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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. 

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You don’t need to be the world’s most experienced hiker to trek the Sahara. The only special requirements for this trip are a huge sense of adventure and a pair of calves that are up to a challenge. 

That’s because there’ll be as many as 7 hours’ walking to do during each day of your adventure. But with views like these and the camels to keep your spirits up, you’ll be desperate for more when it’s time to go home.

Every step of the way, your Berber crew will look after you; preparing your meals, looking after your luggage and boosting your morale. Honestly, they are truly incredible people, and you’ll learn so much trekking with them. 

And not only will you find out what life is like for Berbers and Bedouins, but you’ll also see some of the most sublime sights on your trek through the dunes. 

Once you’ve arrived in the desert and hooked up with your camel, your trekking begins. The desert might be lacking in vegetation but it certainly makes up for it in starkly spectacular oases, riverbeds and dunes. 

We’ll take in the sheer vastness of this wilderness through the Abbes pass and from atop the dunes of Chegaga as we home in on the small oasis town of M’hamid. 

Surveying the dawn from the dunes, taking your tagine under the trees and supping your mint tea beneath the stars, you’ll get the physical and mental nourishment you’ve been craving for so long. And when you’re this far from civilisation? You won’t want to leave the magic behind. 

But Marrakech will cast a different kind of spell on you, with free days in the city bookending the desert trek. And you really will taste all the incredible flavours this amazing country has to offer. 

The Sahara Desert Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVAL TO MARRAKECH

    On day one, we will meet at the airport at the designated time and fly out to Marrakesh Menara Airport. We then transfer to the hotel in the centre of the city. While all the participants arrive, you can spend the afternoon visiting Marrakech.

  • Day 2

    MARRAKECH TO FAIJA

    We take a scenic drive across the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and then Zagora. It takes almost 8 hours driving, passing along date-palm oases, Berber villages, and incredible landscapes. In Zagora we leave the minibus and take a more appropriate vehicle that will take us to Faija. There we meet the camels and their cameleers.

  • Day 3

    FAJA TO 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

    CAMPSITE TO DUNES OF CHEGAGA

    We climb to the Abbes pass, from where we can observe the vastness of the desert. Far away we can already spot the dunes of Chegaga. We get to them later in the afternoon.

  • Day 5

    DUNES OF CHEGAGA TO DUNES OF BOUGARNE

    After walking the multitude of small sand dunes of Chegaga, we continue towards M’hamid. We eat under the trees of Tamares, and in the evening we arrive at dunes of Bougarne, a site rarely frequented by the tourists.

  • Day 6

    DUNES OF BOUGARNE TO DUNES OF OUED NAAM

    We wake up early in order to contemplate the dawn on the dunes of Bougarne. The rest of the day we walk on a huge rocky plateau, and we reach the dunes of Oued Naam late in the afternoon.

  • Day 7

    DUNES OF OUED NAAM TO DUNES OF MHAMID TO MARRAKESH

    This last stage of the Sahara Desert trip takes place along beautiful desert landscapes, and an immense plateau of small dunes. Without realizing it, we reach the Regaga dunes and then Mhamid. Here the trek reaches an end. Later, we continue by car along the Draa valley to Zagora. Transfer to Marrakech.

  • Day 8

    FREE DAY IN MARRAKECH

    Today is a free day in Marrakech, or an optional hot air balloon ride.

    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 then day soaring over the beautiful Moroccan countryside.

  • Day 9

    FLY HOME TO UK

    On our final day, we transfer to the airport of Marrakech, where we bid our fellow Bucket Listers farewell – until our next adventure together, that is!

Food and Accomodation for Sahara Desert Trek

  • Day 1

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 2

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Flight
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Reviews about the Sahara Desert Trek trip

Here’s what some of our awesome customers had to say:

“A very easy company to work with – super open, knowledgeable and deep expertise.

Having just come off the Sahara trek, I was impressed with the logistics and just how much fun this was as a single traveler.

If you want to do something cool, irrespective of your own experience, then this is the team to do it with – highly adaptive to individuals with a very pragmatic approach.”

