Just 75km south of Marrakech, Mount Toubkal is Morocco’s and North Africa’s highest peak at 4167 metres above sea-level and centre-piece of the 380km² Toubkal National Park. The area is dominated by rugged snow-capped peaks and isolated berber villages that cling precariously to the mountainsides and eke out an existence around the fertile lower valleys. This is hiking country and offers visitors a range of wonderful day-walks and longer treks based around the small local communities of Imlil and Aremd. Although Mount Toubkal itself can be reached in a tough two day trek, spend a few extra days and you can enjoy wonderful walking circuits that take in the surrounding passes including the neighbouring Mount Ouanoukrim.
The more accessible Ourika Valley lies just north of Mount Toubkal and at lower altitude, offers a wonderful alternative for walking or just escaping the bustle of Marrakech. Surrounded by softer landscapes, dotted by streams, waterfalls and lush swathes of colour, this is a beautiful spot and home to some gorgeous kasbahs. Here, you can explore the surrounding trails, take in the nearby villages and markets or simply enjoy the magnificent scenery.