adventure travel in Morocco

Morocco Mountains and Sahara Hiking Tour

Start Fes
Finish Marrakech
Days 10
Theme Walking Tours
From $1875 USD
Group Min 4
Group Max 18
Morocco Peaks And Valleys Hiking Tour Itinerary

Here is a Morocco hiking tour for small groups and private customized expedition covering the best terrain and landscapes of the Sahara desert and the Atlas Mountains. The Atlas Mountains in Morocco are a playground to hiking enthusiasts, a year-round active destination, offering some of the best scenic trails and paths you can only dream to explore.  These timeless mountains and their footpaths seldom traveled by tourists, especially from Fes which are known only to local tribesman shepherds are your ticket to a world of marvels. Walking these footsteps thousands of years old exploring some of the breathtaking natural landscapes, Berber villages and wards, nomadic tents, the vastness and beauty of the Sahara desert, and wonderful, hospitable people is what this Morocco adventure tour is all about. 

This 10 days active hiking tour to Morocco scheduled for small group packages in 2021 and 2022 is indeed an overland expedition to the most unexplored, untouched Morocco treks by mass tourism.  Starting from Fes, the heartbeat of Morocco and most rewarding city culturally and spiritually to take you on an adventure journey hiking across diverse ranges of the Atlas Mountains to explore a diversity of landscapes and rock formation, fauna and flora and breathtaking adobe Berber villages at elevations over 10,000 ft. You will be hiking with your small group From the evergreen natural landscapes to the stark and harsh high peaks of the Atlas Mountains. You will encounter some of the best Morocco vistas and landscapes out of this world.  Walking in the footsteps of ancient caravan trails, lacing valleys of rare beauty through oases and kasbahs that would lead you to the open space of untraceable horizons of the Sahara desert, you will sense the reality of hiking in a most natural setting with all its diversity.  When you allow the sand of these voluptuous dunes to massage your feet, then you will grasp this extraordinary feeling of accomplishing a marvelous journey hiking in the footsteps of antiquity. if you love nature, outdoor activities, and beautiful people encounters, then take this small group Morocco hiking tour and expedition is ideal for you. It covers all hiking and trekking easy terrain, so you will not be bored. This is a small group walking tour cheap and affordable for all budgets and physical conditions. You will be enchanted with this 10 days hiking tour to Morocco. We do have frequent departures especially in March, April, May, June, September, October, November, with a special Morocco discounted Tour in December 2021 and 2022. But if our Morocco hiking tours scheduled departures are not for you, then call on us to personalize a private Morocco hiking expedition just for you.

An Adventure as lovely as it gets

  • This overland expedition in Morocco is exploring the natural and human reality of this destination. You will explore the back roads and footpaths of Morocco Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert and accomplish a unique discovery in this particular part of North Africa. This expedition opens opportunities for active travelers to immerse in the culture by visiting rural area or places not accessible to most tour operators. Morocco Peaks and Valleys hiking tour offers you access, to best mountain passes and cliff hanging villages, Saharan oases, world largest palm groves, tribal markets, private homes, and nomads world.

  • Enjoy ethereal starry nights in natural setting of a cedar forest or by a natural lake, or high peaks of the Atlas Mountain also at the grand open of the desert where you will feel the sky almost tumbling down. You reach a star as they say. Walk the footpaths thousand years old, have a dinner with traditional with a family. Enjoy baked fresh bread and a meal cooked before your eyes to honour you as a guest. Experience the true and genuine Moroccan hospitality in tribal fashion. This hiking tour is what you’ve been dreaming of all your life.

  • You will visit the walled ancient cities of Fez, Marrakech, exploring the layers of historical and architectural remnants from the Phoenician era to modern time. Walk in most impressive and authentic old city in the world. Hike the rural Morocco landscapes and daily life of Native Berbers in Atlas Mountains, Sahara desert and southern Morocco oases and valleys trekking in your 4WD or riding your camel, a world of marvels yet to be discovered

A year around tour roaster works for you?

  • This hiking tour of Morocco runs every two weeks except in August. It is a small group of maximum 16 active travelers. The average of each group is 12 participants. Best time to thoroughly is fall and springs. July is good but you have to endure some heat in the Sahara part. January is cold especially in the Atlas Mountains.

