• Duration

    6 Day Tour

  • Tour

    Sahara Trekking Tour – Marrakech to Ergh Chigaga

  • Price Per Person


  • When

    October through April

  • Suitable For

    Anyone wishing to get well off the beaten path and to experience the raw beauty of the Sahara. You have the option to ride by camel.

  • What is Included

    All inclusive – meals and accommodation, 4×4, driver, fuel, camel caravan for 2 nights & 3 days.

    2 night wild camping, camping equipment provided (dome tents, sleeping mats, blankets)

  • What is not included

    Tips, tickets to sights, travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks.

Experience a real nomadic adventure. Nomads have used camels as a form of transport for centuries. Following in their footsteps into the Sahara Desert is a unique and unforgettable experience and the best way to learn about their culture and ways of living.  Walking through the desert in the late afternoon with nothing around you but sand, tranquility and open blue sky, must be experienced. Finding the ideal camping area for the evening, and sitting on the dunes watching a breathtaking sunset is one of the most picturesque experiences and one that explorers will never forget.

Marrakech > Atlas Mountains > Draa Valey > M’Hamid >Ouarzazate > Ounilla Valley >Marrakech 

Your private guide will speak your language. You will be picked up at your hotel/riad in Marrakech at 8am in a 4×4 cruiser.  The drive is very pleasant and you will see some stunning scenery along the way.

During your three days desert trek, you will choose how many hours you wish to walk. Could do 3 h. in the morning and 2 h. in the afternoon. You will be guided by experienced and knowledgable desert guides & a camel caravan  loaded with your tent, food, luggage & equipment. Two nights you will spend in mobile tents and you’ll be doing an average of 5 h. walk a day.

2 Person Price3 Person Price4 Person Price5 Person Price6 Person Price
1370 €1656 €1944€2184€2424 €

Day 1: Marrakech to M’Hamid

Your tour starts from your hotel or riad in Marrakech at 8:00 am.

Main stops along the way:

  • Tichka pass ( 2260m) the highest road pass in Morocco and North Africa.
  • Lunch time in Ouarzazte or Agdaz in heart of Draa valley
  • Crossing Draa Valley
  • Pass by Zagora town
  • Tamagrout village to visit the old Quranice library and pottery factory
  • Arrival around at 6 pm in M’Hamid, you will spend the night in a tent in the nomads camp of Erg Lihoudi ( dinner and breakfast in the camp)

Day 2& 3 : Trekking & Wild Camping in mobile tents

With the camels  loaded and the giudes leading the way, you will trek by foot in to the desert aiming west towards Erg Chigaga great dunes. Breaks will be taken whenever needed and the length depends on the pace. Lunch will be served along the way and in the afternoon your guides will set up the wild camp in the seclusion of small dunes, a fire lit, dinner prepared, and, after dinner, some fire-side singing with your Berber hosts.

The terrain of the Sahara Desert is shaped by wind, sometimes rain, and includes not only sand dunes, but also hamada, dry valleys & lakes and salt flats. You may also be surprised at seeing so much vegetation in the desert, including Tamarisk and Acacia trees and palms – April and October are green times of year here.

In the first part of your trek you will be walking through a pavement of loose stone called Regs. They make up 70% of the Sahara and are the historic remnants of  river and sea beds. In the second part of your trek you will be passing through elevated plateaus of rock, called Hamadas. The final trek will take place in the Ergs. The Ergs make up 20% of the Sahara and are Sand Dunes that at times reach heights of up to 300 metres.

Day 4: Trekking and sunset at Erg Chigaga

After breakfast your trek will continue westwards, with several breaks and one for lunch under the shade of trees. After lunch you will make your way to the Berber Camp of Erg Chigaga.

Expect to arrive at the desert camp late afternoon. You can freshen up and wonder around the dunes, or catch a unique shot of the sunset.  Enjoy music next to the campfire after dinner.

Day 5: Erg Chigaga – Ouarzazate

After breakfast you will be leaving Erg Chigaga behind to head towards Ouarzazate.

  • On the way you will stop to see Fossils  found in the dried up bed of Lake Iriki
  • Stop to rest in the town of Foum Zguid
  • Stop to see the oldest carpets manufactured in Morocco in Taznakht.
  • Ouarzazate for the night. Dinner will be served in your guest house.

Day 6: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh

Main stops along the way:

  • UNESCO  Site – Ait ben Haddou. This Kasbah is the most impressive and well-preserved fortress cities in Morocco.  The Gladiator or Game of Thrones were filmed here.
  • Ounila valley to reach Telouet Kasbah, a big fort of the Pacha who was the most powerful man of the south.
  • Cross over the spectacular High Atlas Mountains Pass ( Tizi-n-Tichka 2260 m altitude ).
  • Marrakech arrival in evening.


Items to have during the trekking

  1. Sleeping Bag with or without liner.
  2. Personal hygiene items, you can by them in the city before the desert.
  3. Sun screen, hat and sunglasses.
  4. Trek towel, wash kit.
  5. Personal medication and first aid kit.
  6. Shoes for all terrain, flip flops for the evening
  7. Layers, hat, gloves and rain gear if needed.
  8. Changes of clothes as required.
  9. Small day pack to wear.
  10. Device chargers, adaptors, memory cards and power packs.
  11. Some accommodations have limited sockets.
  12. A head torch or small torch.
  •           Departure at : 8:00 AM.
    • Drop off at your hotel/riad the 6th day in the evening. Arrival time may vary depending on traffic.
    • You can take pictures of women in the cooperative, but in the villages or on the road you have to ask to photograph people, or shops .
    • We recommend sensible shoes or trainers.
    • Cash is the preferred method of payment across most of Morocco as very few traders have card facilities
    • We’d expect you to know this already, but when you’re buying something in Morocco, haggling is the name of the game. And it is a game, don’t get highly offended if someone offers you something at ten times its value, make a counter bid!
    • Coin purse are good to take, as you will need small amounts of money for photos ,snacks, tips, and toilets ” 2 Dirhams”
    • There are numerous pharmacies in Morocco, though it is advised that you get a prescription from your doctor before you leave if you need regular medication. If you feel ill but don’t think it’s serious enough for a hospital, visit a pharmacist will usually be able to help you, and recommend a doctor if you need one.
    • Morocco is predominantly a Muslim country (though a more socially liberated one than many others), so please be aware that some behaviour that is acceptable at home is not permitted here. Dress is usually more restrained.
    • We require a 20% deposit before hand to confirm your booking for the tour, via Paypal or Bank Transfer
    • Money back if cancelation 30 days before the Tour.

    In regards to accommodations when you contact us we will send you an email with the list of accommodations you will be staying in. They will all be approved Pension type hotels which have been rated as having a good and comfortable stay. During the one night stay in the desert we will offer a glamping style tent with good conditions which allow you to get the true experience of the Sahara. How ever there is the option of staying in luxurious hotels for an extra fee, if preferable.

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