The superb rolling sands of the remote and vast Sahara Desert.
This is a superb trekking adventure taking you deep into the biggest desert in the world, the Sahara.
Our circular route will allow you to fully experience this beautiful region as you traverse hamada, twisting wadi’s and untouched windblown sand dunes, whilst encountering salt pan induced mirages, deserted villages and wells frequented by nomads. The pinnacle of your trek will be to watch the sunset from the top of Erg Zaher, a 300m dune and one of the highest in the region. Walking between 6 and 7 hours a day, we stop for leisurely lunches in the shade of the tamarisk trees and wild camp each night on the sand dunes beneath star filled skies which comes alive without the affects of light pollution.
The solitude and freedom that desert trekking provides can be life changing and the minimalist existence is both liberating and humbling as your everyday life back home feels a million miles away. By the time you finish, it will be hard to leave the desert behind but with a rewarding sense of achievement, you will take home some very special memories.
Your journey starts and ends in the colourful and captivating city of Marrakech where you will have time to explore the famous Djema El Fna, Marrakech’s main square and the endless maze of markets in the Medina. Your adventure starts before you even reach the desert as as you will cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest road pass in Morocco by private mini bus, and enjoy and overnight stop in Ouarzazate en-route.
This is a wonderful introduction to Morocco and will undoubtedly leave you wishing to return to explore this magical country further.
Wild camping under the stars amongst the magnificent dunes
Great 10 day adventure including crossing the High Atlas
Suitable for inexperienced trekkers
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Sahara Desert, Thank you for such an amazing experience…so well organised and exceeded my expectations by miles…couldn't have asked for better guides…this is just the start of many adventures to come!
Sahara Desert, Amazing time in Morocco for the Sahara Trek. Everyone taking part was so great and the guides were fab! Going to miss everyone!
Thanks guys, loved every part of it. Will be booking the next adventure soon!
Sahara Desert, enjoyed every moment of the trip from catching every sunset and sunrise, seeing those stars each night to even having blue eye shadow applied at a spice shop......and of course the trekking. A great experience that I will never forget.
Superbly organised… created the foundations for a truly unique and special experience. Unassumingly great guides and the group gelled very quickly… the camaraderie was of mutual supportiveness and outlandish humour all the way through; fantastic.
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
7 – 16 Oct 2017
3 – 12 Mar 2018
Oct 2018 dates TBC
Nov 2018 dates TBC
Other dates available, ask for details
Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £120
Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakesh
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Marrakesh.
Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakesh, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.
Day 2. Drive Marrakesh to Ouarzazate
After breakfast, your journey down to the Desert begins. You will drive over High Atlas mountains, potentially experiencing snow at the higher altitudes demonstrating the vast difference between the country’s high and low points and stunning scenery. The 5hr journey will be broken with a rest stop as well as a visit to Ait Ben Haddou. This is the filming location for much of the blockbuster ‘Gladiator’ as well as ‘Game of Thrones’. Your overnight stop is in the desert town of Ouarzazate. Your hotel is a typically Moroccan. Enjoy a tagine and perhaps a glass of wine before you reach the miles of glorious sand that await you the following day. Total journey time 5 – 6 hrs, lunch en route. B
Day 3. Drive to M’Hamid, begin trekking
This 5hr drive takes you through the beautiful Draa Valley. The Draa river allows this valley to remain lush. After a picnic lunch, you will eventually reach M’Hamid, a Desert town and where the road literally ends. Here you will meet your support team, complete with camels and handlers and your trek begins. The first section is fairly short to introduce you to the terrain and also allow you to set up your tents for the first time. BLD
Day 4. Desert Trekking
For your first full day, you will trek further into the desert, experiencing what life there is (and there is more than you think) and the tranquillity that it can bring. Life is simple here.
With no ambient light and the desert to absorb all sound, the evenings and nights are just so dark and quiet. It is quite eerie even just to sit on a small dune overlooking the camp site and just look and listen. The stars are so bright and it is very easy to spot the orbiting satellites as they speed across the skies above you. BLD
Day 5. Sunset on Eric
As you trek deeper into the Desert you will experience deeper and more abundant dunes until you can see Erg Chigaga on the horizon. Camping tonight will be amidst the dunes close to “Eric”, as our clients fondly call it, and once camp is set up, you will climb this 300m (1000ft) dune to watch the sunset across the Sahara.
This is a moving and quite surreal experience for most people as the colours of the desert are highlighted by the setting sun. A time to reflect and truly experience the silence surrounding you. BLD
Day 6. Desert Trekking
Today you will continue your journey and by now you will be wondering how your Guide is navigating; it all looks so similar with no landmarks to speak of. Although your days are spent walking separately from your support crew,they will always be miraculously waiting for you when you arrive at your lunch or evening stop. BLD
Day 7. Desert Trekking
On your final full day of trekking you will start to leave the deeper dunes behind as the terrain changes to hamada or rocky, barren plateaus. You may encounter abandoned and derelict dwellings or even remote wells used by the Nomads as they traverse the desert. BL
Day 8. Final trek day, overnight Ouarzazate
This morning a short final trek will take you to meet your transport where you will say goodbye to your support crew and head back to Ouarzazate. Once in the hotel, you can relax and have that well earned shower! Then it’s time to get those clean clothes on and enjoy a celebration dinner. B
Day 9. Drive to Marrakesh, overnight Marrakesh
After breakfast, it’s back towards Marrakesh. We get you back as soon as we can leaving you plenty of time to get out into the Medina and experience the multitude of Souks. The bartering and market activity is something special. In the evening, enjoy a traditional meal in any one of many restaurants or try your chance by eating on one of the street stalls. B
Day 10. Depart for London
You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to UK at the appropriate time. B
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