3 Days From Marrakech To Erg Chigaga

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3 Days Marrakech  Erg Chigaga

3 Days From Marrakech To Erg Chigaga ;The 3 Days erg Chegaga tour from Marrakech aims to discover the majesty of the Dunes, offers beautiful land escapes of the Hight Atlas an Berber Kasbah  and  great possibilities to explore the vast desert of Erg Chigaga with its palm trees, Valleys, sand dunes, do the camel ride and spend the night under the stars. Explore the barren Anti-Atlas desert with its beautiful rock formations.

Erg Chigaga

Erg chigaga is located to the west of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, the last village connected to the asphalt road after Zagora, Erg de Chigaga is accessible after about fifty kilometers of tracks between Reg and sand. In other words, only connoisseurs, such as the famous “blue men” of the desert, will guide you perfectly through the desert tracks to reach the highest sand dunes in the region.

These dunes extend over forty kilometers in length and fifteen kilometers in width, located between Erg Chigaga and Foum Zguid. Erg Chigaga consists of several very intertwined ergs, some of which reach heights of up to 40 meters (a 16-storey building) with a maximum altitude of 520 meters.

From M’Hamid, there are two possibilities to reach Erg Chegaga, leaving from our agency which is located in the café le petit prince either for a few hours with an essential 4X4 vehicle and experienced guide, or for a circuit of about 4 days, a camel ride, with stops and bivouacs mandatory on the program, before being able to sleep under nomad tents and/or under the starry sky, at the feet of the high dunes.

There are the dunes of Chigaga, known as the gateways to the Moroccan desert. Accessible only by 4×4 from M’Hamid (or by camels for most patients), the dunes of Erg Chigaga offer a calm and wild spectacle to those who come to do bivouacs and trekking.

The beauty of the desert as far as the eye can see, the colors of the sun setting on the sand and the majesty of the dunes largely compensate for the long journey to Erg Chigaga. There, you will find our bivouac set up by the nomads. You can sleep in rooms equipped with real beds and thick colored carpets, and you will even have access to hot water thanks to the solar panels supplying the site with electricity.

Once you arrive at our bivouac, you will have a choice of various activities: hiking in the heart of the dunes, camel rides, quad excursions, and sandboarding on the dunes. Also, you will certainly spend a lot of time simply admiring the panorama. And when evening comes, remember to look up

Price Includes

  • Tour GuidePick up and drop of in your riad
  • overnight in a traditional Riad in agdz
  • Cameld rides & overnight in a private nomad traditional tent
  • English/French/Spanish speaking Guide
  • Dinner & breakfast are included in the bivouac

Price Excludes

  • snacks and meals during the Marrakech-Mhamid transfers
  • local visit fees
  • Tip
Itinerary 1

Day 1Marrakech - Telouet - Ait ben Haddou ouarzazat

Departure in the morning at 8 am from your hotel or riad in Marrakech to cross the mountains of the High Atlas. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a small road towards the Kasbah of Telouet, which belonged to the lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which is now partly in ruins and partly in restoration. From there you continue for lunch to Ait Ben Haddou. This is the famous UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah, which we will visit after lunch. Later, we continue south to Ouarzazate, where the Draa Valley begins. We spend the night in a charming kasbah (guest house) with swimming.

Day 2Agdez- The Draa Valley - Zagora-Mhamid - Erg Chigaga

After breakfast, we take the old caravan route between the river and the mountains. On the way, we spend many villages and gardens so you can get a better idea of how to live along the oases. We go to M’hamid, to the gates of the desert, we pass to Zagora, then to Tamgroute village of potters (visit of the ovens and workshops). The road to M’hamid crosses desert landscapes. We stop for lunch in our bivouac in the middle of the first dunes. Later, we continue the trail towards the big dunes of Erg Cheggaga (300m) about 60 km from M’hamid. This track crosses the various landscapes characteristic of the desert, “reg”, “Hammada”, and Oasis. These dunes have retained their authentic character and the silence and immensity of the landscape are magnificent. Dinner and one night in our bivouac, Star Camp Lodge.

