Combined Tour 1 This Tour includes time in Marrakech, a 3 day trek in the Atlas Mountains, a desert tour to the world famous sand dunes at Erg Chebbi and a short camel trek
Day 1: Transport by 4X4 from Marrakech over the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, to Ouarzatate, the gateway to the desert, where we will stop for lunch. Then along the Dades Valley to our overnight stop near Bouman with the chance to see the Dades Gorge.
Day 2: Our drive continues along the Dades Valley, through Tinerhir where we can visit the spectacular Todra Gorge. We stop for lunch near Tinejdad and then head for the Erg Chebbi dunes. We arrive late afternoon in Merzouga on the edge of the dunes. Here we meet our camels for the first time. After we have got to know them we ride into the dunes at sunset to our campsite with the Nomads where we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan evening meal.
Day 3: After breakfast we retrace our steps to Marrakech, with the possibility, if time allows, of visiting the world famous town of Ait Benhaddou, the backdrop of many films. Overnight in a riad (typical Moroccan hotel) in the Medina.
Day 4: Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil where we pick up the mules and set off for the Tamertert Pass (2279m), a climb of 500 m up from Imlil which will take about 2 to 3 hours. On the way we pass through terraced fields and orchards, irrigated by the mountain streams. From the pass we descend through the village of Ouansekra to Tachedirrt where we stop for the night either in a Berber house or in tents near the village. A total of 5 hours walking.
Day 5: We leave Tachedirrt and follow the valley of the Imenane River through several typical Berber villages as far as Ikkiss. Here we leave the valley and head up over the n'Aguersioual Pass(2200m) , then descend to the Mizane River which flows through Imlil. We cross the metalled road leading to Imlil, and climb up the valley side to the village of Matate. From here we continue to climb, over the Oudite Pass(2219m) before once more descending to the valley of the Oussadene River. We camp for the night in Ait Aissa – a total of about 5 or 6 hours walking.
Day 6: We follow the river valley up – a gentle climb – to the Oussemm Pass(1722m). After this we climb more steeply to the Mzik Pass (2489m) before dropping down to Imlil, passing the summer pastures of Mzikene on the way. A total of about 4 to 5 hours walking. Overnight in Imlil.
Day 7: Breakfast on the terrace and time to explore the village before transfer back to Marrakech
Combined Tour 2 This Tour includes time in Marrakech, a 2 day trek in the Atlas Mountains, time in the coastal resort of Essaouira and a short camel trek
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech, Transfer from airport. Night at the hotel.
Day 2: Marrakech - Aremd. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 3: Full day trek to reach Tachdirte village in the Imnane valley, crossing the col of Tizi n'Tamaterte (2279m) .Picnic lunch. Accommodation in Berber house. 5 hours walking.
Day 4: Trek down along the Imnane Valley through many Berber villages ( Tamguiste, Tinghrine, Ikkiss) and then climb Tizi n'Ouguerssioual (1900m), picnic lunch near the village of Aguerssioual, return to Aremd the starting point. 7 hours walking.
Day 5: After breakfast, transfer to Essaouira, a tourist resort on the Atlantic coast. 3 hour drive. Afternoon relaxing on the beach or visiting the famous Medina. Night at the Hotel/Riad.
Day 6: Transfer to Sidi Kaouki further down the coast. Camel trek the rest of the day. Overnight in a Berber house.
Day 7: Return to Marrakech, night at the hotel. 4 hour drive.
These Tours can be adapted to suit the time available, fitness levels and balance of time between Marrakech, walking trek, desert trek and on the coast. Possible variations are:
- Instead of an overnight trek, day treks in the Atlas, with picnic lunch, returning each night to sleep in the guest house in Imlil or Aremd. The walks which can be adapted to different levels of fitness, offer the chance to experience the Berber way of life and to see the magnificent Atlas mountain scenery.
- More time in Essaouira, with the option of a night in a Berber house on the coast. Essaouira is a tourist resort but is less developed than Agadir. Its famous 18th century Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- More time in the desert (with or without camel trek) or the Dades and Todra Gorges.
- More time in Marrakech.