Merzouga desert trek from Fes – 8 days

Daily Tour 8 days - 7 nights
Fes/Tanger Visit Fez

Merzouga desert trek from Fes is trek in the Merzouga desert that can be an incredibly memorable experience through a towering sand dunes, showcasing nature’s majestic artistry at its finest. Among these magnificent wonders are the renowned Erg Chebbi dunes, rising to remarkable heights that stand as a testament to the sheer majesty of the Sahara.

Merzouga desert trek from Fes with multi-day camel trek in Merzouga sand dunes, you’ll find yourself immersed in the heart of this enchanting realm, where every grain of sand whispers tales of ancient allure and timeless beauty. It’s a surreal experience where reality blurs into a dreamscape of wonder, inviting you to lose yourself in the splendor of nature’s embrace, as part of our Merzouga camel trek, we can offer the exhilarating opportunity to indulge in the thrill of sandboarding down these majestic dunes.

At First Sight

  • Group Size 2 to 30
  • 4 days trekking of 5 to 6 hours
  • Max altitude – 1000 meters
  • Airport Transfers Included
  • Join In Fes or Merzouga

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Hotel – Riad
  • 1 Nights desert camp
  • 3 Nights wild camp


Multi-day camel trek in Merzouga starts at 8 but may be subject to change depending on the season…

TOUR QUOTE - desert trek from Fez

GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6
PRICE/PERSON €780 €750 €720 €690 €660

  • Picks up & drops by private car/Van/Bus/Taxi.
  • All your standard meal (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided outside of  Fes, starting from breakfast on day 2 until lunch on day 7 ),
  • Mineral water will be provide outside of  Fes
  • 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. We provide all camping equipment.

  • All standard meals in Fes, All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Tips for staffs and drivers.
  • Sleeping bag
  • The single supplement(Room, Tente, Camel..)
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Take note of Merzouga desert trek from Fez:

  • The price of €780 is per person from a group of two people, But it can change depending on the group size, such as when this excursion is a private tour.
  • Children under 12 years (11 - 6) old receive a 10% discount on admission.

What to Expect

The Merzouga desert trek from Fes offers a perfect itinerary for experiencing the authentic desert life. Embark on a multi-day camel trek in Merzouga, journeying through diverse landscapes, immersing yourself in cultural experiences, and marveling at the mesmerizing Sahara Desert sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Here’s a general outline of what you can expect during this desert trek

  • Enjoy the drive through the middle Atlas, visit Ifran, The Moroccan Switzerland
  • Explore the Cedar forest in Azrou as a home for monkeys.
  • Enjoy the scenery of Ziz Valley
  • Experience spending several nights in a private wilderness camp under the stars. Depending on the season, you may also have the opportunity to sleep outside.
  • Diverse Landscapes: The landscape changes dramatically as you travel. You’ll encounter arid plains, lush oases, and rocky deserts, providing a variety of picturesque scenes.
  • Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi: Merzouga is famous for its towering sand dunes in Erg Chebbi. A highlight of the desert trek is often having enough free time to enjoy this unforgettable beauty, venturing into the desert to witness the mesmerizing sunset or sunrise over the dunes.
Day 01 : Fes Airport – Fes Medina

Upon your arrival at Fes/Tanger 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 Fes’s beautiful monuments and take a stroll in the bustling markets of the Medina.
Accommodation: Riad or Hotel.
• Please note: If you plan to arrive at Tanger Airport, please inform us in advance if you are interested in this option.

  • Meals: no meal included
Day 02 : Fes – Atlas Mountain – Midelt – Ziz valley – Merzouga Erg Chebbi

Departure early after breakfast heading for the next phase of your tour from Fez to Marrakech via Merzouga– a mesmerizing ascent through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Day two of your enchanting 4 days morocco tour from fes to Marrakech via sahara unfolds with a scenic drive, guiding you through the picturesque landscapes of lush Cedar forests where we can see the monkeys in their natural life, imposing rock walls, and the quaint charm of Berber villages. Our expedition meanders along the winding The High Atlas mountain road, offering breathtaking view of the sprawling Ziz valley. Our journey unfolds along the captivating tapestry of Kasbahs and verdant palm groves, guiding us through the picturesque clay-colored cityscape of Er-rachidia. As we traverse the enchanting Ziz valley, adorned with ancient kasbahs and ksour, we find ourselves drawn closer to our destination: the serene Merzouga sand dunes. Here, the embrace of a breathtaking sunset warmly welcomes us, casting its golden hues upon the desert sands.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.
  • The distance covered on the drive, 460 km/6h 50minutes,
  • Meals: B . L. D
Day 03 :  Merzouga desert trek

After breakfast, we set off for a delightful trek through the Merzouga desert. The vast expanse unfolds before us like a captivating canvas, its undulating dunes stretching endlessly in every direction. The sands shimmer in the sunlight, reflecting a myriad of colors – from the warm golden tones of the sun-kissed peaks to the rich ocher hues blending seamlessly with the earth below. As we break for lunch amidst this natural masterpiece, patches of vibrant red stand out, adding a dramatic flair to the scene, while occasional streaks of pristine white sand accentuate the intricate contours of the landscape. We conclude our desert trek for the day, arriving at our first camp. After enjoying a cup of mint tea, you are free to roam around at your leisure and enjoy a nice sunset.

