8 days camel trek from Marakech to M'hamid a long the draa River

First day
Early morning, pick-up at riad/hotel and transfer to the desert frontier village of M'hamid El Ghezlane, at the end of the road of the Draa Valley. You will cross the High Atlas mountains via the highest main road pass in Morocco (the Tichka Pass at 2260m), you'll cross typical Berber villages and lush valleys by the road-side, beyond Ouarzazate cross the Anti-Atlas mountain range before meeting the course of the Draa River valley (the longest river in Morocco and flanked by glorious date palm oases & crumbling kasbahs) and driving via Agdz and Zagora. Overnight in a camp in the door of sahara .
Day 2
After breakfast, meet your desert guides & camel caravan where the camels are loaded with your luggage/equipment. Your guides will also help you to wrap your turban, ideal protection in the desert. The morning's trek follows the southern banks of the Draa River, through the vast palm groves and original settlement of M'hamid enjoy the partial shade offered by the trees. Once at the end of the palm grove, take lunch in Ras Nkhal.. After lunch, continue on a south-westerly course for approx. 2.5hrs towards the marabout (the shrine of a holy man) of Sidi Naji, close to where overnight camp will be established, in the seclusion of small dunes. Today's trek time: 5-6hrs, depending on the pace of the group.
day 3
After breakfast we start to the large, remote sand dune region, of Zahar, will be reached before lunch. Today's trekking terrain is largely flat, plateau-like earth (a dried lake) which gradually transforms into rolling sand dunes,the Camp is established at the foot of the tall dunes, between smaller dunes, and lunch is served. This is a little-visited dune region and your afternoon is given to exploring Zahar, reaching the highest point to enjoy the wide-reaching views across the 'erg' (sand sea) and then the sunset. Night under the bright stars
day 4
After breakfast, you will cross the bed of the Draa River, to trek to the abandoned desert settlement of Erg Smar (where, once, up to 35 families lived and farmed the land). The size of the Draa river bed is astonishing. Your day's trek finishes under the welcome shade of large tamarisk trees, where camp is established – hard to believe you're still in the heart of desert terrain, given the size of the the trees at this village. After lunch, you may explore the settlement, the banks of the Draa and the sand dunes .
day 5
After breakfast. Today's goal is the dunes of Bougarn, where you may come across other visitors for the first time on trek. Departing Erg Smar, you leave the dense vegetation behind to cross small dunes and then a broad, earth plateau, passing through an area where it may be possible to see traces of gazelle (as the shrub that they feed on grows just here). lunch under the shade of trees. After lunch, on trek, continue through the vegetation and sand to reach a plateau before the rolling dunes of Bougarn. Camp is established in the shelter of small dunes.
day 6
After breakfast. Today's trek will see more vegetation, some lining the course of former river tributaries. Lunch is taken under the shade of the tamarisk trees. After lunch, trek across flat land which was once fertile (when water was present). Overnight camp will be established, in the seclusion of small sand dunes. Erg bertam
day 7
After breakfast. Today's goal is the village of M'hamid, to complete your circuit. The terrain once more becomes marked by desert scrub and earth banks, and palm groves become more apparent the closer you reach M'hamid. You will break for lunch, in shade, before reaching the village. Night in a camp or a hotel
day 8
Early morning departure from your hotel or camp , back to Marrakech (as per Day 1). Expect to arrive to your riad/hotel in Marrakech late afternoon.
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