Morocco: Camel trekking in Sahara - mountain hikes in High Atlas with Akabar - Sahara Treks and the team of Ait Atta nomads

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The following hikes give a choice of Akabar - Sahara Treks' programme and can be extended as desired: 

 

Trekking in Marokko 
 
 
 

Our long hikes:

Especially recommended are the long tours from 8 days onwards. We dive into the desert landscapes, hiking on narrow, barely visible herders' pathes through the lonely Jebel Bani mountains with its gorges and traverse vast plains, oases with palm trees, olive trees, oleander and many medicinal plants of the nomads. From the southern edge of the Jebel Bani, we look out over shimmering black plains, mountains and slabs of rock into the almost endless expanse of the Sahara. In the haze, the dunes can be guessed. Depending on the season and weather, either the mountains or the dune landscapes are focused.
Hafid Benyachou's carefully selected and tested tours allow travellers to be quiet and relaxed, as well as being cared for by his nomadic team with delicious Moroccan cuisine, berber tea and occasionally a campfire in the evening, where in the embers the traditional flatbread will be baked.
The special effect of the long desert walks is describes as follows by Jürgen Werner in his book "Wüstenwandern, Unterwegs am Rande der Unendlichkeit".

"Beinahe rund um die Uhr werden wir fremdbestimmt, und tagtäglich bombardieren uns Tausende von Sinneseindrücken....Wir sind eingespannt in einen Alltag, der uns viel zu wenig Zeit gewährt, Atem zu holen.
... Nur selten finden wir Muße, innezuhalten und uns umzusehen, wo wir uns eigentlich befinden, wo unser Herz, unsere Seele zu Hause sind. ...
Wenn wir in die Wüste gehen, ist alles anders. Es gibt wohl nur wenige Orte auf unserer Erde, die sich so wesentlich von den uns vertrauten Orten der Zivilisation unterscheiden wie die Wüste. Nichts ist dort so, wie wir es kennen und wie wir es aus unserem Leben gewohnt sind. Durchqueren wir die Wüste, durchqueren wir einen Raum der Stille und Unermesslichkeit. ...Jedoch das Gehen in der Wüste hält für uns viele Chancen bereit. Es kann uns von Begehrlichkeiten befreien und auch von negativem Denken und Überheblichkeit. Wenn wir es Blick beruhigt sich an den einfachen Formen von Sand, Felsen und Himmel."

 
 
 
 

 

5 days camel trekking on nomadic paths through dunes and mountains

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From cave painting site to the nomads' village:
Ascent into this varied mountain landscape of Jebel Bani. Opportunity to visit the cave paintings which were discovered only in 2008. During the next four days the caravan will go through the diverse rock desert, valleys and canons of the Jebel Bani mountain range. On the way we will meet nomad families herding their flock. The trek ends in the mountain valley of Tafraout. Visit the semi-nomadic community, see their gardens, the nomadic school and individual homes. Overnight stay with a family or in the vicinity of the school. (Please read here for further information:  http://www.academia.edu/2459577/Rock_Art_and_Archaeology_in_Ifran-n-Taska_Eastern_Jebel_Bani_Morocco_First_Results_of_the_Moroccan-Italian_Research_Project)
 
 
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Caravan from the dunes to Jebel Bani Mountains:
The tour starts at the sand dunes of Oued Latash, continues through various dunes and leads across steppe landscape to the fascinating Oued L'Amhasser area in Jebel Bani mountains. We stay overnight in remote valleys, walk over plains, come to oasis and finally descend to the farmland of Alfeija. 

   

 

8 days camel trekking along ancient caravan routes                         

From the bustling Tafraout into the tranquility of the dunes
From the farmlands region Alfeija we climb up into Jebel Bani mountains. The hike leads along a stony river with its numerous water holes and reach the valley of Tafraout, where we can visit gardens, homes and the nomadic school of the semi-nomadic families. Next day, after crossing a pass we will reach the canyons of Oued L'Amhasser and visit the ruins of a town abandoned for centuries. On our way in the mountain range we will meet nomads herding their flock. The caravan finaly reaches the varying dune landscapes ot the South.
 
