Marrakech – Moroccan Sahara

The Moroccan Sahara is a magical place. Hike with us through this immense landscape. Start the days early and experience on of nature’s most stunning sunrises. Discover the serenity and diversity of this scenery yourself.

Highlights:

  • 4 and a half day walking (moderate level)
  • Hike and camp in the impressive desert
  • Experience the magical desert sunset
  • Great views, stunning nature and an immense landscape
  • Visit a local pottery cooperative
  • Moroccan picknick lunches, prepared by out own cook
  • Free-time to discover impressive Marrakech

    Private groups:

    • Please contact us directly to discuss you wishes and preferred departure dates

    Details

    • 10 days
    • Group will be accompagnied by Hassan Hisse
    • Lugage will be carried by camels
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included (except in Marrakech and Ourzazate)
    • Stays in a hotel in Marrakech and Ourzazate and Ouled Driss, camping in a basic camp in the desert

     

    Marrakech

    Start and end point of the trip

    Ourzazate

    We will start our trip in Marrakech and drive towards the Sahara. Where we will be accompanied by a cook and cameleers during this trip. We will camp in a fairly basic setting: bedding, matrasses and toilet facilities are provided. The last night of the trip (Ouled Driss) we will stay in a hotel. In Marrakech and Ourzazate we will stay at a hotel.

    Sunday – Marrakech

    Arrive at Marrakech, transfer from the airport and stay at a comfortable hotel. Free-time to discover the city.

    Monday – Ourzazate

    We will drive to Ourzazate. And stay in a hotel. Free-time to discover the city.

    Tuesday – Talhatine Ait Ounir

    We will walk to Talhatine Ait Ounit (4 hour walk), we will pass a stony plateau which looks like a moonlandcape. A picknick-lunch will be prepared by our cook. Dinner and camping will be in the small dunes in a beautiful environment. The camp itself will be fairly basic; bedding, matrasses and toilet facilities are provided

    Wednesday – Zahar

    We will walk to Zahar (4 hour walk). Once we’re arrived at the camp we will walk to the big dune and enjoy the  a panoramic view. Dinner and camping will be in the camp.

    Thursday – Ait Ounir

    In the morning we will walk about 3,5 hours. Some parts will be over a hard plateau, but most of the time we will walk in the dunes. After our picknick-lunch we will walk for another 1,5 hours in the dunes tot the camp.

    Friday – Ras Enkhal

    Today will be our longest walk: we will walk about 6,30 hours. The landscape will be both dunes and stony desert. We will walk for 4 hours in the morning, enjoy our picknick lunch and walk for 2 more hours in the afternoon to our camp.

    Saturday – Ouled Driss

    During the morning we will walk (4,5 hours) and pass the old village Mhamid El Ghizlane
    We will lunch in a palmerais and go to our hotel; We will stay in hotel ‘Chez le Pacha’, with a swimming pool. In the afternoon we will we have free-time

    Sunday – Ourzazate

    Today we will return to Ourzazate. We will pass Zagora and the Draa Valley
    We will lunch in Agdez and visit the pottery cooperative which the origin of pottery in the most southern part of Morocco. After that we will have a 1 hour drive to Ourzazate and go to our hotel. After that you will have free-time.

    Sunday – Marrakech

    Today we will return to Marakech.

    Monday

    You will have free-time in Marrakech and we will bring you to the airport

    What’s included:

    • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local desert guide), cameliers and a cook
    • All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included, except in Marrakech and Ourzazate; only breakfast is included in Marrakech and Ourzazate
    • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and the desert

    What is not included:

    • Lunch and dinner in Marrakech and Ourzazate
    • International flights
    • Sleeping bags
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips
    • Drinks and items of a personal nature
    • Additional hotel nights before or after trek, although these can be purchased

    from € 1000,- per person (excl. flight)

    Practical information

    How to get there

    Direct flights are available from cities in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. We can arrange the flight for you on request.

    Passports and visas

    Travelers are responsible for their own valid travel documents.

    All people traveling to Morocco need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

    EU and UK citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for a stay of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in their country for current visa information.

    Money

    Morocco’s currency is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks, ATMs and exchange offices in all major cities such as Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech. ATMs and banks are harder to find in rural areas. In Morocco, the most commonly used payment method is cash

    Vaccinations

    Vaccinations are not required by the Moroccan government. Consult your local doctor and take the itinerary with you to see if any vaccinations are required for you.

    Luggage

    Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you are traveling light. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are useful, although we recommend that your bag has carry straps. You also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

    Sleeping bags

    In the winter months (November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes any) or enough blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you are traveling during that time.

    Clothes

    Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during the day, we recommend wearing several layers of clothing. And for the hikes; Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

    Morocco is an Islamic country and while Moroccans can be very liberal in the big cities, it is highly appreciated – especially in the countryside – if you cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women.

    Summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something similar to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

    Tips

    Normal tips are approximately 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Keep in mind that tips are NOT mandatory, but are only given when you are satisfied.

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are insured at least for medical costs, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of baggage and personal belongings.

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