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. After months of corona-lockdown, you need a chance to get away from online meetings, work stress, and frenetic city life. On this four-day Erg Chegaga trekking tour, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in nomadic desert trekking life. Over four days and nearly 60 km (40 miles), trek alongside your experienced Berber guides who know this region as their home. Although there will be plenty of trekking, we will also have a lot of time to relax and take breaks. Learn about the Sahara's fragile ecosystem, gain a new understanding of Moroccan culture, and dwell in the deep, blissful solitude of the desert.
- Trek in 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 Morocco camel trekking tour to Erg Chegaga
- Follow friendly guides with 10+ years of experience who grew up as Berber Nomads
- Sleep in cozy Berber Tents or under the Milky Way
Day 1: Mhamid– Oued Naam
The beginning of our Erg Chegaga trekking tour: finding our rhythm
You are free to arrive the day before or in the morning on our departure date.
Our Morocco trip to Erg Chegaga begins in the oasis village of M'Hamid El Ghizlane, also known as the "Door of the Desert". We will pick you up from the bus station, your taxi, or if you are in a rental car, in the village square. We will take you to our peaceful basecamp just outside of the village among the small dunes at the beginning of the Sahara. Here, you are free to secure large luggage and to park your rental car. We will share tea, as is our tradition, and discuss the logistics of our Erg Chegaga trek.
In the mid-afternoon, your camels arrive. After packing them with our supplies, we embark on our Erg Chegaga trek into the golden dunes towards the river Oued Naam. It won't take long for you to feel the peaceful energy of the desert, to get into the sway of your camel's trekking rhythm, and to notice the truly remarkable details of the desert first-hand. We stop to make lunch and to relax under the shade of a tamarisk tree. Taking tea, you will feel re-energized for the rest of our trekking for the day. Continuing, we reach our destination as the sun nears the horizon. You will have the opportunity to trek up a tall dune and to enjoy your first Sahara sunset. We set up our Morocco desert camp and spend the night under the beautiful stars with a delicious meal and stories about the desert.
Day 2: Oued Naam - Erg Bougarn
Learning about desert life along our Erg Chegaga trekking tour
Breathing in the cool morning air, you will wake up feeling refreshed. We will start to settle into our daily routine of tea and a delicious breakfast in the soft light. The second day of your Morocco trip to Erg Chegaga will take you to Erg Bougarn.
We will continue trekking along the river Oued Draa in the Draa Valley. Soon, we will take a break and relax, preparing a delicious lunch beside the river. You will start to notice the diversity of desert landscapes: tamarisk trees (mentioned in ancient texts, including the Bible), vast plains of stones, and herds of wild camels.
In the late afternoon, we will find ourselves at Erg Bougarn: a magnificent high dune above a surrounding landscape of smaller dunes. We will again set up our Morocco desert camp with a warm campfire. You will have the option of sleeping in a cozy nomad tent or under the stars.
Day 3: Erg Bougarn - Erg Chegaga
The culmination of our Morocco camel trekking tour: Erg Chegaga
Today we embark towards Erg Chegaga: the highest dunes in the Moroccan Sahara. As we approach the area surrounding Erg Chegaga, in the distance you will see the largest summits coming into view. All around Erg Chegaga is one of the oldest oases in the region--the vast and green flood plain at the end of the Daia' river.
Arriving at the foothills of the dunes, we will settle into an adobe Morocco desert camp with creature comforts like hot showers. After showering, from our long Erg Chegaga trek, we will relax with tea and cookies. As the sun sets, you will have the opportunity to trek to the highest dunes in Erg Chegaga to watch a magnificent Sahara sunset like no other. As you crest the summit, the sky will unfold in a brilliant display of shifting colors. We spend the evening with a five-star traditional Moroccan dinner, campfire, and music in our Erg Chegaga Morocco desert camp.
Day 4: Erg Chegaga - M'Hamid
The last day of our Erg Chegaga Morocco Camel Trekking Tour
It's the last day of your Erg Chegaga trek! After breakfast, we return to M'Hamid in a 4x4 vehicle. We arrive back at the small dunes of M'Hamid El Ghizlane and our Morocco desert basecamp. There, you can have a shower and take a rest from all our desert trekking. Although we've only been gone for a few days, your heart and mind will feel peaceful and refreshed from the tranquil desert.
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.
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
All meals are included on our trek, and we are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have. Please let us know in advance if you would like us to prepare vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free (etc.) meals.
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 and daily return leaving from M'Hamid at 6:15 am. The destination on the CTM website is called “Lamhamid Ghozlane”, and it's the last stop. We are happy to pick you up at the bus station.
If needed, you can park your rental car at our basecamp free of charge.
This route is well-traveled, and you will be accompanied by expert guides who have trekked in this area of the desert for 10+ years. If you have questions about the steps we take to provide the best experience, do not hesitate to contact us.
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