Draa Valley Desert Trek from Ouarzazate – 8 Days

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Draa valley desert trek from Ouarzazate is an amazing Sahara desert trek itinerary established for exploring the Sahara desert world, walking through Palm Groves, admiring, and enjoying the sunrise on the desert sand dunes, relaxing in the beautiful oasis of the Draa Valley, and visiting old villages are the main attractions of this Morocco desert trek from Ouarzazate. Draa valley desert trek from Ouarzazate is another way to have authentic experiences and to explore less touristy destinations. Hiking along the desert Draa Valley offers the opportunity to connect with the Sahara desert and its magical life, as well as the excellent area surrounded by beautiful hills covered with small farms that we will discover during this Morocco desert trek from Ouarzazate. Additionally, traditional villages and Ksar dot the landscape alongside lush oases and palm groves during this special Morocco desert trek from Ouarzazate.

Please note: Optionally, you can explore Draa valley desert trek from Marrakech by following this link. Feel free to contact us if you need any assistance.

At First Sight

  • Group Size 2 to 30
  • 4 days trekking of 4 to 6 hours
  • Max altitude – 800 meters
  • Airport Transfers Included
  • Join In Ouarzazate
Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 2 Nights Hotel with a half-board
  • 5 Nights Mobil camp


Ouarzazate (Google Map)

Draa valley desert trek from Ouarzazate starts at 8 but may be subject to change depending on the season.


GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6
PRICE/PERSON €690 €640 €610 €570 €540

  • Picks up & drops by private car/Van/Bus/Taxi.
  • All your standard meal (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided starting from Dinner on day 1 until Breakfast on day 8 ).
  • 4 nights in camp, 3 nights in the Hotel, Riad or Kasbah with breakfast.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder English speaking, Spanish, Italian or German Guide.
  • Team and camels to carry your luggage and our equipment.
  • Campsite This is the high-level classic style of trekking also known as camping (fully organized treks) supplying all camping equipment (sleeping, kitchen, dining and toilet tents etc) along with the food and cooker will prepare hot meals with attention towards variety and hygiene and nutrition to serve you.
  • Mineral water will be provide during this .

  • All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Tips for staffs and drivers.
  • Sleeping Bag, available to rent: €25/p. Private camel to ride, available to rent: €150. Single tent is available upon request with an additional fee of €30).
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Sahara Desert Trek Highlights

This Morocco desert trek from Ouarzazate in south of morocco promises a captivating adventure filled with unique experiences, explore the mesmerizing landscapes of the Sahara Desert trek, with its desert sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see, Palms groves, Oases, Ksar (fortified village) and Kasbah (fortified house).

  • Sleeping under the open roof of stars, but it depends on the season.
  • Walks through oases and palm groves
  • Visits to ancient villages (ksar)
  • Beautiful walks amidst the dunes
  • A deeper and more authentic discovery of Moroccan culture
  • Varied and delicious cuisine

Tourism has been our hobby since childhood, starting in 1994. Over the years, we have continuously improved our experience by accompanying groups all over Morocco. In 2003, we began leading groups officially as licensed guides under Number 420. Finally, in 2018, we established a fully licensed Travel Company based in Marrakesh, operating under license number 10P/19.

This ample experience that we will share with you will undoubtedly guide you to an unforgettable tour in Morocco.

Day 01 : Ouarzazate

Upon your arrival at Ouarzazate airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your riad or hotel for an overnight stay. If you arrive early enough, you can visit some of the highlights around Ouarzazate, such as the Fint Oasis, the fortified village of Ksar Ait Benhaddou and Draa valley. Please keep us informed if you are interested in organizing an excursion from Ouarzazate..

  • Accommodation: Riad or Hotel.
  • Meals: D
Day 02 : Ouarzazate – Zagora – Dunes of Nasrat

After breakfast we drive forward to the south, we will be joining the sub-Saharan landscapes that welcome you to the dry part of Morocco before arriving at Draa Valley. Crossing the Saghro mountain at Tinififite pass (1660 m) to reach Agdez, the village where the windy road takes us through nice villages and palm groves until Zagora. Meeting our local camel team and start our short desert trek of 2 hour and 30 minutes (More or less, it depends on the season) before reaching our first camp near of the dunes.

