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hiking in the atlas mountains & sahara desert trip 5 days

Atlas mountain and sahara desert 5 days combined with the opportunity to experience the genuine hospitality and warm smiles of the Berber people makes trekking in Morocco a unique experience. So we suggest you pack some sturdy shoes and a few basic essentials to explore these spectacular and diverse landscapes.

itinerary atlas mountain & sahara desert

1 day: Marrakech – Imlil – Sidi Chamharouch – Toubkal Refuge

Approximately 5 hours of walking.

You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 8AM. Our driver will take you to Imlil (1740m), a Berber village located about 65 km south from Marrakech, where our trek will start. Here we will meet the Berber muleteer crew. An experienced mountain guide will take you on a walk through the Berber villages via the shrine Sidi Chamharouch (2500m) to reach the mountain hut. Here we will stop for a picnic lunch. After enjoying the lunch and having a short break, we will continue towards the refuge (3200m). A hot shower will be available to wash off the dust from your body and freshen up for the next day. In the evening a traditional Moroccan meal will be prepared for dinner. During summer months there is an option to spend a night in the tent.

2 days: Toubkal Refuge– Toubkal Summit– return to Imlil

Approximately 8-9 hours of walking.

The next day starts with an early wake up to escape from the full power of the sun.

Breakfast is served around 5:00 am, We will begin the ascent climb at 5:30AM. In the middle of our climb we will stop for a short break with some refreshments – water, oranges and nuts. After walking uphill for some 3-4 hours, we will be able to enjoy a picturesque view of all the High Atlas Mountains, valleys and Berber villages. When reaching the summit, we will have a break of 45 minutes to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view. Afterwards we will return back to the hut, where the lunch will be awaiting for us. To get back to Imlil we will follow the same route down the hill.

3days: Imlil – Tichka pass – Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah – Dades Gorges

Approximately 6 – 7 drive to the Sahara desert.

Once you have taken breakfast you will begin your drive to the Sahara desert. You will firstly cross Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains to the sahara dert, Passing through many Berber Villages along the way you will have a chance to view riverside oasis and barren hillsides that are clustered with Kasbahs.

After lunch you will drive further to Valley of Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades valley and the valley of a thousand kasbahs. You will stay overnight in Dades.

4 days: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga sand dunes

After breakfast you will be taken to Todra Gorge, After this stop you will head onwards to ‘Auberge du Sud’ at the dunes of Erg Chebbi

5 days: Merzouga Erg Chebbi – Marrakech Back To Marrakech.

Wake up in the morning to enjoy sunrise in Chebbi Dunes. After breakfast we will return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate, arrival around 8 pm.

 

 

 

Available departures

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Dates & Prices

PERIOD

  • Year round
  • DURATION:
  • 5 days/4 night

GRADE:

  • Easy

GRADE:

  • Trek prices may vary depending of the season (High altitude treks)
  • Prices quoted are per person, based on sharing a twin room/2 person tent (unless otherwise stated) Payment: can be made in € / $ / £ or MAD

marrakech

MEDINA OF MARRAKECH Marrakech is a city located in the center of Morocco, inland, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. It is nicknamed the “red city” or the “ocher city” in reference to the red color of a large part of its buildings and its houses. The city was founded in 1071 by Youssef…Read more

Jemaa el-Fnaa

Jemaa el-Fnaa Jemaa el-Fnaa (Arabic: ساحة جامع الفناء saaHat jamaaʻ al-fanâʼ, also Jemaa el-Fna, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa) is a square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city). It remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists. The origin of its name is unclear: jamaa means “congregation” in Arabic, probably referring to a destroyed Almoravid mosque. Fnaʼ or finâʼ can mean “death” or “a courtyard, space in…Read more

Sahara Desert

Sahara DesertSahara Desert The Sahara Desert is the world’s largest desert. Only a small part of the Sahara is fertile and it is here that corn, dates and other fruits grow. These parts are fed by underground rivers and oases. The Sahara can be an inspirational experience at night with the air being crisp clean and…Read more

Atlas mountains

Atlas mountainsAtlas Mountains The Atlas Mountains (Arabic: جبال الأطلس‎, jibāl al-ʾaṭlas; Berber languages: ⵉⴷⵓⵔⴰⵔ ⵏ ⵡⴰⵟⵍⴰⵙ, idurar n waṭlas) are a mountain range in the Maghreb. It stretches around 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The range’s highest peak is Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. It…Read more

What's included

  • All transport
  • 1 Overnight in imlil or similar (Dinner & breakfast)
  • 1 overnight in Toubkal Refuge.
  • English speaking guide, and cook (Mountain trek)
  •  Muleteers and mules for assistance (Mountain trek)
  •  Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea (Mountain trek)
  • 4x4 or Mini-bus during Desert tour
  • 1 overnight in a hotel at Dades (Dinner & breakfast)
  • 1overnight camping on Dunes of Erg chebbi (Dinner & breakfast)
  • Camel Ride on Dunes

What's not included

  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses

Essential Equipment & Clothing

  • Good hiking boots or trainers and good socks
  • Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/rain-pants
  • Ice axe and crampons (winter)
  • Headlamp)
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Day sack/backpack