Berber villages, oasis and nomads of the desert
Ab From 510 €
7 day tour in the mountains and in the desert. From Marrakech through the mountains of the High Atlas you reach the valley of the 1000 Kasbahs and the Dades gorges, where you will do a trekking day in the Dades gorges. Through the oasis of the Draa valley you will reach the desert and the great dunes of Erg Chigaga. Take a 2-day dromedary trek with an overnight stay with a nomad family in the desert and 2 overnight stays in the comfortable tented camp in the Erg Chigaga dunes.
An individualized and comfortable off-road tour combined with a day of trekking in the Dades gorges and two days of trekking in the Erg Chigaga desert with a visit and overnight stay by a nomad family. From Marrakech you will cross the mountains of the High Atlas and the Berber villages with houses made of stone and mud bricks; the itinerary takes you to the valley of 1000 Kasbahs with typical mud constructions and fantastic oases. From the Valley of the Roses you reach the Dades valley and you will do a day of trekking in the oases of the magnificent Dades gorges. Experience the picturesque oasis of the Draa Valley in an authentic way with millions of date palms and the fantastic desert landscape of the Erg Chigaga dunes. In a 2 day trek with the dromedaries, you will visit desert nomads and experience their simple life with an overnight stay by a nomad family. The thrill of 2 nights in the comfortable desert camp under the stars of the immense sky in the dunes of Erg Chigaga guarantee a unique and unforgettable experience.
Type of tour: Private off-road guided tour combined with 1 day trekking in the Dades gorges and 2 days trekking with dromedaries in Erg Chigaga desert
Min.participants/max.participants: from 2 participants; maximum 6 participants in Jeep
Duration of the tour: 7 days and 6 nights with full board
Departure / arrival: departure and arrival from / to your Marrakech hotel
Individual starting dates, ideal in the cold season
Day 1: Marrakech- High Atlas-Ait Ben Haddou – Valley of the Million Kasbahs – Rosevalley – Dades gorges
We set out in the morning from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh. We’ll be crossing the mountains of the High Atlas range and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2,260 m), where the views are breathtaking. The scenic road runs through oak woods and walnut groves, Berber villages with stone and mud brick houses, and pastures where goats and sheep graze. After crossing the pass, we come down into the lunar landscape of the Lesser Atlas and reach Ait Benhaddou, a mud brick kasbah protected by UNESCO and known as the finest and most famous in Morocco, which has featured in a number of films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and The Gladiator. After the tour we stop for lunch. Our journey resumes and takes us on to the Valley of Dades, travelling through magnificent oases of palm trees and spectacular kasbahs which have given this region the name of The Valley of the Million Kasbahs. We then pass through Skoura and Kelaa M’Gouna, famous for its roses and daggers, and finally stop for the day in the Dades gorge. We have dinner here and spend the night in a hotel or traditional local riad.
Day 2: Hikking in the Dades gorges
After breakfast in the riad, we set off on an excursion to the Dades gorge. We’ll be accompanied by your guide and 2 hour walk along the gorges and canyons of Dades, we reach the oasis for an open air lunch, before returning to the riad. Dinner and overnight accommodation in the riad.
Day 3: Todra gorge – Draávalley – Zagora
After breakfast in the hotel, we continue on our journey to the spectacular Todra gorge. The road passes through Tinerhir, set amidst green palms, and yellow Berber villages, until we start to see high walls of pink and grey rock stand out against the sky. After a walk through the gorge, we resume our journey to the Draa Valley. The waters running down from the High Atlas have formed a long oasis which runs from Ouarzazate to M’Hamid. The most luxuriant part, with millions of date palms, is located between Agdz and Zagora. The dates of Zagora are of particularly high quality and can be bought anywhere in the area during the harvest period from September to December. Whatever you do, make sure you taste this exceptional fruit. We move on toZagora,dnner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad.
Day 4: Zagora – Tamegroute – Mhamid – Oasis of Iriki – dunes of Erg Chigaga (sandboarding)
After breakfast on the terrace of the riad, we go for a walk in the oasis before leaving for the desert. We pass through Tamegroute, famous for its craft pottery production, and reach M’Hamid, the desert outpost. From M’Hamid, we continue our journey into the desert. An adventurous journey through the Sahara by jeep awaits us. After covering 50 km of track, we reach the oasis of Iriki, where we have lunch before continuing towards the dunes of Erg Chigaga – an amazing series of golden desert dunes stretching for 40 km and reaching a maximum height of 300 metres. Here, you can admire the sunset amid the dunes. The typical nomad hospitality awaits us here in our tented camp, surrounded by the dunes of the Sahara, with the ritual welcome with mint tea, a traditional nomad dinner with music and a bonfire and overnight accommodation in a nomad tent.
Day 5 and day 6: 2 days of trekking with a dromedary in the dunes of Erg Chigaga, with a visit to a nomad family.
If you sleep in the desert, make sure you get up early to admire the golden light of dawn as it illuminates the sand dunes. After breakfast, we set out on our trek with the dromedaries to the dunes of Erg Chigaga. Everybody taking part has his own camel and the time taken can be adapted to your own requirements. Your guides will take care of you and do the cooking. In the afternoon of the first day we pay a visit to a genuine nomad family, to see how the nomads of the desert live, have dinner with them and spend the night in a tent. We go back to our camp, where you can admire a breathtaking sunset among the dunes while awaiting dinner. Enjoy a hot shower. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a Berber tent.
Day 7: Lake of Iriki –fossil mountain– Tazenakht – Marrakesh
After breakfast, we continue on our journey by jeep along the old track of the Paris-Dakar rally, reaching the dried up salt lake of Iriki. We pass below the fossil mountain and finally leave the desert behind and reach Tazenakht, a famous carpet manufacturing centre. We stop in Tazenakht for lunch and return to Marrakesh towards evening.