  • While on this wonderful trekking tour, you do not have to worry about your meals. We have selected for you the most authentic and safe eateries for your daily 3 meals. The lodging places are most accommodating places in our adventure trip. Buying extra food is available in big cities and we will point that to you to have your own supply for your extra food like power bars and beer/wine etc. Bottled water is on us throughout the tour. You could ask our guide to liaise with the various guardians of the accommodation that we stayed in for basic provisions. Vegans and vegetarians are most welcome.

  • During this hiking adventure, in cities we use boutique hotels and even small Riads in the mountains camping when we can or using available good guesthouses and comfortable Inns. In oases and Sahara desert we camp or use oases guesthouses. In valleys and Mountains we use Kasbah Inns or natural camps. Sometimes we use farms compounds and open air camps in their groves near water. All our accommodations we have handpicked for you are totally Moroccan in style architecture, and cuisine. You will be treated royally like a Moroccan not tourist.

  • Best cost and best services guaranteed compare with all other tour planners in Morocco. All hand-picked, top notch guides to give the best active Morocco Sahara and Mountains trekking experience.

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival to Casablanca Airport you will meet your guide who will transfer you to Fes.  In the afternoon your guide will take on a panoramic visit of the Old city of Fes.  You will get a taste of the greatest of the Imperial Cities. You will visit the sights on the outside of ancient walled city, including the ramparts, the gates, and the Borjs (Moorish Forts).  After this introductory aperitif to Fez, you will dine in your hotel.  

The most ancient of the imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez is reminiscent of a city suspended in time, unfazed by the constantly evolving world outsides of its walls. Fez owes nothing to the Western world, save electricity.

Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path.  Your morning will be spent visiting the Medina walking the narrow streets of this ancient city.  Our specialized guide will take you on a historic discovery of the city of Fez starting at the King’s Palace and its Meshwar with ramparts and majestic gates.

Next, you will explore the Jewish quarter, a 15th century citadel with all its Moorish maze architecture and medieval glory. Visits to Sephardic synagogues and mausoleums of holy Rabbis will be the highlights of this part of town.

Then, we will drive to the Merinides hill to visit their necropolis. Here you will enjoy the best panoramic view of the old walled Medina, brimful with its countless minarets to call for the prayers in a city that has responded to these calls for 12 centuries. Drive down the hills to the gate of Bab Guissa to leave your vehicle and enter an ancient world. Fez has preserved its Medina as it was centuries ago. Not even a bicycle is able to be used as a tool of transportation. Only donkeys, mules and horses are able to help to move all that the city produces and needs as supplies.

You will walk to the tannery and on to visit the great The Mosque university of Al Quarawiyyine. After that, you will visit the Medersa Attarine and walk to Sbetryyine, a guild of bookbinders, which will lead you to the Seffarine Square, where the tapping of metalworkers is still deafening passerby as it was the case for centuries. You will break for lunch then continue exploring the marvels of Fez Medina. These will highlight the Dyers souk, Foundouk Tetouani and the shrine of Sidi Ahmed Tijani. We will end this wonderful guided tour of Fez by a break in a family home to experience the lively afternoon of a traditional mint tea. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.  

After breakfast you will take off on a journey over the ever green Atlas Mountains visiting Ifrane, Azrou cedar forests and viewing wildlife in these Mountains.  Break for lunch at the village of Ksibah to savor a Berber Tagine then start climbing the high elevation toward lake Isli near Imilchil village.   

 

Towards the afternoon we will arrive at the observation point towards the spectacular Emmshil lakes, and from there, on a short drive, we will arrive at a local guesthouse and bases for an overnight at the peaks of these dramatic mountains.  Tonight you will encounter the genuine Berber hospitality still intact in these far remote mountains not offered to mass tourists. Our 2019 tour programs in the Atlas mountains are unique and sustain communities we encounter. We want you to be a responsible traveler as green travel and eco-tours are what we are here for.  

