This is the first Sahara Desert Trek in Morocco we are running and we are extremely excited to do so, as we know it’s on so many people’s Bucket Lists – including ours! We visit Morocco for our Mount Toubkal Climbs

The Sahara Desert, Arabic for ‘The Great Desert’, is the World’s largest hot desert, at 3.6 million square miles it practically engulfs North Africa. It has one of the harshest environments on the planet and covers large sections of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia.

The highest peak in the Sahara is the volcano Emi Koussi, standing at 3,415 meters in the Tibesti Mountains in northern Chad. The desert’s other mountains and mountain ranges include the Aïr Mountains, Hoggar Mountains, Saharan Atlas, Tibesti Mountains, Adrar des Iforas and the Red Sea hills.

Most people imagine the Sahara Desert Trek as a vast, sandy landscape, dotted with sand dunes. Granted, the desert does have its share of dunes knows as ergs, (large areas of shifting dunes which may travel several yards in a year) with some of some of them reaching up to 180 meters! However, most of the Sahara is characterized as rocky hamada, a type of desert landscape that has very little sand and is made up of primarily gravel plains. It is estimated the Sahara is actually only 30% sand and 70% gravel!

It is also thought that the climate of the Sahara is hot all year round, but this is not the case. Between December and February temperatures plunge due to lack of humidity and it has even been known for snow to be seen on the top of sand dunes! However, the Sahara did reach a record in 1993 when the temperature hit 136 degrees! The Sahara has various climatic conditions, dependant on where you are.

 

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Itinerary

This is a sample of what this
adventure's Itinerary would look like:

    Day 1:

    Depart UK and arrive in Marrakech. Upon your arrival to Marrakech, you will be transferred to the hotel Riad in Medina to check-in.

    Day 2:

    Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Rasse ankhal – Depart for the Draa Valley and its long ribbon of palm trees stretching over 200km. We will arrive at Ouled Driss in the palm grove of M’Hamid to start the Trek, around 2 and a half hours of trekking to ease us in before setting up camp for the night.

    Day 3:

    Rass ankhal – Ait Ounir – Today we will trek roughly 6 hours towards the first erg of Ait Oumir, before we set up camp for the night.

    Day 4:

    Ait Ounir – erg Zahare – Today we trek on the left bank of the drained wadi of the Draa, we will take the high dunes of the erg Zahare and after around 5 and a half hours of trekking, we will set up camp at the bottom of the sand dunes.

    Day 5:

    Erg zahare – erg smar – We will trek towards the North of the Sahara today, crossing the bed of Draa and lunch in the shade of the Sidi Taib. After a 5 hour trek, we will camp between the ergs of Sedrar and Smar.

    Day 6:

    Erg smar – erg bouguern – Today is a another 5 and a half hour trek, as the reliefs of the Hamada of the Draa fade in the heat mists, whilst the black barrier of the djebel Bani becomes clear. Leaving the Oued El Attach (River of thirst), we join our last bivouac at the erg Bouguern.

    Day 7:

    Erg bouguern – Ouarzazate – Marrakech – After only a short walk today, we will reach the final point with all-terrain vehicles ready to pick us up. We will lunch at a resturant in Zagora and the continue on back to Marrakech where we will arrive late afternoon to check in to the Riad.

    Day 8:

    Spare Day in Marrakech – spend the day relaxing and discovering the beauty and culture of the region.

    Day 9:

    Depart and fly back the to UK.

Experience Required:

To join our trek you will need to practice and train so that you have a substantial level of fitness and be able to trek for long periods of time in consecutive days. If you have any concerns then please feel free to contact a member of a staff to discuss whether this is the right trek for you.

Equipment:

We know what you need! Once you have booked onto the trip, we will send you a full kit/equipment list so that you will be perfectly attired and outfitted for your whole trip and well under baggage allowance. This will ensure you are fully prepared. We find most people already have in their possession what is necessary for a trekking trip and very little else in the way of specialized equipment is required.

Additional Information:

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please phone 01769 309002 or email letsgo@rockrapidadventures.co.uk

Our Trip Guarantee:

When we guarantee a trip and you book it, we promise that:

  • The trip will run.
  • It will leave on the date advertised (unless, it is beyond our control, for example, the airline changes something)
  • You will not be surcharged.

Inclusive Pricing:

When you book, you will want to know how much the trip is going to cost you, with no hidden, last-minute costs appearing afterwards. Included within this trip is:

  • Flights
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and Breakfasts in Marrakech
  • Guides
  • All food on the Trek
  • Tents on the Trek

Non-Inclusive Pricing:

  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Evening meals when in Marrakech
  • Sleeping Bag for the Trek
  • Tips for local crew ($100-150 is the recommended rate)
  • Personal spending money

Insurance:

It is a booking condition of The Bucket List Company that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. We will ask you for a copy of this before departure for our records. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact. We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this trip.

Please Note:

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

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