6-day Toubkal desert combined tour

mount toubkal desert combined tour

Toubkal desert combined tour: The best trip we recommend to our guests is a combination of two different parts of Morocco, Toubkal, and the Sahara desert. So the first part which trekking in the Atlas Mountains 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 the Sahara trip with desert night camping.

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

The Toubkal desert combined tour allows you to:

– Combine Toubkal National Park and Erg Chebbi desert
– Make the Ascent of North Africa’s highest peak (Mount Toubkal)
–  Enjoy camel ride through golden dunes of the Sahara desert
– Experience the desert Berber camp.

Itinerary of Toubkal desert combined tour

 Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – The Base camp of Toubkal

You’ll drive from Marrakech to Imlil and then trek to Toubkal Refuge via Mizane Valley. We walk 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.

Day 2: Base camp – Toubkal Summit – Imlil

We trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,165m). We make an attempt at the Jebel Toubkal 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. 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.

Day 3: Imlil – Dades Valley

You’ll be picked up from your lodge in Imlil at 9.00 am 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 option of going for a hike or relaxing at your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Dades. ( 6 h drive)

 Day 4: Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Merzouga

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 hours 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

Day 5: Merzouga – Ait Benhaddou

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)

 Day 6: Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech

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 People For 4 people or more 
Price per person 560 € 520 € 460 €

Price Details:

Price includes the following Does not include the following
–  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
– 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
– Drinks
– Lunches during the desert tour
– Entrance fees
– Traditional tips

 Essential Materials Needed For Toubkal Desert Combined Tour

– 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 camel back

– Water purifier

 Additional Details

– The Toubkal desert combined tour is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes.

– Further discounts are available for group sizes of over 8 people.

– You can pay in €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.

Toubkal desert combined tour: A private trip to reach the highest peak in North Africa and the highest dune of Merzouga.

Photos – Toubkal desert combined tour

Toubkal Ascent and Sahara Trip, Combined Toubkal and Sahara Trek.

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