What to expect
Join our 5 days Sahara adventure and get a real desert experience. Hike on desert paths that are off-the-beaten-trek and wild camp under a 1.000 stars. Following the traditional paths of the desert nomads you’ll discover one of the least explored regions of the world. Traveling by camel on the ridge of a dune in the late afternoon with nothing around you but sand, tranquility and an open blue sky will take you far away from the daily stress and cannot be explained but must be experienced.
How it works
The Sahara desert trip is a 5 days tour that starts and ends in Marrakesh. We’re trekking for 3 days off-the beaten path through the Sahara and wild camp in the desert under the stars. The trip is led by an experienced local guide and includes everything needed: e.g. local transportation (Marrakesh – M’hamid El Ghezlane – Marrakesh), accommodation (wild camping), meals (+ a cook), as well as special equipment (camping equipment & camels) during the trip.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Marrakesh between 6.45am -7.15am, meet your team members and drive to the Erg Chigaga dunes (8-10 hours ride). Along the way you’ll pass by several Berber villages and drive the final 3 hours of the journey ‘off-road’ through the desert. Overnight we’re at a fixed Berber camp at the base of the dunes. Sunset from the tallest dune in the entire Erg.
After breakfast you’ll start the hike to the dunes of Erg Sedrar (approx. 6 hours). Cross dry river beds, and walk through a variety of desert vegetation and scrub before the terrain opens out and becomes more stark. As the day’s trek draws to a close, expect to wild camp amidst gently rolling dunes and Tamarisk trees, which offer shelter and where you’ll enjoy freshly prepared local food.
Today you’ll hike to the dunes of Erg Zahar and you’ll cross the Draa riverbed, called the ‘Remote Dunes’ (approx. 6 hours). Progressing into the Sahara desert, reach ever-more remote terrain, and larger sand dunes surrounded by broad, dry earth plateaux and desert hamada (black stone). Scramble over the dunes and you’ll be able to see incredible views of the wild desert. The camp will be set in the late afternoon where you’ll enjoy a great dinner and the company of your team & the locals.
As the sand becomes deeper (in former water courses/dried rivers), the surrounding plateaux opens up to different kinds of plants and tree-life, and you will trek near an area that offers grazing land for the elusive Dorcas gazelle. You’ll hike north across the Draa riverbed to the region of Lbor west of Mhamid (approx. 5-6 hours). You’ll finish the day with a spectacular sunset in the desert – and setting up the last camp west of Mhamid.
The time in the desert comes to an end and in the morning you’ll start you journey back to civilisation with an early morning 30 minutes 4×4 transfer to Mhamid (off-road), then join the tarmac road at Mhamid, north to Marrakech. On the way we’ll stop at the UNESCO Site Via Ait Ben Haddou for a quick visit. Expect to arrive back in Marrakesh around 6.00pm and enjoy the rest of your stay in Morocco.
Which skills do I need?
The only thing you need is to have a reasonable level of fitness to handle our adventures. You really don’t need any prior skills or experience. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the beginning. Bring along a sense for adventure and be up to learn new things and you’re ready for the experience of a lifetime.
Who goes on outdoor trips?
Our trips run in groups of max. 8 people and accommodate solo travellers as well as small groups of 2 or 3. We bring together like-minded fellows that are all in for the same reason: to escape the city for the great outdoors, to meet new people & to experience something new and unique.
Can I book on my own?
YES, you can! It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and share experiences you’ll never forget.
Do I need my own equipment?
NO, all our trips include the necessary equipment like ropes, crampons, ice axes, mountainbikes, kayaks etc. All have to bring along is your backpack with basics like clothes, toiletries, camera… But don’t worry – we’ll provide you with a detailed packing list before you go.
How can I book?
Check out the overview of adventures and request more information for the trip you’re interested in. We will then send you all the important information plus a booking link and are happy to answer all your questions.
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