Sahara Desert Trek
550€ per person
Go an amazing Sahara Desert Trek from Marrakech city. It is going to be a 6 days Trek to Erg Chegaga dunes. You will pass through different landscapes along the way. It is an exotic hike out of the ordinary! We combine desert hiking in the golden Sahara with 1001 night magic in Marrakech. Morocco is the jewel of North Africa and we thrive in the colorful and friendly country.
The sahara desert trek itinerary is as below:
We eat early breakfast at our riad, before getting on the minibus and heading southeast towards the high Atlas Mountains. The drive goes over the Tizi’n Tichka pass, which is the highest drivable pass in the High Atlas, at 2260m. Here it’s beautiful! Mighty mountains, lush valleys and ocher-colored Berber villages as far as the eye can see. We stop for lunch just after the desert town of Ouarzazate. This is Morocco’s answer to Hollywood, with several major film studios. Movies like The Prince of Persia, Troy and scenes from Game of Thrones have been filmed here. We continue the trip over the Ait Saouné Pass and the long descent towards the famous Drâa Valley known for all its date palms. We stop in the small town of Zagora where the great desert begins. Here we can buy Chach, the traditional headscarf, and enjoy one last cold drink before we start the desert hike. We meet our priceless friends with camels for the coming week and camp at the foot of Mount Jebel Bani. Around 6h drive. 400km
We are woken up for early breakfast, and are ready for the great desert adventure. We pack up the camp and the luggage is loaded on the camels before we set off up into the gorge on Jebel Bani. We cross the pass and on to the rocky Faija plateau. We glimpse tamarin and acacia trees in the distance and it is here, in the shade, we stop for lunch that our friends have conjured up.After a good break, we follow in parallel with the characteristic Saghro mountains further through the stone desert until we reach an oasis with tall date palms in the middle of all the dry. Here we set up camp and can enjoy the afternoon exploring the local area. Maybe we’ll help gather firewood for tonight’s bonfire.We eat dinner in the fair tent before we gather around a sparkling fire under the starry sky. 6 to 7h walk.
The day starts down a dry riverbed, a fascinating sight and it is easy to walk on the bare mountains. We follow the valley and eventually we have rock formations on both sides. Until now we have walked on rocks, stones and gravel, but gradually there is more and more sand and the terrain changes. We arrive at the camp in the early afternoon and here there are several opportunities for excursions up the ridge of Jbel Abbes. The chef dishes up a tasty dinner and if you are tempted, you can sleep outside in the open air and enjoy the stars until you fall asleep. 4 to 5h walk.
Fourth Day: .
Today will be an intense day, as we will go both up and down, and you will feel that it is difficult to put one foot in front of the other in the dunes. After breakfast we leave the valley, and continue walking along the banks of a dry river and then throw ourselves further out on the plateau, before the large dunes of the Sahara desert. It begins with a large, rocky plateau just after we pass the El Abbes Pass. We have a huge panoramic view of the desert and now we can finally see the mighty Chegaga duvets. We follow a path used by nomads with camels, and it is a challenge to walk under the scorching sun. Under an acacia tree we find shade, eat lunch and relax. Furthermore, we continue from the rocky desert to the smooth, fascinating dunes. We accelerate in the sand and reach the amazing dunes of Chegaga! We go to the top of the duvets in what must be the world’s most beautiful sunset. Magical! We have dinner in the camp and share the day’s experiences by the campfire. 6h walk.
Fifth Day :
We get up as soon as it gets light, and catch the sunrise from the top of the highest dune. The view is formidable. After breakfast we continue the hike in the beautiful Chegaga dunes and walk east of Jbel Abbes in the direction of M’hamid. It is difficult to walk in the dunes, so we continue on the plateau in the wide Drâa valley, and find the necessary shade under the tamarind trees. Have lunch and refill our water bottles. Then we walk towards the large dunes of Bougarne. We go up and down in several small dunes and clusters of tamarind trees. The hike is tough, the boots are filled with sand and we sink into the sand as we walk. We are in wild and beautiful areas of the desert that are rarely visited, and at the largest of the Bougarn dunes we camp. The starry sky is huge above us and we relax around the fire with drums and singing. 7h walk.
Sixth Day :
The desert adventure in the Sahara is over, and after an early breakfast we say goodbye to the camels and our good helpers. We will be picked up from our camp by 4wd vehicles, and drive through a plateau till we get to the asphalted road where our mini bus is waiting for us. We get on the minibus and drive west through the Drâa Valley, on to exotic Ouarzazate, over the Tizi’n Tichka Pass in the Atlas Mountains and are again fascinated by the majestic mountains and the red and ocher-colored Berber villages. We have lunch along the way, and late in the afternoon we arrive at our riad in Marrakech. Here we enjoy a well-deserved shower! The rest of the evening is at your disposal and you can relax on the roof terrace, stroll around the bazaars or watch the exciting change of scene from day to night at Djemaa el-Fna Square. Around 7h drive.
If you want to experience a desert tour by vehicle , we have a 3 days desert trip from Marrakech.
IncludedA local guideaccommodationcamel ridingCamels for luggageFoodMineral waterTransportation
Not IncludedAirport transfersEntrance fees to monumentsMule for luggageSleeping bagsSoft drinksTips