The trekking in our Sahara for 9 days/ 8 nights through the wild desert by diversity of nature, which including the remote Erg CHEGAGA or ZAHAR dunes. Its take 9 days to experience the vastness of Sahara desert which allows you to truly far away from civilization. Really nomadic experience and existence by relaxing in to the daily routine of trekking, and what we consider to be the luxuries of Saharan life style, building wild camps, cooking on the fire, enjoying sunset & orange daybreak, the milky way of night sky and the natural great silence of the Sahara environment.
Trekking was such as loop route that began and ends in M’HAMID where the main road finished. Transport is not necessary except in emergency case.
your Hotel or Raid in Marrakech
The Sahara spirit travel trekking advice you that the best time of trekking was from October till April cause weather still in warm temperatures, pleasantly evenings. Lows night of freezing in December / January.
You will have the first night (included) in Riad or hotel in Marrakech before starting your tour, for the reason of flight time and the earlier departure of the tour.
Departure early 7:30 from raid, enjoying the journey of wonderful – across of High Atlas mountains via the highest pass of TIZ N’TICHKA 2260m, seeing typical Amazigh villages and lush valleys by the road-side. arriving OUARZAZATE then crossing the Anti-Atlas mountain of AIT SAOUN range before enjoying the DRAA River valley as longest river in Morocco 1200KM till Atlantic coast. And flanking by glorious oasis of palms & mud-build Kasbahs and driving via AGDZ and Zagora. Overnight just outside M’HAMID in the palm grove, staying at a guest-house of region. Overnight on half-board basis.
After nice sleep and breakfast, short distance of driving from guest-house to M’HAMID. There, you will meet your camel caravan which is loaded with your luggage/equipment. Desert guides will also teach you to wrap your CHACH (turban), ideal protection of wind in Sahara. The morning’s trekking follows DRAA River, through the vast palm groves of its river and original settlement of M’HAMID approximate of 300 year old, have time to visit some of ancient mud- buildings houses, mostly abandoned, then enjoy the shade time offered by acacia, palms or tamarisk trees. Since the palm grove ended, you got lunch at place called RAS NKHAL (head of palm). Here, the palm trees open out the way to stony plateau scrub geographically named (Hamada), full of tamarisk trees of the daily rest of trekking. After lunch, carry on to south-west by a proximity of 2.5hrs towards the marabou of a holy man called SIDI NAJI, overnight camp will be made, clause by small dunes. Depends group trekking- time take: 5 hrs.
After a calm sleep and Saharan breakfast, collecting camp then getaway to remote sand dune of ZAHAR region, it will be reached before lunch. So trekking day was largely flat, its look like a dried lake which gradually transformed into rolling sand dunes, with less wild vegetation. Desert- Camp is established nearby the dunes, this is a little-visit of small dune of region and your afternoon is given to exploring ZAHAR, reaching the highest point to enjoy the romantic views across the ERG (big sand) and then the magic sunset of Sahara desert. It’s a vantage point that gives you a look for next day route .to the wonderful view of Erg SMAR. ‘Screaming dunes’ which knew ZAHAR dunes, as a legend that tells of a village novels and history. Trekking time take: 4hrs
After breakfast, then strucking camp. We will cross the DRAA River as first day, to trekking to the abandoned desert village of Erg SMAR which fortified by up of 35 families farming the land. DRAA river size bed is astonishing, given it now runs dry, but once flowed in abundance through Sahara. Water still run deeply underground here and there is a well on the river where you will replenish the water supply, with a quick shower. The human existence was evidence anywhere, the outline of agricultural and gardens, abandoned mud-buildings which were homes. The trekking day finished under the generous large shade of tamarisk trees, where camp is established – hard in Harte of Sahara area, given big size of the trees at this village. After got lunch, you could explore, the DRAA and the sand dunes that have since started to encroach on the buildings. Trekking day time: 3hrs.
After breakfast, and strucking camp. The goal was the dunes of BOUGRN, there you could come across other visitors for the first time on trekking. Departing Erg SMAR, you leave the dense behind to cross small dunes and then a broad, earth plateau, passing through an area which is possible to see traces of gazelles. northly and southly, rolling dunes are still visible. The vegetation also increasing once more, then you have lunch under the trees’ shade. After lunch, carry on through the desert to enjoy the plateau before the rolling dunes of BOUGARN. Leave your camels behind then scramble up BOUGRN sand to the nearest vantage point. By good visibility of getting nice pictures, you should see the dunes of ZAHAR and of Erg CHIGAGA. The Camp was establishing in shelter of small dunes. Trekking day time: 5-6hrs.
After breakfast, trekking day will give chance of see more green plantations, some lining the course of former river tributaries. Lunch will get under shade of tamarisk trees. Then After lunch, your trekking would a crossing a flat and fertile land. And you will come across remnants of agricultural land which is now used as pasture for grazing camels. In Sahara desert the camp will be made, in the seclusion of small sand dunes. Trekking day time: 5hrs.
Left Sahara behind then toward back to M’HAMID, to complete your trekking. The Sahara moreover becomes marked by desert scrub and earth banks, and palm groves become more apparent the closer you reach M’HAMID. Lunch time break in shade then, before reaching village. Finely transport will be transfer you back to the guest-house, in hart of the palm grove. Trekking day time: 3-4hrs.
After unforgettable of Sahara spirit travel trekking departure from guest-house at early morning, to enjoy the road to Marrakech by visiting AIT BEN HADOU Kasbah in OURZAZAT then enjoy road to your Riad / hotel in Marrakech.