Fields of Life Sahara Trek
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The Sahara desert stretches from the snow-capped mountains of Morocco in the west to the Red Sea coast 4800km to the east. We will be trekking the Hammada which is the most southern part of the Moroccan Sahara. With proud Berbers as our guides and a small caravan of camels to carry our supplies we will trek across this stunning landscape.
Our route take us from Marrakech crossing the High Atlas to the desert gate way of Quarzazate to the most southern areas of Morocco, the main challenge lies in the remoteness and the heat of the desert, each day has been carefully designed by our local Berber guides to give you the most challenging and enjoyable trek possible in this spectacular desert. Each day the landscape changes from the Sahara stretching as far as the eye can see, huge rolling dunes to the multi coloured rocks.
Day 1 – U.K. to Ait-Ben-Haddouu
Depart the UK early morning for our flight to Marrakech, on arrival in Marrakech we transfer to Ait Ben Haddou which takes approximately 5hrs, our transfer take us over the Tizi ‘n’ Tichka pass offering incredible views of the High Atlas, this is quite possibly the most scenic drive in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou lies just below the High Atlas Mountains on the edge of the Sahara desert this Unesco-protected red mudbrick ksar seems frozen in time, still resembling its days in the 11th century as an Almoravid caravanserai. Overnight in Ait-Ben-Haddou.
Day 2 – Ait-Ben-Haddou to M’hamid
After an early breakfast we have a detailed briefing and then leave for the three-hour drive via Tizi n Tinifift through the Draa Valley, the known as ‘Valley of a thousand Kasbahs’ we have a brief stop on route to buy a shash (native headscarf) and have our last cold drink before the heat of the desert. We continue towards Ait Atta where we make our first night’s camp in M’Hamid.
Day 3 – M’hamid– Dunes of Ait Oumir
The full colour of the landscape erupts as the sun rises. Hot coffee and a good breakfast set us up for a good day’s trek. We break camp and head off across the desert, having lunch at a Palm Oasis were we may get the opportunity to meet some nomadic families. The afternoon will be spent crossing the dunes. The trekking is tough going with the Sahara stretching as far as the eye can see; we finally arrive at our camp after along dusty day of trekking. Approx. 7hrs walking.
Day 4 Dunes of Ait Oumir – L’erg Zaher
Leaving camp behind us after around 4km we come to the edge of some low dunes. Skirting the dunes, we walk on both soft sand and stony plateau where you can find the occasional fossilised sea creature. The hottest part of the day is spent having lunch in the shade, time to relax and refill the water bottles, once the hottest part of the day has passed we set off across more dunes alternating between volcanic rock, sandy sheets and arid plains. To the South are rolling dunes as far as you can see and to the North the Hamada, passing the occasional nomadic encampment. The nomadic people move here with their animals from the Atlas to the South in the autumn when the snows begin, we finally arrive at a L’erg Zaher the largest dunes in area, which will be our camp for the night. Approx 6-7hrs walking
Day 5 – L’erg Zaher – Bouguern
Waking before sunrise with our head torches on, we trek to the summit of the highest dune in area for sunrise, returning to camp for breakfast, after which we continue the day crossing the dunes with views cross the desert landscape, there is very little vegetation around but we manage to find the only few trees for miles to have lunch under. Once again distances are impossible to gauge and the views shimmer in the heat before we finally make to our night’s camp amongst the dunes. Approx 6-7hrs walking
Day 6 – Bouguern – M’hamid
Today is tough and our longest day of the entire trek as we make our way towards some of the biggest dunes in the area, firstly crossing Chwriif Plateau to have lunch near the dunes, once past the hottest part of the day we begin our traverse of the dunes. The walking is tough sand fills yours boots and your feet sink into the dunes during our spectacular climb, after taking the view in we have fun descending the dunes along one of the narrow ridges to tonight’s camp at the base for these spectacular dunes.Approx 8hrs walking
Day 7 – M’hamid – Marrakech
After breakfast we load into the 4wd’s and return to Marrakech, the exciting journey takes us once again over the High Atlas, finally arriving at our hotel in Marrakech where we will have the time to relax before the evening’s festivities.
Day 8 –Marrakech – U.K.
Depart Marrakech bound for U.K.
Time permitting, we will have the morning to explore the souks of Marrakech.
Included in the price of the trip
- 1 Night guest house Ait-Ben-Haddou
- Ait-Ben-Haddou guided tour
- 1 Night accommodation in Traditional Riad/Hotel in Marrakech.
- 5 nights camping
- All Transfers
- Qualified UK Leader
- Local Guide
- Camel Guides and Camels
- Satellite phone and VHF radio back up
- All meals while trekking
Not included in the price of the trip
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Celebration meal in Marrakech
- Personal spending
How to Book your Trip
You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £150 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a registration and medical form. The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
Total Cost: £875.00 per person
Deposit: £150.00 per person
Final Balance: £725.00 per person
Please get in touch with us via the contacts page or send us an email at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like information on the Sahara trek.