From the petroglyphs to the wide dune landscapes
Rise into the silence of the beautiful mountain surroundings of Jebel Bani with it's canons, oasis, rock slabs and wide plains. Stay of one day in order to visit the different places of cave paintings. The hike is continued over the black rock slabs of Taskhunt. In the next days the caravan will wander through sand dunes.
 
Hike on old nomadic paths through unspoilt countryside
Ascent to Jebel Bani mountain and overnight near the nomadic family Muhu. We continue this tour on old paces, yet untouched by tourism and pass through the canyons and stone rivers of Oued L'Amhasser. Thereafter we walk over steppe to the dune areas, where we are free from noisy jeep and quad-tourism.
 
 

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New: 9-day tour through the mountainous landscape of the Jebel Bani, into the Iriki plain and to wide dune areas. A challenging trekking tour in new areas far away from tourism. 9 days of silence, relaxation and taking care by the nomad team of the Jebel Bani area.

9-day trekking tour far away in the Jebel Bani mountains and in extraordinarily beautiful dune areas. This tour is in short form of 5-6 days only in the Jebel Bani mountains and a night in the Iriki-area or in the dunes possible and interesting for travelers who plan a 6-day trekking tour between May and July.

This hike is only offered by Akabar - Sahara treks and runs on paths of the Bani nomads. As in the new hiking area there were only two wells at a great distance from each other, the team has to take two additional camels to carry water with them in order to be safe.
The price for this very nice and interesting tour (9 days) is:
with 3 persons: 815 EUR, with 4 persons: 725 EUR, with 5 persons: 655 EUR and with 6 persons: 615 EUR.

Video to our new trek:

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12 days camel trek -  pure relaxation
 
From the mountains to the vastness of the desert
Rise into the Jebel Bani mountain range nearby the farmland of Alfeja and crossing the plateau. After walking in the fascinating landscape of the black rock slabs we reach the dunes. In the coming days we hike through varied dune areas, arid plains, meet old sanctuaries such as Sidi Naji until we reach the white dunes of Erg Sahl and Tidri oasis .
 
On ancient caravan routes to Iriki Lake area
Nearby the farmland of Alfeija we walk up to the plateau. We will visit the places of cave paintings, images of thousands of years of colonisation of Jebel Bani mountain rang, which were discovered in 2008. The trek takes place on old caravan routes in diversified mountain landscape, far away from any tourism. We hike to the dunes of Erg Elmhazi and reach the area of Iriki National Park. In the following days we walk through varied dune landscapes.
 
From Iriki Lake area to the mountain wilderness of Jebel Bani
This interesting hike starts at Foum Zguid - Al Jarmia mountains - and goes on the Imdour Amsan tamarisk plains. From the heart of the Iriki National Park the caravan leads through the dunes of Erg Imhasi, the great Chegaga Dunes, Erg Sdra, Oued Latasch up to the very impressive area of Oued L'Amhasser with its rock formations and stone rivers. We walk across the mountain plains of Zouid and Tirrarin / Tafraout and finish this tour by leaving Jebel Bani near the farmlands of Alfeija.

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For the insatiable desert hikers, we offer a 15-day caravan hike starting from Merzouga to Zagora. We walk through the mountains, dunes, oases and meet some nomadic families. Details on request.  

 

Trekking-Prices 2019 (in EUR per person/day)

Prices for one person, groups and different trekking times are available on request!

 

Number of persons
 at 3 days at 5 days
at 8 days
at 10 days
2 persons 129 109 91 87
3 persons 107 92 77 74
4 persons 96 83 70 68
5 persons 95 79 65 63
6 - 7 persons 83 72 66 64
8 persons 83 70 64 62

 

Prices subject to change

50% discount for children under 12 years
Our offers are tightly calculated; food, wages and transfer costs are current prices in Morocco and are set by each partner. The prices of Akabar - Sahara Treks do not include any hidden discounts. For this reason, we are unable to offer discounts.


The trekking price includes: Jeep transfer from Zagora to the starting point of the trekking and return, camel trekking with English- or French-speaking guide, cook, chameliers, baggage camels, mineral water during trekking, full board with afternoon tea, camping equipment, mattresses, blankets and large tent, insurance.

