Desert hiking from Merzouga

Hike with us around Merzouga

This is our home turf! Hassan grew up in Merzouga and Eva has lived here for more than 2 years now.

So you can be sure we will take you on the path less travelled, to the best camping sites and show you the best spots for photos, sunsets and star gazing.

While most tourists come to Merzouga for an overnight stay in one of the many camps behind the dunes, we will take you to locations most people don’t even know exist.

We have 3 different standard desert hikes, 5 days, 8 days and 10 days, but we can of course customize these to your wishes.

Generally the days look like this:

Start hiking after breakfast, enjoy lunch under a tree, hike some more in the afternoon. Free time to enjoy the sunset in the evenings, discover the surroundings of the respective campsite. Depending on weather conditions there might be a camp fire in the evenings to bake fresh bread for dinner/breakfast. You would be helping with setting up camp and also packing up in the morning.

Our desert hikes from Merzouga

Hike 1 - For desert newbies - Price starting from 550 € per person

  • 5 days, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Hassi Begaa, Erg Znigui, Merzouga
  • Total distance ca. 50-60 km over 4.5 days
  • Fitness level 2-3/5

Day 0:

Arrival in Merzouga

Day 1:

Leave Merzouga after breakfast. Hiking today will be mostly in sand, crossing the dunes, lunch in an oasis, set up camp behind the dunes (optional luxury camp)

Day 2:

Today we will hike along a dry river bed, with great views of the dunes all day. Set up camp close to Hassi Begaa

Day 3:

We will explore the local mountains, climb up for an amazing sunset view, same camp as day 2

Day 4:

Today we will cross Erg Znigui and the hills, visit an abandoned village and old mines.

Camp in nomad village behind the dunes

Day 5:

On the last day we will cross Erg Chebbi again to return to Merzouga

Hike 2 - For desert enthusiasts - Price starting from 750 € per person

  • 8 days, Merzouga, surround Erg Chebbi, Erg Znigui, Hassi Begaa, Merzouga
  • Total distance ca. 100-120 km over 10 days

  • Fitness level 3/5

Day 0:

Arrival in Merzouga

Day 1:

Leave Merzouga after breakfast, short drive to the start of our hike. We will walk through the flats, have lunch in a village, and set up camp behind the dunes

Day 2:

Today we will mostly walk in sand. We will hike into the dunes, have lunch in a small oasis, camp behind the dunes (optional luxury camp)

Day 3:

Another day in the sand. We will hike into the dunes, have lunch in a different oasis, and camp in the dunes tonight

Day 4:

Today we will hike along a dry river bed, with great views of the dunes all day. Set up camp close to Hassi Begaa

Day 5:

We will explore the local mountains, climb up for an amazing sunset view, same camp as day 4

Day 6:

Today we hike to Hassi Begaa village and oasis with the possibility to visit the tiny local shop. We will camp in the dunes of Erg Znigui

Day 7:

Today we will cross Erg Znigui and the hills, visit an abandoned village and old mines. Camp in nomad village behind the dunes

Day 8:

On the last day we will cross Erg Chebbi again to return to Merzouga

Hike 3 - Desert and Mountains - Price starting from 850 € per person

  • 10 days, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Erg Znigui, Hassi Begaa, Taouz, Jdeid, Merzouga

  • Total distance ca. 80-100 km over 8 days
  • Fitness level 3/5

Day 0:

Arrival in Merzouga

Day 1:

Leave Merzouga after breakfast. Hiking today will be mostly in sand, crossing the dunes, lunch in an oasis, set up camp behind the dunes (optional luxury camp)

Day 2:

Today we will cross the hills, visit an abandoned village and old mines. Camp in the dunes of Erg Znigui

Day 3:

Today we will hike towards the mountains of Hassi Begaa, set up camp early and climb the mountain for an amazing sunset view

Day 4:

We will keep the camp for another night and spend the day surrounding the mountain, looking for local nomads

Day 5:

Today we hike to Hassi Begaa village and oasis with the possibility to visit the tiny local shop. We will camp in the dunes of Erg Znigui

Day 6:

Easy day today, short hike to Taouz, camp close to town

Day 7:

Today we will cross Ouad Ziz, the dried up river bed and follow it to Jdeid, where we will camp close to the mountains. Optional detour to check out the local petroglyphs.

Day 8:

We will start our ascent into the mountains, always on the lookout for more petroglyphs. Camp in the mountains

Day 9:

We will spend all day in the mountains today. Camp again in the mountains

Day 10:

Last day, we will leave the mountains behind, cross the Ouad Ziz and, depending on our speed, check out the lake before we head back to Merzouga.

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