Southern Desert Trek

Discover the Moroccan Sahara: Berber kasbahs, remote sand dunes, camels and beautiful gorges.

This trip is an excellent introduction to Morocco's desert. The Sahara can be an inspirational experience at night, with the air being crisp, clean and clear, the stars being so close you can almost touch them and a silence that is deafening. And you’ll return home feeling that you’ve not only observed all of this Eastern culture at arm’s length but that you’ve been immersed up to your neck in it!

Grade: Easy
Length: 7 days
Price: from €500

This trek is available throughout the year. You can start on any date you wish.

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Itinerary

1
Day

After arrival in your hotel, you will have the chance to spend the day exploring Fes.

2
Day

In the morning we will take a tour of Fes with a local guide. Fes is one of the most exciting cities in the Islamic world. A visit to the medina of Fès leaves nobody unmoved. The labyrinth of endlessly winding alleys, up and down, the piercing looks of the inhabitants, the braying of a donkey unwilling to pull a heavy cart, blind people asking for alms and the colours and smells of the market are all part of a single overwhelming impression. There are numerous Koranic schools and mosques in the ancient city. Overnight in Fes.

3
Day

After breakfast we leave Fes via Ifran. We will drive through cedar forests and the Alas Mountains before passing through Midelt and Errachidia. We will arrive there around 4 and after a short break you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night in Berber tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner.

4
Day

After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site you will ride the camels back to the auberge. Today we drive from Merzouga to Dades. Before arriving at the hotel in Dades in the late afternoon we will visit Todra Gorge and Boulmane du Dades. Overnight in Dades.

5
Day

Today we drive from Dades to Ait Benhaddou. On the way we will visit Kelaa Megouna, Skoura, valley of roses and Kasbah of Taourirte in Ouarzazate. In the afternoon you will have time to visit the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou. Overnight in Ait Ben Haddou.

6
Day

Today we drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech via the beautiful Tichka Pass. After arrival, you will spend the afternoon exploring Marrakech with a local guide.  Overnight in Marrakech.

7
Day

Departure from Marrakech.

What's included

  • Fully Escorted: fully escorted by local guide
  • Meals: breakfast included
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in simple hotel/riad
  • Transport: minibus or 4x4

What's not included

  • International Flights
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Tips
  • Entrance Fees
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

Prices

Group Size
2-3
€800
4
€650
5-12
€500

Why book this trek?

  • Trek the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • Attempt the summit of Mt Toubkal, highest mountain in North Africa

What to Bring

For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.

Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:

Clothing

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Equipment

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Other

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Trek Grades

Grade 1 walks (Easy)

Tend to be short day walks and rambles at low altitudes. Grade 1 walks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life and no special preparation is required.

Grade 2 walks (Moderate)

Will usually involve some longer walks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. Grade 2 walking tours may contain some optional strenuous days, and in order to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join.

Grade 3 walks (Strenuous)

Are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.

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