Two hundred and fifty kilometers outside of Marrakech, after the pass of Tizi n\'Tichka, with its valleys so varied and extraordinary, appears the Valley of Roses.
Number of Days: 4
Two hundred and fifty kilometers outside of Marrakech, after the pass of Tizi n\'Tichka, with its valleys so varied and extraordinary, appears the Valley of Roses. Its eye-catching kasbah draws one’s attention to the contrasts of the landscape where the reddened earth and vibrant greenery rival against one another on the same natural canvass. Dades Boumalne marks the entrance of the gorges which attract foreigners with their curious forms. Further upstream, the route begins to escape alongside beautiful oases and palm trees. Soon after, the breathtaking natural Gorges of Todghra will most certainly please the eyes. Merzouga emerges around fifty kilometres from Erfoud, in the heart of Tafilalet, and at the foot of the grand dune of Erg Chebbi. This village, which appears to be sunken into the dunes, is the starting point of the camel treks and night bivouacs which take place in the sand, to the rhythm of local nomadic music. Further along, the pre-Saharan oasis fray up towards the valley of Drâa; where the river of the same name moves delicately between desert landscapes and lush oases.
Day 1: You will depart from Marrakesh at 8am either by car or in a minibus. You will have a quick stop near the pass of Tizi n\'Tichka towards Ouarzazate. You will take the pass of Tizi n\'Tichka and have a chance to view the Berber villages that have been established on its slopes. This is one of the most breathtaking roads of Morocco. For lunch, you will stop and visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou which has been classed as World Heritage by Unesco. Here, you can relax and take a walk along the wadi. Visit the Film studios (if you please) and go to the Kasbah of Ouarzazate Taourirt. You will be served dinner and have an overnight in Ouarzazate
Day 2: You will go off to the Valley of Roses and One Thousand Kasbahs. You will also see Kelâa M Gouna, the capital of Rose, up to The Dades Gorge, and will have the opportunity to take photos of its famous monkey fingers. You can walk through the gorge and return to Boumalne Dades Tinghir in the direction of the pre-desert plateaus. You will be served dinner and stay overnight in the Throats of Todghra.
Day 3: After breakfast, you can take a walk through the palmeries and gorges of Todghra. Here you will find extraordinary cliffs of around three hundred metres in height, and impressive canyons of red ochre. You will then depart to Erfoud to see the legendary fossilized marble and also Tafilalet, and the Pre-Saharan oases.This area is the home of the Alawite dynasty which is currently in power. Arrive in Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) and experience camel hiking at sunset (approximately two hours). You will be served dinner, mint tea and camp under the stars.
Day 4: See the sunrise in the desert and trek on your camel back to the hostel. You will have breakfast, and depart in the direction of Rissani, n\'Kob after freshening up. This route escapes