Atlas mountain Sahara tour: This trip will allow you to visit Atlas mountains, Sahara desert in Merzouga, and you spend one night in a tent in Erg Chebbi dunes. Explore Atlas mountains and Erg Chebbi dunes in private trekking and camel ride tour from Marrakech.
Duration: 4 days
Period: It can occur at any time of the year
Trek Grade: Medium
Maximum Elevation: 2,379 Meters
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Hotel, Camping.
– Combine day trek in the Atlas mountain, and Sahara tour to Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga
– Visit Imlil and explore Atlas mountain
– Discover Kasbahs, fortified dwellings where families live with their livestock.
– Discover Dades and Todra gorges
– Spend a night in a desert camp
– Experience camel ride
The trip starts at 8 am with a 1h20m car drive from Marrakech to the Moulay Brahim Gorges in the south, Asni Saturday market, up to Agersioual (1,600m). We start the trek with local mule team to the Berber village of Alkkiss (1700m), taking you over Tizi n’Agersioual pass at an altitude of 2200m. Lunch will be served either by the river or at a Berber home after you continue trekking through the Imnane valley which leads you to the Tizi n’Tamtert pass (2379m). At this point, you can see the beautiful expanse of the two valleys of Imlil and Imnane. After walking for another 1h30m, you will reach Imlil where you will have an evening of delicious Moroccan cuisine at the Guesthouse. The trip will consist of 1h20 drive and 5 hours of trekking.
At 8:00 am in the morning, a car will pick you up for a trip to the Atlas Mountains, taking you through the mesmerizing landscape of the Tizi-n’Tichka mountain pass. You will be passing through Berber country with many Berber villages along the route. When you get to the desert, you will see barren hillsides with scattered Kasbahs and many oases. You may opt for a break to take a tour of the Ouarzazate Film Studios, and you can also make a short trip to the enchanting ancient city of Ait Benhaddou. Ait Benhaddou is a 15th century fortified city with countless Kasbahs. At Dades Gorge, you may either go for a hike or decide to rest at your hotel. You will spend the night at Dades. 6hrs drive time.
Breakfast is served at your accommodation. Then you move from Dades Valley to Todra Gorge which is a gigantic fault that divides the High Atlas Mountains. The Todra Gorge rises to a height of 300 meters in a narrow valley inhabited by Berber villages and palm groves. If you wish, you can go on a hike to check out the palm grove, which is a lush oasis with plenty of large date palms. After lunch, the journey continues further into the desert. At the gateway town of Merzouga, you will pick up supplies for the desert trip. Afterward, you will head to a Kasbah to get your camel. Then you will take a 1h30 camel trek before sunset to a Berber camp where a traditional Moroccan dinner is waiting for you. You will spend the night in tents at a desert camp or under the stars. Drive time 5hrs.
At sunset, we shall embark on a 1hr30 camel ride for further exploration of the surroundings and make our return to Merzouga on a camel. We will have a shower and eat breakfast at Merzouga before setting out for the stony desert and the Atlas Mountains, stopping at multiple locations for photos, lunch, and further sightseeing as we head back to Marrakech. Usually, we expect to arrive in Marrakech around 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs.
We recommend going for a 5-day tour if you would like to reduce the distance traveled on the last day. In that case, we advise you to pass the night at the Kasbah in Ait Benhaddou.
|Group||2 People||3-4 People||For 5 people or more|
|Price per person||360 €||330 €||260 €|
|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 the trek
– Kitchen equipment
– All meals during your trek
– 1 overnight in hôtels at Dades 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 the desert tour
– Entrance fees
– Traditional tips
– Big bag of clothing
– Backpack for each daily supplies
– Good walking shoes and socks fit for rugged terrain
– 3-4 season sleeping bag
– Warm and light clothes
– Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/ rain-pants
– Personal First Aid Kit
– Head Torch
– Toilet tissues
– Water bottle or camel back
– Water purifier
– This Atlas mountain Sahara tour is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes.
– Further discounts are available for group sizes over eight people.
– You can pay in €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.
Atlas mountain Sahara tour: Combined trekking in the Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert tour.
Combined Atlas Mountain Trek and Sahara Trip.