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Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga - 3 Days

Desert Trek

The Sahara can be an inspirational experience at night, with the air being crisp, clean and clear, the stars being so close you can almost touch them and a silence that is deafening.

 

3 days Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga dunes will allow you to discover the real Morocco.

 

This tour is perfect for people arriving in Marrakech who want to experience Morocco in a short amount of time.

Highlights include a camel trek and night camping in The Sahara, visiting the Dades Gorge, and wandering around Kasbah Ait Benhadou.


 
Desert Trek

Trip Facts

Total Days : 3
Trek Days : 3
Trip Nature : Tours
Lodging : Hotel & Camp
Min. Altitude : ( 400 m )
Max. Altitude : ( 2226 m )   
Difficulty : Easy
Group Size :  +2 person    
Best Time : This trek is available throughout the year. You can start the trek on any date you wish.
 

Intinerary

Day 01: Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Benhedou - Dades Valley
Day 02: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi
Day 03:  Erg Chebbi - Merzouga - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Fes

Services

What's Included
  • Private Transport from Marrakech to Fes
  • Qualified English speaking guide
  • Driver
  • Accommodation in hotels / tents
  • Dinners and breakfast
  • Camels

What's Not Included
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tip
  • Drinks
  • Lunch during desert trek
  • Entry Fees for Monuments
Day 01: Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Benheddou - Dades Valley
Depart at 08:00 from Marrakesh to dades valley via the High Atlas mountains Tizi n'Tichka pass throughout the high Atlas Mountains we will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and Berber hamlets, we will get the chance the visit the universal Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987. This Berber Kasbahs which has been used as a very important destination for international filmmakers for more than 20 films was also one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory, salt and silk from sub-Saharan countries to Marrakech and beyond. We'll pass through Ouarzazate, or what we call Hollywood of africa since it's has been as well a very famous destination for filmmakers, after ouarzazate we will continue to dades valley , trough the megoun ,skoura (berber villages around the valley) we will spend the night in dades valley

Day 02: Dades Valley - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga
After the breakfast, we go from Dades Valley to the erg chebbi Sahara desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, we’ll pass through Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet, and the we continue to Merzouga,after relaxing few minuts in Merzouga,we go to ride the camels who are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes. we will spend the night in an camp(Nomad berber tents) with drums music in the middle of the Sahara,this is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise,when we arrive at the camp we go to a high dunes to see the sunset , we will spend the night in nomad tents

Day 03: Erg Chebbi - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Fes
After an early sunrise ,we ride the camels backing to Merzouga, after take shower an breakfest we'll start our tour backing to fes. We stop on the road to enjoy having tea with a nomadic family before we passing through the High Atlas mountains again. We stop by a town called Midelt where we'll have lunch. This town is a very impressive mountain city at 1488 meters of altitude, well situated lower down the Jbel Ayachi (3737 m). In the afternoon we'll continue to the legendary city of Fes. Arrival to Fes which is the end of the trip.


For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.

Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:

Clothing Equipment
Good walking boots and socks 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse Walking stick
Trekking pants Day sack/backpack
Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants Headtorch / headlamp
Underwear Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
Long johns Ice axe and crampons (winter)
T-shirts Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
Fleece jacket or warm jumper Penknife (useful)
Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket  
Hat  
Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)  
Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves  
   
Other  
Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
Trail snacks
Zip-Up bags for camera
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
 

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