Sahara Desert Challenge

Embark on an 8 day adventure through the magnificent Sahara Desert, starting and ending in Marrakesh, Morocco.

You will trek through the breathtaking oasis and also drive through the scenic High Atlas Mountains, walk on rocky plateaus, and get some one-on-one time with camels.

Trekking in the Sahara Desert is like no other experience and it offers a real sense of freedom and solitude.

It is an ever-changing magical place filled with intense colours, huge undulating dunes, and starry night skies.

This will be one of the most breathtaking landscapes you have ever seen!

  • Islamic Relief will pay for: In-country transfers, tour guide from Atlas Walkers, all accommodations, all meals, transport/support vehicles, entrance fees for all excursions
  • Not Included: flights, additional drinks and refreshments, costs incurred for any extended stay
  • Date: November 18th – 25th 2018
  • Registration: Covered by Islamic Relief
  • Fundraising Target: $3,000
  • Deadline for Registration: October 15th, 2018
  • Note: Only 20 spots are available and places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis If you have any questions, please email challenges@islamicrelief.ca

Difficulty level: CHALLENGING
Long days of trekking in the extreme heat will make this a very challenging trip!

Day 1 – Arrival to Marrakech

It doesn’t matter at what time you arrive, we will be waiting for you at the airport in Marrakech. We then transfer to the hotel in the centre of the city. While all the participants arrive, you can spend the afternoon visiting Marrakech. Dinner & Overnight in hotel 4*

Day 2 – Marrakech – Faija

We take a scenic drive across the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and then Zagora. It takes almost 8 hours driving, passing along date-palm oases, Berber villages, and incredible landscapes. In Zagora we leave the minibus and take a more appropriate vehicle that will take us to Faija. There we meet the camels and their cameleers.

Day 3 – Faija – Camping

Today we start our trek. In the morning we load the camels and head to Hamada. We have good views of the Saghro Mountains, with little vegetation, and maybe some Bedouin nomads. After lunch in an oasis, we walk along dried riverbeds and arrive at the campsite at sunset. Walking time: 6h30

Day 4 – Camping – Dunes of Chegaga

We climb to the Abbes pass, from where we can observe the vastness of the desert. Far away we can already spot the dunes of Chegaga. We get to them later in the afternoon. Walking time: 6h30

Day 5 – Dunes of Chegaga – Dunes of Bougarne

After walking the multitude of small sand dunes of Chegaga, we continue towards M’hamid. We eat under the trees of Tamares, and in the evening we arrive at dunes of Bougarne, a site rarely frequented by the tourists. Walking time: 5h

Day 6 – Dunes of Bougarne – Dunes of Oued Naam

We wake up early in order to contemplate the dawn on the dunes of Bougarne. The rest of the day we walk on a huge rocky plateau, and we reach the dunes of Oued Naam late in the afternoon. Walking time: 6h30

Day 7 – Dunes of Oued Naam – Dunes of Mhamid – Marrakesh

This last stage of the trek takes place along beautiful desert landscapes, and an immense plateau of small dunes. Without realizing it, we reach the Regaga dunes and then Mhamid. Here the trek reaches an end. Later, we continue by car along the Draa valley to Zagora. Transfer to Marrakech. Walking time: 3h

Day 8 – Transfer to the airport of Marrakech

We bid farewell until our next adventure together.

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