5 Days mixture between two different part of Morocco, Atlas Mountains, and Desert. So first part which Starts by trekking in the Atlas Mountains Toubkal ascent is an adventure part and the second part which is Camel ride in Erg Chebbi Merzouga and night in Berber camp for fun and relax.
The following option is an example of that combined tour and is an express Toubkal Ascent Trek followed by a more relaxed drive to the edge of the Sahara; just at about 40kms away from the Algerian borders.
Pick up at 8 oclock
• pressure from marrakech to imlil and trek to toubkal shelter via aremd & the mizane valleyleaving the city behind we pressure south today, towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the toubkal massif. crossing the haouz simple we bypass via the tiny town of asni, from wherein our road starts to climb toward the foothills of the massif. underneath us the valley of the oued rhirhaia stretches out into the distance and small villages hold to the edges of the steep hills as we meander our way in the direction of the village of imlil. here we depart our automobile and, within the corporation of our mountain manual, begin our trek, heading along the mizane valley, first in the direction of the village of aremd and then onto the shrine of sidi chamarouch. constructed on a moraine spur overlooking the valley ground, aremd is the largest village in the valley and gives an thrilling blend of traditional terraced farming, gites and streets that appear to be permanently gridlocked by goats and farm animals. for generations the neighborhood berber villagers have labored these lands, generating corn, potatoes and walnuts from the cruel landscape. continuing east and crossing the flood simple our path takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. crossing the river we subsequently come to the pastoral shrine of sidi chamarouch, which attracts vacationers and pilgrims alike (even though only muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself). the village sits besides a small waterfall, a jumbled cluster of homes that appear to melt collectively into an anarchic mass. from here the path keeps to climb gradually, snaking and zigzagging its manner as much as the snowline and the toukbal refuge (3206m), our forestall for the night. approx 5hrs
trek to summit of jebel toubkal(4165m); return to imlil early this morning we make our strive on the summit of jebel toukbal, the best height in northern africa. our course takes us up the south cirque, crossing the movement above the refuge and then heading throughout one of the mountains severa scree fields, where we will need to negotiable a seemingly limitless carpet of boulders and rocks. the walking is highly sincere, but the scree and the altitude will make the going pretty hard in parts, but, the perspectives along the way make the journey greater than profitable. cresting the ridgeline we discover ourselves at the plateau, from where it’s far a short walk to the summit and the vistas out across the encircling panorama are pretty breathtaking. from here there are unrestricted views in every path, from the marrakesh simple to the high atlas inside the north and as some distance south because the anti-atlas and the sahara. pliny, the terrific roman student, as soon as defined the excessive atlas mountains as “the most splendid mountains in all of africa” and from our vantage point high above the valley it is straightforward to apprehend why. retracing our steps we then go back down the mountain and head back towards imlil – overnight in dar adrar or similar
• you will be picked up out of your lodging in imlil at 9.00am and head out over the atlas mountains, driving over the lovely tizi-n-tichka mountain pass. you’ll bypass through lots of berber villages, and after you’re inside the desert, you’ll see riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that residence families and their cattle). along the way, you’ll have the choice both to take a break and go to the ouarzazate film studios . a facet experience is feasible to ait benhaddou. that is an historical fortified metropolis containing limitless kasbahs and has been the atmospheric challenge of numerous hollywood films (the mother, gladiator, alexander, lawrence of arabia…) you will have the risk to walk across the buildings and explore together with your manual.. once you attain dades gorge, you have got the option of going for a hike, or enjoyable at your inn. overnight in dades. (general riding time 6hours)
• breakfast at the resort. transfer from the dades valley to todra gorge – a massive fault dividing the high atlas mountains, growing up three hundred metres in a slim valley with palmeries and berber villages. here, you can cross for a hike to explore the palmery, a green oasis complete of large date arms. after lunch you’ll head similarly into the wasteland to the gateway city of merzouga to choose up materials in your wilderness trip. you will then force directly to a kasbah to choose up your camel. at sundown, you’ll trek for an hour-and-a-1/2 by means of camel to a berber camp where you will enjoy a conventional moroccan dinner, and sleep underneath the stars or in tents at a wasteland camp.(general riding time 5hours )
wake up early , simply prior to sunrise, we’ve a 1h30 camel ride at dawn to explore the place further and we head again to merzouga on our camels. when we reach merzouga, have breakfast & have the possibility to bathe and then we start our adventure through the stony desolate tract and over the atlas mountains, with masses of stops for pictures, exploring and lunch as we return to marrakech. the standard arrival time in marrakech is between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs.
agency with very neat decoration, relating to good taste. Following the warm welcome of the masters of the place, Khalilet Ahmed, around a wonderful local tea and a map of the region, we finally decide among the many options offered to take the exceptional route of the valley of roses for to start. Decision made at the end of the day for a departure the next morning …
First very good impression with our guide, Khalil to make it shorter, at the wheel of a very comfortable 4×4, impeccably clean, well maintained which will be scented with rose later.
The discovery of this exceptional road began with the crossing of the Oasis of Skoura on a path closest to plots of land carefully cultivated and maintained in the image of gardens with a variety of crops and a unique local irrigation based on a series of close earth wells. The cultivators are at work from the first hours of this day. We crisscross the path as close as possible to dwellings and kasbahs, unique in their architecture.
In the valley of roses, we are again warmly welcomed around a delicious mint tea by women who explain their activity to us in the production of various natural rose-based products.
We continue our journey through wild landscapes with unspoiled nature before taking a track that will lead us to the caves of the nomads who had so stirred our curiosity. Once again by sharing the tea with a nomadic family hospitlière in a cave and with the precious help of our charming guide Khalil who can translate our questions, we understand how much these nomads live only for the essential and are very attached to their freedom, despite living conditions that still had the effect of a shock. Before leaving, we see children having fun around a wheelbarrow, a simple game!
Further on, we came across a very cheerful young shepherd with his flock of sheep accompanied by his dogs in the midst of such a wild landscape, bursting with tufts of thyme and sagebrush.
Our guide Khalil is a precious pearl for his knowledge of the country, the region, history, culture, fauna, flora, anecdotes, always with his sense of humor, his perfect ability to forge a bond with the people met on the way.
The icing on the cake: Khalil surprised us with his talent as an enchanting artist at lunchtime in a superb place in the valley of figs. He just had to grab a musical instrument on the spot to sing in Berber.
Thank you so much Khalil, the enchanter throughout the journey with his humor, his good humor, for an unforgettable and very rewarding day.
This successful adventure gives us the urge to renew it to other horizons.
From the bottom of my heart: many thanks to Khalil, Ahmed the enchanter for a memorable, unforgettable and enriching day that marks our life.
Thank you also to the person of the welcome with sublime eyes.
DesertBrise Travel lives up to its name: everything is truly majestic!