  • Overnight stay at the camp at an altitude of 800 meters.
  • 2 hours 30minutes of walking.
  • 3 Hs 30 minutes drive
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 03 : Dune Nasrate – Sidi Salah – Tidri

We start our day trek in the desert at Nasrati dunes and a large plateau before arriving at the oases and the village of Sidi Salah. Enjoy lunch either at the exit of the village. In the afternoon, we continue for a short hike in the desert, crossing the dry riverbed of Draa Valley. We then reach the scenic dunes of Tidri, where our campsite will be set up.

  • 5 hours and 30 minutes of walking
  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 04 : Tidri – Erg Sahel Desert

We start our day’s desert trek with a short climb to the top of Tidri Mountain, where we enjoy a panoramic and beautiful view. Turning south, the route alternates between Saharan dunes and expansive landscapes. We set up the campsite in the dunes of Erg Sahel and have lunch at the campsite.

  • 5 h / 5 h 30 walks.
  • Overnight camping.
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 05 : Erg Sahel Dunes – Erg Lahniti

We head west from the dunes of Erg Sahel for a nice journey in a Saharan universe, crossing open spaces dotted with residues of old pottery, and arriving at the dunes of Erg Lahniti for lunch on the way under Acacia Tree shade.

  • Approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes of walking.
  • Overnight camping.
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 06 : Erg Lahniti – Mhamid

We enjoyed our last desert trek through the dunes, following our caravan path towards the Mhamid Palm Groves, which mark the end of the Draa Valley. Our lunch break was under the shade of palm trees. In the afternoon, we continued with a short stroll to reach our final desert campsite, not far from Mhamid Village.

  • Approximately 5 hours walk.
  • Overnight camping.
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 07 : Mhamid – Zagora – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we bid farewell to our team and set off to begin our day by visiting Ksar Oulad Driss. One hour later, we can explore Tamgrout village, renowned for its ceramic craftsmanship. We then continue driving along the picturesque Draa Valley, returning to Ouarzazate. Upon arrival at the hotel, you can enjoy the remainder of your time exploring Ouarzazate city or the Cinema studio. Alternatively, you may organize an excursion to Ait Benhaddou village. Feel free to contact us if you need any assistance.

  • Overnight stay and dinner in hotel.
  • 3 hours of walking.
  • Meals: B . L . D
Day 08 : Hotel – Airport

Following our morning meal, our vacation officially concludes, leaving the entire day open for leisurely exploration through Ouarzazate city if your departure time is late. An enticing choice is to spend the rest of the day at your own pace, perhaps finding a cozy spot at one of the city restaurants. Meeting you and transfer to the airport 2 hours 30 minutes before your fly time.

  • Meals: B
Key Facts

We’ve gathered a selection of commonly asked questions to provide you with further insight into this extraordinary trek.

Meal Plan

All meals are included during Draa valley desert trek from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Food & Water (Drinking and Washing)

Drinking water is provided during this Morocco desert trek, but it’s strictly for drinking purposes only. Please use it carefully. For washing, a small basin of water will be provided on the first two evenings. However, please note that it won’t be available on the subsequent days leading up to the last one. We appreciate your cooperation in using towels, as accessing water in the desert is challenging
During the trek, all food is sourced locally and prepared by our skilled trek cooks. Our cook and crew consistently amazes Morocco hike tours groups with their culinary creations!

Breakfast, tea, coffee, milk, chocolate… jams, honey, cheese… bread, sometimes Berber pancakes.

Lunches usually starts with a cup of mint tea, assorted salads, and a hot dish, fruits,… (Vegetables are washed, peeled).

Dinner, starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, couscous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following – onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip, green beans, and peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef), however meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks and some fruits.

Special diets

While we make efforts to accommodate vegetarians, the options may be limited at times. Unfortunately, we may not always be able to accommodate special dietary needs due to the nature of our trips and the area we visit. It can be challenging, and in some cases impossible, to cater to a wide range of dietary preferences. You may need to bring supplementary food or snacks from home if your dietary needs are specific. For inquiries about specific dietary requirements, please contact our sales team. Please understand that we cannot guarantee to fulfill all requests and cannot be held liable for any issues related to dietary restrictions or intolerances.


During Draa valley desert trek, the group will spend two nights in a riad or hotel in Ouarzazate on an en-suite basis. While there are a range of high-end hotels in Ouarzazate, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located base while maintaining a really good value holiday. While trekking, we have 5 nights in a camping.

If you are traveling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single hotel rooms and/or single rooms and single tent are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads in Ouarzazate are available on request.

