From Peaks to Dunes: A 6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure

6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure Overview:

From Peaks to Dunes: A 6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure

Embark on a 6-Day High Atlas & Sahara Desert Combination Tour, where the diverse beauty of Morocco unfolds before your eyes. Discover the enchanting allure of the majestic High Atlas Mountains, adorned with lush green valleys and historic kasbahs, and immerse yourself in the traditional Berber villages, rich with local culture. Witness the breathtaking natural wonders of the Sahara Desert, with its expansive sand dunes and striking landscapes.

This well-rounded tour offers a perfect blend of experiences, from invigorating mountain hikes to captivating cultural encounters. Traverse the scenic trails of the High Atlas, connect with the welcoming Berber communities, and be mesmerized by the untouched beauty of the desert.

Prepare for a unique and unforgettable adventure that will create memories to cherish forever. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the very best of Morocco. Secure your spot now and embark on this extraordinary journey of a lifetime

6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech to Azib Tamessoult - An Enchanting High Atlas Adventure

Embark on a memorable journey from Marrakech, venturing towards the majestic High Atlas Mountains through a picturesque route. Our adventure commences at Tahnaouet, known for its bustling local market on Tuesdays, then we traverse the scenic Valley Ghighaya and admire the breathtaking Moulay Brahim gorges. En route, we explore the charming market town of Asni (market on Saturdays), surrounded by terraced fields of vibrant vegetables, luscious fruit trees, and abundant walnuts & cherries, until we reach the idyllic village of Imlil at 1740m.

In Imlil, we meet our experienced team of guides and muleteers, ready to lead us on an unforgettable trek through this captivating landscape. Our journey begins by crossing fields, gradually ascending to the picturesque Tizi Mzik pass at 2480m, where an awe-inspiring panorama of Imlil valley and the majestic Toubkal Summit awaits. Our path continues through enchanting juniper forests, leading us to Aazib Tamsoulte at 2250m, our refuge for the night.

Take the afternoon to unwind as you wish, with the option to embark on a leisurely walk to visit the enchanting waterfalls in the vicinity. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this natural wonder as you prepare for a restful night in the comfort of our refuge.

Experience the allure of the High Atlas Mountains, where every step unveils a new facet of Morocco's breathtaking beauty. Join us for this remarkable trek and create cherished memories amidst nature's grandeur. Book your adventure now!

Day 2: Azib Tamsoult to Azzaden Valley - Ouirgane: A Scenic Trek and Relaxing Afternoon

After a hearty breakfast at our mountain refuge in Azib Tamsoult, we set out for a thrilling downhill trek through the picturesque Azzaden Valley. This nature reserve is home to the endangered Barbary sheep and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

As we descend through the valley, you'll have the opportunity to explore the charming Berber villages that dot the route, immersing yourself in the local culture and traditions. The trail will lead us to the quaint village of Tiziane (1616m), where we'll meet our driver awaiting us.

From Tiziane, we'll drive to the tranquil oasis of Ouirgane. Upon arriving at our hotel, you can indulge in a delicious lunch before enjoying a leisurely afternoon by the pool. Bask in the tranquility of this scenic retreat, taking in the breathtaking views that surround you.

Relax and unwind after an eventful day, savoring the serenity of Ouirgane and recharging for the adventures that await on the rest of our journey.

Day 3:Ouirgane to High Atlas, Ouarzazate, and Skoura - An Epic Exploration

Embark on a mesmerizing 6-day adventure as we pick you up from your Riad in Imlil and journey through the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains via the scenic Tizi n'Tichka pass (2260m). Prepare to be enchanted by the picturesque Berber villages nestled amidst the mountains as we make several stops to savor the panoramic views and capture unforgettable photographs.

Our next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site, the renowned "Ait Benhaddou village," a fortified ksar adorned with beautiful Kasbahs. Join a captivating walk led by a knowledgeable local guide, crossing the river to explore the Ksar's hidden gems and ascend to the hilltop, navigating the charming alleys of Ait-ben-Haddou.

After a delectable lunch, we continue our journey to the nearby cinematic gem, Ouarzazate, renowned as Morocco's film studio hub. Delight in an enthralling film studio tour, discovering the iconic movie settings in the surrounding desert regions. Optionally, explore the Touarirt Kasbah and the intriguing Musée du Cinema.

As the day unfolds, we drive an additional hour to reach the serene Oasis town of Skoura, where you'll have the chance to visit the impressive "Ameridile Kasbah," one of Morocco's grandest kasbahs, previously featured on the Dh50 note. Prepare for a restful night in Skoura, surrounded by the tranquility of this oasis..

