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17-Day Sahara, Sea, and Summit

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This adventure includes trekking in the Sahara, a visit to the Atlantic coast, and a winter climb of Morroco's highest peak. It combines the best of Moroccan landscapes and culture!

You'll arrive into Marrakesh, one of Morocco's ancient trading cities and the gateway to the mountains. After exploring this fascinating city you will set off across the mountains to the Sahara desert.

In the desert you will trek to beautiful dunes and sleep in tents, experiencing the nomad way of life.

The desert trek is followed by two nights in Essaouira, a fortified city on Morocco's windy Atlantic coast. Essaouira is the perfect place to take in the beauty of the coast and explore the ramparts and narrow streets of the old town (the medina).

After relaxing on the coast you'll head to the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Five days of trekking will take you to peaceful valleys and Berber villages. You can cap off your trek by a winter climb of the Jbel Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak at 13,671 feet (4,167 m) above sea level.

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  • This itinerary is only possible during the desert season: October - April. During the winter months snow is likely in the high mountains. A winter ascent of the Jbel Toubkal requires crampons and an ice axe.
  • January-March: We can arrange for backcountry ski touring for trekkers with ski touring experience.
  • You can upgrade to luxury properties in Marrakesh, Essaouira, and the Atlas town of Imlil. We can also arrange for a stay in a remote, luxury trekking lodge.
  • Consider extending your trip to the northern royal cities of Fes and Meknes.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrival
  • DAY 2: Free day in Marrakesh
  • DAY 3: Transfer across the mountains to Faija
  • DAY 4: Trekking in the desert
  • DAY 5: Trekking in the desert to the Chegaga Dunes
  • DAY 6: Trekking in the desert to the Bougarne Dunes
  • DAY 7: Trekking in the desert to the Oued Naam Dunes
  • DAY 8: End of trek and transfer to Marrakesh
  • DAY 9: Drive to Essaouira
  • DAY 10: Explore Essaouira
  • DAY 11: Drive from Essaouira to the High Atlas
  • DAY 12: Trek in the Toubkal National Park
  • DAY 13: Trek in the Toubkal National Park
  • DAY 14: Hike to Toubkal base camp
  • DAY 15: Toubkal Summit
  • DAY 16: Easy hike through Berber villages
  • DAY 17: Departure


  • Discover Marrakesh
  • Trek in the Sahara desert
  • Visit Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast
  • Trek in the High Atlas Mountains

LOCATIONS: Morocco, Marrakesh, Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, Essaouira

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking


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