Escape the bustle of Marrakech and explore the serene majesty of the soaring High Atlas, discovering hidden gems deep within the mountains on a hike in the pure mountain air.
We’ll pick you up directly from your riad or hotel at some time between 8am and 9am, and whisk you away from the hectic Marrakech on a 1.5-2 hour drive to the pure mountain and air stillness of the dramatic High Atlas.
You’ll sweep along incredible mountain roads that provide spectacular views of imposing, snow-capped peaks and fertile valleys, ancient mountain villages perched precariously upon sheer hillsides, tumbling farmhouses and wide-open skies.
Eventually, we’ll arrive at the impossibly lush Ourika valley, a ribbon of green and rushing, clear water cutting through the unforgiving rock of the surrounding landscape.
We’ll take a short, pleasant hike along the cool, pure Ourika River until we reach a traditional, authentic cafe nestled in the mountains. Enjoy a delicious lunch of stunning Moroccan cuisine in front of panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
On hot days, our customers sometimes opt to move their table and chairs into the shallows of the Ourika, and cool off in the river as they eat for a truly unique dining experience.
The pure mountain air and the sound of swiftly running water provides the perfect day of respite after the intensity of Marrakech, and after a leisurely lunch and an explore of the pristine mountainside, you’re sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to dive headlong back into the whirlwind of Morroco’s most energetic city.
After lunch, we’ll hike back to the vehicle, through the lush valley and over rustic little bridges that have stood across the idyllic river for many, many years.
Finally, we’ll drive you straight back to Marrakech for an early evening arrival, dropping you off at your accommodation where you’ll feel refreshed and ready for an evening enjoying the legendary nighttime activity of the city.