The Great South of Morocco separates the Saghro massif from the dune formations that appear in the west of the Oued Draa. At the gates of the great desert, the Moroccan Sahara is crossed by many nomads. The circuit that we propose to you is ideal to approach the life of the desert in only eight days. A very varied itinerary, between dunes, arid plateaus, oases, palm groves, and superb kasbahs, which will allow you to immerse yourself during a few days in the desert life.
The camel trek
The hike is done on foot, the dromedaries are there only to transport the luggage and the collective equipment (food, equipment of bivouac and kitchen). It should not be confused with the camel. Nevertheless, it will still be possible to climb a little camel in case of fatigue. It is also possible to provide a true camel ride, but 5 days camel is more tiring than 5 days of walking!
Arrival in Marrakech, reception at Menara airport, and transfer to the city center. Installation at the hotel, located next to the Koutoubia mosque and close to the famous Djemaa el Fna. Free visit of the city according to the flight schedules.
Early morning departure by minibus or 4X4. We pass by Taddert and the Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260 m, the highest road crossing in Morocco), before reaching the famous Draa Valley, one of the longest rivers in Morocco, passing by Ouarzazate. We cross Tizi N’Tinifift (1660 m) and Agdaz, a large fortified village that controls with its powerful kasbah and date palms the northern entrance of the track connecting Marrakech to Timbuktu. Arrival in Zagora. We cross the plateau of Faija, beautiful desert plateau with already small dunes to the foot of Jebel Bani. Installation of the first bivouac and dinner under the sky of the Great South. About 370 km.
First awakening far from everything … Start our trek for an adventure out of time, to discover the great desert spaces. We get to know our camel drivers and we load the dromedaries to cross the Jebel Bani, barrier that separates the desert of stone desert sand. Walk on a stony plateau that allows us to reach the pass of Oum Laachar Guattara. Lunch in the shade in the oasis Diabi. Camp near a small spring at the foot of Jebel Abbes. About 5:30 walk.
After crossing the gorges of Elabbas, we discover a sea of sand that takes us to the foot of the dunes of Chegaga. We set up our camp next to the well where the nomads come to drink their animals. About 5:30 walk.
After the sunrise on the dunes, we resume our walk in the middle of the dunes and tamarisks. We have lunch in the shade. Bivouac next to Erg El Ghoul. About 6 hours of walking.
We continue our walk on small dunes, then we go on the plateau of Iriki. Bivouac next to the Zaouiat Sidi Abdenbi. About 6 hours of walking.
Transfer back to 4X4. A track takes us back to Foum Zguid. Lunch in Taznakht which is famous for the production of saffron and handmade carpets. Then return to Marrakech by the Tizi N’Tichka pass. Dinner and overnight at the hotel, near the Djemaa el Fna square and its unique atmosphere. About 65 km of track and 330 km of road
Free visit of the city according to the flight schedules. Transfer to the airport.