Join us for an amazing adventure that showcases the best of Morocco. Trek across the Sahara desert on a camels. Sleep under the brilliant stars in a Berber camp. Hike through the Atlas Mountains, visiting villages and historic monuments along the way. Relax in the artsy coastal town of Essaouira, where you can soak up the sun and try your hand at a variety of watersports. This is an adventure that you’ll never forget – Morocco at its best!
• New Zealand is only about the size of Colorado
• As of July 2012 New Zealands population was roughly 4,328,000 with a growth rate of about .8% yearly
• New Zealand’s landscape is predominately made up of mountain ranges and hill side
• The first permanent settlers of New Zealand did not arrive until 1830, officially taking control in 1840 with the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi
• Mount Cook is the highest point in New Zealand standing at just over 12,300 ft
Day 1 Arrive in Marrakesh, Morocco and transfer to our Hotel Raid for check-in. You will have the afternoon free to explore the city or shake off the jet-lag before joining together for our welcome dinner and briefing about the upcoming activities.
Day 2 Today, you’ll join your expert local guide for a private, guided city tour. You’ll visit a few historical monuments, the souks (traditional markets), Jamaa El Fna square, and more. After lunch, you’ll have the afternoon free before we meet up for dinner at the Riad.
Day 3 This morning, you’ll travel from Marrakech to the Dades Valley. First you cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. You will pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, riverside oasis and barren hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch we drive further to Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades valley, or “Valley of a thousand kasbahs”. Overnight in Dades.
Day 4 Camel Trekking! After breakfast we drive to Todra Gorge and after a short stop there we drive on to “Auberge du Sud” at the dunes of Erg Chebbi. We will arrive there around 4 and after a short break you will ride camels into the dunes. After watching a beautiful sunset, you will enjoy a fantastic home-cooked dinner and spend the night in berber tents.
Day 5 After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site you will ride the camels back to the Auberge. From there, we will spend the day driving to Ait Ben Haddou, visiting sights along the way. Ait Benhaddou is a small town with one of the best-preserved and most sought-after Kasbah’s to visit in all of Morocco.
Day 6 Today we will drive back to Marrakech via Tichka pass. We will visit an old Kasbah of Telouat town, and stop for lunch along the way. You will arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon. After freshening up, we’ll enjoy a wonderful dinner in Marrakesh and prepare for trekking in the Atlas Mountains tomorrow.
Day 7 Depart from Marrakech towards Oukaïmeden ski resort, where we’ll meet our team of porters and trekking guides. We’ll begin our trek at 2660m. We’ll visit the prehistoric rock carvings of the High Atlas Mountains. In the afternoon, we hike over Tizi n’Eddi Pass (2920m) to arrive at the Imnane valley, where we’ll spend the night at a nice lodge. (5 hours hiking)
Day 8 After breakfast you will walk down the Imnane valley, passing by few berber villages along the way. At Ikkis village, you will cross the river and begin climbing to Tizi n’Aguersioual Pass. Once we reach the top of the pass, we will get very breathtaking views of Imlil valley & Imnane valley. After a short break on the pass, we take a trail downhill to Imlil passing by Talaoul village. Lunch in Imlil at the guesthouse where you will overnight. (5 hours hiking)
Day 9 After breakfast you will be picked up from the guesthouse in Imlil and drive to Essaouira city. Essaouira is a fantastic place to relax and unwind after a long hike. You’ll enjoy the laid-back vibe, crescent beaches, salty tradewinds, and delicious cuisine in this coastal getaway.
Day 10 After a guided city tour, you’ll have the afternoon free to enjoy Essaouira. You can choose to relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand, try your luck at windsurfing, visit the Medina, or do some souvenir shopping.
Day 11 Transfer from Essaouira to the Marrakesh airport, then travel home or to wherever your next destination may be!
