Camel Caravan Desert Trek: Erg Chigaga
The Gold Desert – remote… elemental… the classic Morocco. Live your dream of a desert experience: stay overnight in a nomad tent or if you prefer, explore the dunes in a 4X4.
Erg Chigaga is golden! The soft yellow sand dunes seem as eternal as time itself. To reach this desert of dreams and stars, travel over the Tichka pass, through the beautiful Draa Valley with its lush date palm oases. Visit ruins of kasbahs that once guarded this ancient caravan route. From the village of M’Hamid, you can either take a short camel trek to Erg L’Houdi and overnight in a nomad encampment, or if you prefer, enjoy local hospitality in one of the local inns. Then travel next morning into Erg Chigaga for a day excursion to Iriki Oasis and into the dunes.
KEY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Guided walking tour of major points of interest: Marrakech medina*
- Tichka Pass
- Ouarzazate: Taourirt Kasbah, Atlas Studios
- Ait Ben Haddou*
- Overnight in a local inn or nomad tent camp; optional camel ride
Add a day:
- Zagora and Draa Valley
- Trekking/hiking in Tighza/Anmiter area; overnight in Ait Ben Haddou OR Ouarzazate
- Taliouine (Saffron)
Seasonal: Participation in, or access to local festivals and cultural events. Contact us for details.
*UNESCO World Heritage Sites
GOOD TO KNOW
BEST TIME TO GO:
Spring (mid-March to end of May) or Fall (mid-September to end of November) are best. Avoid the desert from mid-June to mid-September. Coastal regions and northern Morocco can be cool from late fall to early spring, and high mountain regions may experience snow.
Erg Chigaga is remote, and 4X4 travel through the desert is strenuous. This tour is unsuitable for individuals with back or hip issues.
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5 DAYS “plus”
(Fes departures available)
5 DAYS: $1100 CAD per person/2
Incl. airport transfers, all ground transportation, 3/4 star accommodations, some meals. No single suppl. Reductions for larger groups. See Pricing tab for USD, EUR. Subject to currency fluctuations.
5 DAYS: TBA
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