Join UIMLA certified mountain guide Florin for this incredible 12-day trekking excursion through the remarkable and beautiful Dadès Valley in Morocco!
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Does the desert landscape with its wind swept edges, long horizons and starred filled skies call to your sense of adventure? Well, how about 12-days trekking through the sensational Dadès Valley in Morocco!
I have organised this trip in the Moroccan Dadès Valley because it has such a wonderful diversity of interests. In fact, the Dadès Valley is known as ‘The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs’ because of all the settlements its home to.
Running between the famous High Atlas mountains and the Jbel Sarhro mountain range, this amazing valley is located about 150km east of Marrakesh.
Your breath will be taken away on multiple occasions throughout the trip, as wide panoramic views fill your eyes and lush green settlements are boldly pronouced against the desert backdrop!
This area is rose growing territory, first sown by the French settlers, they are harvested to produce the essential oil ‘Eau de Rose’.
The fields of roses are just starting to bloom as we pass by and they present a strikingly beautiful image.
You will enjoy the terrific experience of riding a camel for part of the trip and you will also be amazed by the star filled skies on the nights we camp out in the desert, truly incredible!
This landscape and terrain is the home of the Beduins, a Nomadic Arab people. This trip will give you a taste of their mobile life in the desert.
We will traverse the gorgeous sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, which stretch from Yasmina to Merzouga. What’s more, before we return to Marrakesh we will visit the UNESCO World Hertitage Site of Ait Ben Haddou!
Check out the detailed itinerary below for more amazing information of what you will get up to on this desert expedition.
This route is not technically difficult or high altitude. However, despite not being overly challenging, you will need a decent level of fitness and need to be comfortable trekking several hours most days.
If this description has got you excited and you want to explore this unique and remarkable landscape, then sign up now because you won’t regret discovering this truly magical corner of the world!
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
- Group porters
Price per person to join a group up to 10 people.
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
After your arrival to Marrakesh airport you will be transfered to Riad .Riad is located not far from Medina and its famous Jamaa el Fna square.For dinner, we will select a local restaurant where we may have the opportunity to experience for the first time the taste of Moroccan cuisine.Why not try a delicious tajine and round off your meal with mint tea or Arabic coffee?
Scenic transfer to Dades Valley.
We will leave our hotel after breakfast, beginning our scenic transfer by minibus to our trekking destination, the Dades Valley.
Firstly, we will cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains.
We will venture through many Berber villages, heading into the desert, where you can admire riverside oases and barren hillsides clustered with Kasbahs.
After lunch, we travel further into the Valley of the Roses, with stunning views of the Dades valley.
Overnight accommodation at a gite in Ait Youl.
A gite consists of a village house with simple dormitory accommodation, each with space for approximately 6-8 people.
Furnished in traditional Berber style; low couches (beds), tables, carpets and cushions.
Showers are usually available, sometimes hot!
Today as soon as we start our trek, will enjoy spectacular views of this delightful valley as we walk towards the small village of Ait M’Rao.We will look out of improvised shelters made by Berber shepherds who tend their flocks in the pastures.
Overnight in Gite.
After breakfast we’ll leave our gite and will have the fun task of crossing the river.It will be a unique opportunity to refresh ourselves for the rest of the day.The landscape becomes filled with imposing high ridges and summits along the route and in the afternoon you will be surprised by the lush green vegetation that surrounds the village of Alamdoune.
Overnight in Gite.
Today we’ll start exploring the fantastic narrow gorges typical of this area.After passing through some picturesque Berber villages, we’ll enter into the world of the red rocks.The views are breathtaking and with the mid-day heat, you can try cooling off in one of the refreshing small waterfalls dotted around the gorge.
Overnight in the same gite in Alamdoune
On our last trekking day, we’ll enjoy traversing another wonderful gorge.Further along, the valley flattens out and you will see settlements along the riverbanks where the Berbers are able to cultivate the land.The next challenge will be reaching the other side of the river!A successful crossing means we have reached the village of Bou Tharar.
Overnight in gite.
From Bou Tharar to Yasmina stopping at Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge and the Palmeraie du Tinghir.In the afternoon, we arrive in the desert with reddish sand dunes, where we join the camel caravan (~ 1 hour walk on the camels).We head towards a Berber camp with tents hidden among the sand dunes.In the evening and even at night, we can admire the sky with millions of stars.
Accommodation is in Berber tents (please bring your sleeping bags; there will be no showers)
In the morning, we explore the desert and a little bit of what this experience means.We will walk 5-6 hours by camel, including the time dedicated for a picnic lunch in a shady spot in Tissardmine Oasis.We may meet nomads, who live in the desert near oases and wells during winter and up into the mountains during summer.In the evening, we sleep in Berber tents based in Erg Chebbi dunes (the second highest chain of dunes in Morocco).We can make a short excursion through the dunes in the moonlight.
Accommodation in Berber tents.
We’ll wake up early in the morning to get the chance of admiring a magnificent sunrise and we’ll ride the camels back to Merzouga.Transfer to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou in the Draa Valley.Some movies (Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, ‘Game of Thrones’, etc) have been filmed here, and the Ksar (fortified city) is on UNESCO World Heritage List.
Overnight in Hotel.
After a final breakfast at the hotel , we will meet up with our driver for the return journey to Marrakech.We will follow the same route traversing the Atlas Mountains (over the Tichka Pass).We will take a short break in Tadart , where you will have the chance to visit a kasbah.Later we will stop shortly to visit a store belonging to an Argan Cooperative.Here, you might look for Argan Oil products, valued for their health and skin enhancing properties.In the evening, we will reach Marrakech, just in time for dinner.
Accommodation for the next two nights is provided at the same riad/hotel in Marrakech.
Today we’ll explore the ‘Red Town’ of Marrakech and visit the famous Jamaa el Fna square.At the Souk, a traditional market, you can practice your negotiation skills with the local traders and grab yourself a bargain, like typical Moroccan pointed slippers called ‘babouche’.We’ll admire the incredible architecture of Koutubya mosque and we’ll enjoy the shade of the trees and tranquility of the Majorelle garden.
After breakfast, you may have the opportunity to squeeze in another shopping trip before checking out of the hotel (that will depend of your flight schedule).Transfer by minibus to Menara International Airport for the flight back to your home country.
The following items are included in the cost of this program: -Airport transfers -All land transfers to and from Marrakech -Accommodation (See details above) -Services provided by Romanian and local (Moroccan) mountain guides During the trek in the Dades Valley: -Mules and muleteers -Chef and cooking supplies -Full board meals In the desert: -Camel hire -Full board meals
The following items are NOT included: -Airfare -Tips for local mountain guide, cook, drivers and muleteers (60 EUR per person) -Tourist entry fees (20-30 EUR per person) -Lunches and dinners in Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou and during the transfers to and from Marrakech (10-20 EUR per person per meal) -Mineral water and beverages -Personal insurance; -Any other items not listed as "included"
After a 20 year military career in Romanian mountain troops, I started developing and running my own business as a freelance international mountain leader, national mountain guide and tour leader in 2008.
From the very beginning, I decided to use all my experience and knowledge to provide the highest level of guiding services and safety to all my friends and clients.
I am a member and instructor of SGLM – Societatea Ghizilor si Liderilor Montani (Mountain Guides and Mountain Leaders Society), a professional association that is internationally affiliated to UIMLA.
Usually I guide in Romania, but I also run some international expeditions in Morocco and Nepal as well.
Florin is an excellent guide who takes all measures to keep clients safe while providing the best walking experience possible. We had a fantastic hike in the Piatra Craiului.
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