THE ROUTE OF THE DUNES – 10 DAYS

from/per person 550
  • Bivacco
    Bivouac
  • Oasi
    Oasis
  • Deserto
    Desert
  • Escursioni in dromedario
    Camel excursion
  • Itinerario naturalistico
    Nature tour
  • Yoga
    Yoga
  • Sport e avventura
    Sport and adventure

General description


Six day trekking through the majestic dunes of Ch’gaga, along the ancient caravan trade route linking Marrakech, ancient capital of the Almoravids, to the great Sahara. A journey designed to explore spectacular wild landscapes, hiking and camel riding from dune to dune and camping at night around a bonfire, enjoying a magical desert experience. The trekking does not require a specific training. Nevertheless, a healty physical condition and a good level of fitness are strongly recommended to fully enjoy long distance trails. Average walking time of 6 hours per day. The trip includes the transport in 4X4 or minibus from Marrakech to M’hamid (departure point of the trekking) across the Atlas mountains and the vast oasis of Draa.

Other details



Included services:


Transfers by 4x4 or minibus from/to the arrival/departure point - 1 professional nature guide throughout the duration of the trip – 5 nights in bivouac, with accommodation on full board basis - 4 nights in hotel / riad/ guest house, with accommodation on full board basis - 3 liters of water per day and per person during the trek - Cook and equipment for the bivouac: restaurant and kitchen tent, igloo tents and mattresses - Muleteers and mules for carrying luggages, equipment and supplies - Hammam and massages at the end of the trekking - 24h24 assistance

Extra services not included:


Airplane tickets - Drinks – Tips for staff – Optional activities – Travel health and cancellation insurance (upon request, Direction Sud will help you identify the most suitable for your needs). Direction Sud guarantees no hidden costs or other extra fees.

Stages of the trip

10 days / 9 nights


Ouarzazate - M'hamid - Sidi Naji - Erg Zehar - Erg Smar - Khert Igrzam - Erg Labidlia - Zagora - Ait Ben Haddou
Starting from Marrakech, the 4x4 will take us across the central High Atlas mountains for a first stop at the silent city of Ouarzazate, at the gates of the desert, to enjoy its african charm and appreciate the beauty of the impressive Taourirt palace, finely restored in recent times. Our journey will continue on the second day across the vast oasis of the Draa, towards the Saharan village of M'hamid, where we’ll prepare for the trek. We’ll start our hike from M’hamid early in the morning, accompanied by a nature guide guide and by camels and expert camel drivers. We’ll cross the Oued Draa and dunes of Ihnchat for a first stop at the tomb of the marabout Sidi Naji, where we will spend the night. Over the following days, we’ll explore the wild beautiful landscapes of Ch’gaga and the impressive sand dunes of the Erg Labidlia, the largest in Morocco, up to 300 m high. An extraordinary journey along the ancient nomadic trade routes, on a soft, golden sand, in an amazing ecosystem, characterized by extremely hot temperatures in summers and very cold evenings and nights in winter. A unique experience in true contact with a wild rough nature, camping at night in the hearth of the dunes to enjoy all the harmony and beauty of the desert, at the rhythm of the traditional music, around the warm light of a bonfire. The 4x4 will pick us up after six days of trekking to bring us back to Ouarzazate, for a last relaxing day of hammams and massages, before returning to Marrakech.

Duration: 10 days