Marrakech, Saghro & Sahara - 13 Day - Trekking Trip
2 weeks: Marrakech to Marrakech (MSAH13)Escape the grey wet weather at home and head for the Sahara & Saghro region of Morocco. Enjoy warm days and cool nights exploring the stunning landscapes of the Sahara and Anti Atlas. We will use a mix of mules and camels depending on the terrain. This is a unique opportunity to explore some of the vastness of the mighty Sahara desert.
moderate fitness required ( Average 4-6 hours trekking per day)
3 star Riad in Marrakech
All inclusive price & full board (as stated above)
Luxury Berber camping / cooks prepare food / mules carry clients rucksack
English speaking guide
Transfer airport joining hotel (arrival only)
11 years experience in Morocco
2 / 3* Hotel / Berber lodge / camping
Food (3 meals a day), hotel accommodation, driver/courier/
Day 1: Marrakech
Welcome to Morocco . Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you will be met and transferred to a traditional Moroccan Riad in the centre of town. There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm.
(Dinner & overnight – Marrakech)
Day 2: Ouarzazate
Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Tagdilte- breakfast. This morning we journey into the Anti Atlas Mountains. Stopping at Ouarzazate for lunch. Ouarzazate was once used as a resting point for African traders on their way to Europe and is now best known for its film studio, which has been used as the set for many famous movies including; Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. We drive on through the picturesque Dades Valley and Boumalne du Dades to the small village of Tagdilte , where we meet our trekking team and spend the night in a local house. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Tagdilte)
Day 3: Jbel Sarhro
Tagdilte – Imi –n-Ouarg – K’ouaouch- Igli - breakfast. Today marks the beginning of our trek through the dramatic, rugged terrain of Jbel Saghro, which has been sculpted over millions of years by volcanic mountains. It’s an area of incredible natural beauty, where dusty red, ancient Kasbahs stand in contrast against the green date palm oases and red-black volcanic mountain peaks. There will certainly be no shortage of photo opportunities! We set up camp in the wilderness at Imi-n-ouarg, where you can relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some traditional Moroccan food, freshly prepared by our cook.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight – Imi-n-Ouarg) (camp)
Day 4: Aït Atta Berbers
Imi-n-Ouarg - K’ouaouch- Igli - breakfast. This morning we set out across a steep mountain pass with spectacular views over the surrounding valleys and rugged ranges. We trek down to K’ouaouch where we enjoy lunch on the mountain side. Continuing on to the cultivated fields of the hamlet of Igli, where we set up camp amongst the almond trees. Here we’re likely to encounter members of the semi-nomadic Aït Atta Berber tribe, who reside in the area with their goats and sheep.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight – Igli) (camp)
Day 5: Bab-n-Ali
Igli – Bab-n-Ali– breakfast. Today we see one of the highlights of the trek; an incredible tall rock pinnacle known as Bab n Ali (Gates of Ali). The bizarre surrounding landscape is formed of limestone pinnacles, rocky outcrops and red black volcanic peaks. We camp overnight in this incredible setting.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight – Bab n Ali) (camp)
Day 6: Taoudachte River
Bab-n-Ali - Sarhro – Taoudachte River – breakfast. Passing ancient Kasbahs, and cultivated valleys we reach the large village of Sarhro and stop for lunch before continuing to the beautiful Taoudachte River . Here we set up camp for the night beside the river, amongst the palms.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight – Taoudachte River) (camp)
Day 7: Draa Valley
Taoudachte River – Megag Dunes – breakfast. This morning, giving our weary feet a rest, we drive to the town of Zagora in the bewitching Draa Valley, where the banks of the long winding river are covered by a sea of green palms and contrast against the colourful dusty rocks and old Kasbahs. We have lunch at Zaouite Sidi Salh and after our rucksacks are loaded onto camels, we trek into the desert to the Megag dunes. Setting up camp near the dunes for a memorable night under a sea of stars, in the echoing silence of the vast Sahara Desert .
(Lunch, dinner & overnight – Megag Dunes) (camp)
Day 8 & 9: The Sahara
Megag Dunes - Bounou Dunes - Oulid Driss Dunes - breakfast. We spend the next two days in the remote wilderness of the Sahara desert which stretches from the High Atlas Mountains in the west to the Red Sea coast 4800km east. We trek across perfect windblown golden dunes, dotted with date palms and stony flat expanse broken by the occasional oasis and tamarisk trees. The sheer magnitude of the Sahara and the solitude it provides, is truly amazing. We visit the Megag Necropolis and the ancient village of Bounou before reaching Ouled Driss on day 9.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight - Ouled Draa) (1) Ouled Driss (1) (camp)
Day 10: Ouarzazate
Ouled Driss - Ouarzazate - breakfast. Today marks the end of our trek. After breakfast we take the scenic drive back through the date palm oasis of the breathtaking Draa Valley and over the incredible Tinifift Pass , where the hills give way to canyons. We stop to visit a pottery village and the Coranic library of Tamgroute before heading back to Ouarzazate where we spend the night in a hotel and enjoy the comfort of a bed! (Lunch, dinner & overnight - Ouarzazate)
Day 11: Aït Benhaddou
Ouarzazate - Aït Benhaddou - Marrakech – breakfast. Today we explore Ouarzazate, before driving to the remarkable Aït Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Ait Benhaddou is one of the best preserved ancient Kasbahs in the Atlas region. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, some Kasbahs date back to the 16th Century and the site had been the setting for many famous films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. This afternoon we return to Marrakech. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Marrakech)
Day 12: Marrakech
Marrakech – breakfast. Enjoy a free day to explore magical Marrakech, with its beautiful, Koutoubia mosque and fabulous central square – Djemma-el-fna. Packed full of colour, spicy aromas, traders, snake charmers and fortune tellers - Djemma-el-fna is a feast for all of the senses! Lose yourself in the madness of the souks and perhaps test your bargaining skills, buying some last minute souvenirs! We’ll meet up this evening for our final dinner. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Marrakech) (Riad)
Day 13: Marrakech
Marrakech – breakfast. Our expedition ends after breakfast.