Desert Trekking & Hiking in Merzouga: Walking Holidays
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Morocco Desert Hiking Tour in Merzouga and Erg Chebbi
Overview of the 6-day Desert Hiking in Merzouga, Morocco
This 6-day hiking tour in Morocco is the perfect way to explore the country’s desert landscapes and the desert lifestyle. Beginning with a drive through the Tichka Pass and the Draa Valley to the palm grove of Tansikht, the journey continues to the stronghold of the Ait Atta tribe. From here, we explore the beautiful dunes of Foum Titsa and Umm Jran, hike the dunes of Ramlia, and walk in the Erg Chebbi dunes. We also explore the Todra Gorge, the Rose Valley, and the Taghia Gorges. Finally, we will be transferred back to Marrakech for the last night.
Morocco Desert hiking, Highlights
- We will pass and visit several desert sites where we will camp and enjoy the trekking:
- Tichka Pass
- Draa Valley
- Green Palm Grove of Tansikht
- Jebel Saghro
- Village of Nab
- Tagbalt Desert
- Foum Tizza
- Ramlia Village
- Ait Khabbach
- Erg Chebbi Dunes
- Todra Gorge
- Dades Gorges
- Drive via the Kalat Megouna Valley
- Hike from AZNAG to ALEMDUN
The detailed plan for the desert trekking and hiking tour in Merzouga, Morocco
Day 1: MARRAKECH – TANASIKHT PALMEREY – VILLAGE N’COB
We leave Marrakech via the Tichka Pass towards the desert. We drive via the Draa Valley to the green palm grove of Tansikht, then turn onto a small road on the southern slope of Jebel Saghro and finally reach Nqob, the stronghold of the Ait Atta tribe. In the late afternoon, depending on the arrival time, we will discover the village of Nab, known for its clay-preserved buildings, and take a walk through a palm grove.
Day 2: Ramlia via Tazzarin – Hiking the dunes of Foum Titsa and Umm Jran
After breakfast, we continue our Morocco hiking tours in the south of the country on a road that crosses the Tagbalt Desert and leads us to the beautiful dunes of Foum Tizza. The dunes are nestled against the mountain. For a first introduction to the desert, we take a walk through the heart of the Foum Tizza dunes. Overnight at the comfortable Kasbah & Ramlia.
Day 3: Walking in the Ramlia Dune – Merzouga
Today we will walk the dunes of Ramlia to discover this beautiful wild region and its dune landscapes. After the walk in the village of Ramlia, there is an opportunity to have tea in one of the homes of the locals. We will then continue through the nomadic territory of Ait Khabbach to Merzouga and the orange dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight camel trekking in Merzouga at the end of the day. You can choose either to camp in a Berber traditional camp or in a luxury bivouac.
Day 4: Hiking in the dunes of ERG CHEBBY – Head to the GORGES OF TODRA
Continuing our Morocco hiking tour through the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the famous dunes in Morocco. In the morning light, we cross several desert landscapes, which offer wonderful places for pictures. Then, we will depart the desert landscape of the southeast and drive along Jebel Saghro to the heart of the Todra Gorge. The pass to the gorges offers an impressive view, which is made of continuous curves at the foot of the mountain. Following small paths through fields and palm groves until we start seeing a magnificent view of the gorge and palm grove. Both the Todgha River and Dades River cause these impressive cliff narrow canyons through the mountain making it one of the most interesting sites for hiking. We will enjoy walking along the gorges and taking our lunch in the heart of the river. After a day of hiking, we will spend the night in a hotel at the foot of the mountain.
Day 5: TODRA GORGE – KELAA M’GOUNA – TABERACHT (M’GOUN valley):
Walk along the wadi (valley) of the gorge, among palm groves, orchards, and fields. The nature here is marvelous, you will enjoy birdsong and meet small Berber villages cultivating their little patch of green land. It’s a great site for relaxing and inspiring. You will continue on through the path of thousand Kasbahs towards Kelaa M’guna, the rose capital, and spend the night in a guesthouse on a rocky peak with a magnificent panorama and a magical view of the Rose Valley and the Atlas Mountains.
DAY 6: HIKE FROM AZNAG TO ALEMDUN (TAGHIA GORES) MARRAKEH
On the last day of our hiking in the desert of Morocco, we will leave the Rose Valley and drive along a beautiful road passing over small Berber Villages until we reach the village of Aznag, another site for trekking. We will start with a short climb that offers a beautiful view of the valley and Ait Ahmed town. We will then have a visit to the village of El Hot and then to Aguti known for its beautiful Mochal kasbahs which for sure we will visit while we’re there. Later, we will journey along the Gorges of Taghia. Around the afternoon, we will take a walking tour along the Taghia Gorge to the village of Alemdouna. Our hiking journey will be ended by transferring you to Marrakech for the last night.
To customize a desert hiking tour or a trekking trip in the desert of Morocco, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- All-night accommodations.
- Camel trekking in Morocco Sahara desert.
- Free stops when you want.
- Dinners and Breakfasts
- Picnic in the Desert
Questions & Answers
How far is M’hamid from Erg Chegaga in this Trekking in Morocco Sahara?
Erg Chigaga to M’hamid (passing the oases of Oum Laalag ) distance is about 60 Km (37 Miles)
What do you wear for the camel ride?
Be sure to wear full and loose clothes on your camel ride, especially on the desert space tour. If you want to wear shorts, long shorts are recommended. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are also advised to make your camel ride more comfortable.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THE TREKKING?
You will need to bring with you a sleeping bag, sunglasses, a bottle of water, sandals, and trekking shoes, For your comfort.