Jbel Bani to Chegaga Dunes

Jbel Bani to Chegaga Dunes - Morocco desert trekking

From Ouarzazate, and after crossing the green ribbon of palm groves of the Oued Draa dotted with towering ksours, we arrive to a powerful rock barrier which once crossed, will open the door of the desert where we find the oases of Oulad Driss and M'Hamid which will disappear quickly giving the way to a trickle of sand that soon swells and swells to form high golden dunes. These occupy the fossil bed of Draa valley, once the largest river in the Sahara: 1200 km from the Atlas to the Atlantic! Thus, in five and a half days we cross the mountain of Bani which gives access to desert dunes of Draa. One dune to another, crossing here and there a herd of camels a nomad camp, we reach the beautiful dunes Dayet Chegaga.

Jbel Bani to Chegaga Dunes Morocco

Highlights of the Trek
- Duration: 9 days, otherwise you can prolong your trip, depending on your availability and your budget, please contact us for more information.
- Accommodation during this trip: two nights in the Hotel or Riad/ 6 nights in camps
- Trip Name: Bani mountain and chigaga dunes
- Destination: Zagora / shigaga
- Grade: dynamic
- Trip starts- ends: El faija/ Mhamed
- Best Season: From Octobe to April
- Number of participants: from 3 people.


Day 1 Ouarzazate - Hotel:
Arrival at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Ouarzazate - Zagora - Faija - Afrdou:
Transfer from Ouarzazate. We cross a rocky desert landscape, then will cross the chain of Jabel Saghro by the pass of Tinififte (1660 m.) We reach the village of Aguedz, marking the beginning of the Draa Valley, beautiful palm trees and a beautiful villages with traditional architecture. Arrival in Zagora (3 hours drive - 176 km). We leave Zagora 29 km off road to reach our camel team at the starting point of the hike. After an hour of walking, we will win the Pass of Faija (800 m.) then We walk in the gorge till our camp near by some palm trees. (3 hours walking). Overnight camping.

Day 3 Afrdou - Valley Amhacer:
Departure from our camp to the southwest. We cross a plateau to get to the tiny oasis of Diabi. Beginning of the valley Amhacer, which offers spectacular desert landscapes. Lunch in the shade of acacia trees. In the afternoon, we will continue in the gorge to the campsite at the exit of the valley. (6 hours walking). Overnight camping.

chigaga desert morocco trek

Day 4 Wad the Amhacer - Chigaga:
Our caravan will pass through a large rocky plateau to arrive late morning in a setting of small dunes and tamarisk. Lunch break. In the afternoon we will continue our way to the foot of the big dune named "Abed lia". We admire a beautiful sunset in the evening. (6 hours walking). Overnight camping.

Day 5 Chigaga - ghirt lgherzem:
We start for a nice Hike in the dunes of Chgaga to the point of our camp near the dunes of GHirt lgherzem, we will hwve our lunch near by nice dunes. 6h dunes walk. Overnight camping.

Day 6 ghirt lgherzem - Zaher:
we will enjoy walking between the dunes, then we will have lunch in the shade varied in some shrubs landscape. We spend the afternoon in the middle of this sublime landscape, then we directly to the highest dune of the Region Zher to a new campsite. (6 hours walking). Overnight camping.

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Day 7 Zher - Sidi Naji:
Taking the North East direction to Sidi Naji dotted with Tamaris and will be our last camp at Sidi Naji (6 hours walking)

Day 8 Sidi Naji - Mhamed - Ouarzazate:
We cross the last dunes to reach the last palm valley and the village of DRRA Mhamed where we will find our transport to get us back to Ouarzazate, overnight at the hotel, 3 hours of walking, 4h and 30 driving about 276km.

Day 9 Ouarzazate - Airport: Transfer to Airoport

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Cost details
NB: Price on request. This will depend on the number of participants. So for any quote request please contact us

Costs we provide include the followings:
- picks up & drops by private car/Van/Bus/ Taxi.
- All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- 6 nights in camping during the trek, two night in the Hotel or Riad, HB.
- A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder English speaking Guide
- Team and camels to carry your baggage and our equipment.
- compsite This is the high level classic style of trekking also known as camping (fully organized treks) supplying all camping equipments (sleeping, kitchen, dining and toilet tents etc) along with the food and cooker will prepare hot meals with attention towards variety and hygiene and nutrition to serve you.

Excluded from costs are the following:
- All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
- Travel Insurance (Essential).
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips for staffs and driver's.

Trekking equipment checklist
When selecting your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you’ll be camping, the time of year and the altitude, we advise our clients bringing these items but depending of season other ways you can contact us.

Sun hat, Gloves, Sunglasses, Sun block for lips, Long underwear, Medical first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries, Down sleeping bag, Down jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T-shorts Mountain trekking boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, Polypropylene /wool socks, Light cotton socks for under wool socks, camera with extra battery