Overview

The Sahara Desert Trek is an incredible expedition across mesmerising landscapes, mirages and golden dunes that immerses you in the beauty and solitude of the desert. You follow the footsteps many Berber tribes have made and still do to this day all while witnessing vistas that take your breath away.

Your trek begins at the village of M’Hamid, and you journey through bare fields and palm trees, crossing the dunes of Ait Oumir and L’erg Zaher, the highest in the region. Each day, awake to a golden sunrise and the quiet of the desert that instils a sense of calm as you take in the serene beauty of the desert.

Deep red sand, panoramic views, fiery sunsets, huge campfires and starry skies are just a few of the things that make this Sahara Desert Trek experience truly exceptional. If you are looking for a challenging trek with a beautiful backdrop where you will make friends for life around the campfire, enjoy delicious traditional Moroccan food and step out of your comfort zone, then this is the trip for you!

Start:
05/11/2021
Finish:
10/11/2021
Location(s):
Morocco
Duration:
6

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Itinerary - 6 days

Day 1 Friday, 05 November 2021
Fly to Ouarzazate

Meet at Willow Wood hospice for our big send off and travel as a group to London to depart for Ouarzazate.

Day 2 Saturday, 06 November 2021
Day 2

After an early wake-up call and our first sight of Morocco in daylight, we depart on our journey to the edge of the desert and the start of our trek. We stop for lunch en-route and buy a traditional headscarf in preparation for the days ahead. On arrival at the village of M'Hamid we load up the camels and start our trek through bare fields and palm trees. Towards late afternoon we will arrive at M'Hamid El Rhozlane, which will play host to our camp for the night. Approx. 3 hours trekking

Day 3 Sunday, 07 November 2021
Day 3

We wake to sunrise and stillness in the desert air. After a hearty breakfast we set off past the cliffs of the southern Drâa towards the first dunes of Ait Oumir. After stopping to re-fuel at lunch we continue over sand dunes before we reach our camp shaded by Tamarisk trees. Approx. 6 hours trekking

Day 4 Monday, 08 November 2021
Day 4

Another day brings new challenges as we trek along the banks of the Drâa and catch our first sight of L'erg Zaher, the highest dunes in this region. Our afternoon focus is to tackle the steep climb of the dune, careful with every step we make in the deep sand until we reach the top with breathtaking views. Our camp for the night is at the foot of these dunes. Approx. 6 hours trekking

Day 5 Tuesday, 09 November 2021
Day 5

We rise early in time to pack up camp for the final time. We leave camp and head towards the dry river bed of the Drâa across which are the Erg Smar dunes where our drivers will meet us. After a short drive to M’hamid we grab some lunch before settling in for our drive back to Ouarzazate. This evening (after a chance to freshen up!) we will enjoy a celebration meal at a local restaurant to toast our desert achievements. Approx. 3 hours trekking

Day 6 Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Day 6

Depart for London

FAQ's

Will I need vaccinations?

Yes, it’s possible that you will need vaccinations before travelling to Morocco. We would advise you to visit your local travel clinic for the latest advice on what vaccinations are recommended as this changes all the time.

Do I have to have travel insurance?

Yes, everyone is required to have travel insurance in place before they depart for a challenge. We highly recommend you take a policy out as soon as you sign up in case of any unforeseen circumstances that require you to cancel. If you already have an annual policy or cover with your bank you should check you are happy with the level of cover, repatriation is essential. You will need to provide us with your policy number, emergency contact number and the start and expiry date of your insurance.

What will happen to my luggage during the Trekking Days?

Your main luggage will be transported for you each day. You will just need to carry the kit you need for that day including water, sun cream, snacks, camera, waterproofs etc.

Where can I check the travel requirements for Morocco

We strongly recommend you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for your destination country before travel as this has up-to-date advice on staying safe abroad (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) and for more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information we suggest checking on https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk.

Can I extend my trip?

It is possible to extend your stay and travel independently after the main group have headed home. We will advise you of when and how to apply for this once you are signed up. We can only make changes to the date you return, the route must remain the same; all changes are made at the airline’s discretion and subject to availability and a nominal admin fee.