THE 3 VALLEYS OF TOUBKAL & SAHARA CAMEL TREK
Day 1: Marrakech – ImiOughlad – Tizi N'Tachte – Tiziane
We start in the morning from Marrakech for a pleasant drive south, following our way up through the Moulay Brahim Gorge and UpperValleys to arrive at the higher foot hills of the Western High Atlas Mountains. Our path leads to ImiOughlad (1450m) withJbel Toubkal (4167m – the highest peak in North Africa), Aglzim (3650m) and Aksoual (3847m) looming in front of us. Here we will meet the Berber muleteercrew – always a fun part of our treks. We star tour trek up in a northwest direction for a 2 h acclimatisation hike up switch back mule tracks, will pass by some corn fields, pine and juniper forests to Tizi N’Tachte (2000m). Here we will have a stop to look back down on Imlil and Ait OussadenValleys, before continuing for another half an hour to Imi N’Ifri and our picnic place. After the picnic there will be a slow hike for about 2,5 h southwest down along a dirt track to Assif N’Ait Oussaden and the red clay terraced Tiziane village (1750m). Here we will spend the night in gite d’etape or bivouac.
Day 2: Tizziane – Tizi N’Taghrhourte – D’knt
After breakfast we will hike up alongAssif N’Ait OussadenValley passing through walnut groves up to Tizi N’Taghrhourte (1995m) to a rare almost flat stretch to arrive to Assakaspring. Here we will have a stop for our field picnic. Our afternoon hike will take down along the edge of the forest until we reach D’knt village (1870m), where we will enjoy our dinner. We will spend the night in a family home or in a bivouac.
Day 3: D’knt – Tizi N’Tagdalte – Tizi Oussem
Our 3 h morning hike goes up through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley. On our way we will meet many sheep and goat herders, as well as women with children carrying heavy loads of dates and dried herbs. Wew illpassTizi N’Tagdalte to descent through juniper trees until we reach a small spring, where we have our picnic. After enjoying some refreshments, we set off down winding tracks of upper slopes for approx. 3 h to arrive to a small river at the beginning of Assif N’Ait Oussaden Valley. Our destination of the day isTiziOussem village (1850m), where we will have our dinner and accommodation in a mountain gite d’etape.
Day 4: Tizi Oussem – Tizi M’Zzik – Imlil
After breakfast the path will lead us up through pine and juniper trees to Tizi M’Zzik (2450m) and descent slowly to M’Zzik village, where in the middle of orchards of cherry, apple and nut trees and the surrounding peaks, we will have our picnic. In the afternoon we set off down to Imlil village. stay in Guest house.
Day 5: Imlil – Tichka pass- Ait Benhadou- Ouarzazate- Dades valley
Departure to our desert tour from Imlil in the morning, acrossing High Atlas mountains via the Tizi n'Tichka (2260m), to reach to Ait benhaddou village, the fortified ksar with its beautiful Kasbahs. Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural scenery for many movies producers. After lunch we will head to Dades via Ouarzazate, palm grove of Skoura and Valley of Roses, where we will spend the first night.
Day 6: Dades to Merzouga
Departure will be after breakfast to visit Dades gorges, taking the road of 1000 kasbahs drive around the colourful Berber villages of the Dades valley. to get to Tineghir with it's beautiful palm grove. We will continue to the Gorge of Todgha, where we go on a trek along the canyons of about 300 m high, a preferred place of mountain climbers. Afterwards we will head to Erg Chebbi dunes in MErzouga Sahara Desert and you will have time for lunch on our way. Once you arrive to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, you will take a camel ride for 1 h30 min, while watching the sunset, to get to the camp in the oasis. Spending the night in the bivouac at Merzouga Sahara dunes under nomadic tents or outside under shooting stars. Play drums with the camel drivers.
Day 7: Merzouga to Marrakech
An early wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi the best moment of Merzouga desert, followed by a breakfast in the bivouac of Merzouga. Then you will ride back the camels to the hotel for shower, to drive back from MErzouga dunes to Marrakech via Tazarine and the Draa Valley, Agdez and Ouarzazate where we will have free time for lunch.Afterwards we will continue to Marrakech, where your tour from Marrakech to Merzouga ends. Crossing again the Tizi N'Tichka pass and the Berber villages between Ouarzazate and Marrakech.