8 Days
Duration
10-20
Group Size
Morocco
Location
4/10
Physicality

Diversity, excitement and achievement as an 8 day trip. Based out of 5 star hotel in Marrakesh, we depart to trek up the highest mountain in North Africa; Jebal Toubkal (4,167m) and also encounter and learn about the local Berber tribes people in the High Atlas Mountain range. After achieving getting to the top of Mt. Toubkal we then move into the Sahara desert sleeping as the Nomads do in authentic tents and eating authentic nomadic food sitting round and open fire, under the stars. Later we experience trekking to the top of sand dunes and watching the sun set and sun rise over the vast Sahara desert. Combing trekking to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa and then experiencing the wonders that the Sahara desert has to offer is simply a unique experience! On our return to Marrakesh we have time to explore the famous food stalls in the square and souks which are steeped in history.

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Grade 4 Trek (Challenging): are for the hill walker that has some experience, good level of fitness and moving onto the next level of challenge. Walking days are normally 4-5 hours and involve up to 300m or more ascent or descent. 2 to 4 consecutive days walking in altitude, where the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking
WEAR Comfortable Clothing for the flight
INCLUDED
International flights
Airport transfers
Tour Leader
English speaking guide
Transport for itinerary
Bottled water
Camel desert trek
Meals where indicated
NOT INCLUDED
Some meals in Marrakech
Personal drinks
Tipping
Travel Insurance
Cost of Excursions
Hot air balloon sun rise experience (£200 per person)

 

D1

Marrakech.

Arrive to Marrakech airport, transfer to the Riad in the medina. Overnight at Savoy le Grand Hotel.
D2

Marrakech – Imlilvalley (1,775m) – Toubkal Refuge (3,207m)

After breakfast at the Riad, transfer to Imlil valley at the heart of the High Atlas Mountains, upon arrival mint tea at the panoramic roof terrace of Riad JnaneImlil, afterwards meet the team of muleteers & cook and then start the trek through the Berber villages following a mule path which will take you to the Mountain Hut via the shrine Sidi Chamhrouch (2,500m) where you will have your picnic lunch prepared in advance by our cook. After lunch & a short break, continue towards the refuge (3,200m.) As the mules walks faster, the muleteers & cook, will pass you & will be waiting for you at the hut or camp, get a tasty mint tea upon arrival while you enjoy the scenic Mountain surrounding the based camp. 5-6hrs walk. Overnight at the Mouflon Hut (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D3

Toubkal refuge - Toubkal Summit – Imlil

Wake up early to avoid the sunny way, breakfast around 5.00am and start the ascent at 5.30am, each one of you may need to pack your own day backpack with some nuts, oranges & bottled water. Trek step by step until you get to the point overlooking the basecamp where you have a short break and sunrise over the opposite peaks, continue to the summit. You will reach it within 3h/4h walking up the hill, you will be able to see all the High Atlas Mountain peaks & valleys if the weather is clear enough. Stunning views of the green valleys & Berber villages. You will have a break of 45min on the summit for photos and light picnic, head down to the basecamp for a full lunch, walk down afterwards to Imlil by the same route. 8-9hrs walk. Overnight at the Riad Jnane Imlil (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D4

Imlilvalley –AitBenhadou – Ouarzazate – Todra Gorges. 360km

Depart from Marrakech at 8:00 am on minivan over Tizin’Tichka (2,260m) the highest road mountain pass in Morocco, enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding areas including the zigzagging road and the remote Berber villages of Imouzzar & Taddart valley. Just after the pass heading down, we drive along the beautiful Ounila valley to visit PachaGaloui Kasbah in Telouat and then the fortified & famous Ksars & Kasbahs of AïtBenhaddou. Continuing on our way across Ouarzazate we enjoy the beauty of Valley of the Roses & Kellat Mgouna. Leaving the main road we drive on to Dades valley. Overnight at Xaluca Hotel / similar (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D5

Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi. 270km

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Todra gorges and then to Merzouga through several beautiful desert towns; Tinjdad, Erfoud & Rissani, arrival to Merzouga. Get ready for the camel trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi (2hrs), overnight at the nomadic camp in the heart of the highest dunes in Morocco (150m), possibility to see the sunset. . Berber dinner, perhaps a little entertainment and drum party. Overnight at the luxury camp (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D6

Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Alnif – Tazzarine –Ouarzazate - Marrakech. 585km

Wake up early and walk up to the top of one of the dunes to enjoy the views of sunrise in the desert, breakfast and then ride the camels back to Merzouga town and then drive via Alnif, Tazzarine& a part of the long Draa valley before arriving to Agdez and then continue to Ouarzazate and then to Marrakech. Overnight at the Savoy le Grand Hotel (Breakfast & Lunch)
D7

Marrakech

After breakfast, start a guided visit of the most remarkable historical sites including Bahia Palace, Badi Palace, Saadien Tombs, Mederssa Ben youssef, Majorelle Gardens, Koutoubia Gardens, Tanneries & Souks… Overnight at the Savoy le Grand Hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
D8

Marrakech – home

Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (Breakfast)

Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip

  • Personal first aid kit including any medication needed
  • Walking boots
  • Walking socks
  • Walking poles
  • Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Warm and water proof gloves
  • Warm and water proof hat
  • Warm jacket for the evening
  • Trainers/sandals
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun protection for skin/head/hands
  • Loose cotton clothing for the Sahara Desert phase.
  • Sleeping bag – 4 season.
  • Water proof sacks for the inside of your day sack
  • X2 1ltr water containers
  • X1 3ltr bladder with drinking tube

Personal Expenses

You will need extra money to cover the cost of drinks, souvenirs, meals (where applicable) airport taxes, etc. It is advisable to change money on arrival at international airports whilst waiting for your luggage, as opportunities for changing money are subsequently few. Credit cards are generally not accepted.

Personal medication

Please note all illness, injuries and medication need to be disclosed to EDGE Travel Worldwide at time of booking – please seek advice from your Doctor to your suitability of participating on this trip.

Park Fees

These will vary throughout the year, but early bookings will avoid a possible change in fee. (These are built into the trip cost.)

Tipping

In this area, tipping is a recognised part of life. Although EDGE Travel Worldwide pays most gratuities for the trip, porters and guides on the trips still look to members of the group for reward. Accordingly, you should allow $100 for tipping. (Please carry low denominations of US Dollar currency.)

Meal Plan

Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.

Optional Excursions

These maybe available, please contact us for further details.

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