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5 Day Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert Tour

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A perfect combination of trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert for those who want to experience both extremes of Morocco’s climate. This itinerary will give you an opportunity to discover a real Berber life and experience the culture, traditions and heritage. At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal (4167m) is Morocco’s highest mountain. This challenging summit takes courage and dedication but once summited, the panoramic view from the top makes all the hard work worth while! You can stand and see the range of the mountains and get your first glimpse of the Sahara Desert you will trek later in your tour.

Once Mount Toubkal is under your belt, you will be driven on to discover the surreal but stunning landscape of the Sahara. Here you will pass through old fortified villages and Berber castles, know as Kasbahs. The Sahara region is undoubtedly the most diverse in its landscape and tastes as you will discover.

If you don’t want to combine the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert in one tour you may wish to consider either our Atlas Mountains Treks or the range of Sahara Desert Tours that we offer. We will also happily amend any itinerary to suit individual needs.


Trek Grading
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Tizi Mzik Pass - Tizi Oussem Village
After breakfast in Marrakech you will be picked up and drive towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya & Asni, enjoying the stunning view of the villages along the valley. Upon arrival in Imlil you will meet the guide and multeer and then start the trek & climb to Tizi Mzik pass (2684m) where you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Imlil Valley & Toubkal Summit. You will then continue to Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains and then down the Azzaden Valley through juniper forest to get to Tizi Oussem village. Overnight at the Guest house in the village.
Day 2: Tizi Oussem Village – Id Issa village – Tizi Oudid – Mattat Village - Imlil
After breakfast enjoy the sunshine on this colourful valley and its marvelous typical Berber villages. Leave Tizi Oussem & continue down to Id Issa village before heading up to Tizi Oudid mountain pass. Then cross Mattat village where you will get lunch under walnut groves and relax near the river. On the afternoon there is a short trek up the valley to Imlil where you will spend the night
Day 3: Imlil - Dades Valley
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Imlil 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 or stop for a hike. Once you reach Dades Gorge, you have the option of going for a hike, or relaxing at your hotel
Day 4: Dades Valley - Todra gorge - Merzouga
After breakfast you will drive from 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
Day 5: Merzouga - Marrakech
You will wake up early , just prior to sunrise and take the hour-and-a-half camel ride at sunrise to explore the area further and then head back to Merzouga. When you reach Merzouga you will have breakfast and have the opportunity to shower and then you will begin your journey through the stony desert and over the Atlas mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring and lunch as you return to Marrakech
What’s Included
  • Return private transport from Marrakech
  • English speaking guide (other languages can be catered for)
  • 2 nights accommodation in the Atlas Mountains
  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel / 1 night in Berber tents
  • All meals in the Atlas Mountains
  • Breakfast and Dinner in the Sahara Desert
  • Muleteer Team in the Atlas Mountains
  • Camel Hire

What’s Not Included
  • Flights
  • Lunches in the Sahara Desert
  • Beverages & Bottled Water
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tips

The Price will vary depending on
  • Special Offers
  • Age of participants
  • Number of paticipants
  • Length of tour requested
  • High and Low Season
Departures
  • Available all year round

All prices are based on a minimum of 2 people on the tour.