The Long Ride

  • The discovery of desert landscapes that will import you into another world.
  • Magnificent gallops over great distances.
  • An ideal climate for you horses.
  • Comfortable bvouac.
  • Traditional cuisine.
  • Version possible on request in privative.
  • 3 nights in a guesthouse or hotel (rest days).

Our prices:

*Based on a group of 10 pers.

DEPARTURE RETURN PRICE STATUS  
14/11/2021 19/12/2021 4800€ Open
23/01/2022 20/02/2022 4800€ Open

ITINERARY

Great equestrian trip in the Moroccan desert

26 days (23 days on horseback)

875km approx.

Activity: A long journey... A beautiful endurance that requires a physical and moral form.

First week: 6 days on horseback 240 kms in the region of Zagora.

Second week: 7 days on horseback 288 km to arrive to Tata.

Third week: 8 days on horseback 222km to Guelmim.

Fourth week: 3 days on horseback 125km to arrive to White Beach.

Day 1 : Arrival in Ouarzazate airport

Accommodation : 3 star hotel in Ouarzazate

Welcome at the airport of Ouarzazate and transfer to your hotel (10mn). Meeting with your guide for the last preparations and advice for the next day and the first week.
Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.


Day 2 : near Ouzina starting point (2 hours)

Accommodation : Desert camp
Early breakfast and transfer with the van via Taouz village (approx.. 6-
7h drive) (with lunch en route) to the horses. After a tea and a safety briefing
Our guide will distribute the horses amongst the riders. We will have a short ride
to acquaint ourselves with the horses (2 hours of riding)


Day 3 : ride to Remlia dune and M’Harch (35km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning we enjoy a great variety of landscapes: ochre mountains, sand
of every shade and beautiful tracks for cantering. We will picnic near the
beautiful dune of Remlia (20 km). After lunch we will cross the dunes and
traverse the Ghris riverbed, and finally reach the plateau of M'harch where
we camp. (18 km)


Day 4 : Jebel Zirg to Lmaaidr (35-40 Km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning we continue riding across this famous plateau and then follow
a small pass until we reach Jebel Zirg where we picnic on a beautiful plateau
dotted with acacia trees. The afternoon is spent riding along a narrow pass
that gives us a beautiful view of the immense plateau of Lmaaidr, until we
reach our campsite for the night at the foot of a mountain.


Day 5 : Taricht to Tismomine village (40 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
From Taricht towards Tafraut we cover ground well until we reach our picnic
spot. (20 km). In the afternoon we finish for the day not far from Foum village
and camp quite close to the palm grove of the village of Tismomine. (20 km)


Day 6 : Tismomine to Imi n'oussaif (38 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning we follow the track that passes between two mountains to the
beginning of a plateau where we picnic. (20 km)
After the lunch break we can enjoy a beautiful long canter on this plateau
and then we to ride to the foot of the mountain to Imi n'oussaif . (18 km)


Day 7 : Oum lkhab to Oum lkhab plateau (35-40 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
In the morning we are picked up by van and taken back to the horses.
On this day, we cross Jbel Mrah via a narrow path in the direction of Oum
lkhab where we stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we cross the Oum
lkhab and camp at the foot of Jebel Tidma.


Day 8 : Rest day at Zagora and o/night in hotel

Accommodation : Hotel in Zagora
After breakfast we travel by van to Zagora where we rest and spend the
night.


Day 9 : palm groves day (35-40 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
Today we cross the mountain and overlooking a large plateau and the palm
grove. We will picnic at the edge of the palm grove.
In the afternoon, we ride in the palm grove passing through villages. We
camp among the palm trees that night.


Day 10 : Ksar Nasret crossing the Jebel Bani (36 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
In the morning we cross the Draa riverbed, ride through the palm grove and
pass the ksar (castle) of Nesrat. We will be seeing the mountains again and
follow a good track to the picnic spot (20 km).
In the afternoon we cross the Jebel Bani via a narrow pass that gives us a
beautiful view of a large plateau dotted with acacia trees (and often it is easy
to see gazelle) until we reach the campsite (16 km)


Day 11 : Wadi Laatache & oasis Oum Laalg (38 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning we continue following the plateau, keeping the Jebel Bani
ridge on our right until we reach our picnic spot in front of the Wadi Laatache
(‘Wadi of Thirst”) (23 km) in the afternoon we travel onwards until we reach
the oasis Oum Laalg . (15 km)


Day 12 : dunes of Cheggag to Lake Irikki (29 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning is a very special day as we leave the oasis and ride to the
beautiful and wild dunes of Cheggag .After enjoying the dunes we will
continue on to our picnic spot located conveniently close to a well. (18 km)
After lunch we travel onwards with the dunes to our left and continue our
journey to reach the plateau and Lake Irikki where we camp .(21km)


Day 13 : ride towards Foum Zguid (27 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning we continue crossing this vast plateau and enjoy a lovely
gallop before we reach our lunch spot near a well, situated near a mountain
called Lmdowar Sghir. (19 km). In the afternoon we follow the track where
we experience the interesting rocky landscape of Lmdowar Lkbir Mountain.
We camp near the mountain for the night, not far from the village of Foum
Zguid. (18 km)


Day 14 : ride towards M’ghimima (40 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
In the morning we ride across a plateau dotted with acacia trees. At times it
is stony and at other times pleasant enough to enjoy a good canter until we
reach our lunch spot. (22 km). After our break, we continue our ride in this
Saharan landscape to the campsite not too far from the village of M’ghimima
(18 km)


