Crossing Marrakech desert tour in 4 WDs (15 days 14 nights).
You are surely going to be fascinated by the majestic Atlas, the jewel of nature, the wondrous desert of Morocco, the beautiful palm groves along the Draa Valley, rich with oases and dunes, large villages fortified of Ksours, and multiple archaeological sites marked by petro glyphs. through the Marrakech desert tour, you will spend nights in tents and often under the stars, admire unique sunrise and sunset on a daily basis, walk in the footsteps of camels along the caravan route leading to a unique nomadic world and charming desert where calmness reigns.
Day 01: Arrival at the airport of Marrakech, reception and transfer to the hotel.
Guided tour of the Red City: Historical monuments, souks, Place Jamaa al Fna. Lunch in town. Night stay in a hotel or Riad.
DAY 3: Marrakech – Imlil – Armed – Marrakech, 140 km
Excursion to the famous valley of Imlil through the valley of Asni. Upon arrival to Imlil, go hiking to visit the village of Armed located on the hill (1900m). Enjoy breathtaking views of the Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Lunch with the locals, then back to Imlil before returning to Marrakech and night stay in the hotel.
DAY 4: Marrakech – Ouzoud – Ait Bougmez, 260 km
Departure to the famous Ouzoud waterfalls. Continue to Azilal, the beginning of Central High Atlas. Arrival to the valley of Ait Bougmez or the Happy Valley in other words. The architecture of houses and terrace cultivation is striking. Dinner and night stay with locals.
DAY 5: Ait Bougmez – Zaouiat Ahansal – Cathedral (Tilouguit), 120 km
After leaving the green valley of Ait Bougmez, we cross the Tizi-n-Tirghist col and reach the historic village of Zaouiat Ahansal. Continue trekking along the river, then cross a forest of oaks. Enjoy beautiful views of the Rocher Cathedral. Hang out in the region. Dinner and night stay in the inn next to the cathedral.
DAY 6: Cathedral – Ouaouizerth – Tizi-n-isli – Imilchil, 220 km
After the village Tilouguite (tribe Ait Messad), we carry on through Laabadine col by a wide view of the Benelouidane dam, the border between High Atlas and Middle Atlas. We will continue through Ouaouizerth (tribe Ait Atta Oumalou) Tagleft and Tizi-n -isli (tribe Ait Soukhman) to reach the plateau of Imilchil and the legendary lakes of Islil and Tislite (tribe Ait Hadidou). Dinner and night stay in the inn.
DAY 7: Imilchil – Agoudal – Ait Hani – Toudra Gorges – Tinghir 140 km
Crossing the plateau of the great tribe Ait Hadidou, and the green valley along the river, passing by the famous Marabou around which engagement parties are held annually. After the village of Agoudal and a climb to the col, we will start descending on the south side of the High Atlas where the Toudra Canyons split up. Take a break on the high Toudra Gorges, and go hiking in the Palmeraie of Toudra. Dinner and night spent at the hotel.
DAY 8: Tinghir – Erfoud – Merzouga, 210 km
Direction Tinjdad, then to Erfoud. On the way, we drive by villages and visit the fossil Marble Museum and fossil quarry in Erfoud then continue down to the big dunes of Merzouga. We will watch the gorgeous sunset and dine at a hostel or camping in the dunes where we will spend the night (the ride on camels is an option).
DAY 9: 4 WDs Dune Tours
Tours of the great dunes of Merzouga on 4 WDs with lunch picnic and tea with the nomads of the desert. Dinner and night stay in the inn.
Day 10: Merzouga – Taus – Remlia – Mharche – Alnif, 140 km
Early departure to Taus, the last village by the borders between the extension of the Oued Ziz and Ghriss and the villages of Ouzina, Remlia and Oasis. Next, we will continue riding to Mharche, cross the vast Acacia tray towards the main road to Alnif. Dinner and night stay in a hotel or a Kasbah.
DAY 11: Alnif – Tazarine – Ait Ouazik – Nkob, 120 km
On the road, we cross several desert villages until Tazarine. On the same track, we will visit the large site of rock carvings from the desert Ait Ouazik. Continue to Alnif where we dine and spend the night at a lodge / Kasbah in Nkob.
DAY 12: Nkob – Bab-n-Ali – Tizi Tazazert – Boulmane – Ouarzazate, 180 km
On the Saghro road (Anti Atlas), we take quick stop at the rocky peaks of Bab-n-Ali at the col of Tazazert and we will finish in Boulmane Valley. Continue until around Kelaat Mgouna to visit the Valley and the Kasbah Amrehdile in Skoura. Dinner and night stay in Ouarzazate hotel.
Day 13: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech, 200 km
Passage through the village of Ait Ben Haddou, then the trail to Telouet revealing great colors and landscapes variety. After a visit to the Glaoui’s Kasbah (First residents). Finally, passing by the collar of Tichka in the way back to the hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 14: Free day in Marrakech.
DAY 15: Transfer to the airport for the flight.