Journey along the spectacular landscapes of high Atlas Mountains passing by numerous kasbahs and valleys. take a walk through the amazing dades and todra valley. Have a full day trekking the almond valley. Visit the nomads in the desert and see their way of life, enjoy a camel riding through the golden sand dunes of erg chebbi and spend a night in an authentic nomads camp located in the middle of nowhere.
● Visit Kasbah Ait Benhaddou UNESCOs World Heritage
● Full day trekking in the almond Valley or Dades Valley
● Lunch with berber family
● Camel Trekking through the golden sand dunes of erg chebbi
● Spend a night at desert camp with berber ambiance.
● Visit Kasbah Telouet Glaoui Pacha
● Walk through traditional irrigation system canals underground
Itinerary Details :
1st Day : Marrakech, High Atlas Mountains,Ait Benhaddou Ouarzazate, Dades Valley
Drive Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, via the Ounila Valley. Traverse the High Atlas mountains via the highest main road pass in Morocco, at 2260m altitude, offering stunning views and exhilarating driving. The route passes lush valleys and traditional adobe Berber villages. After the pass, We follow the beautiful Ounila Valley to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. Visit this fortified village – essentially a living museum, it is a ksar comprising numerous dwellings, and for years used as the backdrop in many international films.Overnight in Dades Valley at a charming guest-house.
2nd Day : Full-Day Trekking in The Almond Valley Or Dades Valley
After a traditional breakfast, you’ll start your trekking in Dades valley to enjoy one of the most beautiful scenic views in the valley and get to interact with the berber lifestyle . Later on , enjoy your lunch with the berber family. then your guide will take you to the dades gorges which runs through the most beautiful canyon in the Atlas Mountains. The day draws to a close as you get back at your accommodation in the early evening.
3rd Day : Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Traditional Irrigation system, Desert Camp
Setting off in the morning, you will travel through a rocky landscape of ‘regs’ – tables and mesas resembling the southwest region of the United States. From there we’ll head straight to the dunes of Merzouga, the launching place of many Sahara excursions in Morocco. Here you’ll find your camels and guides waiting to take you on one of the world’s most beautiful desert trips. Trekking for 1 hours on camelback, you will arrive at camp, but not before seeing one of the most breathtaking sunsets of your life over the Sahara dunes. Sleep under the stars in a desert tent after an evening of tagine and Berber music.
4th Day : Desert Camp, Rissani, Draa Valley, Ouarzazate
Wake early to admire the desert sunrise, take breakfast, then transfer out of the dunes by camel-back to rejoin your vehicle to take the road to Fes (or if you are traveling by 4×4, you can be collected at the camp). Then we drive to Rissani , a region of verdant date palms bordering the Sahara. This region, of historical importance, once marked the crossroads of the West African caravan routes and it is the origin of the establishment of the Alaouite dynasty (17th Century), the dynasty that still holds power in Morocco today. You will have a half day exploring the area, Lunch somewhere. Then we will head back to ouarzazate through the draa valley. Overnight in Ouarzazate in a charming guesthouse including dinner and breakfast.
5th Day : Ouarzazate, Telouat, Marrakech
Today, you’ll drive from Ouarzazate to Marrakech via the anti-Atlas Mountains visiting one of the remaining kasbahs that stand at the edge of Tichka Pass, Telouet (for the Kasbah Glaoui) and then. Your guide will drop you off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
Package Include :
- 4×4 vehicle with driver Speaking English for 4 days, with collection in Fes and drop off in
- 1 nights guest-house accommodation, each with breakfast and evening meal
- 1 Night at desert tented accommodation with breakfast and evening meal
- Camel Riding To reach Camp 1 hour Trekking ( Camel for each )
- Water for the entire Trip
Package NOT Include :
- Entrance Fees
- Tips and Gratuities
Day 1 : 6 Hours Driving | Day 2 : Full day Trekking | Day 3 : 4 Driving | Day 4 : 5 Hours Driving | Day 5 : 4 Hours Driving
Frequently Asked Questions :
How Far is Marrakech from the Desert ?
Marrakech to Merzouga desert distance is around 560 Km. However, it will be split in two days on the way in, with a night in ouarzazate. On the way back, you will spend another night in the Dades valley.
How Long is the Camel Ride across the desert ?
It is roughly a 1 hour camel riding across the golden of erg chebbi, watching sunset then descending to your desert camp for an unforgettable night.
How long does the hike take in the valley ?
The trekking in the valley will be a full day hiking starting from 10am and finishing around 6pm. And it includes lunch with a berber family.
What is Kind of Accommodation in this trip ?
The accommodations will be charming guesthouses in ouarzazate and dades valley. It is a traditional Moroccan house well decorated and equipped for a comfortable stay.
How is the desert camp in Merzouga ?
What is absolutely amazing is that each tent is equipped with a private hot shower room and a flushable toilet. The idea of having such a comfortable space in the Sahara desert is simply incredible. This camping site arose with the aim of offering luxury experiences
Where do we leave our luggage for the camel ride ?
You will take only what you need with you during the camel ride and for the rest of the luggage, it will be transferred by the car to the campsite.
Is this a private tour or shared tour ?
All our tours are private desert tours that are expertly designed by our Moroccan natives guides. What to pack for this desert trip in Morocco ?
Our phone numbers per our Contact Page.
Tissues, wet-wipes, small towel;
A small, sealable plastic bag to protect phones and camera from desert dust; Sun protection (cream, hat, sunglasses, scarf for the neck);
Trekking sandals (with socks) or trainers for the desert – we advise against walking boots; Canvas walking shoes or canvas boots for the mountains (for the foothills, even trainers) – we advise against heavy leather walking boots;
A fleece or jacket for the desert evenings – bear in mind with the heat of the sun in the daytime, it will feel cold at night by comparison (December – February particularly so) – however, a campfire is always lit;
Comfortable, loose clothing in the day, especially for the driving days in the car – pack clothing that you can layer easily and don’t mind getting a bit dusty (unless you plan to visit very upmarket restaurants/hotel bars you won’t need to dress formally in the cities);
Wifi and Staying Connected during your desert trip?
You can expect to find wifi at the guest houses we use on the tours.
There is no wifi service in the Sahara desert. If you have an urgent need to stay connected you should buy a SIM card from network operator Orange. You should be able to find an Orange outlet in the Marrakech medina on Boulevard Mohamed V, or near the Place Ferblantiers. Alternatively at the Almazar shopping center which is out of town.
Where Do We Meet and What Time ?
Start : we will collect you from your accommodation at 8:00am
End : you will be dropped back at your own accommodation .
Is there electricity in the desert camp ?
Your Sahara desert camp in Merzouga has electric outlets in the restaurant, as well as in your tents. However, the camp’s electric generators shut down around midnight.
What is food like on this desert trip ?
The food will be variety and will include all of Tajine, Couscous, Kebab, Lamb Ribs, Berber Pizza…etc
Can we hire quad biking in Merzouga ?
Yes you can. There are plenty of ATV rental companies in Merzouga who supply good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies to try in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will assist you with that, and you directly pay the supplier in the area. They cost 50 Euros per quad per hour.
How far is Fez from Merzouga ?
Merzouga to Fes distance is 449 Kms. and if you want to finish this trekking tour in Fes, the tour can have one more day in the desert and the last day will be a transfer from the desert to fes. Please contact us for customization.