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In easy day-trip distance of Marrakech, the Toubkal National Park, named after Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa (4167 m), has long been a draw for tourists and mountaineers. The region started to become well known to trekkers back in the 1970s and despite the increasing accessibility little has changed since then. The landscapes remain spectacular and for walkers there are plenty of accommodation opportunities. For the less energetic, many interesting parts of the region can be visited by 4WD.
Popular are trips up onto the Plateau du Kik and in the Ourika Valley. Trekking with a good local guide will smooth out logistics (such as hiring mule teams) but you’ll also glean fascinating insights into the region’s geology, wildlife and Berber culture, as well as contributing directly to the local economy.Read more
The region also has some good excursions, including the much-visited Setti Fatma, Ourika and the ski resort of Oukaïmeden. The striking, restored mosque of Tin Mal is high on the spectacular road to the Tizi-n-Test pass. Heading south is another striking high pass, the Tizi-n-Tichka, and the village of Telouet with its brooding Glaoui fortress. You can travel on south across the Atlas by road or, in a 4WD vehicle, take the rough mountain tracks from Telouet down to Tamdacht and the famed kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, just north of Ouarzazate.