A rare and exciting trip combining the highest point in North Africa with the expansive sands of the vast Sahara; all in 9 days.
13 – 23 Sep 2018 dates now bookable.
Morocco is a land of amazing contrast. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to experience that contrast by trekking to the highest, and potentially the coldest, point in North Africa (Mt Toubkal, 4167m) to one of the lowest and hottest; the vast Sahara Desert. A true contrast of snow to sand.
Flying straight to Marrakesh, you may have the opportunity to explore some of this exciting city before departing early the next day to drive to Imlil for the start of the mountain phase. Supported by an amazing crew, it’s a steady 5 – 6 hr trek up to the imposing alpine refuge at Neltner. Early next morning, you will set off for the summit. The views from the infamous Triangle structure are amazing and weather permitting, you can see from the Atlantic to the Sahara.
A scenery on the drive down to the Desert, through Ouarzazate and the Draa Valley is dramatic, and warm!
Once you hit the desert, the contrast will be immediately apparent and the sheer open space and remoteness becomes a reality. There is nothing here except the tranquil sound of silence.
Trek across the golden rolling sands to ‘Eric’, the highest dune in amongst the Erg Chigaga chain of dunes.
On completion, it’s a well earned hot shower and overnight stay in Ouarzazate before heading back to Marrakesh.
Unique trip that encompasses extremes of climate; alpine and desert
Summit the highest point in North Africa
Trek through the heat of the Sahara
Time in the ancient city of Marrakesh
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Morocco Three Peaks, Aug 2016, beginning to end the entire trip was a complete pleasure. Travel and Trek fell over themselves to be helpful during the booking process and the pre trip information was comprehensive and useful. A 'must see' the scenery is stunning...I am a head chef and never again will I accept excuses from my team about lack of equipment and conditions; what they produce in field conditions is nothing short of miraculous. Thinking of doing this trip? Stop thinking now and book.
Recently completed the Morocco Three Peaks Trek from beginning to end the entire trip was a complete pleasure. The team at Travel and Trek fell over themselves to be helpful during the booking process and the pre trip information was comprehensive and useful. The trip itself is a must see the scenery is stunning both in and out of the mountains. Everybody involved was helpful and friendly the guide kept us informed of where we were where we were going and what was going happen next. The chefs are incredible I am a head chef and never again will I accept excuses from my team about lack of equipment and conditions, what these guys produce in field conditions is nothing short of miraculous. Any thinking of doing this trip with this company should stop thinking now and book.
Mt Toubkal and Ouanoukrim Ascent...The trip was great, Guide awesome and the food good. Thanks, all good.
Where do I start with the 'Sahara trek'...... It was fantastic!! The guides were outstanding, the rest of the crew fantastic as for the chefs..... how anyone can make food in the desert to that quality I will never know! Travel and Trek have been great, very well organised and the info provided was spot on! An experience of a lifetime; you wont be disappointed!
Where do I start with the 'Sahara trek'...... It was fantastic!! Loved every minute of it! From getting collected from the airport to being dropped off not 1 thing went wrong! (Well apart from the Marrekech taxi drivers, I did fear for my life, but that's a thrill in itself). The guides were outstanding, friendly, full of info and a pleasure to have met, the rest of the crew were also fantastic and as for the chefs..... How anyone can make food in the desert to that quality I will never know! The food in the desert was better than most restaurants I've been too and I like my restaurants and food! The hotels were excellent before and after and as for Morocco itself the people are very welcoming, friendly and somewhere I'm likely to visit again with my family! The group we had were spot on, everyone helped each other even through the hot days when it was clear others were struggling! Id like to think I've met some friends for life out there! Travel and Trek have been great, very well organised and the info provided was spot on! Even whilst away updating family and friends you did a cracking job and I can't thank you enough. First day back at work today and all I thought about was returning to the desert and doing it all again! Can't fault anything and I can't thank you enough for the experience! I would highly recommend everyone, young/ old, fit/ unfit to give this ago! An experience of a lifetime; you won't be disappointed!
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
13 – 23 Sep 2018
Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £90
Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakesh
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Marrakesh (meet at the hotel).
Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakesh, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience 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 1000’ 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 Marrakesh
A 5 – 6 hr road transfer back to Marrakesh, over the High Atlas mountains.
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.
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