The best way to stay comfortable on any active adventure is going lightweight. Wearing the right versatile layers will insure a system with great ventilation and maximum protection in any conditions. The items on this list are just suggestions, however traveling with these items will give you the best chance for comfort and protection while in the desert against any and all conditions. Your local Backwoods employee would be glad to help determine which product is right for you!
✓ Large Duffel bag
✓ Luggage tags and luggage locks.
✓ Passport pouch or money pouch.
✓ Casual clothing – lightweight, comfortable items for travel.
✓ Valid passport
✓ Airline tickets
✓ Electrical adapter plug.
✓ Rain jacket/pants – waterproof and breathable
✓ Hiking shorts, quick drying
✓ Light fleece
✓ Long-sleeve shirts-for evening or for extra sun/insect protection.
✓ Lightweight pants, quick drying
✓ Sun hat or visor
✓ Casual, comfortable shoes for evenings.
✓ Lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes.
✓ Water sandals/shoes
✓ Hiking socks
✓ Water bottles and/or Hydration Resevoir (2-3)
✓ Headlamp and/or flashlight.
✓ Sunglasses and strap.
✓ Camera, film, tripod.
✓ Batteries-extra for headlamp and camera
✓ Small binoculars.
✓ Notebook, journal, pencil and pen
✓ Pocket knife or multi-tool.
✓ Energy bars, hard candy, snacks and comfort foods
✓ Personal first-aid kit
✓ Insect repellent
✓ Several Ziploc plastic bags
✓ Heavy duty trash bag.
✓ Small Towel
✓ Toothbrush and toothpaste
✓ Handi-wipes (moist towels for cleaning)
✓ Hand sanitizer
✓ Personal toiletry items
- All Meals from Dinner on Day 1 through Breakfast on Day 11
- Experienced local driver and Backwoods Adventures Guide
- Specialist Local Guides for Trekking and Camel Riding
- Mules to carry gear during the Atlas Mountains Trek
- Transportation using comfortable modern vehicle
- All accommodations (based on double occupancy. Single occupancy available at additional charge)
- Entrance fees to historical monuments in Marrakech, Essaouira, Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate and Telouat
- Minimum 3 pre-departure information conference calls with Backwoods Adventures Guide
- International airfare (ask about our flight booking service)
- Personal Gear and Clothing
- Alcoholic Drinks, extra drinks and snacks outside of meals
- Optional activities in Essaouira, including watersports
- Travel Insurance
- Personal extras such as laundry, massage, internet, etc.
Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated.
The Morocco Multi-Adventure includes some moderately difficult activities such as trekking at altitude (9,500 feet). We do encourage training to be sure you will have no physical constraints. Before traveling internationally with Backwoods Adventures you are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.
US citizens do not need a Visa to travel to Morocco for less than 90 days. A U.S. passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the return date is necessary.
Please check with the Moroccan Embassy, as requirements can change at any time.
FROM OUR TRAVELERS
“My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary and had super high expectations for the trip. We wanted it to be an experience we’d never forget and didn’t want to deal with the stress of planning the trip or working through where we’d eat or where we’d stay or how we’d get there once in country. We wanted a turn-key adventure. Well…Backwoods delivered. The food, accommodations, excursions, etc all were well planned and excellent in every way. We didn’t have any idea how stressful paying for hotels/food/excursions was until we didn’t have to do it. The group was small enough that we didn’t feel herded about like I’d expect some of the larger group adventures might feel. The whole experience fit with the impression you get with the Backwoods stores…excellence and personal connection. Thank you Pam and Backwoods for a great memory.”
“If your going to travel half way around the world, you need to make sure you once you get there you do it well. With Backwoods Adventures knowledge and local expertise….you’ll do it well!”
“Backwoods Adventures not only stepped up to the plate but hit it out of the park on our recent trip to New Zealand! I’d love to go back year after year with Backwoods, and maybe I will! Accommodations, food, fun and downtime were all perfectly done for a fabulous trip of a lifetime!! Thanks to our expert guides, our group had a great time enjoying the adventures in one of the world’s greatest treasures, New Zealand.”