If you are looking for excursions from Marrakech to the Atlas, you have several options. But undoubtedly one of the most interesting is the one to Asni and the Imlil Valley, which we tell you about here. It is a day trip from the Red City, leaving early in the morning and arriving at the end of the day. There is a route south of Marrakech that is interesting to immerse yourself in this mountainous landscape and learn about the way of life of its people, which still retains traditional customs.
This would undoubtedly be on the list of the top excursions from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains. The scenery and people of the valley of Imlil make a visit there highly recommended. The distance from the Red City to this valley is only 35 kilometers, which translates into a travel time of just over 40 minutes. However, our tour will take you to many other interesting locations, increasing the distance and travel time.
In any case, our close proximity to the starting point allows for a relaxed morning departure from your chosen location, whether it’s your hotel or any other convenient spot. With the majestic image of Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa at 4,167 meters above sea level, as our backdrop, we’ll journey to the charming village of Tahanaout. Here, twice a week (on Tuesdays and Saturdays), local farmers come together to host a bustling souk, preserving all its traditional essence, from vibrant colors and captivating scents to the lively sounds, diverse products, and fair prices.
The Ghaghia Wadi Gorges are another regular stop on excursions from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, especially on this particular route, which extends to Asni. In this area, you’ll encounter several settlements scattered amidst the landscape, with the imposing Toubkal mountain rising prominently in the background. Asni is also renowned for its wealth of amethyst. Finally, Ouirgane, our southernmost point on this journey, is affectionately known as the “Happy Valley” or the “Green Valley” due to its abundant vegetation and cultivated lands.
At an impressive altitude of 4,500 meters, you’ll find Morocco’s tallest peak, Toubkal, situated in the High Atlas Mountains. The following day, our journey takes us to Tahanout, a small village known for its traditional market that convenes twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesdays. This market provides a gathering point for local farmers and residents to purchase their essential goods. Continuing our expedition, we will make a stop at Ghaghia Wadi, often called the Ourigan Valley, renowned for its macrocrystalline amethyst deposits. It is affectionately nicknamed the “Valley of Happiness.” Next on our itinerary is Asni.
Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up directly from your accommodation in a private 4×4 vehicle or van, and then we’ll embark on a journey to explore some of the most stunning landscapes in the region. Our route takes us about 60 kilometers south of Marrakech, leading to the picturesque village of Imlil, nestled within the High Atlas Mountains.
Imlil holds great significance for hikers and climbers, as it serves as the starting point for various routes leading to Toubkal, standing at an impressive 4,167 meters above sea level, making it the highest peak in Morocco and North Africa. Along the way, we’ll pass through Tahanaout, a charming village that comes to life twice a week during the traditional souk days (Tuesdays and Saturdays). Here, local farmers and residents gather to create a vibrant market that retains all its traditional charm, featuring a riot of colors, captivating aromas, lively sounds, a diverse array of products, and fair prices.
Our journey will also take us through the dramatic Ghaghia Wadi Gorges, a well-known stop on excursions from Marrakech into the Atlas Mountains. Our route extends further to Asni, where you’ll discover several settlements scattered throughout the area, with the imposing Toubkal mountain as a breathtaking backdrop. Asni is also famous for its abundance of amethyst. Finally, we’ll reach Ouirgane, affectionately known as the “Happy Valley” or the “Green Valley,” thanks to its lush vegetation and fertile cultivated lands. While the total distance covered on this tour is just under 200 kilometers, it offers a spectacular and memorable excursion from Marrakech into the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Let us accompany you and take care of all the itinerary details, providing you with the best means to fully enjoy this adventure!
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