6 Days Trekking sahara dunes discovery From Draa River

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6 Days Trekking sahara dunes discovery From Draa River

  • 6 Days
  • 50
  • Wifi Available
  • Bookable
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Marrakech
Tour Details

6 Days Trekking sahara Dunes  :

An epic 6 day/5 night desert trek through the most remote parts of the Iriqui National Park. You can truly disconnect from civilization by dedicating 6 days to the Sahara desert. You can emulate the nomadic lifestyle. Relax into the daily trek and enjoy the luxuries and desert lifestyle.

The trek follows a circular route and ends at M’hamid. It is not necessary to transport 4×4 in the desert.

6 Days Trekking sahara dunes discovery trip.

Departure & Return Location

M’hamid El Ghizlan (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 4x4 vehicle with driver guide for 7 days
  • Guesthouse accommodation for 4 Nights
  • Desert guide and cook for two days
  • Two-day camel caravan (transport of equipment, luggage and the option to ride on a camel);
  • All breakfasts
  • Wild camping for 1 night, tents, sleeping bags, blankets and camping equipment included. Upgrade to trekking with comfort available by clicking below.
  • Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Day 1Draa River & Sidi Naji marabout

Firstly, After breakfast, you will meet your camel caravan and desert guides. The camels will be loaded with your luggage/equipment. You will be assisted by your guides to wrap your turban for protection in the desert. Generally, The trek begins on the Draa River’s southern bank. It passes through vast palm groves, and the original settlement of M’hamid. 

Secondly,  The trek is approximately 300 years old. Take time to see the abandoned pise-mud buildings and take in the shade provided by the trees. At the end of the palm tree grove, eat lunch at Ras Nkhal. The palm trees will open up and become desert scrub and stone (hamada), sand banks, and tamarisk trees as you continue your trek. Continue on a south-westerly route for approximately. 2.5 hours towards Sidi Naji’s marabout (the shrine to a holy man), in the solitude of small dunes. The trek today will take between 5-6 hours depending on how fast the group is moving.

Day 2Region of Zahar

Thirdly,  After breakfast, camp will be established and Zahar, the remote, sand dunes region of Zahar, will soon be reached. The trekking terrain today is mostly flat and plateau-like, but it will gradually change into rolling sand dunes with less vegetation. Lunch is served at the camp site, which is located between taller dunes. This is a remote dune area. You will spend the afternoon exploring Zahar.

After all, From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of the ‘erg (sand sea), and the sunset. From here, you can see the settlement of Erg Smar. Zahar is also known by the’screaming sands’ because of the legend about a village that was buried under the sands. The trek today takes approximately 4 hours, depending on how fast the group is moving.

Day 3Erg Smar

Then, After breakfast, camp will be established. You will trek to Erg Smar, an abandoned desert settlement where 35 families once lived and farmed this land. This is your first crossing of the Draa River’s bed since you left M’hamid. It is amazing how large the Draa River bed is, considering it runs dry but once flowed through the desert in abundance. The Draa river still has water in its deep underground, and there is a well at the banks of the dry river that will supply water to your needs (and allow you to take a quick shower). 

Morover, There is evidence of human existence everywhere. Also, You can see the outline of abandoned pise-mud houses which were once homes, as well as agricultural plots and gardens. The trek ends under the shade of large tamarisks trees. It’s hard to believe that you’re still in desert terrain, considering the size of these trees. After lunch, explore the settlement, the banks and dunes of the Draa. The trek today takes approximately 3 hours, depending on how fast you are going.

Day 4Dunes of Bougarn

Camp is set after breakfast. Today’s destination is Bougarn where you might meet other trekkers for the first time. You will leave Erg Smar’s dense vegetation behind and cross small dunes, then an earth plateau. This area may contain remnants of gazelle, as the shrub they eat grows right here. You can see rolling dunes to the south and north. 

Also, You can take your lunch under the shade trees as the vegetation grows again. Continue on your trek through the vegetation to reach a plateau where the Bougarn dunes rise in front of you. The camels are gone. You will need to climb up the sand to reach your vantage point. You should be able to see the dunes at Zahar and Erg Chigaga if you have good visibility. The shelter of small dunes is where camp is set up. Today’s trek takes between 5-6 hours depending on how fast you are going.

Day 5Dunes trekking

Fourthly, Camp is set after breakfast. The trek today will be more lush, with some vegetation lining the courses of former river tributaries. Then, Lunch is served under the shade of the Tamarisk trees. Trek across the flat land that was once fertile, when water was available. You will find remnants of agricultural land that is used to graze camels. In the solitude of small sand dunes, a camp site will be made for overnight. Today’s trek takes approximately 5 hours, depending on how fast the group is moving.

Day 6Road back to M’hamid

Finally, Today’s objective is to reach M’hamid, which will complete your circuit. Once again, the terrain becomes marked by earth banks and desert scrub. Palm groves are more evident as you get closer to M’hamid. Before reaching the village, you will stop for lunch in the shade. Today’s trek takes approximately 4 hours, Lastly,  depending on how fast you are going.

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