Toubkal & Sahara

Toubkal & Sahara




Max. Altitude

Starting at the village of Aroumd, we begin the ascent to Toubkal base camp (3207m). After a night’s stay at the base camp refuge, we ascend Toubkal to catch the rising of the sun. This is a hard start to a trip but as soon as the hard climb is over, you are then transported to the emerging warm sands of Morocco. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou, the filming location of Gladiator; the ‘Road of a thousand Kasbahs’ to Ouarzazate, and  a huge palmery containing over four million palm trees, edged by many fortified villages to name but a few locations we pass on this trip – not to mention the camel treks, the starry nights spent in the desert and the many Kasbahs along our way.

(code: TAS)

Key information:

Min age: 16 years

Maximum (possible) altitude: 4167m (check itinerary)

What to wear: Bring clothing for both warm and cold/wet weather*

Tipping: if you choose to tip the team, then please present the guide with your contribution at the end of the trip – we thank you!


Fly to Marrakech – depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening.

Location: Marrakech

Accommodation: 1 night at hotel

Included: n/a

We leave at around 0830 after breakfast at the hotel. Traveling by minibus to aroumd (1900m) taking approx. 1.5 hours. from there we walk approximately 6 hours to toubkal base camp (3207m). from Aroumd, the Toubkal trail goes up the flood plain and zigzags up to make its way along, high above the gorge where we reach Sidi Chamharouch (2350m), the holy shrine. the Toubkal trail then climbs steeply in zigzags and traverses the flank of the valley well above the Mizane. It’s a steady climb up to Toubkal refuge where we stop for lunch and you can enjoy hot showers, sitting rooms, and a self-catering kitchen at the refuge. that afternoon if there is snow then we can train and practice to ensure your safety. if there’s no snow, then you can have a free afternoon.

Location: Toubkal Base Camp (3207m)

Accommodation: 1 night at camp or refuge for 150 mad pp

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We start at 5 am to begin the climb up Toubkal reaching 4167m which is the highest peak in Morocco. this usually takes between 4-5 hours up, where we will have a light snack, then the descent is approximately 2-3 hours. we end back at the base camp for lunch followed by another 4-hour walk down back to Aroumd village (1900m).

Location:  Toubkal (4167m) & Aroumd (1900m)

Accommodation: 1 night at a gîte

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Extras: Hammam & massage (10 mad pp)

After breakfast, we cross the desert driving over the stunning Tizi-n-tichka (2260m) mountain pass. you’ll pass through lots of Berber villages, and once you’re in the desert, you’ll see riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock). along the way, you will have the option either to take a break and visit the Ouarzazate film studios or stop for a hike. once you reach Dades Gorge, you have the option of going for a hike or relaxing. 6 to 7 hours drive with stops

Location:  Tizi ‘n tichka (2260m) & dades gorge

Accommodation: 1 night at camp or refuge for 150 mad pp

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After breakfast, you drive along the Dades gorge up towards the highest point of it where you will take a few photos of the canyon and the other series of the gorge then continue to Todra Gorge – a massive fault dividing the high atlas mountains, rising up 300 meters in a narrow valley with palmeries and Berber villages. here, you can go for a hike to explore the palm groves, a green oasis full of large date palms. after lunch, you’ll head further into the desert to the gateway town of Merzouga where you will meet with your camels near the dunes to take you for an enjoyable ride through the dunes which will involve a 30 minutes stop to witness a memorable sunset before you continue to your desert camp where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner and spend some time under the stars. 4 to 5 hours drive.

Location:  Merzouga

Accommodation: 1 night at camp (or the luxe)

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Wake to a desert sunrise and then return to the riad/hotel by camel. you will then have a chance to freshen up and enjoy breakfast. once you are refreshed, you will head out of the desert for a drive to aït Benhaddou, passing by several towns and across the drâa valley which is considered the longest river in Morocco, it’s well known for its date palm oasis. along the valley you will have an opportunity to take several photos of the agdez oasis… then you continue towards aït Benhaddou kasbah, an ancient fortified city/village containing countless kasbahs and has been the atmospheric subject of numerous Hollywood movies (the mummy, gladiator, alexander, and Lawrence of Arabia…) you will have the chance to walk around the buildings and explore with your guide in the afternoon if you still got time, you can also extend your hike in order to discover the farmlands around the place along the ounila valley. 5 hours drive.

Location:  aït benhaddou

Accommodation: 1 night at riad

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Travel along the Ounila valley towards the Telouet Kasbah, a crumbling kasbah that was once an important stop for traders in the earlier time. explore the Kasbah and then after lunch, you will head back over the Tizi ‘n tichka pass (2260m) and onto Marrakech which is about 4 hours drive. that evening (around 5), we will gather for a last night team dinner.

Location:  Marrakech

Accommodation: 1 night at a hotel

Included: Breakfast & lunch only (everyone to pay for team dinner)

Extras: you can pre-select an activity for the afternoon from the brochure provided at the start of your trip.

Today we take you by minibus back to the airport to catch your flight home. you can of course decide to stay on to explore more of Marrakech but we only provide transport back on the final morning of the trip.

Location:  Marrakech

Included: breakfast at hotel

What’s Included:

  • Pickup & drop-off from/to airport
  • Travel required for Trip will be via Minibus
  • All accommodation including all tents
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Crampons if required

What you need to do:

  • Arrange travel insurance
  • Check and arrange any Visa/vaccination requirements yourself
  • Where camping is outlined in the itinerary, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag

What to pack:

  • Clothing for both warm and cold/wet weather as well as gloves & hat (summits are very different environments).
  • You should always carry rain clothing in your day pack as you never know…
  • Water bottle including water purification tablets
  • Appropriate season sleeping bag & travel pillow
  • Day bag to allow you to carry spare clothing, food and water whilst hiking
  • Strong walking boots with good ankle support and tread
  • Travel towel, soap, toilet paper for use whilst camping and at refuges
  • Torch (flashlight) & adaptors
  • Walking poles if needed

* Please note that along the way, you will passing very traditional villages, so it would be good to keep shoulders and knees covered.

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