Day 4: Skoura to Sahara Desert - A Journey through Kasbahs, Gorges, and Golden Dunes

As the sun rises over Skoura, our Sahara desert and Atlas Mountains adventure continues, promising a day filled with captivating landscapes and cultural encounters. Embarking on the road of 1000 kasbahs, we meander through the vibrant Berber villages of the Roses, witnessing traditional farming practices that have stood the test of time. (Note: The season of roses is in May, offering a colorful spectacle).

Our journey leads us through the enchanting Dades valley, where picturesque Berber towns and lush palm groves stretch as far as the eye can see. Our next destination is the stunning Tineghir, a valley embraced by 15 kilometers of date palms, eventually culminating in the breathtaking Todgha Gorges, a haven for rock climbing enthusiasts. Prepare to be mesmerized by the towering canyons soaring approximately 300 meters high as we take a short walk through this awe-inspiring natural wonder.

Continuing eastward, we make our way to the Sahara Desert, with a stop for a delightful lunch in Tinjdad or Touroug, depending on your appetite. As we reach Erfoud, known for its figs and fossils, we'll visit a craft workshop, where skilled artisans transform fossil-rich rocks into practical and decorative objects, offering a glimpse into the region's unique heritage.

Before embarking on a camel ride, we pause for a stretch and purchase water for the journey ahead. With camels ready to carry us, we head towards the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. As you ride atop the majestic dunes, prepare to witness a mesmerizing Sahara sunset, casting a magical glow over the vast desert landscape.

Tonight, we find solace in a desert camp, where you'll be captivated by the enchanting atmosphere of the Sahara. Cherish this unforgettable experience, filled with stunning natural wonders and cultural delights, as we rest under the starry night sky, savoring the magic of the Sahara Desert.

Day 5: Merzouga to Ait Ben Haddou - Journey through Draa Valley and Historic Kasbahs

As the first light of dawn illuminates the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, we invite you to savor one of the most captivating moments in the desert - the mesmerizing sunrise over the highest dunes. After witnessing this magical spectacle, indulge in a delicious breakfast at the camp, preparing for the adventures that lie ahead. With your belongings packed and ready, you have the option to either ride camels or travel by 4x4, bidding farewell to the enchanting dunes as we venture back to the asphalt roads.

Our first stop will be in Alnif, where you can take a coffee break and use the facilities before continuing on our route. The journey leads us to Agdez, passing through the charming towns of Tazarine and Nkob in the picturesque Draa Valley, a region renowned for its vibrant oasis and as the longest water stream in Morocco.

Embrace the off-road experience as we traverse the Draa Valley, meandering past ancient kasbahs that bear witness to a rich history and traditional way of life. Immersed in the lush greenery of the oasis, you'll gain deeper insights into the local culture.

During our journey, we'll take moments to capture the beauty of the Draa Valley's Palmeraie with picturesque photo stops along the way. Crossing the magnificent Anti Atlas mountain range, we'll make our way to Ouarzazate, where you'll have free time for a leisurely lunch and a photo opportunity in front of the famed Taourirt Kasbah, a remarkable architectural gem.

After lunch, our adventure continues to Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO-protected site and Morocco's most renowned kasbah. Step into the ancient past as you explore the historic fortified village that once played a vital role along the trans-Saharan trade route, connecting Marrakech, Ouarzazate, and the southern desert. Unravel the tales of the past as you wander through the labyrinthine alleys and marvel at the intricate architecture that stands the test of time. Tonight, we'll rest in the vicinity of Ait Ben Haddou, carrying with us the memories of a day filled with picturesque landscapes and captivating history.

Day 6: Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech - A Scenic Journey through Ounila Valley and High Atlas Mountains

As we bid farewell to the enchanting Ait Ben Haddou, our journey takes us along the mesmerizing Ounila Valley, also known as the salt valley. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty that unfolds before your eyes - a landscape adorned with winding roads, ever-changing hues of rock and soil, picturesque Berber villages, and lush gardens that paint a vivid picture of Morocco's charm. Along the way, you'll encounter smaller Kasbahs, adding to the allure of this scenic route..

Arriving at Telouet Kasbah, your local guide awaits to introduce you to the fascinating history of the lords of the Atlas - the Ethami El Glaoui. Immerse yourself in the tales of this ancient Kasbah, which once served as the seat of power for the influential Glaoui family.

