Edge of Sahara Trek
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £495 (land only) - from €620 (land only) - from $865 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. Depending on your arrival time you may have time to explore the old souk and streets of Marrakech. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Todays long but stunning drive takes us across the High Atlas and Tichka Pass (2260m) before we drop down to Ouarzazate. We enter the Draa Valley, the largest palm grove in the country, passing traditional villages before arriving at Ouled Driss on the fringes of the Sahara. After meeting the crew our first night under canvas is spent in a fixed camp with a cosy dining area and hot showers!
Day 3: This morning takes us through palm groves and fields until reaching the edge of the Sahara with the dramatic cliffs of the Draa visible to the south. Resting under trees we enjoy a shady lunch before an afternoon walk to the holy shrine and dunes of Sidi Naji. Tonight the adventure starts with wild camping under the stars after enjoying dinner amongst the dunes! Approximately 6-7hrs of walking.
Day 4: Today's trekking takes us through some of the most fascinating and varied desert landscape the Sahara has to offer from wadis (dry river valleys) to erg (vast seas of sand). After lunch at Malga Ouedane (meeting of Wadis) we trek towards the magnificent dunes of Erg Ez-Zahar. After sipping tea and watching an incredible sunset we wild camp amongst the dunes. Approximately 6hrs of walking.
Day 5: This morning sees us cross the wide and stony bed of the Draa Valley dotted with tamarisk and acacia trees. Tamarisk trees provide a wonderful shady area for our lunch stop. Our afternoon continues across the edge of the Sahara to reach the smaller dunes of Tilhatine as we camp beside a well, providing drinking water for our camels and washing water for ourselves! Approximately 6hrs of walking.
Day 6: Heading north today we enjoy some wadi trekking ensuring we experience the fascinating dry “Irike Lake” once a thriving desert lake and now a dry plateau. Lunch is taken at Nbak Aicha Moussa under the shade of the tamarisk trees. The afternoon sees us heading back via M'hamid to Ouled Driss where our camp has the luxury of a shower and bedouin tents! Approximately 7hrs of walking.
Day 7: After an early breakfast we pack up and drive across the Atlas to Marrakech, arriving late afternoon. After checking into the hotel and freshening up we’ll head out for an evening visit to the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna, the focus of local and tourist activities and an unforgettable experience on the senses! Our final group dinner is the perfect way to end the week.
Day 8: The KE Land Only package ends after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients departing this day.