring the city. You will begin with the Mellah, followed by the King's palace and the Bat'ha museum of Moroccan Arts.  The remainder of your morning will be spent on a walking tour of the Medina, a walled city with a maze of medieval twisting alleys, blind turns, mosques, shrines, fountains, workshops, and numerous markets.  Enjoy a typical Fes Tagine for lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant.  After lunch, you will continue to explore the Medina and shop for the remainder of the afternoon, ending with a farewell dinner at your Riad.

After breakfast we will take you to the airport to connect with your flight back home with wonderful memories to fill up a suitcase.

Inclusions

  • Seven night accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in Jeep 4WD vehicles
  • Mules Caravan and camping equipment
  • Services of English-speaking Mountain guides
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Immouzzer: Tifenourine Lodge
  • Azrou: Berber home
  • Zaouiet Ifrane: Ecolodge Wiwane
  • Ajaabou: Camping with nomads
  • Wiwane Lake: Camping in nature
  • Fez: Riad Nazha, 2 nights