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7 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for morocco: Atlas Mountains To Sahara Desert - Toubkal & Erg Chebbi

Marrakech, Imlil, Toubkal, Aït Benhaddou, Merzouga

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Atlas Mountains to Sahara Desert - Toubkal & Erg Chebbi

This a perfect combination of Toubkal & Azzaden Valley Trek that takes you through the Azzaden Valley and over Tizi n Agelzim peak before you climb the Mount Toubkal. Pass through Erg Chebbi & Ait Benhaddou Kasbahs Desert. 

DAY 01

Marrakech - Imlil - Azib n Tamsoult

  • After your transfer from Marrakech to Imlil (1,780m), you will set off a 6-hour trek out of the Imlil Valley and into the Azzadene Valley. 

  • Along the way you will pass Tizi N’Mzik at 2,450m, the refuge at Azib n’Tansoult and the Ighouliden waterfalls. 

  • Overnight in the Lipeney mountain refuge at 3,000m 


DAY 02

Azib n tamsoult - Agelzim 3560m - Toubkal base camp

  • Today involves a fairly stiff climb out of the Azzadene Valley to the Toubkal Refuge over the Aguelzim Mountain pass at 3,560m. 

  • Lunch will be taken with spectacular views over the Atlas Mountain Range. 

  • Overnight in the Toubkal Refuge (Niltner Hut) where you’ll likely be sharing a bunk room with other trekkers tackling Toubkal early the next morning


DAY 03

Toubkal Ascent - Imlil

  • Up early for the climb up Toubkal (4,167m) from where, clouds allowing, you’ll have wonderful views of the Atlas Range and the Sahara Desert. 

  • Then a long way back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil for the night.


DAY 04

Imlil - Dades Valley

  • You will be picked up from your accommodation in Imlil at 9.00am 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 either to take a break and visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios or stop for a hike. 

  • 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  6 hours).


DAY 05

Dades Valley - Todra gorge - Merzouga

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 

  • Transfer from the Dades Valley to Todra Gorge - a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains, rising up 300 metres in a narrow valley with palmeries 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 5hours).

DAY 06

Merzouga - Ait Benhaddou

  • Wake to a desert sunrise and then return to the kasbah by camel. 

  • You will then have a chance to freshen up and enjoy a breakfast. 

  • Once you are refreshed, you will head out of the desert for a drive 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...) 

  • You will have the chance to walk around the buildings and explore with your guide. 

  • You will spend overnight in a hotel close to Ait Benhaddou. (Total driving time 5 - 6 hours).

DAY 07

Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

  • Travel along the Ounilla Valley to the Telouet Kasbah, a crumbling kasbah that was once an important stop for traders. 

  • Explore the Kasbah and then after lunch, you will head back over the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakech (Total driving time 4  hours).

  • 750 EUR Per Adult

Marrakech, Imlil, Toubkal, Aït Benhaddou, Merzouga

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EUR 750
Type of Tour

Private Tour

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This tour is offered throughout the year.

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