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Toubkal and the Ourika Valley

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.   

Toubkal and the Ourika Valley Hotels

$$$$ Kasbah Bab Ourika Toubkal and the Ourika Valley

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The Kasbah Bab Ourika sits on a rocky outcrop at the gateway to the Atlas Mountains, a magnificent retreat just 35 minutes from Marrakech. Its setting is picture-postcard Morocco – on one side it...

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$$$ Kasbah du Toubkal Toubkal and the Ourika Valley

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“The best rooftop views in North Africa” according to Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, the Kasbah du Toubkal is a rustic yet wonderful mountain retreat framed against the magnificent Mount Jebel...

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