Western Sahara trek

Trek the dunes in the great Sahara

Difficulty: Recruit

Western Sahara trek

Trek the dunes in the great Sahara

The Sahara possibly the most famous desert terrain on the planet, rich with history and laden with some of the most compelling stories of  survival & feats of endurance.

You will be driven from Marrakesh over the high passes of the Atlas mountains we will then plunge down into the outskirts of the Sahara past the last out posts of civilization and into the deeper regions of this awe inspiring place,  then your journey begins supported by our Ascent Explorers leader, the Berbers and their camels we will wild camp under the stars and navigating our way across some of the most impressive sand dunes in the desert.

When in the desert

Posted by Ascent Explorers on Monday, 19 October 2015

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Requirements & Technicality

This expedition is not a super hard core endurance race, this expedition is a team orientated challenge covering some beautiful areas of the Western Sahara travelling using jeeps, Camels and of course on foot.

A basic level of fitness is needed but we generally say to anybody joining our expeditions/explorations the fitter you are the more you will enjoy.

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Day  1 : London/ Marrakesh/Ouarzazate. You will be collected at the airport by your guide, who will take you across the High Atlas Mountain range. After driving over the Tichka Pass (2200m high) you will discover the pre-Saharan scenery. You will stop overnight in Ouazazate. Diner & accommodation in a lovely local 3* hotel.

Day  2 : Ouarzazate/ Oulaid Driss. Today we will hit the road heading further south. The scenery is getting more & more arid. You will drive along the Drâa Valley via Agdz, Zagora (famous caravan crossroads) before reaching the meeting point with your trekking team (camel owners, cook..). After lunch we will start walking into the vast unknown. Dinner & night under the stars.

Day 3 to day 6: Hike in the Sahara. The next days plunge you into surrealism. Behind you, your daily routine (commuting, meetings) and in front of you, the Saharan slowness! Punctuated with small pleasures like a break during a long walk, an isolated flower on the sand, an oasis, a water well! You will progress at the pace of the camels. Off the beaten track, in a total immersion in the desert life, with your nomadic team. Itinerary !

Day 7: Oulaid Driss/ Marakech. Today, it’s farewell. After a morning walk back to the village, you will say good bye to your friends and return to urban civilisation. Direct transfer back to Marrakech. Dinner & accommodation in  3* hotel.

Day 8: Transfer back to the airport. Today we will head back to the airport for flights home.  !


The Sahara is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean to the north, the Red Sea to the east, and the Sudan and the valley of the Niger River to the south. The Sahara is divided into the regions of western Sahara, the central Ahaggar Mountains, the Tibesti Mountains, the Aïr Mountains (a region of desert mountains and high plateaus), the Ténéré desert, and the Libyan Desert (the most arid region). The highest peak in the Sahara is Emi Koussi (3,415 metres (11,204 ft)) in the Tibesti Mountains in northern Chad.

The Sahara is the largest desert on the African continent. The southern border of the Sahara is marked by a band of semiarid savanna called the Sahel, south of which lies Southern Sudan and the Congo River Basin. Most of the Sahara consists of rocky hamada; ergs (large areas covered with sand dunes) form only a minor part.

Flights & Travel Information

Ascent Explorers understands what adventure travel is all about, which is why we are proud to partner with a specialist team of travel consultants for great deals on flights to all destinations. We work hard to bring you the best flight routes and tickets, accommodation, travel passes, tours, volunteer placements - the works. Quite simply Ascent is your travel agency; you can shoot any question to our dedicated travel manager and we'll be sure to steer you in the right direction. Along with all the advice that we can offer; there are a few other reasons to book with us:

  • Unrivalled product knowledge and expertise.
  • Passionate about travel – we will do everything they can to create your perfect travel experience.
  • We promise to offer you the best airfare solution to suit your needs.
  • 24 hour emergency assistance helpline.
  • Access to 'Travel Butler', a service which offers you support whilst you are travelling by providing:
    • One point of contact – we provide your very own Personal Travel Advisor wherever you may be.
    • Free help and advice on ticket date and reschedule changes (free of charge revalidation of ticket where possible).
  • Part of a $12billion organisation that offers you security and utilises global buying power to save you money.

To book your flights or to discuss your requirements, please call our dedicated flight account manager, Ellie Gilmore on 0808 260 9953.

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Discounted Equipment Hire

Ascent Explorers have teamed up with Outdoor Hire to provide the hire of top quality equipment at the most affordable prices.

To hire all or any of the kit list for this expedition from the Outdoor Hire website, please click here.

Make sure you use our exclusive discount code AEXOH966 for an additional 10% saving.

Services Included

  • Transfers between airport-hotel-mountain
  • Hotel rooms in Marrakesh & Ouazazate
  • Daily 4×4 off-road transport, fuel and dedicated drivers
  • All meals and drinks during the tour (excluding alcohol)
  • Experienced UK  expedition leader
  • Local support staff & guide
  • Vehicles to transport luggage, supplies and camps
  • Food, cooking kit and gas
  • Camels
  • Photography

Services Excluded

  • International flights & taxes
  • UK transfers
  • Personal climbing equipment & clothing
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal medical and evacuation insurance
  • Charges for any additional services

Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £675 and a deposit of £150 is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

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Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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