5 Days Mount Toubkal Ascent And Sahara Desert Combined Tour


The perfect express Toubkal Ascent Trek and Erg Chebbi Desert Tour starts with a pick-up from Marrakech and a drive to Imlil, where you will meet the team. After two nights in the mountains, you will then start an express desert tour, which will take you through very nice and scenic areas in the south of Morocco. Enjoy a camel ride& overnight in the dunes, then drive back to Marrakech. This is quite an express tour with long distances to drive every day, but it is durable. For those with extra time, it will be possible to climb Toubkal over 3 days, followed by a 4 day desert tour.

Itinirary (5 Days)

5 Days Mount Toubkal Ascent And Sahara Desert Combined Tour Drive from Marrakech to Imlil and trek to Toubkal Refuge via Aremd & the Mizane ValleyLeaving the city behind, we drive south today, towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the Toubkal Massif. Crossing the Haouz Plain, we pass through the tiny town of Asni, from where our road begins to climb towards the foothills of the Massif. Below us, the valley of the Oued Rhirhaia stretches out into the distance, and small villages cling to the sides of the steep hills as we meander our way towards the village of Imlil. Here we leave our vehicle and, in the company of our mountain guide, begin our trek, heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, gites, and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. For generations, the local Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing corn, potatoes, and walnuts from the harsh landscape. Continuing east and crossing the flood plain, our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high, rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river, we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself). The village sits beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of houses that seem to melt together into an anarchic mass. From here, the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. Approximately 5–6 hours walking.

Trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4165 m); return to Imlil Early this morning, we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge, and then heading across one of the mountain's numerous scree fields, where we will have to negotiate a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts; however, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. Cresting the ridgeline, we find ourselves on the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit, and the vistas out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here, there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Pliny, the great Roman scholar, once described the High Atlas Mountains as "the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa," and from our vantage point high above the valley, it is easy to understand why. Retracing our steps, we then return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil. Overnight in Imlil or something similar (9 to 10 hours of walking total)

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Imlil at 9 am and head out over the Atlas Mountains, driving over the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass. You’ll pass through lots of Berber villages, and once you’re in the desert, you’ll see riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock). Along the way, you will have the option to either take a break or visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios. A side trip is possible to Ait Benhaddou. This is an ancient fortified city containing countless kasbahs and has been the atmospheric subject of numerous Hollywood movies (The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, Lawrence of Arabia, etc.) You will have the chance to walk around the buildings and explore with your guide. Once you reach Dades Gorge, you have the option of going for a hike or relaxing at your hotel. Overnight in Dades. (Total driving time: 7/8hours)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the Dades Valley to Todra Gorge, a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains, rising up 300 meters in a narrow valley with palmiers and Berber villages. Here, you can go for a hike to explore the Palmery, a green oasis full of large date palms. After lunch, you’ll head further into the desert to the gateway town of Merzouga to pick up supplies for your desert trip. You will then drive on to a kasbah to pick up your camel. At sunset, you’ll trek for an hour and a-half by camel to a Berber camp, where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner and sleep under the stars or in tents at a desert camp. (Total driving time: 6 hours)

Wake up early, just prior to sunrise. We have a 1h30 camel ride at sunrise to explore the area further, and we head back to Merzouga on our camels. When we reach Merzouga, we have breakfast and the opportunity to shower, and then we begin our journey through the stony desert and over the Atlas Mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring, and lunch as we return to Marrakech. The usual arrival time in Marrakech is between 17:00 and 18:00. (10-hour drive). End of a 5-Day Mount Toubkal Ascent and Sahara Desert Combined Tour.

Included & Excluded

    All transport

    1 Overnight in imlil or similar (Dinner & breakfast)

    1 overnight at Toubkal Refuge

    English speaking guide, and cook (Mountain trek)

    Muleteers and mules for assistance (Mountain trek)

    Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea (Mountain trek)

    4x4 or Mini-bus during Desert tour

    1 overnight in a hotel at Dades (Dinner & breakfast)

    1 overnight camping on Dunes of Erg chebbi (Dinner & breakfast)

    Camel Ride on Dunes

    Travel insurance

    Soft/alcoholic drinks

    Tips and personal expanses

    Lunches during the desert tour

    Entrance fee (Monuments visits)