Sahara Desert Trekking Adventure

A spectacular 8-day journey walking into the deep desert of the Moroccan Sahara, across the region’s most breathtaking terrain - and a trek to the top of one of its highest dunes.

8 Days (land only)

from Marrakech to Marrakech


from $1,022


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Let us take you from beautiful, vibrant Marrakech over the High Atlas mountains and down into the Sahara for the desert adventure you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll trek along Morocco’s longest valley, the Draa, winding our way through palm groves - and you’ll walk across vast landscapes of rock and sand, before ascending Erg Chegaga, Morocco’s highest dune, and looking out over a landscape of rolling desert stretching to the horizon. You’ll never be the same again.

Welcome to Marrakech! It’s one of the liveliest cities in Northern Africa - and it’s the start of your Saharan adventure. You’ll be transferred from Menara, Marrakech Airport, a short distance from the city - and you’ll meet the group at your designated hotel for the day.

Depending on arrival time, you’ll have an opportunity to get out into Marrakech to see the sights (note: there will also be an opportunity to explore on Day 7). Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site called Jemaa el-Fna square, an open-air marketplace where you’ll find the best wares (and the most enthusiastic haggling) in the city. Or take a Caleche (horse-drawn carriage) and explore further! At the hotel, you’ll learn what the itinerary is for the trip - then after dinner you’ll turn in, ready for an early start towards the High Atlas tomorrow.

Night: Riad in Marrakech.

After an early start, you’ll be transferred in your 4x4 into the High Atlas, Northern Morocco’s great range of mountains. You’ll head eastwards, through the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass that links Marrakesh with nearby Ouarzazate - at 2.260 metres above sea level, it’s Northern Africa’s highest mountain pass. Then you’ll head east, exploring this stunning landscape of towering, dry mountainsides overlooking green valleys and plateaus fed by streams and rivers.

You'll then explore the remote Fint Oasis, where you'll enjoy a family dinner, and end your day among palm trees.

Trekking: 2 hours.
Night: Family House in Oasis.

Today, you’ll meet your camel (that will carry your luggage) and will trek a little of the way down Morocco’s longest river (dry in its desert part), the Draa (1,100 km in km), and wander along its fertile banks and through its palm groves.

People have lived along the Draa since prehistoric times, and in the 16th Century the Drawa people prospered, thanks to the Trans-Saharan gold, salt and spice trades (the surviving watchtowers and castles of this region are a testament to how much wealth they had to defend). You’ll pass first by the town of Zagora, known locally as “the gateway to the Sahara,” and later in the day you’ll have your first sight of dunes at El Mazouaria, before stopping at the well of Oued Naam to bivouac for the night.

Trekking: 3 hours.
Night: Wild camping in the desert.

Today the real adventure begins. You’ll trek across a vast arid plateau (including flat, rocky hamada, which comprises most of the Sahara) past tamarisk trees and spurges (a flowering plant) until the sand rises under your feet and you arrive at the high dune of Erg Bouguerne, to spend your second night in the deep desert.

Trekking: 5-6 hours.
Night: Wild camping in the desert.

Today you’ll trek along desert wadis (dried seasonal riverbeds) that run along the desert, paying testament to the power of the infrequent, unpredictable precipitation in this part of the world. Your destination for the day is Erg Chegaga, one of the great dune systems of in Morocco, approximately 40 km wide and 15 km long. You’ll set up camp at the base of this otherworldly landscape, ready to go climbing tomorrow.

Trekking: 6-7 hours.
Night: Wild camping in the desert.

It’s time to climb and explore Morocco's highest dune, the mighty Erg Chegaga, which contains dunes that climb more than a hundred metres above the surrounding landscape. You’ll have most of the day for the climb (if you’ve never climbed a dune before, be assured, it’s tough work!) If you’ve ever wanted that classic Saharan view of dunes stretching unbroken to the horizon, Erg Chegaga will blow your mind - and we also recommend getting up super-early tomorrow morning to grab the desert sunrise.

Trekking: 5-6 hours.
Night: Wild camping in the desert.

This morning, beginning early, you’ll leave the desert behind you and transfer in your 4x4 back to Marrakech, taking in the stunning landscape along the way. Once back, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore any sights you may have missed on Day 1 - before you all meet at your hotel for the evening to say farewell and tentatively plan your next visit.

Night: Riad in Marrakech.

Sadly it’s time to depart! There will be complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport -and, depending on the time of your flight, a last chance to grab souvineers.

See you again soon!

  • Trek across Sahara desert, accompanied by local nomads and camels, living a real desert experience.
  • Experience the best of Moroccan dune and desert nomad wild camping, under clear blue Saharan skies.
  • Watch a sunset that will take your breath away, from atop Morocco’s highest sand dune, Erg Chegaga.
  • Experience authentic Berber culture - and some of the most fantastic walking experiences available in Morocco.
  • Explore Marrakech, one of North Africa’s most exciting and popular cities, and haggle for a bargain at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemaa-el-Fna in the centre of the city.
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What's Included

  • 7 breakfast, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • 2 nights in a Riad in Marrakech, 1 night in family house in Fint oasis, 4 nights wild camping in the desert.
  • Camping equipment and camels for desert trek, cook and local desert nomad guides.
  • Tour English-speaking local guide.
  • All transports between destination and from/to activities in Rug&Rock 4x4 with air-con.
  • Financial protection in accordance with The Package Travel regulation

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals other than stated
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Allow £5-10 for each meal not included.


25 Apr - 02 May
17 Oct - 24 Oct
...or check with us for any other dates and tell us about your group size - most of our departures are bespoke!

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