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5 Days – Combined Azzaden Valley and Merzouga tour

  • 5 Days
  • Group : 1-12 People

Experience the ultimate adventure with our 5-day Atlas Valley Trek & Erg Chebbi Sahara Tour, which offers the perfect combination of stunning scenery and cultural immersion.

Begin your journey by embarking on a 2-day trek through the breathtaking Atlas valleys, where you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of the region. Starting from the charming Moroccan Chamonix “Imlil,” you will take day walks and explore the Berber villages, witnessing their unique way of life and traditional customs.

After a refreshing night’s rest, you will continue your journey and cross over the Atlas Mountains to reach the Dades Gorges, your first stop. As you travel through the mountain range, you will be astounded by the panoramic views of the rugged landscape and the lush greenery that surrounds you.

Next, you will head towards Merzouga, where you will experience the highlight of your trip – a magical camel ride through the Erg Chebbi Sahara desert. As you traverse through the vast and surreal desert landscape, you will be awed by the sheer size and grandeur of the sand dunes that surround you. You will spend the night in a nomadic camp, where you can enjoy the serene beauty of the desert sky and its stars.

As the tour comes to a close, you will drive back through the stony desert of Tazarine, passing through the charming town of Ourzazate before finally arriving in the bustling city of Marrakech. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop and explore some of the most fascinating sites in Morocco, including the famous Kasbahs and traditional markets.

In summary, the 5-day Atlas Valley Trek & Erg Chebbi Sahara Tour is a perfect opportunity for adventure enthusiasts who want to explore the stunning natural beauty and cultural heritage of Morocco. Book now to embark on this unforgettable journey!

  • Challenge yourself with a Toubkal Ascent Trek to the highest peak in North Africa.
  • Enjoy camel rides through the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes and traditional Berber camp.
  • Experience the best of Morocco's natural beauty and culture in 5 days.
  • Take the 5-day Mt Toubkal Ascent and Sahara Desert Combined Tour for a thrilling adventure.
  • Trek up the majestic Toubkal mountains and experience the beauty of the Erg Chebbi desert.
  • Take a trekking tour through breathtaking Atlas valleys and explore Berber villages.
  • Enjoy a magical camel ride through the Erg Chebbi Sahara desert and stay in a nomadic camp.

Price Includes

  • 1 Overnight in Dar Adrar or similar (Dinner & breakfast)
  • 1 overnight in a village Gite at Tizi oussem village.
  • 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)
  • 1overnight camping on Dunes of Erg chebbi (Dinner & breakfast)
  • Camel Ride on Dunes

Price Excludes

  • Soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal expanses
  • Lunches during the desert tour.
  • Entrance fee (Monuments visits)
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 People
470€ / person
3 People
430€ / person
4 - 7 People
395€ / person
8 - 12 People
330€ / person

Day 1Marrakech – Imlil – Tizi Mzik -Tamsoulte waterfalls - Tizi Oussem village

Welcome to the first day of your exciting trekking adventure in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco! After enjoying a delicious breakfast in Marrakech, our team will pick you up and drive you towards the beautiful Atlas Mountains. Along the way, you will be able to marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding villages and valleys.

After approximately 65km, we will arrive at Imlil, the starting point of our trek. Here, you will meet your expert guide and muleteer who will accompany you throughout the trek. From Imlil, we will begin our climb towards the Tizi Mzik Pass, which stands at an impressive altitude of 2684m. As we ascend, you will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the Imlil Valley and the Toubkal Summit.

After taking some time to appreciate the awe-inspiring scenery, we will continue our trek towards Tamsoulte Waterfalls, the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains, with a height of 100m. This will be the perfect opportunity to take a break and capture some memorable photos of the stunning waterfall.

We will then descend towards the Azzaden Valley, passing through a beautiful juniper forest, before arriving at the charming Tizi Oussem village, where we will spend the night at a cozy guest house. This picturesque village is known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and its warm hospitality.

After a long and exciting day of trekking, you will have some time to rest and unwind at the guest house, and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner before getting a good night’s sleep. This first day of the trek will take approximately 5 hours of walking.

Day 2Tizi Oussem – Id Issa village – Tizi Oudid – Mattat - Imlil

Wake up to a delicious breakfast at the guest house in Tizi Oussem village before we embark on our trek for the day. We will start by taking in the stunning views of the colorful valley and the traditional Berber villages. The warm sunshine will make this a beautiful and memorable experience.

We will then depart Tizi Oussem and continue our trek towards Id Issa village, situated at an altitude of 1800m. From there, we will head towards the Tizi Oudid mountain pass at an altitude of 2000m. As we ascend, we will be treated to some breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

We will pass through the beautiful and wild thurifer juniper forest, arriving at Mattat village where we will stop for lunch. This will be the perfect opportunity to relax under the shade of the walnut groves and take in the scenic views of the river.

After lunch, we will continue our trek through the valley, reaching Imlil in the afternoon. Here, we will have some time to explore the village and its charming surroundings. We will spend the night at Dar Adrar or a similar accommodation in Imlil, where we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner and relax after a long day of trekking.

This day of the trek will be a shorter one, taking approximately 4 hours of walking.

Day 3Imlil - Dades Valley

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at your accommodation in Imlil, you will be picked up at 9:00am and start your journey towards the Dades Valley. The day will begin with a scenic drive over the Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass.

As you make your way towards the desert, you will pass through numerous traditional Berber villages. You will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the riverside oases and barren hillsides that are dotted with kasbahs, which are fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock.

During the journey, you will have the option to take a break and visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios or stop for a hike to explore the picturesque surroundings. This flexibility ensures that you can enjoy the trip at your own pace and create unforgettable memories.

