Morocco Desert Trekking in M’hamid – Wild experience

Start :

Marrakech or Ouarzazate

Duration :

7 days

End :

Marrakech or Ouarzazate

Languages :

English, Francais

Sahara Desert Trekking experience in M’hamid El’Ghizlane, Marrakech, Morocco

What is desert trekking in Morocco?

Trekking in the deserts of Morocco is an unforgettable experience. The vast expanse of sand, the towering dunes, and the starfilled night skies offer an unparalleled adventure.  The best way to explore the desert is to join a guided trekking tour. Experienced guides can take you to the most remote and beautiful places in the desert. You will be able to explore the sand dunes, climb to the peaks of sand mountains, and camp out under the stars.  Trekking tours usually last a few days, and they can range from easy to challenging. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the unique culture, hospitality, and cuisine of Morocco. The tour will also allow you to explore the desert on camelback, and you can even spend a night camping in the sand dunes. Trekking in the deserts of Morocco is a great way to experience the beauty of the country. The stunning landscapes, the fascinating culture, and the unique wildlife are sure to leave you with a lifetime of memories. So, if you’re looking to get off the beaten path and experience the true essence of Morocco, a trekking tour is a great way to do it.

Overview of the Morocco desert trekking tour in M’hamid:

This 7day Sahara desert trek takes you on a magical journey through the Sahara Desert. Starting in Marrakech, you‘ll travel to Mhamid, the gateway to the desert, and spend the night in a permanent bivouac. From here you‘ll go on a camel caravan and explore the desert sea, visit the marabout mausoleum of Sidi Naji, and spend the night in the sand dunes. You‘ll experience the spectacular orange dunes of Erg Zahar and explore the old nomadic market. You‘ll also trek the Erg Smara, Erg Ait Unir, and Erg Douib, where you‘ll have the chance to take a natural shower and enjoy a nomadic evening in the desert. Finally, you‘ll return to Marrakech, having experienced a truly unique journey.

Highlights of the Trekking experience

  • Cross the High Atlas via the Tizi nTichka Pass
  • Explore & trek the dunes of Erg Zahar, Erg Smara, and Erg Ait Unir
  • Visit the marabout mausoleum of Sidi Naji
  • Experience a nomadic atmosphere of simplicity and sharing
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the desert landscape

Guided Itinerary for your trekking experience in M’hamid

Day 1:  Marrakech – M’hamid                                                             

Morning departure from Marrakech to the gateway to the desert: M’hamid. You will cross the High Atlas via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, where you will enjoy panoramic views from the highest road in Morocco (2,260m). You arrive in the desert in the afternoon and spend the night in the heart of the dunes in a permanent bivouac.

Day 2: SIDI NAJI Trekking journey

Departure from the permanent bivouac by camel sled. We walk to the rhythm of the camel caravan and leave the palm trees behind. The desert sea begins. We pass several old dwellings where we can find pottery that bears witness to the ancient civilizations that inhabited the desert. After this desert walk, we will have lunch and tea under the shade of the trees. 

In the afternoon we will visit the marabout mausoleum of Sidi Naji, an opportunity to learn about local history and customs. 

The bivouac will be set amidst the sand dunes.

Day 3: Erg Zahar Trekking journey

Today we drive to the orange dunes of Erg Zahar. The further into the desert’s heart, the rarer the tamarisk trees are and the more spectacular the views become. We visit an old nomadic market. It was once a place where nomads traded with caravans from Africa. After lunch in the shade of a tamarisk tree, we will reach the spectacular Erg Zahar dunes with their unique shapes sculpted by the wind. But when you reach the top, you will be amazed at the beauty of the view of the surrounding dunes. Our bivouac will be set up in the heart of the dunes for a night under the stars.

Day 4:  Erg Smara Trekking journey

Continue towards Erg Smara, the distinctive dunes in shades of orange and gold. We cross the plateau and then the Draa valley. This valley, drained by the construction of the Ouarzazate dam, is the longest in Morocco. It was the main source of water for M’Hamid’s Sahara. Lunch takes place in the shade of a tamarisk tree accompanied by nomadic tea. In the afternoon you will walk to the well where our camels are watered. You will have the opportunity to refresh yourself with a natural shower. On the way back you will be able to visit the remains of ancient nomadic dwellings at Erg Smara.

Day 5: Erg Ait Unir trekking journey

We leave Erg Smar and reach Erg Ait Unir. We cross a hilly plateau with dunes. After a few hours of walking, the scenery changes when we reach Erg Ait Unir. Under the large Tamarisk, the vegetation becomes richer. In the evening the dromedaries eat all the edible plants and the nomads make bread which they bake for us on the sand. The magnificent dunes of Erg Ait Unir will be the backdrop for our bivouac.

Day 6: Erg Douib Trekking journey

Like the nomads, we will wake up with the sun. We will travel to Erg Douib. An inevitable break for tea and lunch at Bo Rabra, where a few camels can be found near a well. After lunch, we will continue our trek towards Erg Dwib where we will bivouac. At the end of this stage, we will spend our last evening in the desert in a nomadic atmosphere of simplicity and sharing.

Day 7: Transfer to Marrakech

After breakfast, the day stage returns us to Marrakech. We leave M’hamid and cross the magnificent desert landscape one last time before reaching Marrakech.

Included

  • Private Transportation.
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Pick up from your Hotel/Riad or Airport.
  • Drop off at your Hotel/Riad or Airport.
  • English speaking guide/driver.
  • Fuel for the entire travel desert package.
  • All-night accommodations.
  • Camel trekking in Sahara desert.
  • Free stops when you want.
  • Water on the trekking in desert.
  • Picnic in the Sahara desert.

excluded

  • Lunch depends on location. 
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Prices Per Person

Questions & Answers
How far is M’hamid from Marrakech on this tour Morocco desert trekking?

Marrakech to M’hamid (via Ait Benhaddou) distance is 473 Km (294 Miles)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THE TREKKING?

For your comfort, You will need to bring with you a sleeping bag, sunglasses, a bottle of water, sandals, and trekking shoes.

What do I 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.