Travellers to Morocco find it hard to resist the lure of the distant Atlas Mountains, which arc southwards from the Mediterranean coast for 1,000 miles (1,609km), providing a trekker's paradise.
Numerous guided walking tours and treks are on offer, generally starting from Marrakech or the village of Imlil, destined for the spectacular High Atlas to hike beneath forbidding peaks, through deep canyons, and past remote and ancient Berber villages.
Do-it-yourself trekkers will find locals willing to act as porters and guides, and hikers can also hire mules to carry equipment. The adventure opportunities in the Atlas are varied, and range from challenging to very accessible.
For instance, only the experienced and well-prepared should tackle the ascent of Jebel Toubkal, the highest summit in North Africa, but even complete amateurs can enjoy a tranquil stroll through the wild landscape of the Jebel Sahro region, where rocky plateaux are interspersed with oases that attract exotic creatures to congregate at crystal clear pools.
The range of tours and hikes on offer is spectacular and many people choose to spend some time with the local Berber people, giving a cultural aspect to their trekking trips. For those who prefer not to take tour packages a number of reputable companies will design trips through the mountains to suit your exact needs.