expres sahara desert and atlas mountains 6 days
Day 1 : marrakech airport-explore marrakech city
Marrakesh comes from the words amur and kush, which means Land of God. The exquisite beauty of the third-largest city in Morocco is seen both in the center of the city and on its outskirts where it is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and close to the Sahara Desert. The city is divided into two, the modern area known as Ville Nouvelle or Gueliz and the historical part of the city, Medina.
The difference is remarkable, with the historical side filled with local shops located in narrow alleyways, owned and run by locals. In the new part of the city
Day2 : Marrakech – Dades Valley
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Imlil at 9.00am and head out over the Atlas Mountains, driving over the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass. You’ll pass through lots of Berber villages, and once you’re in the desert, you’ll see riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock). Along the way, you will have the option either to take a break and visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios . A side trip is possible to Ait Benhaddou. This is an ancient fortified city containing countless kasbahs and has been the atmospheric subject of numerous hollywood movies (The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, Lawrence of Arabia…) You will have the chance to walk around the buildings and explore with your guide.. Once you reach Dades Gorge, you have the option of going for a hike, or relaxing at your hotel. Overnight in Dades. (Total driving time 6hours)
Day3 : Dades Valley – Tinghir- Merzouga
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the Dades Valley to Todra Gorge – a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains, rising up 300 metres in a narrow valley with palmeries and Berber villages. Here, you can go for a hike to explore the palmery, a green oasis full of large date palms. After lunch you’ll head further into the desert to the gateway town of Merzouga to pick up supplies for your desert trip. You will then drive on to a kasbah to pick up your camel. At sunset, you’ll trek for an hour-and-a-half by camel to a Berber camp where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner, and sleep under the stars or in tents at a desert camp. (Total driving time 5hours )
Day4 : Merzouga – kasbah ait benhaddou
Wake up early , just prior to sunrise, we have a 1h30 camel ride at sunrise to explore the area further and we head back to Merzouga on our Camels. When we reach Merzouga, have breakfast & have the opportunity to shower and then we begin our journey through the stony desert and then spend the night in the Kasbah of Ait benhaddou .
Day 5 : kasbah ait benhaddou – Imlil
Departure by car from kasbah ait benhaddou around 8h in the morning driving over the stunning Tizi-Ntishka-ourika valley then asni town then drive to imlil where you will spend the night in an local guesthouse.
Day 6 : imlil-marrakech
Great day trip , Follow the foot track of the pilgrims who walk up from Imlil on the ranted Mules to the shrine of Chamharouch is a name of the sultan of the jinns (King of Devils) as the local people saying .
The Mountain Guide will peak you up from the start point in Imlil or Hotel and walk through Berber villages and valleys up into the heart of the High Atlas ( Adrar n’Dern ) to nice rocky trail head village of Imlil ( 1740 m) it is a great setting off point for many different treks and Toubkal peak, after the visit return back to village of Aremd where you can enjoy a cup of mint Tea,
And than get transport back to Marrakech.