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Morocco Sahara 2018-01-11T17:57:39+00:00

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SAHARA DESERT TREK, MOROCCO

SAHARA DESERT TREK, MOROCCO

The superb rolling sands of the remote and vast Sahara Desert

This is a superb trekking adventure taking you deep into the biggest desert in the world, the Sahara.

Highlights

  • Wild camping under the stars
  • Magnificent rolling dunes
  • Complete solitude and ‘away from it all’
  • Explore Marrakech

Our Sahara route allows you to fully experience this beautiful region, traversing hamada, twisting wadi’s and untouched windblown sand dunes, whilst encountering salt pan induced mirages, deserted villages and wells frequented by nomads. The pinnacle of your trek will be to watch the sunset from the top of Erg Zaher, a 1900′ dune and one of the highest in the region. Walking between 5 and 7 hours a day, we stop for leisurely lunches in the shade of the tamarisk trees and wild camp each night on the sand dunes beneath clear skies which come alive with stars.

The solitude and freedom that desert trekking provides can be life changing and the minimalist existence is both liberating and humbling as your everyday life back home feels a million miles away. By the time you finish, it will be hard to leave the desert behind but with a rewarding sense of achievement, you will take home some very special memories.

Your journey starts and ends in the colourful and captivating city of Marrakech where you will have time to explore the famous Djema El Fna, Marrakech’s main square and the endless maze of markets in the Medina. Your adventure starts before you even reach the desert as as you will cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest road pass in Morocco by private mini bus, and enjoy and overnight stop in Ouarzazate en-route.

This is a wonderful introduction to Morocco and will undoubtedly leave you wishing to return to explore this magical country further.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £995
Land Only, from £750
Trip Duration 10 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 6 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotel/Riad, tents
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

The superb rolling sands of the remote and vast Sahara Desert

This is a superb trekking adventure taking you deep into the biggest desert in the world, the Sahara.

Highlights

  • Wild camping under the stars
  • Magnificent rolling dunes
  • Complete solitude and ‘away from it all’
  • Explore Marrakech

Experience the traversing hamada, twisting wadi’s and untouched windblown sand dunes. The solitude and freedom that desert trekking provides can be life changing and the minimalist existence is both liberating and humbling as your everyday life back home feels a million miles away.

Walking between 5 and 7 hours a day, you will wild camp each night amidst the sand dunes beneath the skies which come alive with stars. The pinnacle is to experience the sunset from the top of Erg Zaher, a 1900′ dune and one of the highest in the region.

Your journey starts and ends in the colourful and captivating city of Marrakech; a wonderful small city to explore.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £995
Land Only, from £750
Trip Duration 10 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 6 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotel/Riad, tents
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Sleep under the stars
A liberating trek

People love this Trek

No compulsory Single Supplement

All meals and water on trek

Hotels/Camping

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech

Day 2. Drive Marrakech to Ouarzazate

Day 3. Drive to M’Hamid, begin trekking

Day 4. Sahara Trekking

Day 5. Sahara Trekking, sunset on ‘Eric’

Day 6. Sahara Trekking

Day 7. Sahara Trekking

Day 8. Final trek day, overnight Ouarzazate

Day 9. Drive to Marrakech, overnight hotel

Day 10. Depart for London

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Marrakech.

Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.

Day 2. Drive Marrakech to Ouarzazate
After breakfast, your journey down to the Desert begins. You will drive over High Atlas mountains, potentially experiencing snow at the higher altitudes demonstrating the vast difference between the country’s high and low points and stunning scenery. The 5hr journey will be broken with a rest stop as well as a visit to Ait Ben Haddou. This is the filming location for much of the blockbuster ‘Gladiator’ as well as ‘Game of Thrones’. Your overnight stop is in the desert town of Ouarzazate. Your hotel is a typically Moroccan. Enjoy a tagine and perhaps a glass of wine before you reach the miles of glorious sand that await you the following day. Total journey time 5 – 6 hrs, lunch en route. B

Day 3. Drive to M’Hamid, begin trekking
This 5hr drive takes you through the beautiful Draa Valley. The Draa river allows this valley to remain lush. After a picnic lunch, you will eventually reach M’Hamid, a Desert town and where the road literally ends. Here you will meet your support team, complete with camels and handlers and your trek begins. The first section is fairly short to introduce you to the terrain and also allow you to set up your tents for the first time. BLD

