Morocco Desert Tour to Erg Chegaga (1 day and 1 night)

 

Overview

Other-worldly landscapes, a breath-taking desert sunset, new camel friends, and a sacred oasis---this one-night Sahara desert tour is a fantastic culmination for any trip to Morocco. Learn more about the nomadic lifestyle and culture. More than a trip in the Sahara, we offer your an authentic experience.

Highlights

  • Visit a Sacred Oasis
  • Experience the immense Erg Chegaga Dunes--highest in Morocco
  • Watch an amazing Sahara sunset
  • Sleep in the desert in a traditional Berber Tent or under the Milky Way

Itinerary

Day 1: Mhamid– Erg Chegaga

The departure for this one day Morocco desert tour Erg Chegaga is planned from the village of M'hamid El Ghizlane.

M'hamid is located in the gateway to the Sahara. This Morocco desert trip will bring you for a day in the largest dunes in the desert of Erg Chegaga.

You will meet your guide in the morning. A 4x4 vehicle will pick you up in your accommodation in M'Hamid. Then you will start your Sahara desert tour to Erg Chigaga.First, we visit the sacred oasis and head to the Erg Chegaga dunes. The distance between M'hamid and Erg Chegaga is about 2 hours on the track in the desert.

Lunch in the Oasis. Then your Erg Chegaga excursion continues! At your arrival, you will find camels. You put the traditional turban and you are ready for this unique experience!

A one hour camel ride will take us to the foot of the dune. From there you have to climb up on your own. But be sure: it's worth every step! Once on the top of the dune, you can enjoy the sunset and try out sandboarding. The sunset in the Sahara is so beautiful! Enjoy it!

We spend the evening with a traditional Moroccan dinner, campfire, and music in a Erg Chegaga desert camp.

There are many nomadic camps in Erg Chegaga.


Day 2: Erg Chegaga – Mhamid

The second day of your Morocco desert tour Erg Chegaga is dedicated to the return in M'hamid.

In the morning, you enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Erg Chigaga desert camp. After that, you can have a little moment for walk in the dunes.

Then, a 4x4 jeep brings you back to the village M'Hamid. We arrive there at around 10.00 am. Your Morocco desert tour Erg Chegaga ends.

Gear List 

Packed by you:

    • Sun Protection (Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and a Hat)
    • Ziplock Bags (to protect electronics from the sand)
    • Camera!
    • Warm Jacket and/or Vest (for cooler night temperatures)
    • A Sense of Adventure

*  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.

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