Once you reach Dades Gorge, you will have the option to go for a hike to explore the rugged terrain or relax at your hotel and admire the breathtaking views. You will spend the night in Dades, enjoying the comfort of your accommodation and the warm hospitality of the locals.

The total driving time for the day will be approximately 7 hours, with plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful surroundings.

Day 4Dades Valley - Todra gorge - Merzouga

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Dades Valley, before embarking on your journey towards Todra Gorge. As you travel, you’ll witness the rugged beauty of the landscape, with the massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains towering 300 meters high in a narrow valley surrounded by palmeries and Berber villages.

Once you reach Todra Gorge, you can take a leisurely hike through the palmery, a lush green oasis full of large date palms. The fresh air and beautiful surroundings make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

After lunch, your journey will continue further into the desert, taking you to the gateway town of Merzouga. Here, you can pick up any necessary supplies for your desert adventure.

You will then drive on to a kasbah to pick up your trusty camel companion, and set off on an unforgettable trek towards the Berber camp. As the sun sets, you’ll embark on a camel ride for an hour-and-a-half, taking in the stunning views of the desert as you make your way to the camp.

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a traditional Moroccan dinner, and have the option of sleeping under the stars or in tents at the desert camp. This will be a truly unique and unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.

The total driving time for the day will be approximately 6 hours, with plenty of opportunities to admire the beautiful landscape and explore the unique culture of the region.

Day 5Merzouga - Marrakech

On the final day of your Atlas Valley Trek and Erg Chebbi Sahara Tour, you will have an early start with a one-hour camel ride at sunrise to explore the stunning surroundings further. After returning to Merzouga, you will have breakfast and the opportunity to shower before embarking on your journey back to Marrakech. You will travel through the stony desert and over the Atlas Mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring, and lunch along the way.

The drive back to Marrakech takes approximately 10 hours, with a usual arrival time between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs. Throughout the journey, you can admire the breathtaking landscapes of Morocco, passing through Berber villages and enjoying the view of riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with kasbahs. You may also choose to make a stop at the Ouarzazate Film Studios or take a hike along the way.

Overall, the 5 Day Atlas Valley Trek and Erg Chebbi Sahara Tour offers the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, allowing you to experience the diverse and stunning landscapes of Morocco, from the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert.

For those who prefer to break up the long drive on the last day of the tour, we recommend extending the desert part of the itinerary to four days and spending the night at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This would allow travelers to take a more leisurely pace, and fully enjoy the sights and experiences along the way. The entire tour would then last for 6 days, with 2 days dedicated to the Atlas Valley Trek and 4 days for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Tour.


When to hike in Morocco?

The best time to hike in Morocco is during the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November). During these months, the weather is typically mild, with comfortable temperatures during the day and cool nights. The landscapes are also more colorful during these seasons, as wildflowers bloom in the spring and the foliage changes color in the fall.

However, it’s still possible to hike in Morocco during the summer and winter months. Summer can be hot, but the higher elevations in the Atlas Mountains offer cooler temperatures. Winter can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, but there are still opportunities for winter hiking and skiing. It’s important to note that some trails and passes may be inaccessible during the winter months due to snow and ice.

Can I climb Toubkal without a guide?

It is technically possible to climb Toubkal without a guide, but it’s not recommended. The terrain can be challenging, especially for inexperienced hikers, and having a guide can provide added safety and support. A guide can also help with navigation, especially in areas where the trail may not be clearly marked.

In addition to safety concerns, climbing Toubkal without a guide may not be permitted. The Moroccan authorities require hikers to obtain a permit before climbing Toubkal, and our tour companie and guides are licensed to issue these permits. If you don’t have a permit or are caught climbing without one, you may be fined or even deported.

It’s also worth noting that climbing with us can enhance your overall experience. Our guide can provide insights into the local culture and history, and can help you appreciate the natural beauty of the area. We will also take care of logistics, such as arranging transport and accommodations, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your hike.

How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, but it’s generally considered a moderate to strenuous climb. The difficulty of the climb will depend on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous hiking experience, and the route you choose to take.

The standard route to the summit starts in the village of Imlil and involves hiking to the Toubkal Refuge, where climbers can rest for the night before making the final ascent to the summit the following day. The hike to the refuge is approximately 5-6 hours and involves a steady uphill climb.

The final ascent to the summit involves some steep and rocky terrain and can take 3-4 hours, depending on your pace. Altitude can also be a factor, as the summit of Toubkal is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimate properly to the altitude and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

That being said, the climb to Mount Toubkal is accessible to most hikers with a moderate level of fitness and previous hiking experience. It’s recommended to train and prepare for the climb in advance, with a focus on building endurance and stamina.

Overall, while climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, the stunning views from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience.

How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?

The temperature in the High Atlas Mountains can vary greatly depending on the season and altitude. In general, the higher you go, the colder it gets.

During the winter months (December to February), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can drop below freezing, especially at higher altitudes. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach -10°C (14°F) or colder at the summit of Mount Toubkal. It’s important to come prepared with warm clothing and gear if you plan to visit during the winter.

In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can be quite hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes, so it’s important to pack warm layers for evenings and early mornings.

Overall, it’s best to come prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting the High Atlas Mountains, as the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly.

What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?

Hiking Toubkal Mount in the winter can be challenging and requires proper equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are some essential items you should bring with you:

  1. Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.

  2. Warm clothing layers: You’ll need to dress in layers, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell, to stay warm and regulate your body temperature. Insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves are also necessary.

  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the snow, wind, and rain.

  4. Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.

  5. Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.

  6. Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.

  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.

Is it safe to trek in Morocco?

Morocco is generally considered a safe country for trekking, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take appropriate safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.

  2. Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.

  3. Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.

  4. Avoid hiking alone: It’s always safer to hike with a group or a guide, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding trekking experience in Morocco.