Experience the best of Morocco from the highest point in North Africa to the wild scenery of the northern Sahara Desert. Climb Mt. Toubkal (4165m) on a 2-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Atlas Mountains. The adventure continues with a road trip to the Sahara and a camel trek to a traditional Berber camp. This trip starts and finishes in Marrakech, so save some time to explore the city too! Your hassle-free trip includes:
- 2 days of climbing Mt. Toubkal
- 3 days of desert adventuring
- 4 nights of accommodation (1 mountain refuge, 2 hotels, 1 Berber camp)
- Local, professional, English-speaking guides
- Cook, mules and muleteers for the Mt. Toubkal trek
- Full board on the Mt. Toubkal trek
- Breakfast and dinners on the desert adventure
- Round-trip camel ride into the Sahara
- Private 4x4 or minibus transportation between locations
Very active travellers who want to experience the range of landscapes Morocco has to offer and enjoy the challenge of climbing a high peak. Very good physical condition and fitness is needed, especially in winter, though no technical skill required.
Meals as described
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Friday: Hike to Toubkal Refuge
You’ll be picked up at Marrakech Airport for a scenic 1.5-hour drive south to Imlil, the start of your Toubkal trek. In Imlil you’ll meet the team taking you up the mountain and rent any gear you might be lacking.
The first part of the walk takes you up the dramatic Mizane Valley, along terraced croplands and past pre-Islamic shrines. Your final destination, Toubkal itself, looms over the valley providing the inspiration you need to keep trekking.
The trail then ascends into rocky and rugged terrain until you reach the Toubkal Refuge at the snowline (3206 m). Enjoy a hot Moroccan dinner and rest up for tomorrow’s hike to the summit.
5 hours walking
Saturday: Summit Toubkal and return to Imlil
Awaken early and begin the climb to Mt. Toubkal’s summit (4167m). The trail ascends through scree and boulder fields to the ridge, then traverses to the peak’s awesome summit.
Enjoy stunning views of mountains and desert in every direction, then descend back to the refuge for a well-deserved lunch.
After resting, continue down the mountain all the way back to Imlil where you’ll sleep soundly in a comfortable hotel.
9 hours walking
Sunday: Road trip to the Dades Valley
Today is a driving day with plenty to see and explore along the way.
Begin with a scenic drive over the Atlas Mountains, then descend toward the Sahara Desert. Kasbahs (fortified homes) and oases dot the otherworldly landscape.
You have the option of stopping at the Ouarzazate Film Studios and Ait Benhaddou, famous as a filming location for movies and TV shows like Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
The road trip ends in the Dades Valley. Hike around to explore the area or relax at your hotel.
Monday: Road trip the Todra Gorge and camel trek to a Berber camp
Begin the day with a drive through Todra Gorge, an impressive canyon with sheer 160m cliff walls. Take a short hike to a date palm oasis, then continue the drive to Merzouga.
In Merzouga you’ll meet your camels and gear up for a night in the desert. The 1.5-hour sunset camel trek will take you though the dunes to a traditional Berber camp.
Enjoy dinner around the fire, and sleep under the stars or in a comfortable carpeted Berber tent.
Tuesday: Sunrise camel trek and road trip to Marrakech
Wake up early to enjoy a sunrise camel trek back to Merzouga. There you’ll eat breakfast and have the chance to shower off the desert sand.
The rest of the day will be spent driving back to Marrakech, stopping along the way for photos, explorations and food.
You’ll arrive back in Marrakech in the evening around 18:00 or 19:00.
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
For the trek you will be staying in a mountain refuge. The accommodations are basic, shared, bunk bed dorms with a social area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from around the world.
The hotels in Imlil and the Dades Valley are small and comfortable, providing private rooms with unique decor and ensuite bathrooms.
The Berber camp provides permanent carpeted tents with full beds, or, if you prefer, blankets for sleeping under the stars.
Located 1.5 hours due south of Marrakech, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa and the crowning gem of the Atlas Mountains. The surrounding terrain is dramatic, rugged, and very scenic. Snow often remains on the high peaks year round, providing a stark contrast to the surrounding desert. The valleys leading up to the peak are lush and green with agricultural fields and terraces fed by fresh snowmelt. If you’re lucky you may see a herd of Barbary sheep, or spot a Lammergeier or Booted Eagle soaring overhead!
The Dades Valley is a dramatic series of gorges in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains before the start of the desert. The fortified kasbahs that dot the landscape make it especially scenic. One of the gorges, the Todra Gorge, is particularly dramatic, narrowing to a mere 10m wide and flanked by sheer 160m tall cliff walls.
The final destination, Merzouga, is a small village 50km from the Algerian border at the edge of the dune sea Erg Chebbi. The dunes here are majestic and seemingly endless, and you’ll be grateful to have a camel helping you cross them to your remote camp.
Your accommodation - 09:30 or Marrakech Airport - 10:40
Your adventure begins at your accommodation in Marrakech at 09:30, or at Marrakech Airport (RAK) at 10:40. If you’re arriving the day the trip starts, please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your guide and driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.
Marrakech Airport - 17:00-18:00 or Marrakech City Centre - 18:30
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Marrakech Airport between 17:00 - 18:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 20:00. Alternatively If you would like to be dropped off in Marrakech city centre, please let your host know when booking.
If you’re arriving in Marrakech early or departing later your host can arrange airport transfers and extra nights of accommodation, simply request this when booking.
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