Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa, reaching 4167m at its peak. Your ascent will take 2 days and culminate in a spectacular and stunning view over the Atlas Mountains and the Toubkal National Park.
Experience the best of Morocco, from the highest point in North Africa. to the wild scenery of the northern Sahara Desert. Climb Mt. Toubkal (4165m) on 2-day trekking through the rugged, and beautiful Atlas Mountains. The adventure continues with a road trip to the Sahara and a camel trek to a traditional Berber camp.
DAY 1: Imlil – Sidi Chamharoush – Toubkal Refuge (3,206m)
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 fo the 2end night before you drive to Sahara desert.
We’ll depart from Imlil at 8:00am by minibus or 4×4 and travel over the Atlas Mountains, cross the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest mountain road pass in Morocco, where we can enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings areas including the zigzagging road below.
On the way to Ouarzazate, we will visit the fortified and famous Ksars and Kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou. Continuing the onwards to Ouarzazate you’ll see the beauty of Valley of the Roses and Kellat Mgouna. Leaving the main road and driving to Dades Valley we’ll continue through the small city of Tinghir to the magnificent Todra Gorges. From here we will overnight at a quiet hotel/Riad
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit the Todra Gorges and make our way to Merzouga through several beautiful desert towns; Tinjdad, Erfoud & Rissani.
Before sunset we’ll get ready for the camel trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi (2hrs), overnight at the nomadic camp in the heart of the highest dunes in Morocco (150m), enjoy a traditional Berber dinner, perhaps a little entertainment and drum party. You can choose to sleep under the stars or in tents at our desert camp.
Wake up early to enjoy the views of sunrise in the desert, after breakfast, join the camels again to ride back by a different way over the dunes to return to our waiting vehicle in Merzouga. We’ll take the way back through Alnif, Tazzarine and a part of the long Draa valley before arriving to Agdez and then continuing to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m). Expected arrival back to Marrakech .
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