  • Overnight stay at the camp.
  • 5 hours of walking
  • Meals: B . L. D
Day 04 :  Bouyeghd – Tamrdanit

After breakfast, we set off for another day of camel trekking in the Merzouga sand dunes. Our caravan moves in a graceful procession, leaving a faint trail of footprints behind as we navigate through this awe-inspiring terrain. Each step forward unveils a new vista, with each dune crest promising a fresh perspective on the beauty that surrounds us. The rhythmic sway of the camels echoes the gentle rhythm of the desert breeze, adding a sense of harmony to the enchanting symphony of nature. Our aim today is to ascend the two highest dunes, where we will enjoy an amazing overview. We continue until we reach our lunch spot in the middle of this majestic land. In the afternoon, we will head to ascend another towering sand dune, and then walk forward to our next camp.

  • Overnight stay at the camp.
  • 5 hours of walking
  • Meals: B . L. D
Day 05 : Tamrdanit – Lbayaa

As we leave the dunes, we enter a new landscape: a black, stony plateau interspersed with grains of golden sand. The scene is austere, painted with a palette of black, white, and gold hues. We arrive at the foot of the blue mountain of Lbayaa, where our camp will be set up among the small dunes. Its illuminated peak brilliantly revitalizes the environment as the day draws to a close. We pause for a lunch break along the way.

  • Overnight stay at the camp.
  • 5 hours of walking
  • Meals: B . L. D
Day 06 : Blue Mountain –  Desert sand dunes of Znigui

After journeying past the enchanting blue stone mountain known as ‘Lbayaa,’ our path unfolds to reveal the breathtaking expanse of Znigui’s majestic dunes. Our adventure continues as we traverse these captivating landscapes, guided by the allure of our destination—the camp where the promise of a rejuvenating hot shower awaits. Amidst our expedition, we’ll pause for a delightful lunch break, savoring not just the flavors of our meal but also the awe-inspiring beauty of our surroundings.

  • Overnight stay at the camp.
  • 5 hours of walking
  • Meals: B . L. D
Day 07 : Merzouga Erg Chebbi – Ziz valley – Atlas Mountain – Fes

We leave our camp early after breakfast, bidding farewell to Merzouga sand dunes, and transition to our transport. The road from Merzouga to Fez in Morocco offers a fascinating journey through diverse landscapes. Typically beginning by heading northwest, we will reach Erfoud, a town famous for its fossil products and annual Date Festival. The surrounding landscape is marked by rocky ground and vast palm groves. Our drive follows the Ziz Valley, unfolding like a verdant carpet adorned with an abundance of date palms, ancient kasbahs, and terracotta villages that seem to defy the passage of time. We then continue through the High Atlas Mountain range, with the road taking us through cedar forests in the Middle Atlas mountains, home to the Barbary macaque monkeys. The scenery is lush and green, providing a refreshing change. After a spectacular day experiencing the desert and the green landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, our day concludes with our arrival in Fez, an imperial city and one of Morocco’s oldest and most culturally rich cities.

  • Overnight stay in a Riad/Hotel.
  • The distance covered on the drive, 460 km/6h 50minutes
  • Meals: B . L
Day 08 : Fes Medina – Fes Airport

Following our morning meal, our vacation officially concludes, leaving the entire day open for leisurely exploration through the vibrant and bustling city of  Fez. You are encouraged to wander through the winding streets, immerse yourself in the lively markets, and indulge in the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the cityscape. An enticing choice is to spend the rest of the day at your own pace. Meeting you and transfer to Fes airport 3 hours before your fly time.

  • The distance covered on the drive from Fez city to Fes Airport, 20 km/ 30minutes
  • 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 Merzouga desert trek from Breakfast on Day 2 to Lunch on Day 7.

Food & Water (Drinking and Washing)

Mineral 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 each  evenings in the camp. We appreciate your cooperation in using towels also, 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 this Merzouga desert trek, the group will spend two nights in a riad or hotel in Fes on an en-suite basis including breakfast and one night in a hotel in Merzouga including breakfast and dinner. While there are a range of high-end hotels in Fes, 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 3 nights in a wild camping and one night in a domestic desert camp.

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 Fes 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..


Merzouga desert trek involves hiking at relatively low altitudes. During this trek, you will reach elevations exceeding 600 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 Fes. 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, driver, and hotels team, as their responsibilities differ. We suggest that approximately from £55 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to them.

Suitcase Allotment

For this Merzouga desert Trek from Fes, 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 Fes, 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 all 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 30 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 (29 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 Fes 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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Merzouga desert trek from Fes is trek in the Merzouga desert that can be an incredibly memorable experience through a towering sand dunes, showcasing nature's majestic artistry at its finest. Among these magnificent wonders are the renowned Erg Chebbi dunes, rising to remarkable heights that stand as a testament to the sheer majesty of the Sahara. Merzouga desert trek from Fes with multi-day camel trek in Merzouga sand dunes, you'll find yourself immersed in the heart of this enchanting realm, where every grain of sand whispers tales of ancient allure and timeless beauty. It's a surreal experience where reality blurs into a dreamscape of wonder, inviting you to lose yourself in the splendor of nature's embrace, as part of our Merzouga camel trek, we can offer the exhilarating opportunity to indulge in the thrill of sandboarding down these majestic dunes.

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