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Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our 6-day Marrakech to Chefchaouen desert tour. This tour is the ultimate opportunity to explore the cultural and natural treasures of Morocco, including iconic destinations like Marrakech, Fes, the Sahara desert, and the Blue City of Chefchaouen.
Experience the beauty of Morocco with our luxury Sahara desert camp in Merzouga, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert, watch the sunset over the sand dunes, and marvel at the stars at night.
Discover the vibrant culture and unique architecture of Chefchaouen, the Blue City, with its stunning blue and white buildings, vibrant markets, and friendly locals.
This tour is perfect for those seeking a unique and culturally rich experience in Morocco. Book your Marrakech to Chefchaouen desert tour today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Marrakesh Menara Airport
Our driver/guide will be at your hotel or Riad’s doors sharp at 7:30 am to kick start our exciting journey to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. As we pass through the stunning Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains, you’ll be mesmerized by the breathtaking views outside your window, reminiscent of a picturesque painting. We’ll make frequent stops for you to soak in the beauty of nature, snap pictures, and stretch your legs.
Our first stop is the UNESCO world heritage site, Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, which has served as a filming location for several famous Hollywood movies. Afterward, we’ll proceed to Ouarzazate and visit the Atlas film studios before enjoying a sumptuous lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to the oasis of Skoura, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the most well-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco, Kasbah Amridil. You’ll learn about the fascinating local architecture, unique irrigation systems, customs, and much more.
As we continue our journey towards Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses, you’ll witness stunning scenery along the way. Upon reaching our destination, we’ll settle in for dinner and an overnight stay at our lodge, conveniently located next to the awe-inspiring Dades Canyons.
Begin your day after a delicious breakfast with a scenic drive to Tinghir through the picturesque road of 1001 Kasbahs. In Tinghir, which was once a French military station during the French colonization, we will take a detour to another oasis. As you walk alongside the stream, allow nature’s aesthetic voices to refresh your soul. Your walk will lead you to another natural wonder, Todgha Gorges.
After enjoying a delightful lunch at one of the local cafes, we’ll proceed to Rissani, where you can experience the town’s spiritual atmosphere. Rissani is one of the holiest places in Morocco and the home of the ruling family, with the dynasty founder buried there. Rissani is also famous for being the starting point of ancient caravan roads that lead to the Sahara desert and Tombouctou.
After a fascinating history lesson in Rissani, we’ll drive through some rocky terrain to reach Merzouga. Once there, you’ll meet your camel caravan for an exciting camel ride over the majestic Erg Chebbi dunes. As the sun sets and the sky turns shades of orange, we’ll arrive at your Sahara desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere.
Once you’re settled in, feel free to take a walk up to one of the dunes to admire the stunning views. Enjoy dinner under the open sky while being entertained by local nomads’ music.
Start your day with an early breakfast at your Sahara desert camp, and get ready for a long but thrilling drive to Fes, passing through the scenic Ziz Valley via Errachidia. Take in the breathtaking views of the valley, which is known for its palm groves, ancient ksars, and stunning landscapes.
Continue on to Midelt, where you will be treated to a delicious lunch before you resume your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Here, you will witness the cedar forests, the famous Barbary monkeys, and the Berber towns of Ifran and Imouzzar. These towns are popular ski resorts for the locals during winter.
As the sun sets, you’ll arrive in the enchanting city of Fes, where you will be spending the night at your Fes Medina Riad. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner and get a good night’s rest, as you prepare to explore the vibrant city of Fes the next day.
Explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of Fes, the spiritual capital and one of the oldest cities in Morocco. Known as the “Athens of Africa,” Fes is a city of educational institutions, cultural diversity, and historic architecture. Start your guided tour by visiting the Royal Palace, which boasts magnificent architecture and a broad esplanade. Take in the stunning view of the walled city from the 16th century Borj Sud before embarking on a journey through the UNESCO world heritage Medina. Wander through narrow streets, enchanting bazaars, and ancient Koranic schools or madrassas. Visit hillside shrines and the bustling Nejjarine square, where you can discover the vibrant Moroccan art scene at the Dar Batha Museum. Fes offers countless places to explore and immerse yourself in its rich history and culture. After your city tour, return to your hotel or riad and enjoy a relaxing evening in this captivating city.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your Riad in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town nestled in the Rif Mountains. Known for its striking blue-painted houses and winding alleys, it’s a photographer’s dream come true. Take a guided tour of the town and explore its charming medina with its lively souks and handicraft shops. You will also visit the Kasbah, a fortified palace that dates back to the 18th century and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the town. Afterwards, you will have some free time to relax and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this beautiful town. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch in one of the local restaurants before we head back to your Riad for an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, you can take a stroll through the town’s lively streets, admire the stunning sunset over the Rif Mountains, or simply relax in the comfort of your Riad.
Following breakfast at your Riad, prepare to explore the charming narrow streets of Chefchaouen, where houses and artisan shops are painted in various shades of blue and white, creating a picturesque scene. It’s a perfect destination for capturing Instagram-worthy photos in front of the blue doors or walls. Chefchaouen is not only the most photogenic place in Morocco but also a tranquil, relaxing, and laid-back town. Take a leisurely walk through the winding streets of the Medina, where the Andalusian-influenced architecture is showcased. Browse through the narrow blue streets, serving as a street market, displaying some of Morocco’s finest handicrafts and leather products. Chefchaouen’s calm ambiance, rarely found in larger cities, allows for a relaxing stroll until you reach the busy Plaza Uta El Hammam, where the Kasbah is situated. You can then have lunch at one of the lovely cafes in a blue alleyway. Chefchaouen is a small city, but its peaceful vibes, strong sense of local community, and a traditional lifestyle stuck between the past and the present will enchant you, leaving a lasting impression on your heart. The tour will end in the afternoon as we drive to Casablanca or Marrakech.
Note that the tour can end in Marrakech with no extra charge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.
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.
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.
Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.
Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.
Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.
Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.
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:
Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.
Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.
Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.
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.