You're an active traveler who enjoys spending quality time in the outdoors. This tour takes you deep into the Sahara and High Atlas Mountains, where you'll come across mountain goats, waterfalls, and wild juniper trees, as well as terraced fields, colorful valleys, and imposing mountain peaks.
You're curious about different cultures and want to develop a deeper understanding of Morocco by getting to know local people, eating traditional food, visiting remote Berber villages, and traversing the country's diverse landscape. This is an eye-opening experience that we promise you won't soon forget!
You're passionate about responsible tourism and want to see firsthand the positive impact that it can have on poor, rural communities. This tour is run exclusively by local guides who are passionate about the places they come from and who help serve their communty through their work in tourism.
Arrive on Wednesday as the tour begins early the following morning. Spend this bonus day enjoying mint tea in Yves Saint-Laurent’s garden, watching snake charmers in Djemaa- El-Fnaa (the main square), and exploring Marrakesh’s colorful labyrinth of souks (markets). We'll provide you with a self-guided tour and a digital map -- just be sure to bring your best bargaining skills along too!
The tour officially starts bright and early on Thursday morning. Your local guide will pick you up promptly at 8am from your hostel in Marrakech. Then it's time to set off on your journey into the Sahara! Travel along an old caravan route that takes you through Haouz plain and over Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest road pass in Morocco!
After lunch, visit the mud-brick city of Ait Benhhadou — a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, The Mummy, and many others.
Continue the drive through Ouarzazate before finally arriving in Zagora. From here, you will meet your camel (be sure to ask his name!) and begin the 1.5 hour ride to the Nkhila dunes at sunset.
Spend the evening enjoying traditional Berber music and food around a bonfire. Choose to sleep in a traditional nomadic tent or under the stars.
After breakfast and an early morning camel ride, hop back in the bus for a drive through the Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, and Ourika Valley. Take in the vibrant fields of date, almond, watermelon, and orange orchards along the way!
End the day in Imlil Valley, the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Overnight at a beautiful family-run guest house at the foothills of Mount Toubkal. If you fancy a midnight snack, just pluck a few fresh cherries from the trees outside your window before hitting the hay.
After breakfast at the guest house, your guide will lead you to a nearby waterfall before continuing the trek over Tizi Mzik Pass (2684m). Tuck into a home cooked lunch made by your private cook as you sit in the shade and enjoy the spectacular views over Imlil Valley and Toubkal Summit.
Continue down the Azzaden Valley through a juniper forest to get to Tizi Oussem, the quaint mountain village where you will spend the night.
Rise with the rest of the village and then carry on through the colorful valley, passing more traditional Berber homesteads along the way. Head up and over Tizi Oudid Pass, before finally settling under a walnut grove near a river for your final meal. Transfer back to Marrakech in the afternoon to catch your flight or spend more time exploring the city.
When does this tour begin? When do I need to arrive?
The tour begins promptly at 8am on Thursday morning, so you must arrive the day/night before.
Are there any age restrictions?
You must be 18 or over.
When does the tour end on Sunday? When should I book my return flight?
You will be back in Marrakech no later than 3pm on Sunday. Your guide can either drop you off at the airport or in the city center. If you opt for the latter, you will be responsible for organizing your own transportation to the airport later on. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before departure, so be sure that your flight is scheduled no earlier than 5pm on Sunday evening.
If I need to book an earlier flight home on Sunday, can I arrange my own transportation to the airport?
Possibly. Portions of this hike take you into remote Berber villages that are not accessible by car, so please contact us beforehand to discuss your best options.
Can I arrive earlier / stay later than the days you recommend?
Absolutely! While it’s difficult to shorten this tour, it is very easy to extend. If you’d like help organizing activities for any extra days that you’re in Morocco, just give us a shout and we’ll see what we can do.