• At a glance
  • Locality & Walks
  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Travel options
  • Photos
At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Guided trekking Holiday
  • Sahara Desert Trek

Dates
  • 1 Nov - 31 March inclusive
Price
  • Please contact us for a quote (Price dependent on numbers in your group, possibility for individuals to join other groups)
Grade
  • grade moderate trek desert sahara Morocco
Profile
  • 9 nights: 5 days guided walking, camping with team of guide, camels, and cook. Average day: 5 hrs
Highlights
  • Discovering the immense space and solitude of the Sahara desert
  • Beautiful huge sand dunes of L'oued Drâa
  • Riding with a train of camels through stunning desert landscapes
  • Watching the night sky with amazing clarity
Accommodation and Meals
  • 2 nights accommodation in a traditional hotel in Marrakech, double and twin rooms with own bathrooms. Located in the centre of the city, it’s ideally placed for sight-seeing.
  • 2 nights in hotel or auberge in Ouarzazate on route to and from the desert

  • 5 nights camping. Tents are set up for you with mattresses. All meals are provided on trek. They are varied, healthy and very tasty meals with plenty of vegetables.
What's included
  1. Transfers to/from Marrakech airport, transport to and from the start of the trek, 9 nights' accommodation. Full Board on trek, B&B in Marrakech and during the journey. Support of team, camels, camel handlers and cook. Guided walking (local Berber guide who speaks English and French).
What's not included
  1. Travel to Marrakesh, lunches and evening meals in Marrakech and during the journey to the desert, bottled water whilst on trek, any excursions or entrance fees, tips for local guide and team.
Walks

Sahara desert trek

On the border of Morocco lies the Sahara desert inhabited by the tribes of the Ait Atta du Sahara. It contains the first oasis reached from Timbuktu after sixty days of camel caravan. An area where escorts were needed to pass the Touaregs and warrior Berbers. Our guided trek goes to the huge sand dunes of the L'oued Drâa, an environment which contains memories of the centuries of human endurance needed to cross this link between South and North. Experience the immense solitude of the desert, and see the incredible clarity of the stars and constellations which light up the nights.

Walking

The walking on this holiday is easy to moderate in grade. The ascents are small and the days average about 5 hours in length. The walking can at times feel more strenuous due to the sun, but the walking is slow and steady at the pace of the Camels. Walking is on paths consisting of stones or sand. The Camels are there to carry the bags, however, it is possible to mount on the camels if anyone is feeling very tired.

 

Map Morocco desert trek guided walking holiday

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive in Marrakesh Airport- Night in hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Ouarzazate

Stunning mountain landscapes as we transfer over the High Atlas to Ouarzazate. We travel via the kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, an amazing fortified town built into the mountainside, which is classed as a World Heitage Site. Night in Hotel Saghro or similar B&B

Day 3: Transfer to M'hamid & trek

Minibus transfer to Zagora, M’hamid,  Arrival at M'Hamid. There we load up the camels and start the trek through fields and palm trees. After 3 hours of the trek we camp at M'Hamid El Rhozlane.

Day 4: Dunes of Ait Oumir

Progressing at the speed of our camels, we pass the cliffs of the southern Drâa in the direction of the first Dunes of Ait Oumir. Tamarisk trees give us some shade for our camp. 6 hours of trek

Day 5: High Dunes of l'Erg Zaher

Keeping to the left side of the Drâa, we come to the amazing high dunes of l'Erg Zaher. We camp at the foot of the dunes. 5.30 hours of trek

Day 6: Dunes of Sedrar and Smar

Heading north, we cross the river bed of the Drâa and have lunch in the shade of the trees of Sidi Taib. We camp between the dunes of Sedrar and Smar. 5 hours of trek.

Day 7: Dune of Bouguern

The contours of the Hamada du Drâa become blurred in the heat waves and we can then make out the black barrier of the Djebel Bani. Leaving L'oued El Attach (the river of thirst) we come to our last camp at the dune of Bouguern. 5.30 hours of trek.

Day 8: Transfer to Ouarzazate

Return journey for a night in hotel in Ouarzazate

Day 9: Transfer to Marrakech

Travel to Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas on the way

Day 10: Departure

Transfer to airport and travel home


 

Sahara Desert trek Morocco guided trekking holiday

Sahara desert trek Morocco guided walking holiday

Sahara desert trek Morocco guided walking holiday

camels Sahara desert trek Morocco guided trekking

Sahara desert trek Morocco guided walking holiday

 

 

Bed

Accommodation & Meals


  • 2 nights accommodation (on B&B basis) in a traditional hotel in Marrakech, double and twin rooms with own bathrooms. Located in the centre of the city, it’s ideally placed for sight-seeing.
  • 2 nights B&B in hotel or auberge in Ouarzazate on route to and from the desert

  • 5 nights camping. Tents are set up for you with mattresses. All meals are provided on trek. They are varied, healthy and very tasty meals with plenty of vegetables

 

Name Type Details Rating  
Riad Celia Hotel Lovely rooms, lounge and courtyard in this restored traditional Marrakech house in the heart of the old city.   Riad celia marrakech Morocco Toukal Atlas guided walking holiday
Travel Options

Travel Options


Flight Options

Transfers from Marrakech airport

Please contact us before booking your travel arrangements. We would like to try and arrange for as many people to arrive at similar times as possible to reduce trips.

Easy jet: London Gatwick – Marrakech

Ryanair: Bristol - Marrakech

Royal Air Maroc: London - Marrakech

Atlas Blue: London - Marrakech

Thomsonfly: Manchester - Marrakech

Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical flights listed above. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.

Photos

Photos


Sahar desert trek Morocco guided trekking walking holiday
Sahar desert trek Morocco guided trekking walking holiday
Sahar desert trek Morocco guided trekking walking holiday
Sahar desert trek Morocco guided trekking walking holiday
Sahar desert trek Morocco guided trekking walking holiday
Sahara desert trek Morocco guided trekking walking holiday