A glimpse about the four days itinerary: Draa valley is the longest valley in Morocco and it crosses through M’hamid Sahara from the middle dividing it into two parts. The Eastern remote dry part where both ” Erg Zahar” and “Erg Smar” (two of the best remote dunes in Morocco ) are located and a Western living and lush part where Erg Chegaga is located.
The whole four day trek is a desert trek that will sail you through the wildness and remoteness until finally you reach the living part of the Sahara. It starts from the camp by the end of the oasis where the Sahara’s golden dunes meet together with palm groves to your final destination which is the region called Camel Feet, where camels graze in the wild.
You will depart this morning from our camp together with the camels like one unified nomadic caravan , leaving all the palm trees of the oasis behind toward the first part of mhamid Sahara .
right after some hiking on the small salty valley which was believed to been the old draa valley in the past .you and your caravan will face new landscape of large, barren, rocky plateau .
the destination for today is sidi naji region and Throughout the way to it , we will pass by some monuments of old pottery falling houses of oulad zbiir ,where you can see different pieces of pottery all around,those are traces of the ancient civilisations that inhabited the desert.
After a three hours hike on a wild desert we will set for a quite and long lunch under the tamrisk tree .
By the end of the day we will have an extra one hour and the half hiking until we finally camp between the golden dune next to an open terrain with a beautiful panoramic views all around.
Today destination will be the spectacular orange remote dune of zahar dune .
After your camels get loaded our caravan focus will be to cross all those long endless empty flat that defies the nothingness of the Sahara horizon.walking on such place would provide with the perspective of being into your own nowhere.
All along the way,the scenery of Tamarisk Trees is no more existing.the view is more dramatic and open with few spots covered by scrubs.
It is just you and those faithful camels
After a long walk, you will be exposed to a place named “The Eye of the Chased Gazelle” where you will find a dilapidated nomadic market. This was once the meeting place of nomads trade. You will discover the fallen ksar of a family that dominated Draa valley tribes .all over the way you can trace their old water channels, which they used for farming. Until recently this area was completely covered by a big dune but a few years ago the wind took half of the dune and exposed the site where there is now a chance to collect treasures and pieces of equipment used by nomads in their daily life and ancient wars.
Our Walking with Nomads caravan will move again and getting to the remote Zahar Dune dream will start to come true. The illusionary style of the desert shows us it’s near, but all is trickery, because all the dunes in the desert look close by, when they are actually far. To reach Erg Zahar will require a nomads’ patience until, finally you will be camping by its side.
After having a peaceful break in the shade of the Sidi Omar shrine and enjoying some tea and snacks, we will be exposed to cross the undulating dunes of Zahar and to walk together with the camels up and down on the back of the teenager dunes from the middle to reach the highest point.
Unique dunes with dramatically different shapes will be in front of you to hike in order to reach the other side, but what is not expected is how you will feel after you see the surrounding dunes from the top of the furthest dune Zahar.
Here we will set camp cocooned by the dunes all around us and after some time to relax and soak up the sunset, dinner will be served around the coy camp-fire.
Today camping is fabulous as we are the very tiny creatures under the shade of the Zahar dunes, our camping will be made somewhere in one of the sunken spots between the huge dunes. The dunes will circle us from all sides, like one unified big sandy nest and we are the eggs inside of it.
Carpet and candles to lighten the world of the screaming sand will be there on top of the next dune for you to offer you the most romantic of scenes and as well to enjoy the remote beauty of Erg Zahar red dunes.
After a delicious dinner under the bright stars, all the team will sit together like one big family next to the fire and exchange stories of the Sahara Desert.
Today the destination is remote Erg Smar , A very distinctive dune with a combination of orange and golden colour .
The place is not far from erg zahar where we are but the trek to get there is full of wonders.
We start our hiking today by saying goodbye to the father dune, Zahar and walk together with the camels upon a plateau toward Draa Valley, the longest valley in Morocco and an ideal provider of water to M’Hamid Sahara.
The route is totally mysterious as you never know what to expect to see starting from the Draa Valley that holds much life on its banks including a forest of tamarisk and plants passing by the old farmer houses and a wall on its western side by Erg Smar where we will water our camels and some natural shower for refreshment then we head to the place where the white dune meet with orange one.
After a relaxing break for lunch and a rest on the “Two Colours Dunes” of Erg Smar to discover how magical the desert is when you find yourself on top of the red dune watching the white dune while the Draa River pervades the red on, our caravan will depart again to the upper part of erg smar and camp among its orange dune which reflects a golden colour by the sunset light. The shadow of the shape of erg smar is breathtaking.
Today the walk is the longest among all the other days, but time will fly quickly as you will be hiking for the first half day inside the grazing land of Lbour. This place has been a burial land where every tribe has its own valley to farm in. However, times have changed, and nomads no longer farm here due to the climate changing, apart from the rare occasion when there is a huge quantity of rain. In the past, the Draa Valley was the ideal provider of water, now it is dryer than ever in the history.
We start our hiking by crossing a long empty plateau called iriqi, it stand as a connotation to those area where water gather but grows nothing only scrub on some part of it .so we will walked on the footsteps of our ideal companion camels .
our goal is to reach the tail of the Berber dune of Ait Ounir which connected the Draa’s western and have lunch there . Throughout walking by the Draa River you will come across the view of the death tamarisk trees forests and discover the traces of animals living inside it.
After lunch we will cross lahdibat rocky hills and walk strictly to reach the Feet of Came region l and set our overnight camp inside the salad rocket fields where nomads herd.
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