5 DAYS ATLAS MOUNTAIN TREK & DESERT TOUROne of the most amazing things about visiting Morocco is that you can explore both the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert on the same trip. Both are equally viable for Brahim and Mohamed and their team. A trek of this sort can take you from the city of Marrakech, through the High Atlas Mountain range before dropping down into the arid beauty of the Sahara Desert. Along the way you can explore the homelands of the Berber tribes and ascend to the peak of the highest mountain in North Africa. You'll see local settlements, Berber culture and experience the flora and fauna (including riding camels into the desert) of Morocco and the vistas of the North African countryside. From the sand-blown dunes of Erg Chebbi to the peak of the tallest mountain in North Africa, this trekking combination is unforgettable.
We would highly recommende doing this trek ( Toubkal part) in 3 days 2 night at the refuge as the 2nd day in winter time is quit long BUT if you feel that you could do it in 2 day , you are welcome.
Day 1 Marrakech - Imlil - Toubkal Refuge
Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech to get to The starting point for this trek ; Imlil,in the mountains, and here you will meet your guide and supply mules. From here you'll trek for 5 hours or so towards the Neltner Refuge at 3207m, having lunch along the way, before staying in either a refuge or a tent, depending on the conditions.
Day 2 Toubkal Refuge- Toubkal peak 4167m-Ait souka
The second day will see you ascend the highest peak in Northern Africa, Mount Toubkal, which is 4167m. From the top you will be able to see the desert (which you will be travelling across, on the back of a camel, several days from now), before you head down toward Imlil. 10 to 12 hours after you set off, you should be in the village, ready to stay the night in a local house.
Day 3 Imlil - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorge
On day 3, you and your party will transfer to the World Heritage site at Ait Benhaddou, which has provided the scenery for over 20 films. You will pass lots of spectacular views and beautiful villages before you get to the desert, at which point the scenery will transform into riversides of oases and kasbahs. Upon your arrival at the Valley Of The Roses, a Moroccan dinner will be waiting for you in a beautiful hotel in Dades.
Day 4 Dades Gorge - Merzougua - Erg Chebbi
After your breakfast at the hotel, you and your group will transfer to the Todra Gorge, a gigantic fault line that divides the Atlas Mountains as a narrow valley peppered with Berber villages and rises to 300m. After your lunch, you will head deeper into the desert, to a tiny village called Merzouga, where you will trek overnight with the camels to the beautiful Erg Chebbi dunes – the highest dunes in Morocco. You will then ride your camels for an hour and a half at sunset and sleep under the stars at a desert camp after a welcome Berber meal.
Day 5 Erg Chebbi - Marrakech
The final day will present you with wonderful views of sunrise in the desert ,camel ride along the dunes for about 1hour and half ,meet the driver and drive all the way back to Marrakech arrive at around 17h00
- Refuge or tents in Toubkal depending on the season and weather
- Tents in Erg Chebbi
- Hotel in Dades
- Transport from Marrakech and throughout the desert trek
- English/French/German speaking Guide
- Mule to carry the baggage and food during the Toubkal trek
- Accommodation in refuge or tents iduring the Toubkal portion of the trek
- Accommodation in hotel and Tents during desert trek
- All food during the Mountain Trek
- Cook to prepare all meals during the Toubkal trek
- Lunches during desert tours
- Entrance fees
- Travel Insurance