Do you have any question?
The cheapest way to reach the start of the trek (the village of Mhamid) is by public bus. This is a 10 hours journey from Marrakech.
The bus operator that travels directly to Mhamid is CTM with one daily departure. Their website is ctm.ma and your destination is ‘Lamhamid Ghozlane’.
You will need to buy tickets in advance online. Budget for approx. 320 Dirhams each person for a return ticket. CTM has a dedicated terminus in Marrakech (‘la gare CTM’ if you ask a taxi driver to take you there).
The alternative, particularly reasonable if you are travelling as a small group/family, would be to rent a small car to self-drive and break up the journey to Mhamid with an overnight stop en-route (e.g. at/near Ouarzazate, 4 hours from Marrakech).
A private 4×4 vehicle transfer with chauffeur from Marrakech to Mhamid is Eur €250 one-way. The direct car transfer takes approx. 8 hours, excluding any time for stops and visits en-route (i.e. make the short detour to visit the Ait Ben Haddou UNESCO Site near Ouarzazate).
You may consider taking the bus down to Mhamid one-way and arrange a private vehicle transfer out of the desert back to Marrakech – this works with either of the linear trekking routes to the Erg Chigaga Great Dunes. The driver will collect you at the dunes and take you out of the desert via Lake Iriqui and Foum Zguid (3 hours off-road travel) and then 6 hours via the tar road.
We advise you to bring a sleeping bag, especially in the Winter months. We provide blankets and sleeping mat but you will be more comfortable with a sleeping bag. Please bring clothing you can layer easily as temperatures will fluctuate greatly day to night. You will certainly need a down jacket/warm jacket, hat and warm sleepwear in the months November through to late February.
There is no weight limit to luggage but about 20kg per person is fine. Your luggage (and the camping equipment) is transported by camels in large baskets, therefore a soft duffel-style bag works well for packing purposes.
On average, you can expect to walk for up to 5 hours each day (with a break for lunch under shade of trees of up to 2 hours – which allows time for the camels to be unloaded, Moroccan tea prepared, lunch cooked, and camels reloaded). The lunch pause is a good opportunity to take a nap, read a book, take photos or help chop some vegetables with the cook.
It is possible to ride by camel-back for some of the trek. You should simply mention this to the guide before the camels are loaded with the equipment (so that the camels each carry a fair weight distribution). We don’t provide a ‘spare’ camel for trekking unless you anticipate riding for most of the route (an extra camel at extra charge).