Sahara Desert Trekking Adventure
Tour code: 15105P15
Location: Marrakesh, Morocco Duration: 8 days (approx.)
Let us take you from beautiful, vibrant Marrakech over the High Atlas mountains and down into the Sahara for the desert adventure you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll trek along Morocco’s longest valley, the Draa, winding our way through palm groves – and you’ll walk across vast landscapes of rock and sand, before ascending Erg Chegaga, Morocco’s highest dune, and looking out over a landscape of rolling desert stretching to the horizon. You’ll never be the same again.
Day 1 – The Adventure Begins in Marrakech
Welcome to Marrakech! It’s one of the liveliest cities in Northern Africa – and it’s the start of your Saharan adventure.
Depending on arrival time, you’ll have an opportunity to get out into Marrakech to see the sights. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site called Jemaa el-Fna square, an open-air marketplace where you’ll find the best wares in the city and explore further! At the hotel, you’ll learn what the itinerary is for the trip.
Day 2 – Journey Across The High Atlas
After an early start, you’ll be transferred in your 4×4 into the High Atlas, Northern Morocco’s great range of mountains. You’ll head eastwards, through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass – at 2.260 metres above sea level, it’s Northern Africa’s highest mountain pass.
You’ll then explore the remote Fint Oasis, where you’ll enjoy a family dinner, and end your day among palm trees.
Day 3 – From Fint Oasis to the desert
Today, you’ll meet your camel (that will carry your luggage) and will trek a little of the way down Morocco’s longest river (dry in its desert part), the Draa (1,100 km in km), and wander along its fertile banks and through its palm groves.
You’ll pass first by the town of Zagora and later in the day you’ll have your first sight of dunes at El Mazouaria.
Day 4 – Into The Deep Desert
Today the real adventure begins. You’ll trek across a vast arid plateau (including flat, rocky hamada, which comprises most of the Sahara) past tamarisk trees and spurges (a flowering plant) until the sand rises under your feet and you arrive at the high dune of Erg Bouguerne.
Day 5 – Finding The Great Erg Of Chegaga
Today you’ll trek along desert wadis (dried seasonal riverbeds) that run along the desert, paying testament to the power of the infrequent, unpredictable precipitation in this part of the world. Your destination for the day is Erg Chegaga, one of the great dune systems of in Morocco, approximately 40 km wide and 15 km long.
Day 6 – Ascending Erg Chegaga
It’s time to climb and explore Morocco’s highest dune, the mighty Erg Chegaga, which contains dunes that climb more than a hundred metres above the surrounding landscape. You’ll have most of the day for the climb if you’ve ever wanted that classic Saharan view of dunes stretching unbroken to the horizon.
Day 7 – A Free Afternoon In Marrakech
This morning, beginning early, you’ll leave the desert behind you and transfer in your 4×4 back to Marrakech. Once back, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore any sights you may have missed on Day 1.
Day 8 – Goodbye For Now, Sahara!
Sadly it’s time to depart!. Complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport.
See you soon!
Departure Point: Marrakech Airport
Duration: 8 days (approx.)
7 breakfast, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
2 nights in a Riad in Marrakech, 1 night in family house in Fint oasis, 4 nights wild camping in the desert.
Camping equipment and camels for desert trek, cook and local desert nomad guides.
Tour English-speaking local guide.
All transports between destination and from/to activities in Rug&Rock 4×4 with air-con.
Financial protection in accordance with The Package Travel regulation
Meals other than stated
Allow £5-10 for each meal not included.
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