MAROCCO

08.11.2020 – 19.11.2020
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Marocco Trip to Atlas mountains and Sahara

 

12days
880

Marocco tour. As a child, did you dream of being in the magical place where Aladdin and Jasmine fell in love? Walk through the Oriental Bazaar, discover the desert riding camels and fly over the city on a flying carpet.  An oriental fairy tale has long been not only animation – everything that you pictured in your mind when thinking of the  “magical east” – comes to life in Morocco! The journey that WeWalk has prepared for you has absorbed the most extraordinary parts of this mysterious magical land.

On an adventure across North Africa, we will climb Mount Toubkal, overlooking the entire Atlas Massif and the Sahara Desert, plunge into the atmosphere of traditional Moroccan cities, walk a caravan through the sands of the Sahara and finish our voyage surfing the Atlantic waves! We do not need heavy backpacks and tents – it is more pleasant to imbue the love of Morocco with light and staying in hospitable traditional houses – riads, small lodges and mountain climbing shelters! Twelve fabulous days in Morocco in which our guides will become your “genies of the lamp” to show you how wishes come true!

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complexity

Anyone can safely go on this trip, regardless of experience and physical condition. The light backpacks and the overnight stays in comfortable and authentic guest houses make this experience possible for everyone, regardless of age and physical fitness. To climb Toubkal, you will need mountain boots and membrane-protected clothing, but everything can be rented on the spot right before the ascent.

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Comfort

All overnight stays during the trip are held in guest houses, hostels and mountain huts, which have everything we need for a comfortable stay. Meals are served in guest houses or local cafes and restaurants. The weather in Morocco is warm all year round, but it is worth remembering that at night the temperature drops to 5-10 degrees Celsius, and also that we will find snow on our ascent to Toubka. Taking a fleece and a jacket to stay in the mountains is recommended.

ELEVEN DAYS OF PURE ADVENTURES

Small groups up to 16 people

Key elements of the adventure

 

  • climbing Mount Toubkal (4167 m), the highest peak in North Africa
  • camel ride in the Sahara Desert
  • overnight in a Bedouin camp
  • desert sandboarding
  • Insider guided tours of ancient cities – Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira
  • a tour of the world’s most popular film studio Atlas Studios, where many blockbusters and Game of Thrones were filmed
  • local exotic cuisine
  • amazingly revitalizing Moroccan hammam
  • surfing the waves of the Atlantic
  • acquaintance with the Berber culture

Expenses

 

Included

  • three meals a day on the trekking part of the route
  • breakfast for the whole trip
  • all transfers
  • entrance to national parks
  • accommodation in riads, hotels and mountain huts
  • surfing
  • Sandboarding in the Sahara
  • Moroccan hammam
  • rent of crampons for climbing
  • Camel safari in the Sahara and overnight in a Bedouin camp
  • entrance to the Atlas Studios
  • entrance fees to museums
  • guide services
  • consultation and selection of plane tickets
  • full informational support in the process of preparing and getting ready for the hike
  • selection of the necessary equipment (rental or purchase)
  • first aid kit

Not included

  • plane tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • food in cafes and restaurants in the cities
  • souvenirs

ITINERARY

Trip plan

 

Day one
First group meeting at a hostel in Marrakech. Waiting for the arrival of all the adventurers, we will rest after the flight on the Riad’s terrace. In the evening we will walk through Medina to the famous market square of Gemma-El-Fna, which is always full of musicians, fakirs, snake charmers …perfect ingredients for an unforgettable atmosphere!
Day two
We will take a minibus to the mountain village of Imlil, where we will check into a lodge and lightly go on an acclimatization hike towards the Tizi Mzik pass. After a snack on the way, we will return back to Imlil.
Day three
We will start our way up to the Toubkal mountain shelter. Throughout the day we will climb the valley of the Oued Rheraya river until we reach the shelter at an altitude of 3200 meters. Getting used to the altitude and going to bed early to rest before an early ascent.
Day four
In the dark, we will wake up and start climbing towards the top. Most of the trail passes through dense snow, which means crampons will be needed. The ascent to the top lasts 3-4 hours, the descent takes 2 hours. After the descent we will rest in the shelter by the fireplace.
Day five
In the dark, we will wake up and start climbing towards the top. Most of the trail passes through dense snow, which means crampons will be needed. The ascent to the top lasts 3-4 hours, the descent takes 2 hours. After the descent we will rest in the shelter by the fireplace.
Day six
We will descend to the village of Imlil, where the trekking part of our adventure in Morocco ends. Upon arrival in Marrakech, we will check into a beautiful traditional riad, where we will rest off the road. Today we will visit the Majorelle garden, once laid out by the painter Jacques Majorelle, after acquired by Yves Saint Laurent, and now the complex houses museums of both artists. Later we will take a look at the Bahia Palace, decorated with unique mosaics in medieval technique and style.
Day seven
By bus we will go to the Moroccan film capital – the city of Ouarzazate. We will go on an excursion to the Atlas Film Studio, where “Gladiator”, “Game of Thrones”, “Alexander” and many other films were filmed. Then we will go further to the East to stop near the town of Tingir in the incredible Todra gorge, with sheer walls and oases around.
Day eight
200 kilometers to the East, in the settlement of Merzouga, we will sit astride camels and set off on them through endless dunes. Once we reach our camp in the middle of the desert, we will still have time to try sandboarding and take photos at sunset. In the evening we will enjoy an unforgettable dinner and Berber dancing to the beat of the drums.
Day nine
We will return to Merzouga and from there we will go to the city of Ait-Ben-Haddou, an ideally preserved Berber village-fortress where a huge number of films were filmed. Such a place is not to be missed!
Day ten
After breakfast, we will take a short walk in Ait Ben Hadd, and head to Essaouira, a magnificent pirate fortress city on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can buy the best souvenirs, taste the most unprecedented fish and seafood, climb the fortress walls and swim in the ocean.
Day eleven
It’s time to ride the wave! Let’s go get the boards and test our surfing skills! After training in the ocean, we will rest in the medina, and in the evening we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan hammam.
Day twelve
The moment for us to say goodbye, go east and head home has come. Those who wish can stay longer by the ocean for surfing and recreation.

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