Day 3Chegaga- Lac iriki- Foum Zguid - Marrakech

After breakfast we take a 90 km desert trail between the dry bed of the Draa dunes near Lake Iriqui and the mountains. Lunch will be at Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert. From there, the way back to Marrakech we find the paved road via the village of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and the carpet cooperative. We will cross the High Atlas again to reach Marrakech in the early evening.

Itinerary 2

Day 1Marrakech-M'hamid

We start our Chigaga 3 days Morocco desert tour with pick up by an air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle at 07:30 am from Marrakech. through the meet of 1000 kasbah road, We cross the High Atlas Mountains- Tizi-n-Tichka Pass driving along a scenic and charming area to arrive at the world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, Morocco’s most famous ksar ( ksar = old village of kasbahs). Lunch will be in Ouarzazate. The trip continues through Draa Valley with its palm trees and old Kasbahs. A night with dinner will be either in a Guest House in Mhamid or under the Tent..

Day 2M'Hamid - Erg Chigaga

M’Hamid, a small village – the last village and the major Draa oasis before the big wasteland of Erg Chigaga Sahara
After breakfast, our Erg Chigaga desert adventure continues through the Draa valley part and rocky part, dunes, green part for 60 km off-road from M’hamid to Erg Chigaga dune. This is the longest group of Sahara dunes of the region reaches a height of 300 m and spans on an area of 40 km. the oasis or in the camp and in Dinner and night in a Berber tent camp after a 40 minutes camel trek to enjoy the golden sunset of the desert.

Day 3Erg Chigaga- Lac iriki- Foum Zguid - Marrakech

After breakfast we take a 90 km desert trail between the dry bed of the Draa dunes near Lake Iriqui and the mountains. Lunch will be at Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert. From there, the way back to Marrakech we find the paved road via the village of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and the carpet cooperative. We will cross the High Atlas again to reach Marrakech in the early evening.

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Elizabeth

Couple Traveller

t was very nice. We have got a beautiful guesting and spend a brilliant 3 days in the desert. I can recommend to visit there

December 18, 2019

Charles

Group Traveller

I booked the tour directly in Marokko. They talked us into the m’hamid tour, instead of Zagora which we were happy about afterwords. We booked a private tour for 7 ppl, were picked up on time punctually from the hotel from our great and very authentic driver said, who was known by everybody all along the way and who drove excellently through the different landscapes from Marrakech on. The camp was really nice, with wonderful dinner, good natured camels and really friendly people. The night sky was mesmerising, I could not get enough from all those stars! All in all a well executed and save, as well as exciting trip, which I would recommend to everybody

November 29, 2019

James

Couple Traveller

We got picked up by khalil who showed to be an excellent guide. Friendly and patiently he explained, answered our questions and gave us surprising detours, like looking for fossils. Best: never pushing and atent what we wanted or not.Also the guy who was at the camp was a pleasant person. khalil loves his desert, he picked up plastic on the way and even argued with others who had thrown their rubbish out of the car. Not to forget: the camel ride on the dunes and the stars in the night: unforgettable.

September 20, 2019

Sophia

Couple Traveller

We got picked up by khalil who showed to be an excellent guide. Friendly and patiently he explained, answered our questions and gave us surprising detours, like looking for fossils. Best: never pushing and atent what we wanted or not.Also the guy who was at the camp was a pleasant person. khalil loves his desert, he picked up plastic on the way and even argued with others who had thrown their rubbish out of the car. Not to forget: the camel ride on the dunes and the stars in the night: unforgettable.

September 20, 2019

James

Family Traveller

My friends and I highly recommend trusting khalil and his friends+family for your trip to the desert. Even before arriving to M’hamid he contacted us in order to make sure we have all the help we need to get around Morocco in general. They awaited us with a warm and friendly welcome accompanied by delicious food for all meals of the day. It truly felt like we were part of their family. The night we spent under the mesmerising sky in the middle of the desert between all the sand dunes is something we will never forget. Definitely go ahead and trust khalil with your desert-tour, if you have the chance.

September 6, 2019
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