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Sahara Desert Trekking – defining slow travel

Trekking the Sahara Desert is like nowhere else, and the desert truly makes for a slow travel experience. Desert trekking offers a real sense of space and remoteness, especially when witnessed from the tops of the vast dune fields.

Our indicative hiking programs run from 3 days and upwards, with remote routes and wilderness camping in the unspoilt ‘Iriqui National Park‘. You are unlikely to encounter many other people, except perhaps nomadic families or the occasional shepherd.

Sleeping under the stars and being entertained with music at the campfire is a luxury of desert life. You will see the staple of every meal, bread, baked fresh in the hot sand beneath the coals of the campfire and indulge in many glasses of strong Moroccan tea. Nothing is rushed in the desert.

Erg Chigaga great dunes sit alongside the course of the Draa River valley, at this point underground, and which we follow at stages. The dunes, or dune sea (“erg”), reach 300ft in height and span approx. 40km. There are other expanses of dunes on our trekking routes (such as Erg Zahar dunes and Erg Sedrar dunes) which offer equally unique Sahara Desert landscapes.

The terrain of the Sahara Desert is shaped by wind, sometimes rain, and includes not only sand dunes, but also hamada, dry valleys & lakes and salt flats. You may also be surprised at seeing so much vegetation in the desert, including Tamarisk and Acacia trees and palms. Winter is a green time of year here after seasonal rains, and January/February see the arrival of newborn camels – their mothers out to pasture.

Group Trek Dates

Join a small group to trek to the remote Erg Zahar dune field across 4 days / 3 nights. Fixed departure dates through the Autumn and Winter.

Group Trek Dates

The Great Dunes 3 Days

Trek the short way to the longest dune field in Morocco, the Erg Chigaga Great Dunes, approx. 60km and north of the Draa river bed from M’hamid.

The Great Dunes 3 Days

Desert Explorer 3 Days

A circuit west of M’hamid introducing you to the terrain of the Sahara Desert.

Desert Explorer 3 Days

Remote Dunes 4 Days

Trek to the remote Erg Zahar dune field, little-visited and offering astonishing scenery.

Remote Dunes 4 Days

The Great Dunes 4 Days

Reach Erg Chigaga Great Dunes via Erg Zahar and the abandoned settlement of Erg Smar. Fascinating history and crossing the Draa river bed.

The Great Dunes 4 Days

Dunes Discovery 6 Days

Dedicate time to enjoy the luxuries of desert life – wild camping, preparing a meal on the campfire, sleeping under the stars – and emulate the nomadic existence.

Dunes Discovery 6 Days

Trek & 4×4 Tour 7 Days

With this 7 days circular tour explore the Sahara Desert of Morocco both by foot and jeep. Cross the Atlas mountain range at its two most renowned high passes, each above 2000m, the Tichka and Test passes.

Trek & 4x4 Tour 7 Days

Some facts

  • Trekking time each day is approx. 5-6 hours with plenty of rest stops and a long lunch break in shade
  • All tours are full board basis with overnight in 2-person bivouac tents
  • Please specify at time of booking if you prefer to ride by camel for the duration of the tour, as opposed to walking (*extra cost)
  • Please allow one day for travel to reach the desert frontier from the start point, and one day to return
  • Hiking tours in the Sahara desert run from October through April

We will likely stop to meet nomadic families that still live in the region and come across other evidence of human existence here; including the abandoned settlement and agricultural land of Erg Smar close to the Draa River bed (where once approx. 35 families lived), a nomads’ cemetery, nomads’ former souk, a marabout (shrine of a holy man), deep wells, and grazing land for animals still used today.

A quick note to thank you once again for organising our trip to M'hamid and the desert trek with Ibrahim and Yusuf, and of course the camels. The trekking experience was all we expected and more – the beauty and quiet of the desert, combined with their accompaniment, cooking and hospitality made for a trip we will never forget. We've just been looking through all our photos and marvelling again at how jaw droppingly beautiful the dune landscapes were in particular. I'm sure Dee'll forward you some of the better shots soon. Hopefully we'll see you again in Morocco.

Dan & Dee / Remote Dunes 4 Days via Erg Zahar

If you want to feel the true essence of the desert, Wild Morocco is doubtlessly the right partner to choose! The guides are well familiar with the most beautiful spots and always choose the most magnificent places to set up a camp at! Some of the highlights I experienced were the huge, beautiful tangerine sand dunes, breathtaking sunsets, the starriest skies I have seen in my life and really connecting with the wildness and vastness of the desert! A 6-day trekking trip felt too short – in the end the emotions overtook and I was trying to hide the salty water drops from my eyes! Truly a life-changing experience! Thank you!

Nena / Dunes Adventure 6 Days / 5 Nights Solo Desert Hike

We loved our trip with Wild Morocco! Emily was quick to respond to emails, and was even able to arrange our trip within a week of departure. Even though there was intense rain just before we arrived, Emily and Yahya were able to make rearrangements so that we could still go on the trip. Yahya was an awesome guide, and played a great selection of music in the car. He made us feel very safe even on the sometimes hairy mountain passes, and answered all our questions. All the accommodation was amazing. In the desert we had such great weather we were able to sleep under the stars, although there were tents available if the weather turned. The desert trek was the highlight of our trip. Ibrahim, Issa, and Youssef looked after us wonderfully. Youssef cooked us fantastic vegetarian food, the best we've had in Morocco so far! I wouldn't change a single thing, I just wished it could have been longer! Thank you Emily and Yahya!

Pam, Jo, Ro / 8 Days Desert Package with 4 Day Desert Hike to Erg Chigaga

The trip was fabulous, everyone found it hugely inspiring, and we have a lot of plans to progress to get the creative inspiration 'out there' to our clients. Thank you so much for making all the arrangements for the the trip, everything worked so well, Rabbi was brilliant, turns out he's a very accomplished drummer amongst his other 'guiding' skills! All of the trip arrangements went perfectly, the riads along the route and the highlight of the trip, the desert camp were all fantastic. If I ever have to organise another Morocco trip I will certainly be in touch! Again, many thanks for your help.

Givaudan UK Corporate Group (8 pax) / Marrakech to Fes 8 Nights via Southern Oases and Berber Desert Camp

I was absolutely satisfied with the trek, my only regret being that I didn't spend a few more days out there. Muhammad was really excellent, I honestly mean that and he really made the experience thoroughly enjoyable and educational in equal measure. We got on very well and I feel quite lucky that it was just the 2 of us (& camels obviously) so I got a chance to practice Arabic a little and to gain cultural awareness…I have to say, the food was up there with the best I've had in Morocco, the mint tea was always a treat and the bread baking on the campfire class was a first for me. It was a great experience and one which I would love to repeat and expand upon the next time. I will certainly spread the good word about the experience for future possible Irish visitors.

Michael / Desert Explorer 3 Days