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17-Day Sahara, Sea, and Summit

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Day 1 : Arrival

Visiting: Marrakesh

Arrival in Marrakesh and transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore the city. In Marrakesh you are free to discover one of its many excellent restaurants for dinner.

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: Riad Omar or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Several options (hotel or riad)

Day 2 : Free day in Marrakesh

Visiting: Marrakesh

Free day to explore Marrakesh (full or half day city tour at an extra cost). Discover the Jemaa El Fna square, the souks, the Saadian Tombs, the Majorelle gardens and other sites in this fascinating city.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Riad Omar or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Several options (hotel or riad)

Day 3 : Transfer across the mountains to Faija

Visiting: Marrakesh - Sahara

A scenic drive across the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and then Zagora. It takes almost 8 hours driving, passing along date-palm oases, Berber villages, and incredible landscapes. In Zagora the trip leaves the minibus and takes a 4x4 vehicle to Faija. There you meet the camels and their cameleers.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 4 : Trekking in the desert

Visiting: Sahara (Faija - Hamada)

In the morning your guide and the cameleers load the camels and you head to Hamada. Their are good views of the Saghro Mountains, with little vegetation, and maybe some Bedouin nomads. After lunch in an oasis the trek follows dried riverbeds and arrives at the campsite at sunset. Walking time: 6h30

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 5 : Trekking in the desert to the Chegaga Dunes

Visiting: Sahara (Chegaga Dunes)

The trek climbs to the Abbes pass, from where you can observe the vastness of the desert. Far away you can already spot the Chegaga Dunes. You'll reach them later in the afternoon. Walking time: 6h30

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 6 : Trekking in the desert to the Bougarne Dunes

Visiting: Sahara (Chegaga - Bougarne)

After walking the multitude of small sand Chegaga Dunes, the trek continues towards M'hamid. Lunch is under the trees of Tamares, and in the evening you'll arrive at Bougarne Dunes, a site rarely frequented by tourists. Walking time: 5h

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 7 : Trekking in the desert to the Oued Naam Dunes

Visiting: Sahara (Bougarne - Oued Naam)

Your guide will wake you up early in order to contemplate dawn's first light on the Bougarne Dunes. The rest of the day you'll walk on a huge rocky plateau, reaching the Oued Naam Dunes late in the afternoon. Walking time: 6h30

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 8 : End of trek and transfer to Marrakesh

Visiting: Sahara - Marrakesh

This last stage of the trek takes place along a beautiful desert landscape and an immense plateau of small dunes. You'll quickly reach the Regaga Dunes and then Mhamid. Here the trek reaches its end. You will transfer by car along the Draa valley to Zagora and continue on to Marrakesh. Walking time: 3h

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Riad Omar or Similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Several options (hotel or riad)

Day 9 : Drive to Essaouira

Visiting: Marrakesh - Essaouira

Drive to Essaouira (approximately 2 to 3 hours). You are free in the evening to explore the fresh seafood stalls located near the port or dine in a restaurant.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Riad Caverne d'Ali Baba or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Several options (hotel or riad)

Day 10 : Explore Essaouira

Visiting: Essaouira

Free day in Essaouira. You can discover the ramparts, the markets in the medina, the port and the beach.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Riad Caverne d'Ali Baba or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Several options (hotel or riad)

Day 11 : Drive from Essaouira to the High Atlas

Visiting: Essaouira - Imlil

Drive to Imlil in the heart of the Toubkal National Park (approximately 4 hours driving time).

  • Meals: BD
  • Standard Lodging: Imi n'Ouassif Guesthouse
  • Luxury Lodging: Riad Dar Imlil or Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 12 : Trek in the Toubkal National Park

Visiting: Toubkal National Park - Imlil

You'll hike along beautiful landscapes of the Toubkal range with flocks of cattle and their Berber shepherds. After the morning ascent the trek descends to the Azaden river and then to the campsite of Azib Tamsoult for an overnight. In the winter season lodging might be in a trekking lodge in the town of Tamsoult. Luxury lodging is in a nearby town. 6 hrs walking.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping or Trekking Lodge
  • Luxury Lodging: Luxury Trekking Lodge

Day 13 : Trek in the Toubkal National Park

Visiting: Toubkal National Park - Imlil

Trek back to Imlil over a different pass and enjoy views of the Azaden and Imlil valley.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Imi n'Ouassif Guesthouse
  • Luxury Lodging: Riad Dar Imlil or Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 14 : Hike to Toubkal base camp

Visiting: Toubkal National Park

Hike from Imlil up to the mountain huts and the base of the Jbel Toubkal normal route. Overnight is in bunk bed housing in the hut run by the Casablanca section of the French Alpine Club.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mountain Hut

Day 15 : Toubkal Summit

Visiting: Toubkal National Park - Imlil

Hiking starts at day break for the summit of Jbel Toubkal. After 3 hours of hiking you'll reach the highest point in North Africa at 13,671 feet (4,167 m) above sea level. After reaching the summit you'll descend to the hut and enjoy lunch. The hike continues back to Imlil where you'll spend the night. Approximately 8 hrs walking.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Imi n'Ouassif Guesthouse
  • Luxury Lodging: Riad Dar Imlil or Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 16 : Easy hike through Berber villages

Visiting: Toubkal National Park

Today you'll enjoy a relaxed hike through several Berber villages in the beautiful Imenane valley. In the late afternoon you'll transfer back to Marrakesh. 5 hrs walking.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Riad Omar or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Several options (hotel or riad)

Day 17 : Departure

Visiting: Marrakesh

Transfer to the airport for your flight or continue your trip in Morocco.

  • Meals: B

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