Sahara Explorer ( 8 days)
This exciting Sahara trek takes us to one the most remote wilderness areas of the Moroccan Sahara, trekking an area in its natural state untouched by humans is a rare and humbling experience, Once you’ve tasted the exhilaration of trekking for days through the Sahara desert you’ll never want to leave.
Our route take us from the desert gate way of Ouarzazate 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 rock of Jebel El Mrakib.
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
Qualified UK Leader (Groups 8+)
Camel Guides and Camels
Satellite phone and VHF radio back up
All meals while trekking
Not included in the price of the trip
Celebration meal in Marrakech
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150.00 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 £150.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 traditional Raid in Marrakech where we will have the time to relax before the evening’s festivities.
Marrakech – U.K.
Depending on our departure time, we will have the morning to visit the Djemaa el Fna, an open-air market with food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats. There’s also some great bargain hunting to be had.