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Trekking - Atlas Mountains and Sahara, Morocco (Guided or Self-guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Morocco  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Desert Expeditions  
Season: October - June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 950 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1190 Euro (EUR)

Get the best of Morocco. Discover this amazing north African country putting together in the same program hiking in the Atlas mountains and visiting the desert dunes travelling in 4x4 vehicles. Easy and short walking mixed with local Berber culture contact. Our route includes several tracks (“pistes”) to get to the wide and desert expanses of the Sahara (where we will sleep in a typical tent), discovering the southern Morocco. And in the end the enchanting city of Marrakech will stay in our mind!

Tour Details:
- Level: Beginner
- Average Walking Time: 1/3 hours daily with personal backpack
- Total Distance: 2 days walking
- Maximum Altitude: 2100 m.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech. Meeting at the airport in Marrakech. Transfer to the hotel near the Medina. Considered the red and smiling city, Marrakech was founded in 11th century. This unique place will conquer you right away, with its Soucks, the fabulous Medina and its beautiful monuments. Free time to visit the Medina of Marrakech. Dinner: free dinner in the hotel or in the Medina. Lodging:  Hotel in Marrakech.

Day 2: Imi Ouglad (1357 m/ 4452 ft) | Imsker (1400 m/ 4593 ft). Transfer to Imi Oughlad by 4x4. There we will meet our guides and the support mules for our first walk through the colourful and beautiful valley of Imnan, crossing the Col d’Imsker (1500 m/ 4921 ft). 2 hours of walking. Dinner: local cuisine. Lodging: Hut in Imsker.

Day 3: Imsker (1400 m/ 4593 ft) | Ikkis (2000 m/ 6562 ft). We continue our walking visiting several very well preserved Berbers villages as Aeg, Amsakro, Ikkis – we will be in valley in the National Park of Toubkal. We will have the chance to observe the traditional agriculture of these mountainous regions, with its traditional terraces. The surrounding scenery is beautiful. 3 hours of walking. Dinner: local cuisine. Lodging: Hut in Ikkis

Day 4: Ikkis (2000 m/ 6562 ft) | Aguersioual (1800 m/ 5906 ft). Following the path of mules, today we will walk all the way to the top of the mountain (2250 m/ 7382 ft). At the top, a spectacular view overlooking the village of Matata and the ridge of Jbel Tasghimout (3100 m/ 10171 ft) waits for us. Our next stop will be the village of Aguersioual where we will visit its women only cooperative. We will sleep in Aguersioual. Dinner: local cuisine. Lodging: Hut in Aguersioual.

Day 5: Aguersioual | Ait Ben Hadou. Today we will start our 4x4 expedition towards the High Atlas. We will visit another women cooperative, in Argan, known for the traditional process of manufacturing the famous and expensive oil of Argan, and learn about its incredible qualities. We pass by Tichka pass (2260 m/ 7415 ft) and continue to Telouat, where we will visit the Kasbah Guelaoui. The spectacular valley of Onila, on the way to Ait Ben Hadou, is another highlight of the day. We will visit the famous Ksar located in the mountain, an UNESCO site. Dinner: local cuisine. Lodging: Hotel.

Day 6: Ait Ben Hadou | Vallée de Draa | Chgaga. Our 4x4 journey continues towards Ouarzazat, the city of cinema. We will drive along the beautiful valley of the Draa, an ancient route of caravans and a wide area of palm trees. In Tamgroute we will visit the Coranica School and its unique library. Later we will cross the M’hamid and Oued Naam dunes, finally reaching the Sidi Abderrahman Oasis. Dinner: local cuisine. Lodging: Berber tent in the desert (Abidliya).

Day 7: Chgaga | Marrakech. Travel between Ergs and Regs experiencing the silence of the Sahara desert. Expect a “sand bath” while crossing the dunes. By the Iriki lake, mirages invite you to meditate and contemplate. We will be close to the mountains of El M’Daouer, Foum Zguid at the foot of Mount Bani (1634 m/ 5361 ft). We take the road to Taznak, a town famous for its saffron carpet. We’ll have lunch with local inhabitants, followed by the drive back to Marrakech. Dinner: Free night in Marrakech. Lodging: Hotel in Marrakech.

Day 8: Return trip. Morning transfer to the airport in Marrakech.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Local Guide Price: 630€ Available from October to June (minimum 3 persons).
- Extra hotel night in Marrakech: 50€.

Price Includes:
- 7 accommodations
- Meals for 6 days
- maps and documentation
- GPS tracks
- European Guide
- Local guide, Cook
- 4x4 vehicles
- Food and luggage transport by mules
- Insurance, VAT taxes
- Complementary t-shirt and water bottle.

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