Cultural Basecamp

Morocco Peaks Desert and Gorges Tour

Marrakech, Morocco

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Prices From: $4,248 per person

This fills the void of those looking to do both a cultural tour combined with some walking and/or trekking in the High Atlas Mountains. Following your arrival into Marrakech, you'll head into the mountains for a walk followed by a Sahara Desert Tour. The walking tour outlined in this particular route can be substituted for any other three night / three day route you find appealing on our website, including a summit of Mount Toubkal. Clients who wish to stay in higher-end accommodations will spend their nights in a luxury mountain lodge with walking tours each day (please see below for details). Then, enjoy Moroccos peaks, its Sahara Desert, and all its amazing nooks, crannies, valleys, and gorges.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Marrakech Arrival

Today, you'll arrive into Marrakech and be picked up at the airport. From there, you'll be taken to your riad for the night. Enjoy this evening of leisure to recover from your travels.

Overnight: Riad Siwan

Day 2 - Marrakech

Today a private guide will meet you at your hotel to begin a full day tour of the Marrakech Medina and greater Marrakech. Explore the sights, souks and smells of this imperial city.

Overnight: Riad Siwan (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 3 - Marrakech - High Atlas

Today, you'll depart Marrakech at 9AM and drive to the starting point for this walk where you will meet your mountain guide. You'll then walk from Imi Ourlad Tizi Ntacht (2200m) to Imi Nifri. Then, you'll head to Tizian and settle in the guest house following lunch. Total trekking time today is four hours. Over the next two nights during your trek, you will be staying in lodges provided by our partners in the area.

Day 4 - High Atlas Trek

Today, you'll walk to Tizi Oussem. Once at the rural guesthouse, you can drop off your bags and head out to the waterfall where lunch will be served picnic style. Following, you can relax, take photos, and enjoy the scenery before heading back to Tizi Oussem. Total trekking time today is five hours.

Day 5 - High Atlas Trek

Today, you'll walk from Tizi Oussem to Tiz Mzik where you'll have lunch in Azib Berdoun (2000m). Following, it's a downhill walk to the Berber village of Imlil where you'll be spending the night. Total trekking time today is five hours.

Overnight: Le Village Du Toubkal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Skoura

Today is a long travel day. You will pass over the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way you will stop for lunch and have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. You might also enjoy exloring Ouarzazate. This relatively new city is home to the Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family, who ruled Morocco. After a six hour drive, you will spend the night in Skoura.

Overnight: Les Jardins de Skoura (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Erg Chebbi In Merzouga

Today, you will be taken to Merzouga. At the hotel, you can store any baggage and take an overnight bag with you. Following, prepare for a one hour jaunt on camel back into the desert. (Walking alongside the camels is also an option.) The night is spent dining alfresco under the stars followed by a night in a Bedouin-style tent. The tents are in our own private area without the hordes of people you might find in other camping locations. If you prefer not to camp out, simply ride the camel for one hour to view the sunset and spend the night at the kasbah hotel.

Overnight: Kasbah Tombouctou (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Tinjedad - Dades Valley

Today you'll head through Tinjedad and to Boulmane. Here, you can enjoy a drive up into the scenic Dades Valley to witness Morocco's most amazing natural rock formations. Travel time today is four hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Dades (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 9 - Dades Valley - Marrakech

Today, you will head back over the Tizi N Tichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.

Overnight: Riad Siwan (Breakfast included)

Day 10 - Marrakech Departure

We hope you had a great journey exploring Morocco's best peaks, desert, valleys, and gorges. Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to the airport today for your flight home!

Accommodation Information

Riad Siwan

Riad Siwan is as ravishing as Moroccan buildings get: loyal to its North African roots, yet with stylish contemporary furnishings at every turn. Ornately carved columns tower in the courtyard, and there’s a sun-drenched and spacious terrace on the roof. Inside, impeccable service awaits.

Le Village Du Toubkal

Before being built with the berber energy that’s inspired from the magic of space and tradition , Le Village Du Toubkal & Spa has been conceived as an exceptional haven at the foot of the Moroccan majestic High Atlas. Its confidential elegance draws from the beauty of the surroundings. Beyond the mountains, at the foot the Toubkal National Park, you will find a luxury that gathers tradition and comfort.

Les Jardins de Skoura

Les Jardins de Skoura is located in the heart of the Skoura palm grove, renowned for its many kasbahs. Surrounded by a magnificent garden featuring a number of different trees and fragrances stand five spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms and three suites.

In the summer, you can enjoy relaxing comfortably on one of the terraces, lay by the poolside under the olive trees, or stroll along the vegetable gardens. On winter nights, the convivial dining room is warmed up by the atmosphere of a lovely chimney fire. The restaurant features refined Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties. Les Jardins de Skoura combines the experience of the true Moroccan countryside with the comfort that visitors are seeking when looking for a peaceful and quiet place.

Kasbah Tombouctou

Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou has become the most prestigious establishment in the Erg Chebi Desert. Its majestic structure and its privileged location make Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou a compulsory stop for any traveler in the south of Morocco.

Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou offers 72 rooms that, in keeping with the essence of traditional construction, have been designed with natural materials, warm colors, and walls covered with "tadalaket" a typical Moroccan lime plaster coating.

Xaluca Dades

At an altitude of 1612m, surrounded by majestic mountains at the very spine of the Atlas range, whose impressive ravines sketch out to the winds in the sky, the Xaluca Dades Hotel, enjoys a panoramic view of the Dades Valley, sprinkled with friendly Berber villages and snowy peaks.

Hotel Xaluca Dades offers 110 beautifully designed, welcoming rooms, exquisitely decorated with materials from different African countries. It is a true paradise in the middle of the mountains.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Marrakech
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • All other meals as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature