On the border of Morocco the desert inhabited by the tribes of the Ait Atta du Sahara. It contains the first oasis reached from Timbuktu after sixty days of camel caravan. An area where escorts were needed to pass the Touaregs and warrior Berbers. Our trek goes to the huge sand dunes of the L'oued Drâa, an environment which contains memories of the centuries of human endurance needed to cross this link between South and North. Experience the immense solitude of the desert, and see the incredible clarity of the stars and constellations which light up the nights
It is a spectacular and dramatic road that presents astonishing views of the snow topped peaks of the Atlas and Berber villages. Then eventually we will descend into Ouarzazate, where we might stop for tasty lunch. From there, we will head across the barren mountains to Zagora. As we descend into Agdz, the first date palm trees of the Draa Valley will appear before us. We will be viewing one of the longest stretches of this valley, know all throughout Morocco for its sweet dates. Then later in our day we will arrive to Zagora, where we saddle our camels and trek for about 1 hour in the region.
Beginning altitude: 400 m / 1312,34 ft
Maximum altitude: 2260 m/ 7414,698 ft
Overall trek difficulty: Medium
Period: Sep to May
It is a spectacular and dramatic road that presents astonishing views of the snow topped peaks of the Atlas and Berber villages. Then eventually we will descend into Ouarzazate
Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi Ntichka pass 2660m – Ait ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Zagora Desert – Camel Trek to Nomadic Tent
After the breakfest departure from Marrakech around 8:00 morning , crossig the High Atlas mountains via the Tizi n'Tichka pass towards Ait Benhaddou village, the fortified ksar with it’s beautiful Kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural decoration for many movies producers since 1960’s. Once you get to Ait Benhaddou village you take a walk to go on the top of the hill to dominate the whole village.
Afterwards, you will head to Ouarzazate for lunch next to the famous Kasbah of Taourirt which presents the historical and cultural interest of Ouarzazate, You will continue through the lunar landscapes and the Pre-Sahara routes until you get to Zagora which is a small town, the native region of Saadian dynasty (Saadian tombs in Marrakech) who used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. 18 km further more you will arrive to Tamgroute, a small village where most of locals are pottery handicrafts, Tamgroute is also well know by it’s old Coranic school and library collecting the old books. The next five kilometres will let you see the first sand dunes of Zagora called Tinfou dunes and give you a taste of Sahara desert dunes, ride the camels at the sunset and get to a camp located in a Oasis ,overnight in nomad tents
Day 2: Camel Trek back to Zagora – Breakfast – Ouarzazate – Tichka pass 2660m – Marrakech
Morning sunrise on the dunes is something not to be missed. Camel trekking ride back to Zagora to reach your vehicle and start your trip back to Ouarzazate through the Draa valley and Agdz. In Ouarzazate you visit the Taourirt Kasbah and have lunch. Afternoon travel back to Marrakech.
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