Sahara desert tour & Mt Toubkal Ascent - 5 days /4 nights
Combine both Sahara desert & Atlas Mountains including several attractions on 5 days tour with different destinations and explore the nomadic Berber people.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhadou – Ouarzazate – Todra Gorges. 360km
Departure from Imlil at 7:00 am on 4WD/minivan over Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) the highest road mountain pass in Morocco, we enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings areas including the zigzagging road.
On the way to Ouarzazate, we have a visit to fortified & famous Ksars & Kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou. Continue the way & cross Ouarzazate & enjoy the beauty of Valley of the Roses & Kellat Mgouna, leave the main road and drive to Dades valley, visit and then continue through the small city of Tinghir to magnificent of Todra Gorges. Overnight at the hotel/Riad.
Day 2 :Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi. 170km
After breakfast at the hotel, visit of the Todra gorges and then way to Merzouga through several beautiful desert towns; Tinjdad, Erfoud & Rissani, arrival to Merzouga.
Get ready for the camel trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi (2hrs), overnight at the nomadic camp in the heart of the highest dunes in Morocco (150m), possibility to see the sunset. .
Berber dinner, perhaps a little entertainment and drum party. You can choose to sleep under the stars or in tents at our desert camp.
Day 3 :Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Alnif – Tazzarine –Ouarzazate – Imlil valley. 580km
Wake up early to enjoy the views of sunrise in the desert, after breakfast, join the Camels again to ride back by a different way over the dunes to return to our waiting vehicle at Merzouga, way through Alnif, Tazzarine & a part of the long Draa valley before arriving to Agdez and then continue to Marrakech via Ouarzazate & Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m), continue through Ourika valley & Tahnaoute to reahc the High Atlas Mountains by the end of the day.
Overnight at Riad Jnane Imlil.
Day 4: Atlas Mountains Imlil valley – Toubkal Refuge. 5hrs walk , .
After an early breakfast at the Riad, meet the team who will accompany you during this amazing adventure, the muleteers will carry your luggage, food & all other equipments that we usually provide for our clients, start the walk with an experienced mountain guide through the Berber villages following a mule track which will take you to the mountain hut via the shrine Sidi Chamhrouch (2500m) where you will have your picnic lunch prepared in advance by our cook, after lunch & a short break, continue towards the refuge (3200m), as the mules walks faster, the muleteers & cook, will pass over & will be waiting for you at the hut or camp, get a tasty mint tea upon arrival while you will enjoying the scenic Mountain surrounded the based camp.
The hot shower is available to clean your body and be ready for the next day.
Option: the night could be spent on the tent but in summer time.
Day 5: Toubkal refuge – Toubkal Summit – Imlil - Marrakech. 3hrs walk up/ 6hrs walk down, 1.5hrs drive.
Wake up early to avoid the sunny way, breakfast around 5.00am and start the ascent climb at 5.30am, each one of you may need to pack his own pack-lunch, step by step until you get to the point above the hut where you have a short break with nuts, water & oranges etc..
After 3h/4h walking up the hill, you will be able to see all the high atlas mountains like a view from the air, stunning view of the green valleys & Berber villages, a break of 45min on the summit will allow to take pictures & enjoy the views before heading down to the hut, a diversify lunch will be ready for you there. After lunch you walk down hill towards Imlil by the same route but you have an option to stay on the hut 2nd night depending to your flight time & holiday schedule (to be informed in advance if needed).
Pick up from Imlil and return to your Riad in Marrakech or the airport.
- Duration: ................5 days /3 nights
- GRADE:....................Medium in summer and Difficult in winter.
- PERIOD: ..................All the year.
- PICK UP DETAILS:.................Pick up at 8am (from your hotel in Marrakech / Meeting point)
- DROP OFF DETAILS:.............6-7pm at the hotel / Meeting point (day 4)
- ACCOMMODATION: ............Riad Panorma / Riad Baylon / similar, Nomadic camp (Basic or luxury), Riad Jnane Imlil
- FOOD & DRINKS:..................Fresh Salade & Hot meals Moroccan tagines will be provided in the restaurants.
- English speaking driver guide.
- Comfortable & AC vehicle (Gaz included)
- 4 nights Accommodation (including 1 night at the nomadic camp, possible upgrade to the luxury camp)
- Camel ride in Merzouga dunes.
- All meals (4 Breakfasts, 4 Evening Meals, 5 lunches)
- Travel Insurance
- Visit Fees