DAY 1 – MARRAKECH
Airport pick-up and installation at your hotel. Free meals. Southern Morocco
DAY 2 – MARRAKECH – THE DRAA VALLEY
Southern Morocco. Departure towards the far south by crossing the High Atlas at the Tichka Pass. After a lunch break towards Ouarzazate, we will walk along the Draa wadi and its green oases, pass Zagora and arrive in Mhamid, a village founded in the 16th century by the Aarib tribe, a nomadic Bedouin tribe from Yemen, under the Saadian dynasty. This village, then called Taragalt, was a very important caravan crossroads between Marrakech, Tindouf and Timbuktu.
DAY 3 – MHAMID – SIDI NAJI
We leave the dunes of Bougarne by the right bank of the Draa river and head towards the Laatache river which reveals a line of greenery dotted with tamarisk trees. Beautiful landscapes to arrive at the bivouac, – the river of thirst – water point now dry.
First contact with the nakedness of the earth where nature shows its strength.
DAY 4 – SIDI NAJI – THE HOWLING DUNES OF ERG EZZAHAR
We progress towards the large dunes of the erg Ezzahar which rise to form a moving landscape where light and wind play with sand. You are in the heart of the “howling dunes”. Southern Morocco
Throughout the world there are about thirty “howling” dunes, including the erg Ezzahar in Morocco. This phenomenon is rare and occurs on high dunes where the sand has particular characteristics: homogeneous, regular and polished shape of the sand grains, absence of dust and humidity. When the sand slides in the form of avalanches, the friction of the grains emits a crystalline sound, sometimes powerful, reminiscent of a human voice or a musical instrument.
The bivouac will be set up in front of the mistress of the place, a huge pyramidal dune of 80m where you can hear the wind singing from its top.
DAY 5 – ERG EZZAHAR – LAHDAIBATE
Climbing the erg Ezzahar in Lahdaibate, allows you to enjoy the magnificent spectacle of the sunrise.
Then, to the rhythm of the dromedaries, we will move from dunes to dunes to that of erg Zmila. After a picnic in the shade of the tamarisk trees, we crossonseg aitounire then a plateau covered with dead trees, remained there like sentinels to remind us of the value of water and the advance of the desert. We will set up our bivouac, where we will find the reg.
Lahdaibate was an important crossing point for trans-Saharan caravans travelling between the High Atlas and Timbuktu. In the north-south direction, these caravans transported artisanal products and took salt from Traza and Taoudeni to sell it in Timbuktu; then they returned to Morocco loaded with gold and slaves.
DAY 6 – LAHDAIBATE – ELBOURE
Crossing the dunes of lmazouariya and a reg before reaching your camp.
DAY 7 – ELBOURE – MHAMID DESERT GATE.
After breakfast your hike in the Sahara desert takes the road back to M’Hamid and a well-deserved shower!
DAY 8 – MARRAKECH – RETURN
Return to Marrakech via Tamgroute where you can visit the Zaouïa Naceria library, one of the most prestigious zaouïas in North Africa (closed on Saturdays). It has a very rich and unique library, full of nine-century manuscripts, precious scientific treatises, religious works from the Andalusian golden age and illuminated Korans.
Also discover the potters’ cooperative, Tamgroute’s other pride and joy.
These pottery workshops, the oldest and most famous in Morocco, have existed since the 16th century. Seven families work there, or 260 people. Potters still work in the traditional way. They extract their clay in underground galleries, and prepare their slip by crushing it with their feet. They cook their pottery in traditional clay ovens heated with palms and dry bushes. The Tamgroute ceramic, of a subtle green, between reseda and fir, is very famous throughout Morocco.
Arrival in Marrakech at the end of the day and installation at your hotel. Dinner at leisure and overnight in hotel (or riad as an option)
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