Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley
Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley

Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley

8 days

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Discover the unbelievable Draa Valley as you walk through the Morrocan desert

What adventure could be more far-flung than a camel-assisted trek through the desert of Morocco? The Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley tour is one you simply couldn’t ever forget, taking you deep into the beautiful Draa Valley for an authentic North African experience.

Arrive spellbound by the gorgeous Marrakech, where the architecture woos you nearly as much as the snake charmers and storytellers. Drink mint tea as you peruse the medina, then walk through historical sites too old to comprehend. From Marrakech you’re whisked out into the desert, trekking alongside your camels through the rust-coloured dunes. Happen upon little Berber villages and lush oases, then cozy up under an endless sky each night. The Atlas Mountains keep watch in the distance, and the rolling sand is reminiscent of a storybook. Every step you take through the vast desert will make you feel more and more like a true adventurer, so book your spot on the Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley tour now!

Highlights of the Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley

Walk through the breathtaking Morrocan desert, living among the dunes, oases, and adobe villages of the Draa Valley.
Travel with your trusty camel caravan and guides, stopping in at Berber villages to meet the locals.
Camp under the wide Morrocan desert sky, awash in stars and unthinkably vast.
Discover the riotous energy of Marrakech, alive with colour and decorated with interesting characters.

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From $1,003USD
8 days
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Guided
Hotels, Camping
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Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley

Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Marrakech

Kicking off your adventure in Morocco, you’ll arrive in Marrakech, where your guide will pick you up and take you to tonight’s hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, so either take some time to settle in or get a peek at the vibrant markets.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Marrakech
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Guided Tour of Marrakech

Today is all about Marrakech, inhabited since Neolithic times and now a vibrant capital. You’ll stroll the splendid Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. Walk the network of streets in the medina, where craftspeople are eager to show you their goods. You’ll visit the Majorelle Garden, once owned by Yves Saint Laurent, and discover Berber culture at the Berber museum.

And that’s all just in the morning! In the afternoon, you’re free to walk the medina by yourself, continue exploring with a guide, or venture off on your own to experience more of Marrakech.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Marrakech
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Into the Desert and Atlas Mountains

This morning, drive to Ouarzazate. Along the way, you’ll visit the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 11th century, one of the most impressive man-made features in the region. It’s been used as a backdrop in countless movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones.

After your visit, drive down into the Draa Valley, incredible landscapes unfolding before you. The kasbahs contrast against the faraway Atlas Mountains, an amazing sight. Your camel caravan awaits in Ksar Nusrat, so hop aboard and head to camp, where you’ll bivouac at the base of the sand dunes.
Overnight Location: Camping in Draa Valley
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Dunes of Nusrat

You’ll feel like you’re in a movie as you camel caravan your way along gardens, oases, and past Berber villages this morning. Cross the Draa River, the longest river in the country.

You’ll walk alongside your camels, trekking through the desert. It’s unforgettable! Camp again under the Morrocan sky.
Overnight Location: Camping in Draa Valley
Distance: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Desert Walking to Erg Sahei

Waking up in the desert never gets old. After breakfast, start your trek, passing through fields of henna, wheat, dates, and barley. Take some time to appreciate the Ksar of Sidi Saleh, a fortified clay village holding the tomb of a saint.

Once you’re reached today’s destination, sip mint tea in camp and revel at the blanket of stars unfolding above you.
Overnight Location: Camping in Draa Valley
Distance: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Trekking to the Oasis of Bounou

You’re trekking through the desert to an oasis today. What a life! Walk today through picturesque dunes, finding shade under palm trees, towards the oasis of Bounou. The architecture of the nearby adobe village is spectacular, and you’ll have some facilities and cold drinks to freshen up with at the campsite.
Overnight Location: Camping in Draa Valley
Distance: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Return to Marrakech

After a slow morning at camp, wave goodbye to the camels and enjoy your ride back to Marrakech. Upon arrival, take one last chance to stop in at the medina, walk through the souks, visit the Jemaa el-Fna square to listen to its storytellers and watch its snake charmers- there’s so much to see here!

Sip freshly-squeezed orange juice and dine on meat skewers for dinner before it’s finally time to turn in.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Marrakech
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Not ready to leave yet? You can pre book additional days in Marrakech. Otherwise, it’s time to find your way home.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley Price and Dates

This guided tour in Morocco is run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the number of participants and the chosen accommodation level.

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

Accommodation in 3-star hotels:

  • Per solo traveller: $2,045 USD
  • Per traveller in a group of 2-4: $1,205 USD
  • Per traveller in a group of 5-6: $1,003 USD
  • Guided groups of 7+: on request

Accommodation in 4-star hotels:

  • Per solo traveller: $2,113 USD
  • Per traveller in a group of 2-4: $1,285 USD
  • Per traveller in a group of 5-6: $1,205 USD
  • Guided groups of 7+: on request

Accommodation in 5-star hotels:

  • Per solo traveller: $2,285 USD
  • Per traveller in a group of 2-4: $1,623 USD
  • Per traveller in a group of 5-6: $1,375 USD
  • Guided groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley Tour

This tour is based in hotels and campsites. Everything you need to camp is included, and the hotels offer daily breakfast. During the booking process, you can choose whether you want to stay in 3, 4 or 5-star hotels throughout your journey.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can upgrade to single room for an extra charge (please enquire about the price).

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Marrakech

Enjoy a night in Morocco's capital city and head out to explore its vibrant souqs, historic palaces, and impressive mosques.

Night 2-6

Camping in the Draa Valley

Set up a camp each evening in the incredible desert, either making your own campsites or making use of existing campsites. Everything you need to camp comfortably will be provided.

Night 7

Hotel in Marrakech

Enjoy a night in Morocco's capital city and head out to explore its vibrant souqs, historic palaces, and impressive mosques.

What’s Included in the Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary are included. Airport transfers are also included.

Also Included

  • Expert guide services
  • Camping equipment
  • Guided tour in Marrakech
  • Camels for luggage carrying
  • Cook during trekking days

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Additional nights before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Desert Hiking in the Draa Valley

Original Travels is a family-owned small-scale local DMC based in the High Atlas mountains, Morocco. They specialize in tailor-made small group travels, luxury vacations, family adventures, immersive and authentic experiences, active tours, and cultural roundtrips throughout Morocco. Our mission is to create unique experiences while supporting responsible trade and nature preservation. Active, immersive, green and local; these are the main things that identify us as a local incoming agency.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You should be comfortable walking up to 6 and a half hours in a day in the desert and camping with rustic amenities to get the most out of this tour. Some treks will involve moderate elevation gain.

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