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Fly in from the four corners and arrive Marrakech airport. Pre-arranged transfers take you to our Riad for an evening of relaxation and visit the world famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square before departing for our expedition the following morning.
We begin our journey through the rugged terrain that Morocco offers before arriving at Ait Benhaddou for a spot of lunch, the site of many Hollywood movies including Time Bandits. You will have the opportunity to walk through its captivating alleyways and more than likely in the footsteps of the Hollywood greats. We continue or journey to Agdz an important trading post on the ancient caravan route between Marrakech and Timbuktu in Mali. We overnight in a comfortable Riad.
After breakfast, we depart Agdz we the stop off on route to visit the famous Tamnougalt Kasbah before reaching our lunch location the equally well renowned Tamegrout. Famed as a religious centre Tamegrout’s library holds the 14th-Century Quran and the unique green pottery, which we will get to visit. After getting a wealth of culture continues for an hour or so to the ancient village of juif old velles before arriving at M’hamid. We overnight in a basic but clean hotel.
After breakfast, we head to our first desert campsite close to the Marabout of Sidi Naji, a remote shrine marking the burial place of a Muslim Holy Man. We tackle the hard-baked trays and dunes as we snake across the dried wadi’s on the route we stop for lunch where ever the shade may be. Our trek will take approximately 4.5 hrs.
In the evening we will enjoy the first of many fantastic sunsets.
Today we make our way to the Lucky Dune of Erg Ezzahar (250m), experience the beautiful view of the red and golden dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. Have lunch at our campsite and then a free afternoon. If you feel energetic we will make to the biggest dues of the area for another unique sunset before relaxing under the stairs. Our trek will take approximately 6 hrs.
Today we head for Erg Sedrate climbing through dunes, before crossing the barren plateau. We will enjoy the views of the Draa Valley and Tamarisk and Acacia trees, before reaching our lunch place in a very old settlement of the Nomads in Essemar. Our trek will take 6 hrs.
Today we head for Erg Chegaga that dominates the desert on the way we cross the Draa Valley to have lunch in the shadows of the trees, then enjoy a siesta before reaching our camp at the base of Erg Chegaga. The sandy summit is not to be missed on descending back to camp we get to try our hand at cooking Sand Bread and have a party before make tracks the city of Ouarzazate. Trek time approximately 5 hrs.
Today we leave our camel team and return to Ouzarzate by 4×4, crossing the arid Iriki Plateau before reaching the town of Foum Zguid where we stop for lunch or continue on to Taznakhte for lunch and finally reaching Ouazarzate for a relaxing night.
After breakfast, departure from Ouarzazate to Marrakech with plenty of mint tea stops and the opportunity to visit an Argon Oil Facility finally arriving in Marrakech to have a celebratory party.
Say our goodbyes and transfer to the Airport.
Deposit: £200 per person | Dates: 04 – 13 May 2020
Group Size: 8 | Fitness Level: Medium
Kev Sidford FRGS, International Mountain Leader
Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
Ideally, your footwear needs to be lightweight and fabric. You will only suffer wearing new boots so make sure they are well bedded in but equally not falling to pieces. Please note feet tend to expand in your boots after a long day in the desert so allow for some swelling of the foot. A sewn in tongue will help to keep invasive sand, Goretex is not a lot of use in the desert so save some pennies as it reduces breathability.
AdventureCode recommends Altberg but equally, there are other good brands such as Lowa and Meindl.
It’s well worth getting your feet measured and finding a boot that you’re really happy with. A desert expedition can be hard on your feet so take the time to find the best desert boot for you.
SOCKS TO COMPLIMENT YOUR BOOTS
Wearing synthetic socks is a passport to trench foot we suggest wool or natural fibres is a preferred option because of the natural wicking properties.
Lightweight cotton combat trousers are most versatile for desert conditions There are also some alternative nylon options with elastane for extra stretch. A zip off version gives the flexibility both as shorts and river crossing in areas like Morocco. Wearing shorts all day is NOT RECOMMENDED due to exposure from the sun.
When considering buying appropriate clothing these are the qualities that are required; breathability and durable. Thinking underwear cotton retains moisture which will cause chafing and possible sweat rash. Ideally, underwear should have moisture-wicking properties.
TOP HALF PROTECTION
As previously mentioned in the legwear section cotton is the fabric to have in the desert. Moisture retention creates a cooling effect which can be a blessing. All shirts should be long sleeve this gives extra protection against the sun and avoids endless applications of suncream which also attracts windblown sand that will then promote sunburn. In the evenings it can get cold a synthetic duvet jacket that can be packed to smaller than a kilo of sugar.
Like operating in the snow you need to protect your eyes from reflections on the ground, the sides and above so eye protection needs to cover the eye socket. Ideally, lenses should be Grey, Brown or Polarised Grey. AdventureCode recommends RXSport, Great North Road, Wittering, Peterborough PE8 6BX For sat navs please use postcode: PE8 6DF email@example.com
A must is wide-brimmed and made of cotton or breathable natural fibres, do not even think of a baseball cap as they do not provide enough sun protection around the neck and cheeks. Warning some sun hats can be heavy and non-breathable at AdventureCode we recommend a lightweight Tilley Hat or Brazilian Tarp Hat a wind cord will be really useful. Alternatively go local and wear a Shesh.
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Tour Cost: £1000 per person | Deposit: £200 per person
Deposit: £200 due upon booking
Mid-Term: £300 due 6 months before travel
Final Balance: £1000 due 9 weeks before travel