Morocco Snow and Sand – Exactly What Is It?

Snow and Sand
Exactly What Is It?

Morocco Snow and Sand – Exactly What Is It and Why Do It?

What is it?

In short, it is two treks (a Toubkal ascent and a Sahara trek) moulded into a single trip experiencing an altitude change of over 12,000 feet and temperature range of over 40 deg C in a matter of 48hrs; it’s a bit different!

Due to the extremes of environments, we have a small weather window; keep the Desert temperature reasonable whilst maintaining access to the summit of Toubkal without too much snow. That’s in September.

Morocco Snow and Sand
Morocco Snow and Sand
Morocco Snow and Sand
Morocco Snow and Sand
Morocco Snow and Sand

First up – Toubkal (4167m/13,671 feet). The highest point (and potentially the coldest) in North Africa. It takes just 2 days to get up to the base of Toubkal, summit and descend down to the transition point for the journey to the Desert. From the lofty summit, on a clear day you will be able to see the vast expanse of desert terrain some 300 – 400 km distant.

The transfer is about a 5hr drive and by the time you arrive in the Sahara, the altitude will have dropped to around 400m and the heat turned up a bit! That’s a drop of 3767m (over 12,000 feet) and rise in temperature of over 40 deg C, assuming the temp on the summit is zero, which is not unreasonable (it could be lower!), in less than 2 days.

The Sahara. With over 9 million square Kilometres of it, it’s vast, remote, sandy and hot (in Sept)! Be prepared for a minimalistic, liberating experience that few do not embrace.

The snow switching to sand isn’t the only thing to change as the supporting mules become camels! As strange as it may seem, coping with the change is a pleasant experience, especially sleeping at night, which will be a much warmer affair!

We have recently extended this trip from 10 to 11 days to ensure that the Desert experience is what it should be; full on.

Why Do It? – Morocco is a diverse country and this single trip encapsulates the extremes it offers very well indeed. For those more practically minded, it saves time (and cost) on doing a mountain and desert trip separately!

This intriguing and unusual adventure can be done either as a Charity Challenge or not as the case maybe.

Try our Snow and Sand Trek, 13 – 23 Sep 2018.
The Charity Trek can be found using this link.


About the Author:

Terry Crosby is the founder and co-owner of Travel and Trek Limited. He started the Company in 2005 after an long military career, which ultimately gave him the skills to set up, run, manage and develop what is now a global adventure travel company. He has extensive experience in all of the countries the company travel to and is an ex Mountain Leader and Arctic Survival Instructor.