We will open the morning with a walking tour between the picturesque village houses. Then we will drive along the streams flowing to the village of Agdalakdim in Ait Amar, then Agoudal and the village of Iznagen at ait Merghad tribe.  Break for lunch then proceed hiking to Taadodete.  Off the road and enter a spectacular space trip in the heart of the Atlas Range. We will cross the Tizi Vano mountain pass, which overlooks the ancient landscape And go down into the narrow, deep Hades Canyon. We will park the vehicles and take a short walk in the stream. We will be hiking in the slopes and dramatic rock formation of Tamellalt to finish our day at Boumalene Dades.  In the evening we will arrive To our hotel in a small village surrounded by orchards. Overnight: in the village of Dades. 

After breakfast, take a walk through the many orchards scattered throughout the area. We will continue on our way to Jabal Sahro.  In Berber Language Saghro means drought.  This a stark, harsh chain of mountains that rises up to 8660 feet at Jbel Amlal N’Mansour. Jebel Sahro is the last ridge before the Sahara. The ridge is particularly characterized by basalt formations, dark and sharp. However, the desolation of the harsh landscapes of these imposing peaks offer impressive landscapes for Hikers and active travelers and ethereal moonlit or starry nights for nature enthusiasts.

 

 Our first stop in this area will be at Nkob small village where wooden dishes are made The juniper. From the village we will continue climbing up the mountain towards Tizi N’Tazazert Pass, where we will see a spectacular view. We'll continue driving Towards the pillars of Bab Ali and from there to the village of Tazzarine. Later We will continue along the Draa River towards Zagora, the desert city in the area In the northern part of the Sahara Desert, to which nomads and traders from the desert have come to trade and barter for a thousand of years. Dinner and accommodation will be in a guest house.

This the morning we will leave for a day that is mostly desert territory, which passes partly along the route of the Paris-Dakar Rally trails. After breakfast, we will leave M’Hamid visiting Tamegrout, a typical Saharan village with a great historical library from the Moorish renaissance. We will continue our overland trek in the Sahara sandy desert all the way to Foum Zguid. On our way, we will meet the Tuaregs, nomads living in the desert. We will stop in the desert oasis "Um el Arg" and have tea with under nomadic tents. Before lunch, we will arrive at our camp set over the dunes near an oasis. We'll get organized in the encampment and go on a walk over the nearby dunes. We will climb to the top of high dunes to watch the sunset and then return to our camp for dinner at the ambiance of the Sahara desert. Overnight: A tent encampment. 

Leave M’Hamid on the back road in our 4WD Jeeps and have an experience on the sandy paths passing by remote oasis and natural vistas.  We will cross the flat sandy terrain of the Erike, the vast plains where you will encounter a driving joy in the vastness of the Sahara trekking experience. Lunch will be at the village of Foum Zguid then on to Taznakht village and capital of hand-woven rugs, then proceed to Ouarzazate for the night.  

After breakfast we will visit the well-preserved Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.  We will proceed traveleing in our 4WD the back roads seldom traveled by mass tourists. We will continue on a field trip to One of Morocco's least visited regions. We will take a scenic route that begins with the silver mines and continues with the ancient landscape to accompany us on our way to the legendary Kasbah Glaoui of Telouate. The Pasha Glaoui (Lord of the Atlas) has transformed this Kasbah in early 20th century to a sophisticated Moorish Palace in the heart of these remote mountains and made it a stronghold to control the only Pass over the Tishka high Atlas Mountains. We will visit a small white-painted village where the grave of a local saint is located. From the village, we will continue on our trekking journey to reach the best man-made oasis of Marrakech. Dinner and lodging will be in riad near the square of Jamaa el Fna.  

Your local guide will introduce to the historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice.  This sophisticated irrigation reservoir was built in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.  The pool also functions as a public park for the inhabitants of Marrakech in the fashion of an oasis life of the desert.

 

Your tour will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadien tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations. 

Our adventure tour of Morocco has come to an end. We will transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home. 

Inclusions

  • 9 Nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in 4WD, chauffeured vehicle
  • Services of English-speaking guides and tour leader
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical restaurant in Marrakech
  • Fez: Hotel L'Escale or similar, 2 nights
  • Imilchil: Guest house, 1 night
  • Tinghir: Kasbah Lamrani, 1 nights
  • Zagora: Riad Lamane, 1 night
  • Mhamid: Desert Camp, 1 night
  • Ouarzazate: Hotel Tishka Salaam, 1 night
  • Marrakech: Hotel El Andalous, 2 nights