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6-day erg chigaga camel trek

Trek Details

6-day Erg Chigaga camel trek: Hiking in the Moroccan Sahara desert to discover Draa Valley, Jebel Bani, and the great dunes of Erg Chigaga—an ideal trek with Cameleers for learning Erg Chigaga Sahara desert life in all its aspects. We will experience the natural desert and discover the beautiful life of the nomads. Then, we share the unique experience of a camel trek in the desert through the beautiful Oasis along the Draa Valley, the dunes of Erg Chigaga, Erg Bourne, and Oued Naam Dunes. 

Duration: 6 days
Period: October to April
Trek Grade: Easy to Medium
Accommodation: camping.

Erg Chigaga camel trek allows you to:

  • Experience an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
  • Walk in the Moroccan Erg Chigaga Sahara desert. An exceptional human adventure in the heart of unspoiled nature and in contact with the culture of nomadic camel drivers who are so helpful and welcoming.
  • Enjoy the landscapes of the mountains and dunes, and sleep under the tent on the sand of the desert.

Itinerary of Erg Chigaga camel trek

Day 1: Marrakech or Ouarzazate – Zagora (Elfaija) – 390 km from Marrakech

Transfer by 4×4 or minibus to the camel trek’s starting point via Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m), the highest road pass. After lunch in Ouarzazate, we continue to Draa Valley, known for its beautiful palm groves and ksars and an amalgamation of ethnic, linguistic, and historical groups. We will cross a vast plateau leading to the foot of Jebel Bani and meet our camel team. Dinner and night in tents.

Day 2: Elfaija – Oued Lemhasser

After breakfast, we start our trek in the Sahara desert. We will climb the small Faija Pass, from where we have a panoramic view of the Faija plateau. We will discover a natural mountainous desert (black mountains), with just a little greenery and a few nomads under Nomadic tents made of goats’ and dromedaries’ hair. Lunch will be prepared next to Regabi Wells. Then we will descend through the Oued Lemhasser to reach our camp. Overnight in tents. 6-hour trek.

Day 3: Oued Lemhasser – Erg Chigaga Dunes

We will descend a beautiful desert valley before leaving it to reach the immense desert, which begins with a vast stony plateau. The panoramic view of Erg Chigaga dunes is so tiny, seen from afar, and stunning. Finally, we will reach the dunes of Chigaga and enjoy a beautiful sunset walk at the end of the day. Overnight in tents. 6-hour trek.

Day 4:Erg Chigaga – Bougarn Dunes

We continue walking through many small dunes of Erg Chigaga. Then we head towards the east of Bani mountain and Mhamid El Ghizlane. Our lunch will be prepared by our cook under the tamarisk trees. Then we will continue towards the dunes of Bouguern, a magnificent place, little frequented. We will find enough dry wood there to light a campfire. Overnight in tents. 6-hour trek.

Day 5: Bouguerne – Oued Naam Dunes

Today, we get up early to enjoy the sunrise over the beautiful dunes of the desert. Then, we will walk through a flat desert of small stones along a less stony plateau. We will get water at the well on our way, then continue to reach Oued Nâam’s dunes. Overnight in tents at the foot of beautiful Oued Nâam, where nomadic caravans come to get water. 6-hour walk.

Day 6: Oued Naam – Zagora – Marrakech (445km)

End of our Erg Chigaga camel trek. After saying goodbye to our team of camel drivers, we will leave in the car towards Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas Mountains by Tizi N’Tichka pass to reach Marrakech. 7 hours drive.

Summer and Winter Season Price:
  • 2 people – 620 €
  • 3 people – 580€
  •  For 4 people or more – 540 €
Price Includes
  • English speaking guide/driver
  • Transfers from and to your hotel
  • Accommodation for trekking duration
  • Camels for luggage carrying during the trek
  • Kitchen equipment
  • All meals during your trek
Price Does Not Include
  • Ticket flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Traditional tips
Materials Needed For Erg Chigaga camel trek
  • Big bag for clothing
  • Backpack for each daily supplies
  • Good walking shoes and socks fit for rugged terrain
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag
  • Warm and light clothes
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/ rain-pants
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-cream
  • Head Torch
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Toilet tissues
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifier
 Additional Details
  • This trek is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes.
  • Further discounts are available for group sizes over eight people.
  • You can pay €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.

Erg Chigaga camel trek: Be prepared to hike on average 5-6 hours daily—an option to trek by camel brings adventure.

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