Toubkal desert combined tour: The best trip we recommend to our guests is a combination between two different part of Morocco, Toubkal, and Sahara desert. So first part which trekking in the Atlas Mountain is an adventurous part and the second part – Ride a camel through the Desert and discover its majestic beauty The first section of the adventure includes the Toubkal ascent, and the second part is a night experience at the desert Berber camp. The following is an example of those combined tours and is an express Toubkal Ascent Trek followed by a more relaxed drive to the edge of the Sahara desert.
Duration: 6 days
Period: It can occur at any time of the year
Trek Grade: Medium to hard
Maximum Elevation: 4,167 Meters
Accommodation: Refuge, Hotel, Camping or guesthouse
– Combined Toubkal National Park and Erg Chebbi desert
– Ascent of North Africa’s highest peak (Mount Toubkal)
– Camel ride through golden sand dunes of Sahara desert
– Experience the desert Berber camp
You’ll drive from Marrakech to Imlil and then trek to Toubkal Refuge via Mizane Valley. We trek towards the village of Aremd and then the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. As we continue east and cross the flood plain, our route takes us along the mule tracks and into the high rocky cliffs. From here, the trail continues with a steady climb, zigzagging and snaking its way up to the snowline and the Refuge. Overnight in the Refuge. Approx 5hrs of walking.
We trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,165m). We make an attempt on the Jebel Toukbal’s summit – the highest peak in North Africa. Our route takes us to the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading towards one of the mountains’ numerous screen fields. Here, we will have to negotiate an almost endless carpet of rocks and boulders. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the altitude and screen seem to be an impediment. However, the views along the way will make the journey worthwhile. Cresting the ridgeline, we’ll find ourselves on the plateau, from where it’s a short walk to the summit. The vistas across the surrounding landscape are also breathtaking. From here, there’s an open view in every direction, right from the Marrakesh Plain to the northern High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas. Retracing our steps, we’ll descend the mountain and head back towards Imlil where we spend the night in a local Guesthouse.
You’ll be picked up from your lodge in Imlil at 9.00am and head out towards the Atlas Mountains, driving over the beautiful Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass. You’ll pass through several Berber villages, and once you get to the desert, you’ll see barren hillsides and riverside oases dotted with kasbahs (kasbahs are fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock). Along the way, you will have the choice to either stop for a hike or take a break to visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios. Immediately, you reach the Dades Gorge; you have the options of going for a hike or relaxing at your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Dades. ( 6 h drive)
You’ll have your breakfast at the hotel and then be transferred from the Dades Valley to Todra Gorges. Here, you can decide to go for a hike to explore the palmary (a green oasis full of large date palms). After you’ll proceed into the desert. Before sunset, you’ll ride camels for one and a half hour to a Berber camp where you’ll enjoy a local Moroccan dinner. Overnight under the stars or in tents at a desert camp. 5 hours drive
You’ll wake up to the desert sunrise and then return to the Kasbah by camels. You will then have a chance to freshen up and enjoy breakfast. Once you are through with your meal, you will head out of the desert for a drive to Ait Benhaddou. You will have the opportunity to walk around the buildings and explore with your guide. Overnight in a hotel. ( 5 – 6 hours drive)
We’ll travel along the Ounilla Valley to the Telouet Kasbah, a crumbling kasbah that was once an important station for traders. After the exploration of the Kasbah and then after lunch, you will head back over the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakech (4 hours drive).
|Group||2 People||3-4 People||For 5 people or more|
|Price per person||480 €||440 €||380 €|
|Price includes the following||Price excludes the following|
|– English speaking guide
– All transfers from and to your hotel
– Accommodation for trekking duration
– Mules for luggage carrying during trek
– Kitchen equipment
– All meals during your trek
– 2 overnight in hôtels at Dades and Ait Benhaddou in half board
– 1 night camping on Dunes at Merzouga in half board
– Camel ride
|– Ticket flight
– Travel insurance
– Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
– Lunches during desert tour
– Entrance fees
– Traditional tips
– Big bag for clothing
– Backpack for each daily supplies
– Good walking shoes and socks fit for rugged terrain
– 3-4 season sleeping bag
– Warm and light clothes
– Ice ax and crampons for winter
– Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/ rain-pants
– Personal First Aid Kit
– Head torch
– Toilet tissues
– Water bottle or camel back
– Water purifier
– This trek is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes.
– Further discounts are available for group sizes over 8 people.
– You can pay in €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.
Toubkal desert combined tour: Combined trip to reach the highest peak in North Africa and the highest sand dune of Merzouga.