High Atlas mountain range of Morocco, invites you on an exciting trekking vacation. The region offers you a visual treat with the majestic countryside dotted with walnut and cherry trees stretching as far as the eye can see. The view of the valley from one of many vantage points is not to be missed. Besides being a popular trailhead, the quaint hamlet has a cluster of shops showcasing a variety of local crafts and produce as well as trekking supplies.

Here, you get to see firsthand how the funds that tourism brings in are channelized into developmental projects such as facilitating waste management and constructing a community hammam (Turkish bath). From Villages like Imlil, you could also attempt to scale Jbel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain at 4167 meters. 

HIGH ATLAS Extending from the plains of the Atlantic seaboard to Morocco’s border with Algeria, the High Atlas forms an impregnable barrier some 800 km (500 miles) long and, in certain places, 100 km (60 miles) wide. Consisting of great massifs and steep valleys, desolate rocky plains and deep narrow canyons, the High Atlas has played a decisive role in Morocco’s history. 

From ancient times these mountains have been a place of refuge for populations fleeing from invaders. For centuries, nomads forced northwards by the desertification of the Sahara have come into conflict with the sedentary mountain-dwelling tribes, disputing possession of prized pasture. 

This tumultuous feudal past led to the development of a strikingly beautiful form of fortified architecture. Today, although the Berbers no longer need to guard their safety, they still live in tighremts, old patriarchal houses with thick walls. Hamlets built of pisé (rammed earth) still cling to mountainsides, while every last plot of land is used to grow barley, corn, maize, turnips, lucerne (alfalfa) and potatoes – crops that can be cultivated at high altitudes. The Berbers channel river water to irrigate small squares of land and graze their flocks of sheep and goats.