7 Days trek, Period : Autumn to Spring
Level: Easy to moderate , Assistance : Camels
Beyond Ouarzazate and Zagora, the gates of the desert open to the infinite. The Draa river, achieving a green race of 200 km, gave birth to the most beautiful palm groves in Morocco. After the last oases of Mhamid, the sand overwhelms the environment. Following the steady rhythm of our caravan, we discover the ergs of Ezzaher, Smar, Chigaga… all names synonym of silent spaces submerged by warm lights. After erg Ebidlya, we start our way up north to the exploration of the canyons of Oued Mhasser. The miraculous presence of water gives birth to superb gueltas, and small oases deeply enrooted in the rocks.
Arrival to Ouarzazate where you’ll be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your 3* hotel, overnight on half board basis
Day2. Ouarzazate - Mhamid - Dayat Aoutid
After an early breakfast, we drive south to the legendary Draa Valley, a silvery thread of water flanked by palm groves and ochre Kasbahs, to the town of Zagora in Morocco's deep south. After a picnic near Oulad Driss, we reach Mhamid, the last village at the end of the Draa palm groves. After 2 hours drive through desert plateaus, a short warm up walk ( 1H30 hour) to meet our camel men at Dayat Aoutid Where we set our first camp.
Day3. Dayat Aoutid - Erg Zaher / 5h00 hiking
After camp breakfast, the baggage, food and equipment will be loaded onto camels and the trek will begin. From camp we head south across a large tamarisk “forest” and the wide Draa river bed. The first sand dunes emerge far in the distance. Camp will be pitched at Erg Zaher, very peaceful and pink coloured dunes.
Day4. Erg Zaher - Erig Smar
After a quite ballad in the dunes we head off north-west towards Erig Smar. Camp will be pitched close to an old nomad campsite, near some imposing tamarisk trees.
Day5. Erig Smar - Chigaga
The trail continues to follow the large clay plateaus and dry oueds. From time to time the sight of dispersed camel herds brings some animation to the quietness of our walk. Camp will be pitched close to the Chigaga dunes. rhythm
Day6. Chigaga - Erg Ebidlya
The day will be spent exploring and climbing the dunes of Ebidiiya before we ascent the highest dune of the Erg: 150 meters, with a superb view on the whole area and our camp site further north. Camp will be pitched in the dunes of Ebidlya.
Day7. Erg Ebidlya - Oued Mhasser
Today is a long day walk to cross an immense “Reg”, “stony plateau” (typical of the Sahara) to join the amazing Bani range. A total change of ambiance, with small oasis of palm trees and oleander, and amazing pools curved in the rocky river bed. Camp will be pitched near the pool of Amda n’Oumssaoui.
Day8. Oued Mhasser - Aferdou
A nice day up the Mhasser Canyons, after Sidi Boutouama, our last picnic is served at very beautiful oasis of Hassi Diabi. Camp will be pitched at Tifekhsit on the foothill of the imposing Aferdou Peak.
Day9. El Feija - Zagora - Ouarzazate
An early start this morning to cross the northern side of the Djebel bani by the Foul Laachar Col. Our vehicles will be waiting for the return drive to Zagora. The first 20 miles of the journey will be off road on desert piste before rejoining the tarmac at Zagora. After lunch, continue on by road through the Draa Valley to Ouarzazate, overnight at 3* hotel on half board basis.
Day10. Return flight
Transfer to Ouarzazate Airport for your flight back home.