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toubkal merzouga adventure tour

Tour Details

Toubkal Merzouga adventure tour: 5-day combined Atlas and Sahara desert of Merzouga trip from Marrakech. During five days of travel from/to Marrakech, wou will climb Mount Toubkal, then three days by car to discover southern Morocco; Ouarzazate city, Dades Valley, and Merzouga dunes. We reach the roof of North Africa and we discover the unique landscapes of south Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou, Dades and Todra Gorges, and Merzouga Sahara desert in 5 days.

Duration: 5 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

Toubkal Merzouga adventure tour allows you to:


  • Combine the best spots of Morocco, trekking the summit of Mount Toubkal, and road-tripping through the Sahara Desert of Merzouga.
  • Enjoy a lovely dinner under the stars and learn to play the Tam Tam drums with the nomads.
  • Experience a camel ride through the magical sand dunes of Merzouga.

Itinerary of Toubkal Merzouga adventure tour

Day 1Marrakech – Imlil (1740m) – Toubkal Mountain Hut (3200m)

We drive to Imlil early in the morning to meet our mule team. We will start our hike with a nice climb to Aremd Village. Magnificent landscapes of terraced crops, and irrigation canals, then we will pass through Sidi Chemharouch shrine to reach Toubkal hut at 3100 meters above sea level. We will spend the night at Toubkal hut. 5-hour hike.

Day 2Toubkal Hut - Toubkal Summit (4167m) - Armed Village (1800m)

The ascent of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, is done with minimal difficulties. The leaving time will be made early morning to take advantage of the freshness of the morning. From Toubkal summit (4167m), the view goes far, and it will be possible to see the Siroua Mountains and the plain of Marrakech. We will return to the refuge for lunch and a good mint tea. After lunch, we return by the same path to Sidi Chemharouch shrine. Overnight in a local guesthouse in Armed. About 9-hour walk.

Day 3Armed – Ait Ben Haddou Ksar – Ouarzazat – Kelaat M'gouna – Dades Gorges

On the third day, we will leave Imlil by car to go towards Ouarzazate. The road will be through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N’Tichka pass at 2260m. Then we will take a regional road that leads to Ait Ben Haddou, a Ksar classified by UNESCO in 1987 as a universal heritage. We will stop in Ouarzazate for lunch. Then, we will retake the road toward Kelaat M’gouna, the capital of roses. We will thus cross beautiful Berber villages in Roses and Dades Valley to get to its gorges. Overnight a hotel, 390 km drive.

Day 4Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Tinjdad – Erfoud – Merzouga Sahara Desert

After a lovely breakfast at the hotel, head for Todra Gorges, one of the most spectacular gorges in Morocco. Then we will continue to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi dunes. We will pass through Ziz Valley and Arfoud palm grove. Before heading towards the mysterious sea of Erg Chebbi dunes, we will pass through Rissani town, the former capital of Tafilalet. The meeting with our camels will be at the foot of the dunes. Then, you take a sunset camel ride to reach the camp in the middle of Erg Chebbi. Local nomads will play the traditional Tam Tam drums. Overnight in the desert camp to experience a magical night under the stars. 280km drive.

Day 5Merzouga – Tazzarine – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

We get up early morning to enjoy a sunrise camel ride. After breakfast, head for Tazzarine, enjoying beautiful mountainous and Sahara desert landscapes on the road. We will then pass through Draa Valley. It is one of the most beautiful valleys in southern Morocco. You will explore the earthen Kasbahs and Ksars and the green cultures of this area. We will arrive in Ouarzazate for lunchtime. After lunch, we continue driving to Marrakech via the Tichka pass. 565 km drive. Enf of Toubkal Merzouga adventure tour.

Summer Season - May to October Price:
  • 2 people – 480 €
  • 3 people – 440€
  •  For 4 people or more – 380 €
Winter Season - November to April Price:
  • 2 people – 500 €
  • 3 people – 460€
  •  For 4 people or more – 400 €
Price Includes
  • English-speaking guide/driver
  • 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-night in a hotel at Dades Gorges in half board
  • 1-night camping on Dunes at Merzouga in half board
  • Camel ride
Price Does Not Include
  • Ticket flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
  • Drinks
  •  Lunches during the desert tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Traditional tips
 Essential Materials Needed For Toubkal Merzouga adventure tour
  • The 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
  • Ice ax and crampons for winter
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/ rain-pants
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Head Torch
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Toilet tissues
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Water purifier

Before your trek, most of that equipment can easily rent for a reasonable price in Imlil.

 Additional Details
  • Toubkal Merzouga adventure 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 €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.

Toubkal Merzouga adventure tour: Explore Morocco in adventure travel with a 5-day combination of the Atlas Mountains and Erg Chebbi Sahara desert of Merzouga.

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