Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech
Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakech. On arrival in Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience one of Morocco’s icons; the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.
Day 2. Drive Marrakesh to Imlil, trek to Neltner
After breakfast, you will depart and drive into the High Atlas mountains to the town of Imlil (90 mins). Once you have met your trek crew, complete with mules, you will be on your way. It will take between 5 and 6 hrs to reach the Refuge; a steady climb throughout the day. Get lots of rest for tomorrows big day. BLD
Day 3. Toubkal (4167m, summit day), Trek out to Lac Ifni
A pre-dawn start for the ascent of Mt Toubkal (4167m). The terrain varies and can be steep in places. You will also highly likely cross patches of snow, which tends to lie throughout the year. There is also some scree, trekking poles can be useful here. It’ll take about 4 hrs to reach the summit and some may experience some discomfort as the altitude increases (it will subside quickly once you descend). If you experience some difficulties, speak to your Guide. There are some great views from the infamous triangle that marks the summit. The descent is by the same route, have a rest before descending further to Lac D’Ifni. A long day – approx 12 hrs. Overnight camp. BLD
Day 4. Meet Transport, drive to Desert, Short trek
An early start to have breakfast and a short trek to meet the transport. Say goodbye to your mountain crew (the Guide stays with you all of the time). It takes approx 6 hrs to drive down to the Desert, through Ouarzazate and Zagora. It’s a beautiful drive through the Draa Valley; lunch en route. If you wish, we can safely store some of your clothing/equipment in Ouarzazate that you don’t need in the Desert. Your start point is M’Hamid, where you will meet your Desert trek crew (including camels) and head out into the sand for a short trek to the first night’s camp near Nsrat. BLD
Days 5/6/7/8. Desert trek
For the next 4 full days, you will enjoy some fantastic and remote trekking in the vast Sahara; very different from the mountain terrain of just a day or so ago!
The dunes will be low level to begin with, mixed with the hard baked ‘hamada’ underfoot. This whole area is based on the Draa river.
There are no formal campsites, it literally is open desert. Your first night’s camp will be in an area known as Tidi.
The 2nd full day is a big one as you head out into the high and impressive chain of dunes known as Erg Chigaga. These dunes can reach 1500’ upwards and you will camp in amongst them. In the distance is a mountain ridge that marks the border with Algeria.
Your final full day will leave the bigger dunes behind as you head towards Ras ‘n Akhl.
By now, you will be well and truly used to living a very spartan and simple life. There are no radios, no TV, no newspapers, just silence and a sea of sand. BLD
Day 9. Short trek, Transfer to Ouarzazate
Your final 1-2hr trek will take you to the finish near M’Hamid to meet your transport. Say a fond farewell to your trek crew before the 5 hr road journey back to Ouarzazate.
It’s time for a well earned shower and change of clothes! BLD
Day 10. Transfer to Marrakech
A 5 – 6 hr road transfer back to Marrakech, over the High Atlas mountains.
Morocco’s diverse landscape is a film makers paradise and just after you leave Ouarzazate, there is a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, the place where a lot of the ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed.
Check into the hotel; the remainder of the day is free. B
Day 11. Depart for London, B
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight home.
Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner