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


  • Year round
  • 5 days/4 night


  • Easy


  • 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


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

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Sahara Desert

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Atlas mountains

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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

Cruise review scores and score breakdown

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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their voyage on hiking in the atlas mountains & sahara desert trip 5 days.

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  • admin

    Nous étions la première fois au Maroc, nous avons réservé auprès d'une agence allemande qui travaille avec Toubkal Guide. Nous avions d'abord la montagne Toubkal à notre programme: Brahim était notre guide et nous n'aurions pas pu être plus heureux. Il est très gentil, parle beaucoup de langues et nous a amené (ainsi que deux moutons) en toute sécurité sur Toubkal. Nous avons passé un moment formidable avec lui. Après Toubkal, nous avons eu quatre jours pour visiter Ait Ben Haddou, la vallée du Dadès et les Dunes. Hisham était notre chauffeur et le guide idéal pour ce voyage. Il parle merveilleusement anglais et français, la conversation a donc été facile. Le temps a passé et nous allons rentrer à la maison avec beaucoup de merveilleux souvenirs grâce à lui aussi. Dans l’ensemble, si vous allez au Maroc, nous vous recommandons fortement le Guide Toubkal - et si vous le pouvez, demandez Brahim et Hisham.

  • admin

    Mohamed and Yusuf arranged a wonderful trip for us. They were helpful, reliable and friendly - great trip, great value for money!

  • admin

    A fantastic individualised 7 day trek in the Atlas mountains followed by a 3 day desert Sahara experience .The organisation of both experiences was excellent with good communication, follow up and clarification of expectations. We are both in our 60's so were keen to have the trek as flexible as possible. The accommodation in the small berber village hostel/ hotel was very good and consistent throughout both experiences. The food was plentiful and of excellent quality. Hassan and Rachid being entertaining guides and in tune with our wishes and needs at all times. We would highly recommend any adventure organised by Rachid and his staff.

  • admin

    My family and I booked flights to go to Morocco (landing in Marrakech) allowing us 7 days there. We weren't really sure what to do when we were there so we carried out some research on the internet and on here. It was quite clear that 2 days in Marrakech would be enough and that we should try and spend time doing some trekking in the Atlas Mountains and also go the Sahara Desert too. We emailed Marrakech Day Trips and a couple of other companies and the speed with which Ibrahim replied impressed us. He was very flexible in terms of the itinerary. We did not feel that we were fit enough to do the 2 day Toubkal Trek during the mountain part of the tour, especially with the children, so Ibrahim offered us a number of alternatives and we decided on using Imlil as a base (stayed in a lovely guest house called Chez Les Berberes) and did some day hikes around the area. The first day we did the hike that is described in the itinerary of the Imlil and Atlas Mountains Day Excursion: we started off walking up to a beautiful waterfall where we were able to stop and enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and then upwards again and through a number of small Berber villages with amazing views of Toubkal and the surrounding mountains. Ibrahim was also our guide and took thinks at our pace, laughing all the way and explaining everything that we were seeing. When we returned back through the village of Ait Souka Ibrahim took us to the small reception school where we were able to spend some time with the children in their lessons - this was lovely to see. We were introduced to many of Ibrahim's friends and family as we passed through the villages and on the night he organised for his brother (a local musician) and his band to play some traditional Berber music for us. We then left Imlil and travelled across the mountains to Dades Valle where we spent the first night of our Sahara Desert tour. The accommodation was perfect, Ibrahim really knows how to choose accommodation that will meet the needs of his clients. On the way to Dades Valley we stopped at Ouarzazate Film Studios which was really good to see. The second day of the Sahara Desert tour we travelled to Merzouga via Todra Gorge, we spent a little bit of time walking in this area while Ibrahim told us about the history and what we were seeing. Then it was on to Mezouga where we meet our camels for the camel trek into the Sahara. We were able to leave our backs at an auberge which was very useful and just took what we needed into the desert. The camel trek last about 1.5 hours and the sun was starting to set as we reached the camp. Words can not describe how beautiful this was. Ibrahim choose not to ride the camels but walked with us, chatting all the time, taking photos of us on the camels. Once we reached the camp there was a beautiful Moroccan meal waiting for us. The entertainment for the evening was music and drumming by the staff of the camp, around a campfire. The atmosphere was great and the children had a go at drumming as well. The camp itself was comfortable. I have to admit that I wasn't sure what to expect of a campsite in the middle of the desert but there were proper beds and western style toilets. The silence of the Sahara Desert was strangely comforting as all you could hear was the sounds of the camels as they slept. You could choose to sleep out under the stars but we chose not to this time. The next morning we got up early to see the sunrise and rode the camels on the trek back to the auberge where we able to have a hot shower and breakfast. once refreshed we started on the journey back to Marrakech. The scenery on this journey back was beautiful and Ibrahim and his driver Omar never got impatient with us constantly asking to stop to take photographs. When we reached Marrakech it was quite hard to stay goodbye to Omar and Ibrahim as we had become so close of those few days together. Ibrahim was so generous and gave us all small presents when we said goodbye. He gave the children small geodes with crystals in after seeing how much they like them, my husband a tagine after hearing him comment about how much he like the food and could I cook some at home and for me a beautiful silver necklace. I have nothing but praise for this company and the level of service they provide. From first enquiry, to booking, to being picked up and completing the tour they were on call 24hours a day and went out of their way to make our time in Morocco so special.

  • admin

    This tour was an amazing experience, we were a group from Denmark & had a combined High Atlas and Sahara trip arranged by rachid, Our experience with Atlas mountain bike is very satisfying, they were flexible and organized a trip according to our wishes. We were picked up from our Riad in Marrakech and driven to Imlil valley in the Atlas Mountains where we met our guide hamid and muletees for our two day, The food was great, The whole trek was unforgettableThe trip to the Sahara Desert was totally amazing, not only riding a camel, but staying in the Sahara overnight in a camp and enjoyed the sunset and sunrise, sandboarding, the local music and dance, amazing dunes, a delicious dinner, the night sky viewed in the desert is wonderful, it was fun and the staff was great as well. Highly recommend this tour company