10 days of hiking in the Moroccan desert: Chgaga

Trek in Chgaga : Big Sahara desert

Erg Chigaga is the largest and still untouched of the major ergs in Morocco, This dune massif located in the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, is about 50 km west of the rural town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, itself located about 98 km south of the city of Zagora . Approximately 40 km long and 15 km wide, this erg, including some dunes….

1st day: Marrakech- Ouarzazate

Reception at the airport either direct transfer or night in a riad or hotel in Marrakech or Ouarzazate depending on the time of arrival.

Day 2 of the desert hike: Mhamid – Sidi Naji

After breakfast, we start the camel ride through the old kasbahs of the palm grove, stop for lunch in the shade of the tamarisks, nap and resume walking around 4:00 p.m., to get to Sidi Naji, where the tomb of a former marabout, now a place of pilgrimage for nomads. Bivouac around the fire, sand bread, entertainment.

3rd day of the hike in the desert: Sidi Naj- Erg Zahar Moroccan desert

We cross the entire Bousnina reg, stop in a nice place for lunch (the landscape changes every 2 hours) then we go in the evening to the large dunes of Zahar, from where we can see the Algerian border to admire the sunset. sun and enjoy the superb panorama. Overnight in the camp..

4th day of the hike in the desert: Erg Zahar – Erg Essmar

We cross the Drâa valley, lunch next to a well to enjoy the freshness. After lunch and a siesta, we continue towards Erg Smar ,overnight in the Camp

5th day of the hike in the desert: Erg Essmar -Erg Chegaga the great Moroccan desert.

We cross the reg of Erg Sidra to go in the evening to the large dunes of Chegaga to admire the sunset which culminates at more than 200 meters. From these majestic dunes, one dominates the whole sea of ​​sand.

6th day of the hike in the desert: Erg Chegaga – Oued Laatach

Morning among the large dunes to enjoy the panorama and the Sea of ​​Sand, you can go to the great Abidlia (highest dune). After lunch, we start to complete the loop towards the starting point Mhamid by heading towards Oued Laatach to spend the night there. camp.

7th day of the hike in the desert: Oued Laatach -Erg Ait Ounir

We take the road again crossing the small dry lake of Petit Iriqui for lunch among the dunes of Bougarne. Then we go to Erg Ait Ounir, lost dune  in the tamarisk forest, overnight in the camp.

8th day of the desert hike: Erg Ait Ounir – Erg lihoudi dunes

We cross the Hamada Drâa going up the valley to reach the dunes of Douibat in the evening following the dunes of lihoudi erg, overnight in the camp.

9th day: desert- Marrakech or Ouarzazate

Transfer to Marrakech or Ouarzazate, night in hotel

10th days: Marrakech or Ouarzazate

Continuation of free visit of the City and transfer to the airport and safe return

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