An 8-day/7-night desert trek in Morocco is a true experience that takes you to the wild Erg Chigaga dunes to Challenge yourself during your vacation. Travel in peace with locals and experience the fauna and flora of the Sahara. Our desert trekking trip starts from Marrakech and heads to south East Morocco, Just before Mhamid EL Ghizlan you will start this unique adventure and challenging trip to the Sahara.

Venture into the wild of the desert accompanied by camels like an old caravan. Walk in different terrains of rocky Reg and different Ergs. Travel green in the Sahara of Morocco and explore the magical deserts with local guides.

For each day hike on this arid terrain, you carry just a day pack, we create this trip to be an informative experience as well as a walk through the unique terrain, as we seek to share our knowledge of the Sahara and provide all you need to have an active yet comfortable holiday in Morocco.

Desert trek Morocco overview:

  • The departure of the trek: Marrakech
  • Arrival: Marrakech
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Type: Eco friendly trekking trip in Morocco
  • Guiding: a certified guide
  • Accommodations: Riad and  tents for camping during the desert trek
  • Best period: From December to March
  • Luggage: carried by Camels
  • Meals: full board included during the desert trek

Desert trek Morocco itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech arrival

Welcome to Morocco!

Our guide will pick you up at Menara airport.

Overnight in a Riad

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Meals included: none
  • Accommodation: Authentic Riad in Marrakech
  • Optional activity: Hammam experience, guided tour of the Medina

Day 2: Travel from Marrakech  to Ouarzazate – Zagora – Faija

Our Desert trek Morocco trip will start at 8 am, we leave Marrakech, driving through the spectacular Tizi n’ Tichka Pass (2260m above sea level). This beautiful mountain road has unforgettable scenery and is the highest road in the country.  Continue through the towns of Ouarzazate and Zagora, enjoying the palm groves and local villages. Our direction changes just before the famous sign “52 Days to Timbuktu” and we continue along the plateau of Faija.

We overnight at a camp in Faija.

  • Duration:7 hours drive
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: camping

Day 3: Camel trek from Faija to Oum Laachar – Pass –  Overnight at Oued Mhasser desert

loading the camels and starting our trek by crossing the pass of Oum Laachar. We continue along a dry river and pass a hidden Oasis between the mountains. Continue with short climbs and descents till we reach our camp on the riverbank of Oued Mhasser.

  • Duration: 5 hours trek
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Wild camping

Day 4: camel trek from Oued Mhasser to Chegaga camping in the desert 

Walking along the river of Oued Mhasser and crossing a pebbly desert. If it’s clear, we can begin to see the great dunes of Chegaga, which appear more impressive the closer we get. We join our team in camp on a plateau and enjoy an amazing sunset over the dunes. As the stars come out, we relax in traditional tents and have a tasty meal around the campfire. 

  • Duration: 5 hours trek
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Wild camping

Day 5: Desert trek from Dunes of Chegaga to Dunes of Bougarne/ admire the real Sahara landscape

Wake up early to enjoy a breathtaking sunrise on the dunes before breakfast. We continue our trek Crossing a dry lake and rocky desert to reach Oued Laatach (‘river of thirst) and along the way see nomad camps with their flock of goats. We cross another rocky desert to reach our camp near the dunes of Bougarne. These dunes are smaller than those of Chegaga, but still, provide panoramic views across the landscape as we watch the sunset.

  • Duration: 5 hours trek
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Wild camping

Day 6: desert trek from the Dunes of Bougarne to Oued Naam

Our desert trek today starts across a rocky desert plateau, which gives a mineral edge to the landscape. After a long walk, we arrive at our camp next to Oued Naam, with its famous well. We can have a wash but must be conscious of this fragile resource.

  • Duration: 5 hours trek
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Wild camping

Day 7: walk from Oued Naam to Mhamid – Travel by car to Marrakech

We depart very early because we have a long trip back to Marrakech. We trek across a plateau of small dunes and then a forest of Tamaris. Around noon, we arrive in the village of Mhamid village, the last village before the vast Sahara. We say goodbye to our team of camel drivers and drive back to  Marrakech, passing through Zagora and Ouarzazate, We overnight in Marrakech before full departure the following day. 

  • Duration: 4 hours trek- 6 hours drive
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Authentic Riad in Marrakech

Day 8: Return flight

Transfer to the Marrakech airport for your return flight according to the schedule.

End of your desert trek to Morocco 

  • The transfers on the ground by air-conditioned, comfortable vehicles
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation in a comfortable hotel or riad
  • Professional and certified English/French/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Full board during the trip Spacious igloo tents, 2 persons per tent, except for single individuals Foam mattress, 1 per person
  • Camels to carry your luggage during the trek
  • Services of the accompanying staff: guides, cooks, and camel drivers
  • A first aid kit with standard equipment The necessary
  • logistic for the trip
  • The beverages included are: mineral bottled water, coffee, and Moroccan mint tea
  • Flights
  • Tipping 
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Suitable walking clothes ( long and light trousers and tops
  • A warm jacket especially if your Sahara trekking trip is in Wintertime( December to March)
  • Water bottle
  • Small backpack
  • Hat, or cap
  • Scarf
  • Sleeping bag adapted to the period of your trekking in the Sahara trip
  • Headlamp
  • Lighter
  • Good walking shoes
  • Day 1: Marrakech arrival – overnight in Marrakech
  • Day 2:Travel from Marrakech  to Ouarzazate – Zagora – Faija
  • Day 3: Faija – Oum Laachar – Pass – Oued Mhasser
  • Day 4: Oued Mhasser – Chegaga camping in the desert – Chegaga
  • Day 4:Dunes of Chegaga – Dunes of Bougarne
  • Day 6: Dunes of Bougarne – Oued Naam 
  • Day 7: Oued Naam – Mhamid – Marrakech
  • Day 8: Departure from Marrakech airport