Morocco

6-Days Mt Toubkal & Sahara Desert

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Hike North Africa's Tallest Mountain and sleep under the stars of the Sahara Desert on this 6-day adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech and drive to the Atlas Mountains (Imlil)

You will be picked up from Hotel Ali cafe in Jamaa Elfna square at 19h30. Often, we also make a stop at Menara airport (at 20h00) to grab the rest of the group. We then drive to Imlil (approx 1hr30) which lies at the foothill of Mt Toubkal. Our local team welcomes you followed with a freshly prepared dinner and trek briefing. You will stay in triple and quadruple rooms with showers.

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You will have breakfast around 7h30. Around 8h30, we begin the trek. You’ll give your main bag to the muleteers, and then hike for 3 hours to the tiny settlement of Sidi Chamharouch. Here your cooks will serve lunch. Fresh orange juice is available from one of the local stores. Afterward, you continue for another 3 hours to Toubkal Refuge, our accomodation for the night.

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Today we get started very early. At around 5am, you will have breakfast. After this, we begin the hike as we slowly and steadily make our way upwards. It takes 2-3 hours to reach the summit of Mt Toubkal (4,167m), we aim to get there at sunrise! You can look down from the snowy summit to the green Anti-Atlas mountains and vast Sahara desert! After taking some time to enjoy the views, we’ll head back to Imlil. This is a long , 6 hour, trek but it is all downhill.

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After breakfast, we drive towards the south east of Morocco. Along the way we will visit Ait Benhadou Kasbah, Ouarzazate City and Rose Valley. By the end of the day will arrive at Dades gorges. We spend the night here in a hotel.

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Today you'll make your way to the trul Sahara Desert. You will be able to hike or ride a camel across the dunes of Merzouga. In the late afternoon, you'll arrive at your traditional Berber camp in the desert, and sleep under the stars.

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Today you will have breakfast at sunrise. It's then time to return from the dunes to the main center. Meet your minibus for a long but spectacular drive back to Marrakech, where your tour ends. We should arrive back in Marrakech by 8pm.

19 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Lizette
Lizette

(May 2023)

Fantastisk tur til tops af Toubkal og ud i Sahara 😍 Det er dog nødvendigt at være orienteret omkring evt højdesyge, så man selv kan reagerer hensigtsmæssigt, da guiderne ikke gør dette.

Ben
Ben

(May 2023)

Everything was well ran by skyhook food timing accommodation etc except for 2 thing s 1. Our guides had very poor English and we struggled to understand eachother. 2. I fell on the Mt Toubkal Morocco and cut my hands badly in a number of places the guide had no first aid kit not even a simple band aid - very poor service indeed

John
John

(Apr 2023)

A truly amazing experience, with a great group of people, the guides were fantastic

FAQs

INCLUDED - Airport and in-country transfers - Certified guide for Toubkal trek - Porters - Food all meals during the Toubkal mountain trek - Accommodation in Imlil & Toubkal refuge. - Accommodation in Dades valley hôte (This is in triple and quadruple rooms with dinner and breakfast) - Driver guide for sahara trip - Accommodation in tent in Merzouga dunes with diner and breakfast. - mineral water, 1'5 L per client pe day - camel ride - visit of Ait Benhadou KLasbah. EXCLUDED - International flights - lunch meals during the sahara portion of the trip - Winter climbing equipment - Tips for guides and porters - Travel insurance

The summit day on Toubkal can be 9-12 hours (with lots of breaks) so you do need a good level of fitness. In the run-up to your trip, we recommend training with jogging or sport at least 2 days a week.

The local guides use mules to carry your main bag, so that you can just carry a small bag with water, sun cream and waterproofs whilst trekking. 

Documents • Passport & visa if needed • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Wallet • Pen for filling in arrivals form Clothing • 2-3 base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts) • Fleece/soft-shell jacket • Waterproof jacket • Insulated jacket for warmth, if possible (from e.g. Rab, Alpkit, Mountain Equipment) • Spare clothes for Marrakech • Underwear • Base-layer trousers (optional) • Trekking Trousers • Waterproof trousers • Shorts • Swimwear for Marrakech (optional) • 4 thick wool mountaineering socks • Warm Gloves and Hat • Walking Boots • Footwear for Marrakech Other • Large rucksack for the mules/porters • Daysack (25-35L) • 3L of water bottles (Minimum) • Sunglasses • Suncream • Sunhat • Insect repellant • Glasses/contact lenses (if needed) • Sleeping bag (2-3 season) • Bathroom items including travel towel • Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor (French plug style), phone & charger • Lipsil • Book/mp3 player (optional) • Walking poles (optional -Available to rent for €3)

Winter season (Nov – Mar)

Winter can be quite cold on Mt Toubkal, with temperatures on the summit going as low as -20 °C. March starts to warm up with a higher chance of rain.

Early/late season (Apr– May & Oct)

Temperatures at lower altitudes can reach 26°C, with little chance of rain. The summit can still go as low as -10°C with wind chill.

Summer (Jun – Sep)

June has a higher chance of rain, but still stays warm. July to Sept are the hottest months with temperatures at the lowest altitudes reaching 30 °C. The summit of Toubkal can be as low as -10°C with wind chill. 

You will follow a sensible acclimatisation plan that works well for most participants. This includes regular breaks and a gradual increase in the altitude at which you sleep. Altitude affects everyone in different ways. However, the key is to mention if you are experiencing any symptoms to your guide (headache/nausea) as soon as you feel them.

You stay in a hostel in Imlil and Ouarzazate. camp in the desert, and a mountain hut on the mountain. The lodge will offer shared rooms, with intermittent internet and warm showers.

The mountain refuge is very basic, and showers do not always offer warm water, with basic style toilets. The mountain hut does sell snacks. It is worth taking small denominations of cash, as they sometimes do not have change available. 

You'll camp in the desert with very basic facilities.

Absolutely! We get lots of solo travellers on the trips. Once you sign up you'll also be added to a private Facebook group, where you can meet all the other people before you go.  

Basic accommodation: - Hotel Ali - Riad Omar - Hotel Imilchil Luxury accommodation: - Riad Africa - Riad Anya

Maximum group sizes are 12.

We recommend you check up-to-date advice from the National Health Service before you travel to Morocco. There's a useful link below.

The guides will provide you with 1.5L of water each day. Water is also available from natural springs and at various village stores along the way. You may want to consider taking purification tablets with you for use in the spring water. 

The currency used in Morocco is Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

You can take out cash at ATMs in the airport, as well as various locations on the trip. Please check with your bank that your card is accepted in Morocco before travel, and we highly recommend bringing two cards in case you have any issues. 

Please note: your bank may charge transaction fees when you use your card in Morocco. 

Start: we meet you at Hotel Ali cafe at 19h30 or at the qirport at 20h00 then drive to Imlil. End trip around 20h00 in marrakech famous square

Wifi is available in the hostels, however it can be unreliable given the remote location. There is no internet available in the mountain refuge, and phone signal can be poor.

The minimum age for this trek is 18, or 16 with a parent/guardian. 

Your head guide is Lahouceine

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Atlas Vertical, based in Asni.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Lahouceine