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Desert Hiking in Morocco’s Sahara Desert – Hinking Dunes

Hiking In Morocco’s Desert – A real Adventure 

About Hiking the famous Erg Chebbi Dunes in Merzouga, Morocco

Embark on a journey of hiking the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. The adventure will let live an unforgettable experience in the desert. Hiking the Erg Chebbi dunes allows you to feel the golden soft sea sand of Merzouga, enjoy the wind, and live the adventure. 

Desert hiking starts before sunset. You leave with the group at your desert camp and walk to the Erg Chebbi dunes where your hiking experience starts. The goal is to reach the highest dune in Merzouga and attend the breathtaking view of the sunset.

During the hiking of the dunes in Merzouga, you will enjoy the mixed colors of yellow and golden. Desert Hiking is an entertaining activity more than it’s sport. So, during your holiday in Morocco Sahara, don’t miss the chance to hike the dunes. 

When you reach the top of the dune and attend the beautiful sunset, you will start a desert party by joining a campfire with Berber playing the Gnawa music, telling the stories, and enjoying the charming starry sky.   

Desert Hiking is an awe-inspiring desert activity of a lifetime that you can experience during your stay in the Merzouga Desert.

About Hiking the highest dunes in Morocco – Erg Chegaga Dunes 

Hiking the dunes of Erg Chegaga is a true adventure for those who seek a lifetime experience in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Erg Chegaga dunes are located in the M’hamid Desert, and they are the highest in Morocco, some dunes can reach over 180 m. Watching the panoramic view of the sunset over the high dunes in Morocco is worth the experience. You start trekking when you leave your camp with the group towards Erg Chegaga Dunes. During the hiking of the dunes, you will enjoy the golden sea sand and the wind which clean your footsteps after each hike. You can have also some fun such as racing your friends to the top. You’re on vacation so you have to enjoy as much as possible. Desert activities are what give your experience a sense. 

After reaching the top of the highest dune, you will wait for a breathtaking moment of the setting of the sun and you have to be ready to not miss the chance to take pictures for souvenirs. Then, you continue your soiree at a campfire with locals playing drums (performing traditional music of the region). Night in the Desert is considered the most romantic night ever. It’s a great opportunity for couples to join a desert night after hiking. Locals will tell us stories and facts about the desert and teach us some of their cultures while we are enjoying the charming starry sky. 

Highlights of the desert hiking in the Sahara of Morocco

  • Hiking the dunes of Erg Chebbi or Erg Chegaga
  • Attending the breathtaking sunset
  • Enjoy a soiree under the charming starry sky
  • Having dinner with locals
  • Spend the night in a desert camp
  • Wake up in the morning for the panoramic sunrise
  • Get back to your hotel in the village for a shower to refresh and take your breakfast
  • Leave the desert 

Frequently asked questions:

Can you hike in the Morocco Sahara Desert?

Yes. Morocco’s Sahara Desert offers gorgeous high dunes that you can explore via hiking. People from different countries come to Morocco to experience a lifetime desert hiking and now it’s the famous in North Africa.

Wich Morocco Desert is Best for hiking?   

90% of south Morocco is a desert, but the famous ones are the Merzouga and Erg Chegaga Desert. Merzouga is know with its beautiful golden desert and erg Chebbi Dunes which is famous for hiking. Also, there are the dunes of Erg Chegaga which is located in M’hamid desert and are considered the highest dunes in Morocco so that it offers a lifetime hiking experience.  


How far is Merzouga from Fes?

There are approximately 462 km from Fes to Merzouga and about 7h of drive. 

How far is Merzouga from Marrakech?

There are approximately 557.2 km from Marrakech to Merzouga and about 8h of drive. 

How far is Erg Chegaga Desert from Marrakech?

257 km is the distance betwee Marrakech to Erg Chegaga dunes. It’s considered the closest desert for hiking from Marrakech. 

Is the Morocco Sahara worth visiting?

Yes of course. Visiting Morocco is incomplete without visiting the Sahara Desert. Morocco Sahara is a charming landscape that you must visit during your holiday in Morocco.