Atlas Mountains and Desert Tour

Atlas Mountains And Sahara Desert Tour

an unforgettable desert tour from Fes to Marrakech immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Morocco's vast landscapes. Traverse the mesmerizing dunes of the Sahara, ride camels through the golden sands, and witness breathtaking sunsets that paint the horizon.

Atlas Mountains and Desert Tour

Atlas Mountains And Sahara Desert Tour

an unforgettable desert tour from Fes to Marrakech immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Morocco's vast landscapes. Traverse the mesmerizing dunes of the Sahara, ride camels through the golden sands, and witness breathtaking sunsets that paint the horizon.



Experience a thrilling 7-day expedition with Atlas Trek Guide, as you explore the mesmerizing landscapes of Zagora, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert. This thoughtfully designed itinerary seamlessly combines exhilarating mountain hikes, peaceful valley strolls, and the captivating allure of Morocco’s desert marvels. From the vibrant city of Marrakech to the tranquil Berber villages, this journey takes you through Ouirgane National Park, Azzadene Valley, and the iconic Toubkal Peak.

Traverse the majestic Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass, marvel at the towering Todra Gorge, and embark on a camel ride through the enchanting dunes of Merzouga. Uncover the rich history of Ait Benhaddou, concluding your adventure with a scenic exploration of the picturesque Ounilla Valley and the Telouet Kasbah. This immersive experience guarantees a perfect fusion of nature, culture, and excitement, creating an indelible trekking expedition in the heart of Morocco.

  • Trek to Toubkal Summit: Challenge yourself with a trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. Experience breathtaking views of the Atlas range and the Sahara Desert, making this ascent a highlight of the adventure.
  • Sahara Desert Experience: Immerse yourself in the magic of the Sahara Desert with a camel trek to a Berber camp. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner under the desert sky or in cozy tents, creating unforgettable memories in the heart of the dunes.
  • Cultural Exploration in Ait Benhaddou: Explore the historic fortified city of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the backdrop for iconic Hollywood movies. Wander through the labyrinth of kasbahs, immersing yourself in the rich history and atmosphere of this captivating ancient city.
  • Scenic Drive through Atlas Mountains: Traverse the stunning landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, including the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass. Witness the beauty of Berber villages, riverside oases, and kasbah-adorned hillsides, providing a picturesque backdrop throughout the scenic drive.

Atlas Mountains And Desert Tour: itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech, Agersioual and Azzaden valley

We will leave Marrakech in the morning and head towards Agersioual to meet the team that will accompany us on our Morocco trek. The team includes a guide, a cook, muleteers, and their loyal mules. To get used to the surroundings, our first day will be dedicated to trekking in Ouirgane National Park. This area offers a more forgiving terrain with its copper-green soil and plenty of juniper trees.

For our overnight stay, we will find accommodation in a gite situated in the delightful Berber village of Tizian.

Approximately 4-5 hours of walking time.

Day 2: Azzaden valley - Ighouliden waterfalls – Refuge of Toubkal:

Today’s itinerary includes a challenging ascent from the Azzadene Valley to the Toubkal Refuge. Along the way, we will pass by the breathtaking Ighouliden waterfalls and make our way to the Aguelzim mountain pass, which stands at an elevation of 3560m. During our journey, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch while marveling at the stunning vistas of the Atlas mountain range.

As night falls, we will settle in at the Toubkal Refuge (Neltner Hut), located at 3200m. It is important to note that you may be sharing a bunk room with fellow trekkers. To ensure we are well rested for the next day’s adventure, it is advisable for everyone to get an early night’s sleep in preparation for our early start to conquer Toubkal.

Approximately 7 hours of walking.

Day 3: Refuge of Toubkal – Toubkal peak - Imlil:

In the morning, we will begin our journey to the summit of Toubkal (4167 m). If the weather allows, we will be treated to stunning views of the Atlas range and the Sahara Desert. Afterwards, we will make our way back to Imlil, passing by the refuge and following the familiar path. This will be a challenging day, involving 8-9 hours of trekking, with a total elevation gain of 900m and a descent of nearly 2500m back to Imlil.

Once we arrive, you can relax and rest at the comfortable and well-equipped Riad Atlas Imlil, where you will spend the night.

Approximately 8 hours of walking.

