Morocco

Best of Mount Toubkal and Moroccan Desert

Level

Moderate/Challenging

Duration

9 days

Time to travel

Spring and summer months

Route

Marrackech; Asni; Tizi Ousesem; Tizi Mzik; Imlil Village; Chamharouch; Toubkal refuge; Mount Toubkal; Imlil; Kasbah Ait Benhedou; Dades Valley; Todras Gorges; Merzouga; Desert camp; Merzouga; Alnif; Tazzarine;Agdez; Quarzazate; Marrakech

This Rahhalah adventure includes a challenging climb to the roof of Northern Africa and a culturally stimulating Moroccan desert experience where you can explore the arid Saharan landscapes and get closer to Kasbahs, camels and Berber villages. The hike to the summit is strenuous but you don’t need any previous mountaineering experience, and the panoramic view from the summit makes it worth it.

After the High Atlas Mountain range lays a mysterious, surreal and stunning landscape. This is the heart of old Morocco – the pre Sahara desert. It’s like stepping back in time into a forgotten world- fortified villages, Berber castles (Kasbahs) and abandoned Foreign Legion outposts. The Sahara region is where you’ll find one of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes in Morocco.

Facts

  • Altitude:4167m
  • The Atlas Mountains is north Africa’s greatest mountain range, it holds some of the most fascinating regions of Morocco. These huge mountains offer very impressive mountain biking trails, trekking trails and photography opportunities. They are the highest in the region with Mount Toubkal stretching to 4.165 meters above sea level. It is divided into three parts: Middle Atlas (north of Beni Mellal), Anti-Atlas (south of Marrakech to Tafilalet) and High Atlas Mountains between Marrakech and Ouarzazate.
  • The Moroccan Sahara is mainly made up of a big, rocky plain, which runs from the feet of the Atlantis on the North/East almost to the Atlantic coast, south of Agadir.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Marrakech ( D)

A Rahhalah guide will pick you up from the airport in Marrakech and transfer you to the hotel in the centre of the city. In the afternoon, we will enjoy some free time to explore Marrakech.

Day 02: Marrakech - Asni – Aguersioual- Tizi Oussem (B, L, D)

We will drive to the High Atlas Mountains through Tahnaoute, Asni & Moulay Brahim gorges. Our starting point is Aguersioual, this is where we will meet the team (guide & muleteers) and head up towards Azzaden valley through a beautiful juniper forest and the pass Tizi Oudid.

We then continue to the authentic Azzaden valley and Tizi Oussem Berber villages (1850m).

Overnight at the berber house.

Day 03: Tizi Oussem - Tizi Mzik - Imlil Village (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will walk up the valley enjoying the beautiful view over the river and streams, then pass through Azib Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains (100m of height) called waterfalls Aghorghiz (2300m), We will walk back to cross Tizi Mzik pass (2485) and take in the spectacular view over Imlil valley & Toubkal Summit. Then, we proceed down to Imlil village, a small town located at 1740m above the sea level, at 67km on the south west of Marrakech, usually the start point of all treks to Toubkal massif.

Overnight stay in Imlil at a guest house..

Day 4: Imlil - Chamharouch - Toubkal Refuge (B, L, D)

Today we begin our trek along the Maizane Valley. First, we pass the village of Aremd and then continue east by crossing the flood plains. Our route takes us along mule tracks and up into rocky cliffs above the valley. After crossing the river, we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamharouch which attracts many tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zig-zagging its way up to the snow line and the Toubkal Refuge (3206m), which will be our stop for the night.

Day 5: Toubkal Refuge - Mount Toubkal (4167m) - Imlil (B, L, D)

Today starts with an early morning attempt to reach the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is easy but the altitude will make it difficult in some parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile and when you reach the summit, you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breath-taking. From here, there are limitless views at every turn, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara Desert. These views are memories that will last you a life time.

We will retrace our steps when we descend the mountain and head back towards Imlil.

We will spend the night in Imlil.

Day 6: Imlil - Kasbah Ait Benhedou - Dades Valley (B, L, D)

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Imlil at 8.00 am and head out to the Atlas Mountains, driving over the impressive Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass. Our journey has us passing 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 on a hike, or relaxing at your hotel.

Day 7: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Merzouga - Desert camp (B, L, D)

This morning, we head for Todra Gorge, a massive fault dividing the High Atlas Mountains, rising up to 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, we’ll head further into the desert to the gateway town of Merzouga to pick up supplies for our desert trip. We will then drive on to a kasbah to pick up your camel for a camel trek at sunset to a Berber camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner, and sleep under the stars in tents at the desert camp.

Day 8: Merzouga – Alnif – Tazzarine – Agdez – Ouarzazate - Marrakech (B, L, D)

After watching the sunrise in the desert, we will enjoy breakfast and ride our camels over the dunes to return to Merzouga. This route takes us through Alnif, Tazzarine and a part of the long Draa valley before arriving to Agdez and we will then continue to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m).

Day 9: Marrakech – Airport (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. If you have spare time before the transfer to the airport, we can go shopping in the souk, then transfer to the airport of Marrakech.

1,832 USD

in a group of min 4. Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

Open Dates

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This cost is valid from 1st April 2016 till 30th October 2016
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior the departure.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 night in Marrakech – 4* hotel or similar BB
  • Accommodation in refuge or tents during the Toubkal portion of the trek
  • Accommodation in hotel and Tents during desert trek
  • Transport from Marrakech and throughout the desert trek
  • Meals as described
  • English speaking Guide
  • Mule to carry the baggage and food during the Toubkal trek
  • Camels

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International Airfare
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional activities
  • Cost due to an early descent
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience to the travelers.

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