5 days tour- climbing toubkal mountain and visit sahara desert

Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Toubkal Hut

Your epic adventure will begin early in the morning with a drive from Marrakech to Imlil, the gateway to Mount Toubkal hike. Meet your guide, muleteer and cook, who will take care of your belongings before you start with a short hike to Aroumd village ( 2000m ). From here you will cross the flood plain of Ait Mizane and start a 1207 m hike in altitude. Zigzag along a series of switchbacks following mule tracks past the holy shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Arrive at Toubkal Hut ( 3200 m ) late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: refuge -Toubkal summit – Imlil

Wake up at dawn for a 10-hour trek. Toubkal summit climb will involve scrambling across steep rocky fields that require hiking skills in the snowy winter season. After 4 hours hiking, you will reach Toubkal summit (4167 m). Enjoy the majestic views over the roof of North Africa: Look up the east and you will see the Sahara desert plains. To the west, lays the Atlantic coast behind the peaks of Nfiss Valley. Toast your accomplishment over a packed breakfast before you climb down to Toubkal hut base for lunch. In the afternoon, we descend to Imlil for a well deserved Hammam, dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 3: Imlil – Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou – Boumalne Dades

After breakfast, it’s time to leave Toubkal summit hike behind you and start your Morocco Sahara desert tour: Cross Tizin Ntichka pass towards Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. This earthen village is listed as a world heritage site, and was a set of numerous Hollywood epics. Meet your local guide for short visit of the village to learn about this 17th century building. After lunch at leisure, you will continue to Oarzazate. At the entrance of the city, you will easily spot Atlas Film Studios on the left. If you wish to visit, guided tours are scheduled throughout the day. From here, we will continue to the oasis of Skoura, famous for its most preserved Kasbah in Morocco: Amridil. This one is really worth a visit, to learn about the oases Berbers culture, architecture and lifestyle. In the afternoon, we continue to Boumalne Dades driving past the road of 1001 Kasbahs and the Valley of the roses. You might want to stop at local artisanal distilling factories to learn about the process. We arrive at your hotel located at the edge of the Dades canyons for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Boumalne Dades – Rissani – Merzouga

After breakfast, today’s journey will head to Tinghit, a former Fench military bation during the 20th century occupation. It was also famous for its important jewish community and silver jewelry craftsmanship. Meet your local guide for a walk in the oasis and all the way to the majestic Todgha Canyons. In the afternoon, we continue our way to Rissani, a holy town famous for being the birthplace of the actual dynasty ruling Morocco: The Alaouites. Visit the date market before you continue to Merzouga. Upon arrival, meet your camel caravan and head straight to Erg chebbi for an other epic adventure. Stop at the top of one of the sand dunes to watch the sun set down over the horizon while the sand dunes change in colour. Just before it gets dark, arrive at your Morocco Sahara desert camp nestled in the middle of nowhere. After you settle down in your tent, get ready for a delicious Moroccan dinner under the stars, followed by a cosy evening around the campfire, entertained by your nomad hosts playing Tam Tam drums.

Day 5: Merzouga – Marrakech

Early morning wake up to watch the sunrise (optional), followed by breakfast and a camel ride back to the camp operator’s lodge. Meet your driver for a long ride back to Marrakech past Ouarzazate and the High Atlas Mountains.
Your Atlas hiking and Sahara desert tour will come to an end at your Marrakech riad, hotel or a location of your choice.

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