High Atlas, also called the Grand Atlas Mountains is a mountain range in central Morocco in Northern Africa. The High Atlas rises in the west at the Atlantic Ocean and stretches in an eastern direction to the Moroccan-Algerian border.The Atlas Mountains of North Africa are considered as type examples of intercontinental chains [Mattauer et al., 1977; Rodgers, 1987; Ziegler et al., 1995]. They formed during Cenozoic times in the interior of the African plate ahead of the Rif-Tell plate boundary orogenic belt (Figure 1a). Like other intracontinental chains, the Atlas experienced moderate crustal shortening and exhumation. However, they have a very high topography, with peaks of over 4000 m.

High Atlas Mountain range in Morocco

High Atlas

High Atlas Morocco Mountains Landscape

Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Benhaddou is an ighrem, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present day Morocco Ait Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.


Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century .

Ouzoud Waterfalls
Ouzoud Waterfalls are located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the province of Azilal.
Dades Valley

The Dades Valley is one of Morocco’s prime walking and hiking destinations.

Todra Gorge
Todgha Gorge is a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near the town of Tinerhir. Both the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons on their final 40 kilometres through the mountains. Wikipedia

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