There’s a good trekking trail heading northwest, beginning just across the river, 28km from Boumalne Dades. The energetic could cover the distance from Dadès and Todra Gorges on foot (a two- to three-day walk). Most hotels in the gorge and Boumalne Dades can arrange hiking guides (around Dh300 per day), 4WD trips to the Todra Gorge (Dh1500 per day) and bicycle hire (around Dh100).

Trekking: Dadès to Todra

The 42km piste (dirt track) drive from Dadès Gorge to Tamtattouchte in the Todra Gorge is a tough five-hour journey through twisting hills and the boulder-strewn valley of Tizgui n'Ouadda. The crossing is prone to flash floods, so seek up-to-date advice on the state of the piste before setting off. The route starts with a bone-rattling ascent at Tilmi, 15km north of Msemrir, and then crests the 2639m-high Tizi n’Uguent Zegsaoun before descending through a long valley to emerge just north of Tamtetoucht.

The trip should only be attempted by 4WD during the summer months (May to September), and a local guide is recommended. In May, many nomadic Berbers with homes in Aït Haini head to this valley to pitch tents and graze large herds of sheep. If you stop, you may be invited into tents to sip tea and swap stories.