Day 4: Imlil – Tizi N’tichka (2260m) – Dades Gorge:

At 9:00 a.m., you will be collected from your lodging in Imlil. Our journey will commence by crossing the magnificent Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass, which stretches across the Atlas Mountains.During the drive, you will witness numerous Berber villages, and as we venture into the desert, you will encounter riverside oases and barren hillsides adorned with kasbahs—fortified residences that accommodate families and their livestock.

Enroute, you will have the choice to either pause and explore the Ouarzazate Film Studios or take a break for a hike. Upon arrival at Dades Gorge, you can opt to embark on a hike or unwind at your hotel. We will be spending the night in Dades.

Approximately 4-5 hours of driving.

Day 5: Dades Valley - Todra Gorge - Merzouga:

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed with our journey from the Dades Valley to Todra Gorge. This remarkable geological formation is a significant rift that separates the High Atlas mountains, towering 300 meters high within a narrow valley adorned with palm groves and Berber settlements. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to embark on a hike and explore the lush palm grove, a verdant sanctuary abundant with majestic date palms. Following a satisfying lunch, we will continue our expedition deeper into the desert, reaching the gateway town of Merzouga to gather the necessary provisions for our desert excursion.

Subsequently, we will proceed to a kasbah to collect your camel. As the sun begins to set, you will embark on a camel trek lasting approximately one and a half hours, leading you to a Berber camp. Here, you will relish a traditional Moroccan dinner and have the option to sleep under the enchanting desert sky or within cozy tents at the desert camp.

Approximately 3–4 hours of driving.

Day 6: Merzouga – Ait benhaddou

Start your day with a breathtaking desert sunrise, followed by a camel ride back to the Kasbah. After freshening up, indulge in a delicious breakfast to energize yourself for the day ahead. Once you feel rejuvenated, embark on a scenic drive from the desert to Ait Benhaddou. This historic fortified city is home to countless kasbahs and has served as the captivating backdrop for numerous Hollywood movies such as The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, and Lawrence of Arabia.

Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, take a leisurely stroll around the buildings and immerse yourself in the rich history and atmosphere. As the day comes to an end, settle into a comfortable hotel located near Ait Benhaddou, where you will spend the night.

After approximately 5–6 hours of driving,

Day 7: Ait benhaddou – Telouet - Marrakech:

Travel through the picturesque Ounilla Valley and make your way to the Telouet Kasbah, a dilapidated fortress that held great significance for merchants in the past. Immerse yourself in the history and charm of the Kasbah before embarking on a return journey to Marrakech, crossing the scenic Tizi-n-Tichka Pass. Enjoy a delightful lunch before continuing your adventure.

Approximately 2–3 hours of driving.

Tour Information:


  • Private 4×4 vehicle or minibus with A/C
  • English- or Spanish-speaking driver
  • Dades hotel
  • accomondation
  • Camel ride
  • Breakfasts
  • Dinners
  • Mules
  • Tour guide


  • Lunches and drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Travel insurance
Important Note:

Please be aware that the suggested itinerary is merely a recommendation. If it does not align with your preferences or if you have any specific requirements, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for a personalized and customized tour experience. We provide flexible itineraries and tailor-made trips across Morocco.

Who is the adventure program suitable for?

   – Our adventure program caters to a wide range of participants, from experienced hikers to those new to adventure travel. Whether you’re a solo traveler or part of a group, there’s an adventure waiting for you.

What makes this adventure program unique?

   – Our program stands out for its carefully curated itineraries, expert guides, and a commitment to providing unparalleled hiking experiences. Each adventure seamlessly combines challenging hikes with cultural immersion.

How do I prepare for the adventure?

   – Preparation varies based on the specific adventure, but generally, maintaining a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Detailed pre-departure information, including packing lists, will be provided for each adventure.

What types of accommodations can I expect during the adventure?

   – Accommodations range from comfortable lodges in Berber villages to mountain refuges and desert camps. We ensure a mix of authentic and comfortable stays that enhance the overall adventure experience.

Is the program suitable for solo travelers?

   – Absolutely! Our adventure program welcomes both solo travelers and groups. Join a group to meet like-minded individuals, or embark on a solo adventure while enjoying the camaraderie of the group experience.

We hope this FAQ section has answered some of your questions. If you have any further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable desert tour experience.