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mgoun sahara combined trip

Tour Details

Mgoun Sahara combined trip: A trip that will first take you through Berber villages in central high Atlas mountains, followed by a couple of days to the Sahara desert. A combined High Atlas and Desert tour will allow you to experience remote parts of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert. You will enjoy wild camping and the spectacular Mgoun river gorges.

Total Duration: 8 days
Period: April to October
Trek Grade: medium to hard
Max Elevation: 2900 Meters
Accommodation: Camping, Guesthouse, and Hotel

 Mgoun Sahara combined trip allows you to:

  • Combine trekking in the Mgoun area and the Sahara Desert tour
  • Discover the amazing landscapes of Ait Bougmez valley
  • Walkthrough spectacular Mgoun gorges
  • Enjoy camel trekking in Merzouga and night in the desert camp.

Itinerary of Mgoun Sahara combined trip.

Day 1:  Marrakech –  Ouzoud waterfalls –  Ait Bougamaz valley 1800m

After breakfast, We start our journey to Ait Bougmez happy valley in the central High Atlas mountains. We will visit and take a great hike around the highest waterfalls of Morocco, Ouzoud. We will have Lunch by the falls; then we will carry on towards the valley, where we will stay for the night in a lovely local Guesthouse. 5 hour’s drive.

Day 2: Timit (1800m) – Bouberden Pass (3100m) – IGli N’Tanwout Plateau (2700m)

In the morning, we begin our first ascent. We will cross a forest of junipers and follow a mule trail to the Bouberden pass. From the pass, we will be rewarded with a view of the chain of M’goun, Wawgoulzat, Azourki, Tizal and Valley. We will have lunch at the pass, then descend towards the N’Tanwout plateau.
This place offers a pastoral and grandiose setting, where we will set up our base camp. 7 hours of walking.

Day 3: IGli N’Tawoute – Oulilimt valley – Aflafal source (2200 m)

We leave our superb bivouac and descend towards Ifri where the needles rise towards the sky with a contrast of colors. By taking a winding path through the mountain of tufts of grass, we will reach Tizi N’Ifri pass which will take us into the Oulilimt valley. It is a grazing area where nomads bring herds from May to the end of September before the snows push them towards the south and the Saghro. Then, we will join our camp near the famous Aflafal, a natural cirque of extraordinary beauty where our bivouac will be. The afternoon will be devoted to relaxation. We will spend the night in tents. 6 hours trek

Day 4: Aflafal spring – Tighremt N’Ait Hamed – Ouzighimt valley – Imin Irkt (2000m)

This day is limited to the descent of the Ouzighimt; a wonderful valley whose population, especially women, are always in full activity: working in the fields, and collecting wood for the fire. Our walk will take place all along the road which connects several villages. Lunch will be at the edge of the river at Taghraft village. Then we continue our crossing towards the village Imin Irkt. Duration 6h of walking. Elevation: 500m descent. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Imin Irkt (2000m) – Mgoun Gorges – Aguerzaga (1700m)

After breakfast, we leave very early in the morning for the narrow Mgoun Gorges. We walk in water through towering narrow canyons. There is an alternative route; we could take the Tizi n’ Ait Hamed pass if the water is too much. A lunch spot will be at the exit of the Gorges—overnight camping in tents near Aguerzaka. The estimated duration of the walk is 6 hours.

Day 6: Aguerzaga – Roses Valley – Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Merzouga

After breakfast, we drive from Aguerzaga to Roses Valley and then to Merzouga. We will visit Todra gorges and then drive to Rissani, Erfoud to arrive at Merzouga dunes. After a short break at the hotel, you will ride camels through the golden Erg Chebbi dunes, and this is an excellent opportunity to take lovely pictures. After feasting on a traditional Moroccan meal, we arrive at the camp, enjoy the sunset, and play drums around the campfire. Overnight in a nomadic-style camp. 5 hours drive.

 Day 7: Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Ksar

We get up early to watch the sunrise; then, we ride camels back to the hotel. After an excellent breakfast and taking a hot shower, we drive to Ait Benhaddou Ksar through a different road via Alnif, Tazarine, and N’kob till Ouarzazate where we’ll have Lunch. You will have the opportunity to hike around the Ksar and discover with your guide. Overnight in a hotel. 6 hours drive.

Day 8: Ait Benhaddou – Tichka Pass 2260m  – Marrakech

After breakfast, we continue to Marrakech, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m altitude), and admire the landscape of Berber villages with some photo stops. Overnight in Marrakech hotel. 4 hours drive. End of Mgoun Sahara combined trip.

Summer and Winter Season Price:
  • 2 people – 780 €
  • 3 people – 740€
  •  For 4 people or more – 660 €
Price Includes
  • 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-night camping on Dunes at Merzouga in half board
  • 1 overnight in hôtel at Ait Benhaddou in half board
  • Camels ride
Price Does Not Include
  • All meals during your trek
  • Travel Insurance
  •  Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
  • Drinks
  • Lunches during the desert tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Traditional tips
 Essential Materials Needed For Mgoun Sahara Combined Trip
  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Head Torch
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Toilet tissues
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Water purifier
 Additional Details
  • Mgoun Sahara combined trip 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.

Mgoun Sahara combined trip: Combine trekking through the Mgoun gorges and the Sahara desert trip.

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