Riding camels extra from 15 EUR per day/camel. Extra tent for 1-2 persons 7 EUR/day

Not included: Hotel in Amezrou or Zagora, lunch and dinner at the hotel as well as drinks, gratuities to our nomadic crew:

Tipping is voluntary; the nomadic team will be delighted. At the end of the hike the tour guide collects  the tip and spread it evenly among the attendants.

 
 

 

Short treks from two to four days: 

Due to the many requests for two and four day camel trekking tours we offer you here some short tours. These hikes, however, only partly correspond to our philosophy of treks off the beaten path of tourism in the vastness of Sahara and contact with nomads of the Jebel Bani mountains. However, we assure that the guide and team come from nomadic families and the camels are taken only from nomads of the Ait Atta tribe.

Our caravans are individual, which means you only walk here with your partner/friend and not in a large group. For short trips from three persons we will gladly inform you about the price.

 

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Sand, mountains and palm trees - 3-days camel tour:

The starting point of this short trek is the oasis Sauid Sidi Salah near Tagounite. Through oases with gardens and date palms we cross the Draa River to Jebel Ngag where mountains meet dunes. The hike leads off the car traffic to the white dunes of Erg Sahl to the last village on the Algerian border - M'Hamid Ghislane. Via M'Hamid return to Zagora.

Trekking price for 2 persons*: 645 EUR,  (with 4 persons: 86 EUR/person/day; with 6 persons: 67 EUR/person/day) riding camel extra 15 EUR/day

 

 

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From M 'Hamid to oases, dunes and the old desert kashbah Sidi Ishak - 3-days trekking tour:

The caravan starts this short tour in M'Hamid Ghislane, the last village near the Algerian border. The tour leads across the Draa River to an oasis and from there to Sidi Ishak - an old dilapidated Jewish kashbah in the dune area. We spend the night in the dunes near the interesting Kashbah ruines. On the third day we walk over plains and dunes to the oasis of Sauid Sidi Salah and return to Zagora

Trekking price for 2 persons*:  645 EUR(with 4 persons: 86 EUR/person/day; with 6 persons: 67 EUR/person/day) riding camel extra 15 EUR/day

 

 

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Camel trekking in dunes of Sahara - 3 hiking days:

Transfer by jeep to the dunes, where the nomad team is waiting with their camels. 3-days hike hike through different dune areas, alternating with plains.
Trekking price for 2 persons*: 805 EUR, (with 4 persons: 99 EUR/person/day; with 6 persons: 76 EUR/person/day) riding camel extra 15 EUR/day

 

 

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From the fascinating black rock and stone desert into the dunes - 3-day trekking tour:

Transfer by jeep to Jebel Bani and climb into the mountain range. Lunch on the plateau with great view of the dunes in front of us. We walk over black gravel and rocks. After rainfall, we may find ponds and lakes between the individual rock slabs. Overnight in a small oasis or near nomadic families. On the second day we will walk through the diversified foothills of Bani mountains to the dunes of Erg Lmghaznia. On the third day the tour continues through the dunes. Lunch break under tamarisk, here the jeep driver, who brings us back to Zagora via M'Hamid will await us.

Trekking-price for 2 persons*: 745 EUR(with 4 persons: 67 EUR/person/day; with 6 persons: 55 EUR/person/day) riding camel extra 15 EUR/day

 

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From Oued L'Amhasser to the dunes - 4 hiking days:

Transfer by jeep to the foot of the Jebel Bani mountain range and ascent to the mountains. We walk over wide plains and stay overnight near a small oasis. The hike continues through the valleys of the impressive Jebel Bani mountains to the dune foreland. Overnight either in the mountains or in the dunes.

Trekking-price for 2 persons*: 915 EUR(with 4 persons: 87 EUR/person/day; with 6 persons: 71 EUR/person/day) riding camel extra 15 EUR/day

 

*The trekking price includes: Jeep transfer from Zagora to the starting point of the trekking and return, camel trekking with English- or French-speaking guide, cook, chameliers, baggage camels,  mineral water during trekking, full board with afternoon tea, camping equipment, mattresses, blankets and large tent, insurance.

Riding camels extra from 15 € per day/camel, small tent for 1-2 persons 7 EUR/day.

Not included: Hotel in Amezrou or Zagora, lunch and dinner at the hotel as well as drinks, gratuities to our nomadic crew