Group Leader & Support Team

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader proficient in English or another language of your preference, depending on the confirmation date. Additionally, the group will be supported by a full trek crew, which includes a cook responsible for preparing our meals, as well as baggage animals (camels), and their handlers..


Draa valley trek involves hiking at relatively low altitudes. During this trek, you will reach elevations exceeding 800 meters.

Expending funds

Plan to hold around £150 per person (or its equivalent in US dollars or Euros) for tips, soft drinks, snacks, and other incidental expenses. Keep in mind that additional costs may arise for souvenirs, and optional activities, so it’s wise to budget for these separately.

While Moroccan Dirhams are not typically available for purchase outside the country, you can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs upon your arrival at the airport or in Ouarzazate. ATMs offer the option to withdraw funds in pounds sterling, dollars, or euros, which you can easily exchange at the airport. Carrying a credit card is advisable for emergencies and additional peace of mind.

Direction on gratuities

Tipping is the customary way to express gratitude to your local guides and porters. It’s important to note that tips do not constitute a part of their wages; rather, they are viewed as a personal gesture of appreciation from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are not obligatory or expected but are rather a reflection of the service provided.
It is customary for the group to collectively decide on the final amount of tips to be distributed among the guide, cook, and porters, as their responsibilities differ. We suggest that approximately £55 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to them.

Suitcase Allotment

For this draa  valley Trek from Ouarzazate, you should bring one piece of luggage (maximum weight on arrival at the group hotel is dependent on your international flight restrictions) and a day pack (of around 30 – 40 litres). no rigid suitcase, for your belongings (top opening, more practical); your bags will be handled several times and carried by camels. (Maximum 15kg/person), and no fresh produce should be left in these bags.

You can, of course, leave any type of baggage at the hotel in Ouarzazate, including any items you do not need on the trek, as well as your suitcase if you prefer to travel with it, and pick these up when you return.

Your main bag will be transferred between overnight stops, and you should have this ready for collection before breakfast each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to our next camp by 16 :30, but this may vary depending on the day.

Internet access

Upon your arrival at the airport, you can purchase a SIM card for 1 euro, or sometimes it’s free. Then, all you need to do is top it up with an internet option, and you’ll have a connection when needed. We recommend Maroc Telecom as the company, but please keep in mind that in some places, other companies might offer better service. It all depends on the reception in each area.

Group size & Trek Arrangements

All our trekking and tours proposals in Morocco by Morocco hike tours are guaranteed for a minimum of two people. There is a required minimum number of participants to ensure the trip proceeds. Once this minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run

Health & Vaccinations

If you suffer from a severe allergy, kindly notify the Morocco Hike Tours Team (support) prior to your departure. While we will make every effort to assist you, please note that we cannot ensure an allergy-free environment during Your trip to Morocco. It is imperative that you carry your own allergy treatment, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not provided as standard equipment by Morocco Hike Tours leaders and staff. Upon arrival, please inform your leader about your allergy and indicate the location where you store your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations:&It’s advisable to reach out to your physician or travel clinic to verify if any particular vaccinations are necessary for your trip.

Passport & Visa

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • Less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Travelers hailing from the UK, US, and EU typically enjoy visa-free access to Morocco. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that visa regulations can undergo alterations. Ensuring compliance with visa prerequisites falls under your purview for this journey. Hence, we advise consulting the closest embassy or consulate pertaining to your designated destination(s), as well as any countries involved in transit or transfer.

Certain local authorities furnish information regarding the requisite visas for their nationals. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a set of helpful links below:

Washing Cloths

If you wish to have your clothes washed during your stay in Morocco, it will be possible for an additional fee of 10 Dirhams per item (underwear not accepted) and 4/5 Dirhams per item for ironing.

Getting Ready for Your trip to Morocco

Preparing with some extra physical activity prior to embarking on an active vacation is highly advisable. Enhancing your fitness level beforehand will undoubtedly enhance the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Being in good physical condition and accustomed to walking for 3 to 5 hours on consecutive days is recommended. Engaging in hill walking, incorporating both ascent and descent, serves as optimal preparation. Additionally, activities such as running, cycling, and swimming are beneficial for improving cardiovascular endurance and stamina.


