High Atlas Mountain & Sahara Desert
Day 1: Transfer from your stay in Marrakech & drive you to Imlil valley. That you will pass through the small village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Eastward bound you will cross floodplains where you take a mule track up onto the higher cliffs. Once crossing the river you will have an oppotunity to take a short break to inspect an ancient pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. Snaking slowing upwards you carry on with your ascent, reaching the snowline and Toubkal Refuge. This will be your accommadation for the night. Approx. 4 to 5 hrs walking.
Day 2: Starting early, you will begin your ascent of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Following the track up onto the South Cirque you will cross a small stream located above the refuge. From here the walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. However, as always the views and landscape will make up for any doubts you may be feeling and as always you will have breaks! Once you have reached the the summit you will see for yourselves why the journey became worthwhile as the landscape and views are purely breathtaking. From the summit you will have a 360 degree view of a huge part of Morocco, with Marrakech plain to one side leading to the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara in the other direction. After photos you will retrace your steps back down the mountain and back into Imlil where you will spend the night in a local guesthouse.
Day 3: Once you have taken breakfast you will begin your drive to the Sahara. You will firstly cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. Passing through many Berber Villages along the way you will have a chance to view riverside oasis and barren hillsides that are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch you will drive further to Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades valley and the valley of a thousand kasbahs. You will stay overnight in Dades.
Day 4: After breakfast you will be taken to Todra Gorge, this stunning gorge creates the perfect oppotunity for pictures and recording memories of your trip. After this stop you will head onwards to ‘Auberge du Sud’ at the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Day 5: Wake up in the morning to enjoy sunrise in Chegaga Dunes. After breakfast we leave to Foum Zguit passing nomad people that live in tents. Visit to Iriqui dry lake and the desert plateau of Akassia. Lunch snack in the Oasis. Return to Marrakech Ouarzazate, arrival around 9