Our journey continues through the rugged terrain of the High Atlas Mountains, leading us to the renowned Tizi n’tichka pass. At an altitude of 2260m, this mountain pass treats you to breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes, showcasing the traditional High Atlas Berber villages nestled amid nature's grandeur.

As we make our way closer to Marrakech, the heart of Morocco, you'll be embraced by the warm embrace of the Medina, the city's old town. Upon arrival, check in to your Riad, a charming traditional Moroccan guesthouse located within the heart of the Medina. The evening is yours to relish - take a leisurely stroll through the labyrinthine alleys, savor the local cuisine at one of the many cafes, or simply immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that Marrakech has to offer.

As the day comes to a close, reflect on the incredible journey you've embarked upon, filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Your tour may end, but the magic of Morocco will forever be etched in your heart.

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Pricing :

The cost of the "From Peaks to Dunes: A 6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure" tour may vary based on several factors, ensuring that you get the best value for your unique travel experience. The price will be influenced by the following elements: Number of Participants, Season of Travel,Accommodation Preferences.

To provide you with accurate and personalized pricing, we kindly ask you to share these details with us. Our dedicated team is committed to crafting an unforgettable adventure that matches your preferences and offers the best value for your investment.

The price includes :

  • Selected good and centrally located 3* - 4* hotels /Riads
  • Possibility to upgrade to 5* hotels ( entirely or partially )
  • Possibility to start the tour from any major city or airport
  • English speaking driver through the whole tour
  • Private modern vehicle with A/C + fuel + Motorway tolls
  • Bottled Water in the Car during the tour
  • Breakfast is daily included
  • Dinner included at the Desert camp and Ouarzazate
  • Certified guides for the sightseeing days
  • Local guides for monuments and Kasbahs ...
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited during the program
  • All local taxes
  • Possibility to use the driver's mobile internet for limited needs
  • No forced shopping or tourist traps

Extra costs to be expected :

  • Lunch (Full Menus cost an average of 10€, and you can order "á la carte" in most places)
  • Drinks ( if you drink a lot of water, you can purchase a package of 6 bottles from a small shop)
  • Gratuities (optional)

What is the duration of the 2-day hike in Imlil and desert tour combination?

The tour lasts for 6 days, with 2 days dedicated to the hike in Imlil and 4 days for the desert tour.

What is the difficulty level of the Imlil hike?

The Imlil hike is considered moderate, suitable for beginners and those with a reasonable level of fitness. It involves walking through mountainous terrain and may include some uphill climbs.

What should I bring for the hike in Imlil?

It is recommended to bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, a small backpack, and a refillable water bottle. Dress in layers to accommodate changes in temperature during the day.

Will there be a guide for the Imlil hike?

Yes, a local experienced guide will accompany you during the hike in Imlil. They are knowledgeable about the area and will ensure your safety and provide insights into the local culture and nature.

What is the highlight of the desert tour?

The desert tour takes you to the majestic Sahara Desert, where you can experience a camel ride over the sand dunes and witness a captivating desert sunset. You will spend the night in a traditional desert camp under the starry skies.

What type of accommodation is provided during the tour?

Accommodation during the Imlil hike will be in a local guesthouse or mountain lodge. For the desert tour, you will stay in a traditional desert camp in Merzouga.

Can I customize the itinerary?

Yes, we can customize the itinerary to suit your preferences and interests. Whether you want to extend the tour or add specific activities, we can tailor the experience to your liking.

Is transportation included in the tour?

Yes, transportation to and from Marrakech or your preferred location is included in the tour package.

Are meals included in the tour?

Yes, meals are included during the tour. You will enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What is the best time to take this tour?

The best time to embark on this combination tour is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is pleasant for both hiking in Imlil and exploring the Sahara Desert.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions or require further information about our 6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure. We look forward to creating a memorable and adventurous experience for you.

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How to pay for the tour:

To confirm any tour or activity, we require a small deposit to be paid over PayPal to our Group Creator, the balance is due in cash at the pick up, to be paid to your driver in euros or equivalent in dirhams

Credit cards :

Unfortunately we do not accept payments with credit cards because they are not very popluar nor practical in Morocco and they generate so many fees and hold some security risks

Is it possible to pay the total with PayPal:

Normally we ask for the balance payments in cash because paypal also has many transaction fees and operational delays since it's an international institution. We can in some cases accept the full payment via paypal however a 5% fee will be applied to cover the extra transaction charges. In case you are considering this method, it is best to arrange the payment before the tour.

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