Morocco: Camel trekking and hiking in the desert with Akabar - Sahara Treks - individual - personal - flexible

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Welcome to Akabar - Sahara Treks!

Hafid Benyachou, the owner of Akabar - Sahara Treks, comes from a large nomad family. He still remembers that his father was walking with his herds from Morocco through Algeria to Mali. Hafid has set himself the task of supporting the nomadic population of Sahara. More about this under "News" and "Nomad Aid Projects".

Hafid Benyachou has no business premises, camels and jeeps. He accompanies most tours as a guide, so it could take a few days that he answers a request. For parallel tours, the trekking groups will be accompanied by Mohammed Oukhayi, Said Azmamar and Hafid's brother Ali. Like Hafid, Mohammed, Said and Ali have many years of experience as tour guides or as independent tour organizers (Ali Benyachou).

 

The course of a camel trekking tour:

We start our daily hike at 9 am and walk for about three to four hours in the morning. After an extensive lunch break we hike another one to two hours, all at a quiet pace, together with the caravan - the chameliers with their camels. The team carefully select the resting places for lunch and dinner.  Upon reaching our lunch rest place as well as our night camp, the guide will serve you freshly prepared tea and sweets. The breakfast is rich and varied: it consists of tea, coffee, bread, omelette, olives, jam, honey, eggs and spread cheese. For lunch there are salads as well as bread, noodles or rice and juices. Dinner includes soup, couscous, tajine or pasta dishes and a desert. If there is enough firewood available, the cook prepares the traditional flatbread in the embers during the evening. Otherwise, the bread is freshly baked in the pan.

We do not have a sportive requirement profile, nevertheless our guests should have experience of several hours of walking - also in mountain landscapes - as well as be sure-footed. There is plenty of time to take pictures, enjoy and relax.The team depends on your fitness, so long daily stages of 20 - 25 km or just a few hours can be walked.  A rest day is also possible. We also orientate ourselves on the weather, i.e. in case of great heat and sandstorms we hike less and have a longer lunch break.

On our tours we offer sufficient mineral water, so the drinking water does not have to be treated extra. During the daily hike it is possible to refill with mineral water at any time.
You spend the night under the starry sky or in a tent. Akabar - Sahara Treks provides large tents as well as special 2-person tents. Mattresses and blankets are also included. 

 
For tours up to four people, a riding camel is included in the total price. From four people onwards each riding camel costs 15 EUR per day



 

 

Trekking tour: from one person up to groups of eight persons. Larger groups are also welcome.

Duration of the trekking tours: three days to 15 days

Season: Trekking from mid-September to June, hikes in the Atlas Mountains from May to October, roundtrips by jeep all year.

 

 

 

 

The following video by our guest P. Hauser provides you an impression about our treks and our work: Video7                   

 

 

 

 

 

Trekking calendar:

 

We also offer you tours according to your schedule and your ideas! 

Reversed route possible, the tours are carried out from 1 person to eight persons

 

Dates 2019/20 Trekking tours  takes place
16.12.- 20.12. 5 days Bani mountains - dunes
21.12.- 27.12. 7 days tour in various dune landscapes
25.12.- 02.01. 9 days Jebel Bani mountains - dunes
29.12.- 03.01. 6 days tour in various dune landscapes
29.12. - 05.01. 8 days trek in black mountains and dunes  
2020 Trekking tours
 
05.01. - 10.01. 6 days tour in various dune landscapes  
12.01. - 19.01. 8 days trek in black mountains and dunes  
19.01. - 24.01. 6 days tour in various dune landscapes  
28.01. - 04.02. 8 days Jebel Bani landscapes - dunes/ hiking with nomad women
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09.02. - 14.02. 6 days tour in various dune landscapes  
16.02. - 23.02. 8 days trek from Jebel Bani to the dunes  
16.02. - 27.02 12 days trek from Bani via Iriki lake/plain to the dunes  
08.03. - 13.03. 6 days trek in black mountains and dunes  
22.03. - 27.03. 6 days trek in black mountains and dunes  
22.03. - 02.04. 12 days trek from Bani via Iriki lake/plain to the dunes  
05.04. - 14.04. 10 days Easter trek  
05.04. - 16.04. 12 days trek from Bani via Iriki lake/plain to the dunes  
09.04. - 18.04. 10 days Easter trek  
19.04. - 26.04. 8 days trek from Jebel Bani to the dunes  
26.04. - 01.05. 6 days trek from Jebel Bani to the dunes