Morocco’s monetary unit is known as the Moroccan Dirham. Below are some currency exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily:
– 1 Pound Sterling = 12.5 Dirham
– 1 Australian Dollar = 6.5 Dirham
– 1 Canadian Dollar = 7.4 Dirham
– 1 US Dollar = 10.00 Dirham
– 1 Euro = 10.6 Dirham.

Weather & Temperature

The weather typically offers pleasant conditions with daytime temperatures ranging between 20 and 25°C, and nighttime temperatures dropping to 7 – 10°C. However, there are instances when nighttime temperatures may plummet to as low as 3°C, so remember to pack a fleece jacket from December to the beginning of March .

Plastic & Rubbish

Morocco Hike Tours does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We ensure that all our staff across Morocco work together to reduce this issue and educate those around them. During our desert and mountain treks, we are committed to collecting our rubbish and bringing it back to the big cities. Our footprints are the only thing we should leave behind.

Travel Insurance

To participate in a holiday organized by Morocco Hike Tours, it is imperative that you possess a valid travel insurance policy. This insurance should adequately cover the expenses related to medical treatment and safeguard the value of your holiday in case of cancellation. Prior to obtaining insurance, please verify that the chosen policy provides coverage for the activities and altitudes specified in your itinerary.

In the event that one participant leaves the group for any reason, the customer must assume responsibility for the charges, and no reimbursement will be provided.

Season & Dates

This trek operates from October to April, and is flexible to depart on any date of your preference within these months.

Booking Procedure & Payment

Please select the trek that piques your interest, then reach out to us via email to initiate a discussion regarding your preferred trek and to verify its availability. Once we have agreed upon the specifics of your trek, including its duration, route, and the number of participants, we will proceed to make a tentative reservation, providing you with the dates and associated costs.
To secure your booking, we kindly request a 20% deposit, which can be paid online through a bank transfer in Euros, pounds sterling, or US dollars. The remaining balance is settled upon arrival in Morocco, payable in cash using the same currencies—Euros, sterling, or dollars—at the outset of the trek.
Please note: Should you find it inconvenient to carry cash, you have the option to settle the balance online via bank transfer a few days prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Conditions

Our Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is canceled at the discretion of our agency, you will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid.
  • If the trip is canceled by you more than 31 days before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for two years (24 months).
  • If the trip is canceled by you less than one month (30 days or fewer) before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for one year (12 months).
How should you dress when traveling through small villages?

In areas with low tourist numbers (Berber villages in the desert such as in the Atlas), men are advised to avoid very short shorts, tank tops or loose shirts. The same goes for women, avoiding transparent fabrics and tight-fitting outfits. A scarf on your hair is not essential. You can try to dress in local fashion, which seems better suited to the climate.

Equipment list

This packing guide aims to assist you in organizing your belongings efficiently. It’s advisable to aim for minimal weight when packing your equipment.

Please ensure you have the following items with you:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers or sandals to wear after returning to the lodge.
  • Socks & underwear
  • Trekking trousers / shorts (please respect local culture and don’t wear in villages)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2), a camelbak or platypus is useful (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • A selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trek towel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

You have the choice to opt for the following items:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera
  • Travel clothes (can be left in Ouarzazate in a foldaway bag)
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Item to rent:
– Sleeping bag: €25 per person
– Single tent: €30 per person
– Private Camel Ride: €150/p
– Car rental: from €40, lease this via Morocco Hike Tours.

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The Draa Valley is a stunning oasis located in southeastern Morocco, renowned for its captivating landscapes, lush palm groves, and traditional mud-brick villages. It stretches for approximately 1000 kilometers (62 miles) along the Draa River, making it one of the longest valleys in Morocco. The valley is characterized by its unique blend of desert and oasis environments, with the Atlas Mountains to the north and the Sahara Desert to the south. The Draa River, fed by the snowmelt from the High Atlas Mountains, sustains the lush vegetation along its banks, including date palms, olive trees, and various crops. The Draa Valley has a rich history, with settlements dating back thousands of years. It was an important caravan route for trade between sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, connecting Timbuktu in present-day Mali to the cities of Morocco. As a result, the valley is dotted with ancient ksar (fortified villages), kasbahs (fortresses), and traditional adobe houses, which offer a glimpse into the region's cultural heritage. Today, the Draa Valley is a popular destination for travelers seeking to explore Morocco's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, camel trekking, and exploring the historic villages and kasbahs. The valley is also known for its vibrant markets, where locals sell handicrafts, spices, and other traditional products.

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