Welcome to Tizi n’Tichka


If you have a date with the desert, you can make it over Tizi n’Tichka from Marrakesh within three hours. As you pass Aït Ourir, the road ascends and takes a turn for the scenic amid oak trees and walnut groves. Past the village of Taddert, the road gets steeper and the landscape is stripped of colour, except for hardy wildflowers and kids along the road selling geodes dyed shocking red. In winter, check with the Gendarmerie of the Col du Tichka that the pass is open.

Once over the pass, you can choose one of two routes to Ouarzazate: the quicker journey is to continue along the N9, while the more scenic route takes you via the splendid Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet and the lush green Ounilla Valley all the way to Aït Benhaddou. You'll find the turn-off to Telouet on the southern side of the road some 20km after the pass. While the road is pockmarked and bumpy, it is possible to navigate all 36km to Aït Benhaddou with a 2WD. The worst section of road is the 11km stretch between Telouet and Anmiter.

If you're not in a rush, it's worth staying in one of the superb guesthouses in the area. I Rocha and Dar Isselday both make fine bases to explore this region, and are located about 40km south of the Tizi n’Tichka pass.


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Tizi n’Tichka activities

$69.56 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech

Day 1: Marrakesh - Zagora After pickup from Marrakech at 7am, you will begin your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n'tichka pass toward the beautiful village of Ait Benhaddou. Upon arrival at the site, enjoy the splendour of its historical castle which is built on a hill, overlooking the area.From there, you will stop in Draa Valley well-known for its amazing Ksour and Kasbah before climbing to an altitude of over 3,800 feet (1160 meters) in the arid land of Ouarzazate city. Within the last portion of the drive connecting Ouarzazate with Zagora, you will admire the most beautiful valleys of Morocco and its beautiful villages filled with local handicraft shops.In the past, the Oasis of Zagora was a caravan centre, the starting point of the great trans-Saharan convoys. Once there, you will enjoy a 1-hour camel ride from Zagora to reach the bivouac campsite. Along the way, you will be able to view the amazing panoramic sunset. At the camp, you will savour a traditional dinner under the starlit sky and retire to your tent to spend the night near the dunes of Zagora.Day 2: Zagora - Marrakesh In the early morning around 5am, you will wake to a beautiful sunrise over the sand dunes and enjoy a typical Berber breakfast offered at the camp. Once again, you will ride camel for 1 hour going to Zagora. If time and weather permits, you will visit Tamegroute. It's only about 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Zagora on the old road to Timbuktu. The town is known for its historical library of the Koranic School of Zaouia Naciria and by the handicrafts cooperative of pottery.Along the route to Marrakech, you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense) before making the circuit again through the Atlas mountains and through the Tizi n'Tichka pass.

$1142.81 Multi-day & Extended Tours

A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS with one overnight in Luxury Desert camp

Day 1 : Marrakech - Ait ben Haddou - Skoura- Gorges de Dades We’ll depart Marrakech at 8 a.m and head toward Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas mountains by the Tizi N'tichka which is (2260 m high). We’ll stop to visit Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, the most impressive Ksar and the most poetic of all the south of Morocco, the kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator etc…After lunch in Ouarzazate, we will visit the kasbah of Taourirt, then depart towards Dades gorge, crossing the palm of Skoura.Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Dades gorges.Day 2 : Gorges dades - Gorges de Todra - Erfoud - Rissani – Merzouga After breakfast, we’ll leave for todra Gorges for a visit and to take a walk up in the palm grove of the Todra valley. Then we drive to Erfoud, famous for its dates and fossils, while crossing several Berber villages.After lunch in Erfoud, we’ll leave for Rissan, the capital of Tafilalet ( Tafilalt is considered as one of the largest oases in the world). Then we carry on to Merzouga. Once we arrive in Merzouga, we get prepared for a desert camel trekking. We’ll ride through a series of superb dunes in the desert Erg Chebbi.Dinner and overnight in a Berber tent at the foot of Erg Chebbi.Day 3 :Merzouga - Azrou -FezWe will weak up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes.Arriving back to the hotel on your camels for breakfast and shower before driving to Erfoud for visiting the fossil marble factorythen we drive passing through the great cedar forests of Azrou, where troops of wild Barbary Apes (Barbary Macaque) live, a great opportunity to take photos of wilderness,and then we continue via the Middle Atlas Mountains toward the valley of Tafilalt.Lunch in a restaurant in the way.Dinner and overnight in a Riad in the heart of the Medina.

$69.51 Day Trips & Excursions

2-Day Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech

-day tour to Zagora from Marrakech, with camel trek and desert camp Take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the High Atlas Mountains with a guide Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Ben Haddou and the Drâa Valley Visit the ancient settlement of Ouarzazate Cross the dunes of the Zagora Desert on camel back and enjoy a spectacular desert sunset Spend the night in a Berber desert camp among the sand dunes Tour includes  Moroccan dinner 1 day  and round-trip travel from Marrakech Meals included: Breakfast 2 day Day 1: Marrakesh - Zagora   After pickup from Marrakech at 7am, you will begin your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n'tichka pass toward the beautiful village of Ait Benhaddou. Upon arrival at the site, enjoy the splendour of its historical castle which is built on a hill, overlooking the area. From there, you will stop in Draa Valley well-known for its amazing Ksour and Kasbah before climbing to an altitude of over 3,800 feet (1160 meters) in the arid land of Ouarzazate city. Within the last portion of the drive connecting Ouarzazate with Zagora, you will admire the most beautiful valleys of Morocco and its beautiful villages filled with local handicraft shops. In the past, the Oasis of Zagora was a caravan centre, the starting point of the great trans-Saharan convoys. Once there, you will enjoy a 1-hour camel ride from Zagora to reach the bivouac campsite. Along the way, you will be able to view the amazing panoramic sunset. At the camp, you will savour a traditional dinner under the starlit sky and retire to your tent to spend the night near the dunes of Zagora. Day 2: Zagora - Marrakesh  In the early morning around 5am, you will wake to a beautiful sunrise over the sand dunes and enjoy a typical Berber breakfast offered at the camp. Once again, you will ride camel for 1 hour going to Zagora. If time and weather permits, you will visit Tamegroute. It's only about 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Zagora on the old road to Timbuktu. The town is known for its historical library of the Koranic School of Zaouia Naciria and by the handicrafts cooperative of pottery. Along the route to Marrakech, you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense) before making the circuit again through the Atlas mountains and through the Tizi n'Tichka pass.