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Sahara Desert Trek

DURATION

09 days

ACCOMMODATION

Riad & Camping

Trip Difficulty
DIFFICULTY
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Long Days of Trekking

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LOCATION

Africa, Morocco

MEETING POINT

London or Marrakech Airport

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FROM
£1100pp or
£975pp

when booking for 2 or more people

Challenge rating

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Let’s find out more about this Sahara Desert Trek.

Upon touch down in Marrakech you’ll experience a manic party for the senses like no other. But head south-east for 8 hours and it’s another story altogether. 

Welcome to the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the quiet. The peace. The tranquillity. 

And the camels, of course. (They snort, by the way.)

On this adventure like no other, you’ll experience heat, Berber life, delicious food, and the raw, unparalleled beauty of the great Sahara Desert.

But let’s not beat around the bush. There are no toilets on this trip. Loos look more like a hole in the ground inside a little tent, and there’s certainly no porcelain in sight. 

But if you can make do without mod-cons, you’ll reap the rewards of embracing this Sahara desert trek through the biggest hot desert in the world. 

The lack of light pollution and remoteness from civilisation means you’re guaranteed the most breath-taking views of the stars above. Think camping in deepest, darkest rural Wales and then take it to a whole different level. Ten levels, more like. 

Read our article “How hard is it to trek the Sahara Desert” 

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What is 'Sahara Desert Trek' like?

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What's Included In Our Sahara Desert Trek

All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary

All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary

Max 16 Travellers Per Group

Max 16 Travellers Per Group

3* Hotel & Tents (Twin Share)

3* Hotel & Tents (Twin Share)

Private Transport

Private Transport

7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Porters To Carry 12kg During The Trek

Porters To Carry 12kg During The Trek

Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip

Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip

Sahara Desert Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN MARRAKECH

    ARRIVAL IN MARRAKECH You will meet your Bucket List Leaders at the airport and fly out as a group for Bucket Lister + Trips. If you have booked a Bucket Lister Trip we will see you in Morocco soon! If you have transfers with us we will take you to the hotel. For those making their own way, we will see you in Marrakech. Special Information: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today.

  • Day 2: MARRAKECH TO FAIJA

    MARRAKECH TO FAIJA We take a scenic drive across the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and then Zagora. This takes almost 8 hours, passing date palm oases, Berber villages, and incredible landscapes. In Zagora, we turn off the main highway and drive out to Faija. There we camp, and meet the camels and their cameleers.

  • Day 3: FAIJA TO OASIS CAMPSITE

    FAIJA TO OASIS CAMPSITE Today your Sahara desert tour really begins. In the morning we load the camels and head to Hamada. We have good views of the Saghro Mountains, with little vegetation, and maybe some Bedouin nomads. After lunch in an oasis, we walk along dried riverbeds and arrive at the campsite at sunset.

  • Day 4: FROM CAMPSITE TO AN EVEN MORE REMOTE CAMPSITE

    FROM CAMPSITE TO AN EVEN MORE REMOTE CAMPSITE We climb to the Abbes pass, from where we can observe the vastness of the stony desert. Out there is our next solitary campsite, which we will reach later in the afternoon.

  • Day 5: CAMPSITE TO DUNES OF CHEGAGA

    CAMPSITE TO DUNES OF CHEGAGA Today we trek and far away; we can already spot the dunes of Chegaga in the distance. We'll get to them later today.

  • Day 6: DUNES OF CHEGAGA TO DUNES OF BOURGANE

    DUNES OF CHEGAGA TO DUNES OF BOURGANE After walking the many small dunes of Chegaga, we continue in the direction of M’hamid. We eat under the trees of Tamares, and in the evening, we arrive at the dunes of Bougarne, a site rarely frequented by tourists.

  • Day 7: DUNES OF BOUGARNE TO DUNES OF M'HAMID

    DUNES OF BOUGARNE TO DUNES OF M'HAMID We are picked up from the dunes and start our long picturesque drive back to Marrakech.

