Traveling in a direct line from Mhamid, the starting point of this desert walk, you’ll reach the Erg Chigaga big dunes, Morocco’s largest sand dune field, after three days of hiking. Consequently, you’ll need four-wheel drive transportation out of the desert, and there are two possible routes to go.
When you get to Erg Chigaga, you have the option of spending a third night wild camping at the base of the towering sand dunes for an extra Eur €40 per person. Or, if you’re pressed for time, you may leave the desert and return to Mhamid on the third night (the two-hour drive back will be done right after sunset so you can watch the sun go down from atop the dunes). If you spend your last night in the desert at Erg Chigaga, you may leave the following morning for Marrakech (or Ouarzazate) by car transfer, leaving the desert through the north-west via FoumZguid and arriving in Marrakech somewhere in the late afternoon, or returning to Mhamid.
The areas on our map labeled “Lotide” and “Bougarn” will serve as waypoints during your walk. You will remain in the area north of the Draa River’s path.