it is ideal for the people who arrive in Fes, and have very limited time in Morocco. but would like to do the camel trek & spend a night at the desert camp, and Visiting Marrakech and Atlas mountains. During the Desert Tour And Toubkal Summit 6 Days From Fes. you’ll travel to the Sahara desert, through the Middle Atlas, Azrou forest and Ziz Valley. before you do a Camel trekking Ride in Merzouga, & overnight at Erg Chebbi desert.
Next-Day you will discover the palm grove of Tinghr, with its magnificent gorges. before spending a night at Dades Valley. and then the day you will visit the famous Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou. before you cross the High Atlas mountains and arrival Imlil. from where you will start the 2 days climb to Toubkal.
This is an amazing trip, which will allow you to do very good experiences in 6 days from fes to Marrakech and Atlas mountains.
What to Expect
During the Desert Tour And Toubkal Summit 6 Days From Fes. you’ll travel to the Sahara desert, through the Middle Atlas, Azrou forest and Ziz Valley. before you do a Camel trekking Ride in Merzouga, & overnight at Erg Chebbi desert.
Welcome to Morocco! our 4 days trip starts with an early departure from Fez to Merzouga via the Middle Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a nice drive through Berber villages. Stop in the beautiful city of Ifrane (known as “Moroccan Switzerland “), continue to Azrou, the famous cedar forest where you can see the monkeys, and pause in Midelt city, where you can have lunch. After lunch, we continue to Erfoud through Ziz Valley (a nice panoramic view with the scenery of the oasis). On the drive from Arfoud to the dunes, you will see some nomadic Berber tribes. Arrive in Merzouga, where the camels are waiting for you for an adventurous ride to see and admire the magical moment of the sunset. You will enjoy your dinner with Berber folklore in the open air and you will sleep in a traditional Berber tent. Arrive in Merzouga and stay overnight in an Auberge.
Today will be the most memorable of the 4 days Sahara desert trip, After breakfast, you will visit Merzouga, the pride of southern Morocco, discovering the wonderful oasis, local villages, traditional music, and beautiful dunes. After relaxing, head back to the Auberge. You will go for a camel ride and go on an adventure in the sand dunes. You will spend the night in an equipped camp with drum music in the middle of the Erg Chebbi (Sahara), where you can take lovely pictures of the sunset. When we arrive at the camp, we climb the high dunes to see the sunset and spend the night in a nomad tent
This morning, you’ll rise with the sun to witness what we hope is a spectacular sunrise among the dunes. This is truly worthwhile and is what our Morocco desert tours are all about! We return by camels to a local hotel, following breakfast and a quick shower, we start our trip towards Ouarzazate, passing Tinjdad, visiting Todgha Gorge, the highest oasis valley gorges in Morocco. We continue to Boumalene Dades where we will visit Dades Gorges and we stay here overnight for dinner and accommodation hotel.
As today marks the end of the 4 days trip but the most vivid memory of today will be Ait Ben Haddou, the road takes you in the direction of Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa, where the Atlas Studios is reputed to be one of the largest movie studios in the world. Although many of our travelers opt not to visit the film studio, the Kasbah de Taorirt in town is worth a stop. Then we will visit Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site, which, as well as being the best extant example in the area of a walled town protected by Kasbahs, the homes of the wealthy and powerful, has been the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters and major historical television programs, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. If you are a fan of A Game of Thrones you will recognize Ait Ben Haddou from the final scene of series three. (The series has used a number of locations including Essaouira.) We continue our trip crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the highest road pass in Morocco called Tizni Tichka pass at 2260 meters. It offers impressive views of valleys, mountains and many Berber villages nearby. Arrival in the evening to Imlil Valley where you will spend the 4th night.
After breakfast, we begin our hike heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, gites, and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. For generations the local Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing corn, potatoes, and walnuts from the harsh landscape.
Continuing east and crossing the flood plain our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself). From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toubkal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night.
Early breakfast this morning before we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading across one of the mountains numerous scree fields, hiking a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts.
However, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. Cresting the ridgeline we find ourselves on the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the views out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Retracing our steps we then return down to the Refuge for a warm lunch before we continue to Aremd villages in Imlil Valley. From Imlil Valley, we will transfer to Marrakesh to spend the night.
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