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.
Pick up at 8 am
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 Agdez, where the Draa Valley begins. We spend the night in a charming kasbah (guest house) with swimming.
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.
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.
Erg chegaga 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