Andy Haverson Sahara trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Just returned from the Mt. Toubkal trek – the first trip I have taken on my own. I had an absolutely amazing time, all made possible by The Bucket List Company.

Any queries I had were answered, and the team were fully supportive.
Keith, Isaac and the local guides were brilliant. If you are thinking of taking on a challenge I fully recommend The Bucket List Company.”

Claire Collins Mount Toubkal trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“I recent went on the Sahara Trek and it was one of the best times of my life. That sounds so cliche but it’s the easiest way for me to describe it.

The Bucket List Company made the whole experience stress free. I highly recommend what these guys are doing!”

Michael Chudley Sahara trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Had a fantastic time on the Sahara trek. It was well organised and the guides were always there for advice and information. Both me and my husband have booked for Mt. Toubkal next year with fellow team members from the Sahara trek.”

Pamela Sahara trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“When you go on the adventures of a life time, you want to travel with a company that cares. I went on the Sahara desert trek in Morocco. 104 Km over 4 days is an endurance test, but we were taken well care of with food and brakes plus we had a designated emergency camel for anyone with knee or foot problems to take the load of for 20 min.

The views were as amazing as what you would imagine and the stars at night the grandest show on earth. If you dream of sitting on a sand dune watching the sun set over the Sahara after a good days trek, this is the trip for you.”

Helle Justesen Sahara trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“This is the first time I have been on a trip with The Bucket List Company, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. This was my first time away from England trekking, with our fantastic guides (Gareth and big Dave).

The guides in Morocco were truly outstanding and professional at all times, the food and accommodation was great, and I lost weight! I made some great future walking friends. I will be definitely be going away again with this company.”

Mark Snowden Mount Toubkal trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

Find out more about the Sahara Desert

More than three times the size of the next biggest desert in the world, you might call the Sahara a bit of a lump. Or maybe you’d use slightly more eloquent language but, whatever, it’s huge! 

Spanning Morocco, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia, the Sahara Desert encompasses an area the same size as China. 

Nervous about the heat? Why wouldn’t you be?! The Sahara’s record temperature is 51°C, but you’ll be pleased to know that our trips take place in February and October which means that the average temperature is around 70°F (or 21°C). 

With temperatures like these, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Sahara is made up solely of sand. And the pictures on Google don’t exactly help break that myth either.

But the truth is, the Sahara is characterised by its rocky hamada; a type of desert landscape which is actually mostly made up of gravel plains. While it might be true that only 30% of this great desert is in fact sand, you’ll experience every sort of terrain on your trip. 

Including, of course, some whopping sand dunes. 

These huge ergs can reach as high as 180m and are known to travel several yards in just a year. You’ll encounter many of the Sahara’s finest dunes during your trek and you’ll certainly enjoy tipping the sand from your boots at the end of each day’s walking. 

Many Bucket List travellers like to add on a hot air balloon experience to see more of Morocco’s beautiful countryside from above. Drop us a line if you think you’d like to do the same and we’ll make it happen. 

But for now, check out the itinerary, chuck any questions you have in our direction, book your spot and get ready to tick an incredible experience off your Bucket List. 

If you don’t do it now, will you ever? 

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  • 17/10/2022
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    £450.00 x 2

    Booking fee: £200 Non-refundable & not included in the total cost of this trip.

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  • 29/01/2023 14 Spaces available
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    £180.00 x 5

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    Monthly payments: £180.00 x 5

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    Price is per adult in a twin share room

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    From an extra £150
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.
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  • 09/10/2023 13 Spaces available
    £900
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    £64.29 x 14

    Booking fee: £200 Non-refundable & not included in the total cost of this trip.

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    Single payment: £900

    Single payment: £

    Monthly payments: £64.29 x 14

    Monthly payments: £0.00 x 14

    Price is per adult in a twin share room

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    From an extra £150
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.
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  • 12/02/2024 13 Spaces available
    £925
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    £51.39 x 18

    Booking fee: £200 Non-refundable & not included in the total cost of this trip.

    Payment options:

    Single payment: £925

    Single payment: £

    Monthly payments: £51.39 x 18

    Monthly payments: £0.00 x 18

    Price is per adult in a twin share room

    Want your own room?

    From an extra £150
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.

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