  • Day 8: FREE DAY IN MARRAKECH

    FREE DAY IN MARRAKECH Today is a free day in Marrakech. Enjoy a brief rest in the peaceful inner courtyard, before heading out to explore the city for the afternoon. Browse local handicrafts in the bustling souks, visit the stunningly-tiled Ben Youssef Madrasa or see the entertainers of Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Alternatively, book your add-on hot air balloon experience in advance and you can spend the day soaring over the beautiful Moroccan countryside.

  • Day 9: FLY HOME TO UK

    FLY HOME TO UK This marks the end of our Saharan adventure.

  • Day 1

    3* Riad – Twin room
    Not Included Breakfast Not Included Lunch Not Included Dinner
  • Day 2

    Camping
    Included Breakfast Included Lunch Included Dinner
  • Day 3

    Camping
    Included Breakfast Included Lunch Included Dinner
  • Day 4

    Camping
    Included Breakfast Included Lunch Included Dinner
  • Day 5

    Camping
    Included Breakfast Included Lunch Included Dinner
  • Day 6

    Camping
    Included Breakfast Included Lunch Included Dinner
  • Day 7

    3* Riad – Twin room
    Included Breakfast Included Lunch Not Included Dinner
  • Day 8

    3* Riad – Twin room
    Included Breakfast Not Included Lunch Not Included Dinner
  • Day 9

    Flight
    Not Included Breakfast Not Included Lunch Not Included Dinner

Our Different Types Of Trips

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Bucketlister Trips

Bucketlister trips are our standard for all our incredible trips. When you book a Bucketlister trip we will organise everything for you from the first to the last location on your adventure and you'll have a local guide with you every step of the way. All you'll need to organise is your own flights and transfers. (Additional Options for Land Only Transfers)

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Bucketlister+ Trips

Bucketlister+ trips are a done-for-you service from start to finish. We organise everything for you. You'll have a UK Guide with you all steps of the way and all you'll have to do is just pack you bag. (Additional Options for UK Group Flights & Transfers)

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Trailblazer Trips

Trailblazer trips are our first run throughs of our trips. Get the benefits of a Bucketlister+ Trip at the cost of a Bucketlister and all we'll ask for in return is your feedback! For more information click here!

Bucketlister trips are our standard for all our incredible trips. When you book a Bucketlister trip we will organise everything for you from the first to the last location on your adventure and you’ll have a local guide with you every step of the way. All you’ll need to organise is your own flights and transfers. (Additional Options for Land Only Transfers)

Bucketlister+ trips are a done-for-you service from start to finish. We organise everything for you. You’ll have a UK Guide with you all steps of the way and all you’ll have to do is just pack you bag. (Additional Options for UK Group Flights & Transfers)

Trailblazer trips are our first run throughs of our trips. Get the benefits of a Bucketlister+ Trip at the cost of a Bucketlister and all we’ll ask for in return is your feedback! For more information click here!

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Sahara Desert Trek Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a visa and is a passport required to travel to Morocco?

    A visa is not required when travelling as a tourist for up to 90 days. A valid passport is mandatory. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Morocco.

  • Power supply and plugs?

    For Morocco, there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin.

  • What vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Morocco?

    There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Morocco, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics.

  • What currency is used in Morocco?

    The currency used throughout the country is the Moroccan dirham. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are common, dispensing local currency.

  • Can my luggage & items not needed stay safe at the Riad until we return?

    Yes, you can leave any unnecessary items for your trek at the Riad where all of your belongings will be secured safely in the luggage room (this is where you may find having an extra bag beneficial)

  • Do I carry my own luggage?

    On the trek, a porter will carry around your duffel bag of around 13kg weight (no wheels) for you which stores all of your trekking equipment and you will need a rucksack/daypack for any additional weight such as a water bottle, snacks, phone etc. to carry on yourself.

  • What is the longest day of trekking?

    The longest trekking day will be day 5 and a total of 17 miles – this sounds intense but the guides look after the groups so well and ensure plenty of breaks and water for the duration of the trekking and are there for full support! There is a chance to ride the camels on the trek too and all of your equipment will be carried by porters.

  • Are there any water stops on the route?

    Mineral water is supplied to you during your trek. We still recommend you bring emergency purification tablets!

  • At the camps that we will be staying in, are we to be putting up the tents etc or will this be done for us?

    The tents will be put up for you.

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