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13 adventurous days in Morocco from Marrakech across Atlas to the Sahara

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This post is our itinerary for 13 adventurous days in Morocco from Marrakech across Atlas to the Sahara, in March 2016.

We used a local travel agency to arrange some of the days for us. We started and ended in Marrakech, and booked the accomodation there ourselves. The agency arranged the rest of the days for us, starting with a 4-day hike in the Atlas mountains around Imlil. A hike that turned out to be harder than foreseen due to an unexpected snowstorm. Then a complete change of seen, as we drove east to visit the spectacular Todra and Dades gorges. Further southeast we reached Merzouga, the stepping-stone to the Sahara. After a night in a desert camp, we returned to Marrakech. Tobias and Nikolaj were 9 and 7 yeas old.

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Housseine from arranged everything from and to Marrakech. A driver picked us up in a minibus and drove us to Imlil where our hike started. Read all about our hike here. After the hike, we continued with the driver and minibus for an intense 3-day tour into the Moroccan eastern desert plains towards Sahara. Everything happened according to plan. A special thanks to Abdul who was our driver and guide for the 3-day tour, and very good company!

See all our stories from Morocco here, about our trip in 2020 and how it was for us to find gluten free food for Tobias.


Here is our itinerary for 13 adventurous days in Morocco from Marrakech across Atlas to the Sahara:

Day 1-3: Marrakech

Jemaa El-Fnaa, the bustling central square of Marrakech
The Bahia palace is a tranquil place, full of carefully crafted details

Day 4-8: Hike in Atlas mountains from Imlil

Read all about our 4-day hike and how we were surprised by an unexpected snowstorm here

Day 9: Ait ben Haddou and the Todra and Dades gorges

We got a glimpse of mount Toubkal at last as we left Imlil
The Moroccan countryside is full of old kasbahs
The Col du Tichka pass in the Atlas mountains. From here, you head towards the desert!
Ait ben Haddou
We were treated with lots of hospitality and friendliness in Riad les 5 lunes in Dades gorge
The Dades gorge from the famous viewpoint

The city of Erfoud is known for the many fossils that are crafted into household items and furniture

Day 10: Sahara desert

Camels are waiting in Merzouga to take visitors to one of the Sahara desert camps
Sunrise in Sahara is an intensely beautiful experience

Day 11-13: Return to Marrakech

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