Day 4. Sahara Trekking
For your first full day, you will trek further into the desert, experiencing what life there is (and there is more than you think) and the tranquillity that it can bring. Life is simple here.
With no ambient light and the desert to absorb all sound, the evenings and nights are just so dark and quiet. It is quite eerie even just to sit on a small dune overlooking the camp site and just look and listen. The stars are so bright and it is very easy to spot the orbiting satellites as they speed across the skies above you. BLD

Day 5. Sahara Trekking, sunset on Eric
As you trek deeper into the Desert you will experience deeper and more abundant dunes until you can see Erg Chigaga on the horizon. Camping tonight will be amidst the dunes close to “Eric”, as our clients fondly call it, and once camp is set up, you will climb this 300m (1000ft) dune to watch the sunset across the Sahara.
This is a moving and quite surreal experience for most people as the colours of the desert are highlighted by the setting sun. A time to reflect and truly experience the silence surrounding you. BLD

Day 6. Sahara Trekking
Today you will continue your journey and by now you will be wondering how your Guide is navigating; it all looks so similar with no landmarks to speak of. Although your days are spent walking separately from your support crew,they will always be miraculously waiting for you when you arrive at your lunch or evening stop. BLD

Day 7. Sahara Trekking
On your final full day of trekking you will start to leave the deeper dunes behind as the terrain changes to hamada or rocky, barren plateaus. You may encounter abandoned and derelict dwellings or even remote wells used by the Nomads as they traverse the desert. BL

Day 8. Final trek day, overnight Ouarzazate
This morning a short final trek will take you to meet your transport where you will say goodbye to your support crew and head back to Ouarzazate. Once in the hotel, you can relax and have that well earned shower! Then it’s time to get those clean clothes on and enjoy a celebration dinner. B

Day 9. Drive to Marrakech, overnight hotel
After breakfast, it’s back towards Marrakech. We get you back as soon as we can leaving you plenty of time to get out into the Medina and experience the multitude of Souks. The bartering and market activity is something special. In the evening, enjoy a traditional meal in any one of many restaurants or try your chance by eating on one of the street stalls. B

Day 10. Depart for London
You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to UK at the appropriate time. B

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
3 - 12 Mar 2018 £995 £770
29 Sep - 8 Oct 2018 £995 £770
16 - 25 Mar 2019 £1050 £850

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 4 – 20 + the Guide(s).

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Marrakech – London
  • Return airport transfers in Morocco (you will be met at the airport by your Guide)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local Guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Overseas airport taxes not paid in advance through the international airline ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech and en route to the desert (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

What the Price Includes

  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers in Morocco
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech and en route to the desert (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

If Sole Occupation is requested – £120.

This includes: 2 nights hotel Marrakech, 2 nights hotel/Riad Ouarzazate, 5 nights tent on trek.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your stay. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Morocco.

Visa – No visa is required for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is classed as Moderate. The number of hours walking per day varies between 1-2 hrs (Day 1, which is after the drive down) and up to 7 hrs. The physical effort will increase through the deeper sand dunes and if the temperature is high; saps energy.

An average level of fitness is required.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

It is possible to hire a camel for your specific use. The camel (+handler) will accompany you throughout the trek and is there for you to use (ride) if you need or want to. This is very useful and a comfort if you are unsure of your physical ability or have an injury that may flare up for example. The cost of the hire of the camel is £120 for the entire trek.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fasts in hotel, all meals and drinking water on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, bread, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are salads or hot meals + breads, drinks, fruit, etc…
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is 3 courses: soup followed by a tagine or rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Marrakech – good quality hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • Ouarzazate – good quality traditional Riad, twin share, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share.

Our default flights are:

International Flights – London – Marrakech, direct flights. We will use indirect flights (1 stop) if we need to due to late bookings or similar circumstance.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is the currency of Morocco and you cannot obtain the currency outside of Morocco.

You can change money either at the airport or the Money Changers (booths on the street). Please be aware of your arrival timings. If arriving late for example, the Money Changers may have closed for the day and you will leave before they open in the morning. The airport is potentially your best option.

There are ATM’s available.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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