10 days trek atlas mountains and sahara desert trek
Day 1: Imighlad – Tizi Ousm (2000M). BLD
AFB , walk up towards Tizi n’Tacht pass (2000m) via a juniper forest, enjoy the panoramic views over Mount Oukaimeden & the Berber villages (Tinintine, Tagadirt n’Ait Ali…).
Lunch on the pass and then continue to the authentic Azzaden valley, arrival to village.
Overnight at the Berber house. 6-7hrs walk.
Day 2: Azzaden valley – Tizi Mzik (2500 m) – Imlil (1740 m)
AFB? Walk up towards Tizi M’zik pass which will be 2500 M high, the pass offers a beautiful view over the Imlil area with its beautiful Berber villages, Lunch will be on the half way done To Imlil valley.
Over night at the local Berber guest house in Imlil valley.
Day 3: Imlil - Toubkal Refuge (3207m)
AFB, a walk through the Berber villages via the shrine Sidi Chamharouch (2500m) to reach the mountain hut. Here we will stop for a picnic lunch, prepared before hand by our cook. After enjoying the lunch and having a short break, we will continue towards the Refuge (3200m). A glass of tasty mint tea will be served for you there. Hot shower will be available to wash off the dust from your body and freshen up for the next day. In the evening a traditional Moroccan meal will be prepared for dinner. During summer months there is an option to spend a night in the tent.
Day 4 :Toubkal Refuge - Toubkal summit - return to Imlil
The next day starts with an early wake up to escape from the full power of the Sun. Breakfast is served around 5:00 am. We will begin the ascent climb at 5:30am. In the middle of our climb we will stop for a short break with some refreshments – water, oranges and nuts. After walking uphill for some 3-4 hours, we will be able to enjoy a picturesque view of all the High Atlas Mountains, valleys and Berber villages. When reaching the summit, we will have a break of 45 minutes to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view. Afterwards we return back to the hut, where the lunch will be awaiting for us. To get back to Imlil we will follow the same route down the hill. From Imlil we wil be taken back to Marrakech.
Day 5: Imlil - Tizi nTichka 2260m Ait Benhaddou Ouarzazat - Skoura - Dades gorges
First we cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. You will pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, riverside oasis and barren hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch we drive further to Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades valley, valley of a thousand kasbahs. Overnight in Dades.
Day 6: Dads Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga send dunes
After breakfast we drive to Todra Gorge and after a short stop there we drive to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. We will arrive there around 4 and after a short break you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night in berber tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner.
Day 7: Merzouga send dunes – Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah
After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site you will ride the camel’s back to the auberge. From there it will be a long day driving to Ait Ben Haddou. Ait Benhaddou is a small town with one of the best-preserved and most sought-after Kasbah's to visit in all of Morocco and visit one of the longest valleys in Morocco (Draa valley.
Day 8: Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah - Marrakech
Drive back to Marrakech, again via Tichka pass. You will arrive in Marrakech early in the afternoon.
Overnight in Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech - Essaouira
Drive from Marrakech to Essaouira.3 hours driving through the Argan forests and visit some of the local female Cooperatives on the way.
Overnight in a Riad or a Hotel, I will send you all the names of the Accommodations we will use.
Day 10: Essaouira – Marrakech
You will drive back to Marrakech for the last night, in the afternoon Marrakech sightseeing with a local tour Guide.