Morocco Camel Desert Trekking Tour 4 Days (Erg Chegaga, the Highest Dunes in Morocco)

 

Overview

"I came back home with a powerful new perspective on what it meant to be human. Standing on the summit of Erg Chegaga, watching the blazing sun pass behind an infinity of prismatically-colored dunes, I felt how important it is to honor the beautiful gift of being alive." - Jenny (Nebraska, USA) 

 

Follow in the footsteps of Berber Nomads over the centuries--from where the paved road ends, to the highest dunes in the Western Sahara: Erg Chegaga. Over four days and nearly 60 km (40 miles), trek alongside your experienced Berber guides who know this region as their home. Learn about the Sahara's fragile ecosystem, gain a new understanding of Moroccan culture, and dwell in the deep, blissful solitude of the desert.

Highlights

  • See stunning desert landscapes including Erg Chegaga, the highest and most magnificent dunes in Morocco
  • Explore the Sahara in a way few get to experience on a multi-day camel trek
  • Follow friendly guides with 10+ years of experience who grew up as Berber Nomads
  • Sleep in cozy Berber Tents or under the Milky Way

Itinerary

Day 1: Mhamid– Oued Naam

Your Morocco camel trekking tour starts from the small village M'Hamid Alghizlane close to the desert. In the morning you meet your guide and the camels are loaded with the provisions for the Sahara desert trek. You put the traditionnal turban and this unique and exciting trip starts!

After 2 hours of walking in the golden dunes, we have lunch in Rass Nkhal and continue walking to Oued Naam, where we will make camp and spend the night under the beautiful stars and near out standing dunes. Meal is prepared on spot.

During your 4 day Morocco camel trekking tour, don't forget to enjoy the sunset in the desert!


Day 2: Oued Naam - Erg Bougarn

The second day of your Morocco camel trekking tour take you to Erg Bougarn.

In the morning, you enjoy a 2 hours trek in the desert. You continue walking along the Oued Draa (the Draa Valley) and have lunch in Lotide. You enjoy beautiful landscapes. The caravan of camels make his way in the dunes of the Sahara. The landscapes are exotic, the silence all around you...relaxing, meditation...

We head on for about another 2 hours to reach Erg Bougarn, a huge beautiful dune surounded by smaller dunes, where we spend our night.

During a Morocco desert trek, you will sleep in the desert, in a mobile desert camp. You can sleep in the tent or under the stars. The experience is unique.


Day 3: Erg Bougarn - Erg Chegaga 

You will have breakfast, then departure from Erg Bougarn in the morning. If you wake up early, you can admire the sunrise in the desert.

The 3d day of your Sahara camel trekking, you will arrive in the highest dunes in the Moroccan desert, in Erg Chegaga.

You walk for around 2 hours to Al Khandag to have lunch and from there we continue to the big dunes of Chegaga.

The landscapes are impressive! You will enjoy walking in Erg Chegaga. A big dunes, a wild places to discover, nomadic camps...


Day 4: Erg Chegaga - M'Hamid 

It's the last day of your Morocco camel trekking tour! After breakfast we return to M'Hamid in 4x4.

Erg Chegaga is located at about 60km from M'hamid. Your trip continue by 2 hours of driving on the track in the desert.

Arriving in M'hamid, where your Morocco desert trip ends.

Gear List 

Packed by us:

    •  All Group Cooking Gear
    •  Food and Water
    •  Camp Furniture
    •  Cots and Sleeping Pads
    •  Group First Aid Kit
    •  Traditional Berber Tent(s)

Packed by you (Required):

    • Sun protection (Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and a Hat)
    • Ziplock Bags (to protect electronics from the sand)
    • Flashlight or Headlamp
    • Hiking Pants (Lightweight)
    • Hiking Shoes or Sandals
    • Warm Jacket and/or Vest (for cooler night temperatures)
    • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
    • T-Shirt (Cotton or Synthetic)
    • Backpack or small to mid-sized duffle bag*

*  You can leave large baggage at our basecamp free of charge.

 

Other Information

Weather

It's always sunny and warm during the day in the Sahara, but make sure to bring cozy layers for at night! Here are normal temperatures for specific seasons.

Season                                           __         Temperature (C)                     Temperature (F)

    Winter (Dec-Jan)                                        15-25  (day), 5-10 (night)         60-80 (day), 40-50 (night)

    Spring and Fall (Feb-Apr/Sept-Nov)         20-30 (day), 5-15 (night)          70-85 (day), 40-60 (night)

    Summer (May-August):                            Up to 50                                       Up to 120

Food

All meals are included on our trek. Please let us know in advance if you would like us to prepare vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals. 

Transportation

There are taxis and CTM buses (similar to Flixbus or Greyhound) to and from multiple destinations (Zagora, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Casablanca...). For example, there are daily departures of the CTM bus from Marrakech at 11:15 am for 170 MAD (around 17 €), and daily return leaving from MHamid at 6:15 am at the same price. The destination on CTM website is called “Lamhamid Ghozlane”, and it's the last stop. We are happy to pick you up at the bus station.

Parking

If needed, you can park your rental car at our basecamp free of charge.

Safety

Safety is the most important part of any excursion, and we take it very seriously. You will be accompanied by expert guides who have trekked in this area of the desert for 10+ years and are trained to handle emergencies. If you have questions about the steps we take to provide the best experience, do not hesitate to contact us.

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