Day 15 : rest day at Tata o/n Tata

Accommodation : Hotel in Tata
Leave camp after breakfast and transfer to Tata for the o/n


Day 16 : palm groves of Tissint to Kasbah (36 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
In the morning we are picked up from the hotel and brought back to the
horses. This morning’s ride begins with traveling along a narrow path which
provides us with a beautiful view of the plateau and eventually leads to a
small oasis. We ride through the palm grove of Tissint, passing through the
river bed and picnic in the oasis near the village of Akka Did Sidi .(18 km)
In the afternoon we ride out from the oasis, cross the riverbed to a plateau,
and just after the palm grove of the village of Kasbah we set up camp.
(18 km)


Day 17 : ride towards Wadi Akka N’lghern (37 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning, we leave the palm grove and ride towards a low mountain
dotted with acacia trees until we reach the riverbed. From here we follow a
stony way to a picnic spot on the edge of Wadi Akka N'Ighern.
(18 km). In the afternoon we continue in the wadi to a small oasis before Tata
where we camp. (19 km).


Day 18 : ride towards Jbair and Tazoult (38 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
We follow the left bank of the riverbed, not far from the village of Akk
n'Iznkad, after crossing the Jbel Bani via a narrow pass that allows us to have
a beautiful view of the palm grove and the surrounding villages.
We continue in the direction of the old fortified village of Jbair that we pass
before arriving at our picnic site on a small plateau dotted with acacia trees.
(18 km). After lunch we follow the riverbed, cross the village of Tazoult and
follow the riverbed to the gorge which we then leave to follow a small rocky
ridge to our camping spot for the night. (20 km)


Day 19 : ride towards Foum Laalgue (35 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
Today, we begin with good ground and join up with the Tata riverbed, until
we reach a small oasis where we have lunch. 20 km
In the afternoon we join the a good track that allows us to enjoy a faster pace
if possible and head to our camp near a small oasis facing the village Foum
Laalgue


Day 20 : ride towards Tizouinine (42 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning we continue the track which crosses another huge plateau
covered in acacias where we might chance upon nomad camps. We picnic
next to the village of Tizouinine. (22 km). In the afternoon we stay in the same
track that crosses an agricultural plateau, with some oases until we arrive at
our camp on the bank of the wadi overlooking a small oasis and the
mountains (20 km)


Day 21 : Ait ouablli to Tajhjijt and on to D'Icht (44 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
Today, our departure, is not far from the village Ait ouablli,. We ride up the
wadi then along a ridge by a track until we reach our picnic spot in the shade
of the acacias. (24 km). In the afternoon we stay on the track, pass next to a
mountain and cross a plateau with some oasis, the village of D'Icht is not far
from where we camp. (20 km)


Day 22 : D'Icht to the Tagjgalte plateau (38 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning, we start out from near the small village D'Icht and its palm
grove and ride over a small plateau covered with acacia trees and then
along a riverbed until we reach our picnic spot not far from the village of
Kasbah. (20 km). After the lunch break, we continue in the same riverbed,
which passes between two mountains and on to the plateau Tagjgalte where
our camp is located (18 km)


Day 23 : D'Ait illoul toTaghjijte (34 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
This morning, surrounded by mountains, we cross a beautiful plateau,
towards our picnic point just before a small road that leads to the village
D'Ait illoul. (18 km). In the afternoon we continue along a field, then join a
good track that leads to the village of Taghjijte where our campsite is
(22 km)


Day 24 : Rest day in Guelmim

Accommodation : Hotel in Guelmim
After breakfast we depart for Guelmim where we rest and overnight in a
hotel


Day 25 : Taghjite to Igherm n'Igouzel (35 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
Today, a beautiful ride through the palm grove of Taghjijte and
Further along we will find our team for the lunch break (18 km)
After lunch, we follow the riverbed, passing a small village and then arriving
at the camp at the entrance of the village of Igherm n'Igouzeln between the
mountains Agni Ouaarich and Mouchllif (17 km)


Day 26 : Wadi Seyad to Fask onto Tighmert (35 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
We ride along the Wadi Seyad and cross a beautiful plateau with some
nomad camps. We then continue our journey on the plateau not far from the
village of Fask .(22 km). In the afternoon, we finish crossing the plateau and
reach a river that extends to Tighmert where our camp is for the night. (20
km)


Day 27 : ride to Labyar and finally the sea (44 km)

Accommodation : Desert camp
The sea air is calling us and we cross some hills to the picnic spot not far
from the village of Labyar (20 km). In the afternoon we are in the riverbed
until we finally arrive at the magnificent Plage-Blanche (the white beach) to
enjoy a great gallop. We camp on/near the beach.. (18 km)


Day 28  : (2 hours)

Accommodation : Hotel in Agadir
After short ride in the morning on the beach we have a light lunch, bid
farewell to the horses and make our way to Agadir by van (5 hours) . In
Agadir we will enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hotel Tildi in Agadir.


Day 29 : Departure
Flights home or onward travel

 

Cavalery

Stallions or ungres bearded and Arabian bearded, selected and trained by our team, enduring, lively and docile. They are trained to tackle this great crossing. They are admirably adapted to desert, sandy or rocky grounds: small and sure feet and big heart, their gaits are raised. Some of them are endurance champions and all of them are trained by seasons of hiking. The team manages their programs as best as they can for athletes.

THE HORSES AND LEVEL

Minimum technical requirements

 

Perfect mastery of the 3 gaits in outdoor and open terrain: trotting with the trotters off, galloping in balance and in groups, keeping control of the horse (distance, direction) at brisk paces with a light hand. Minimum academic equivalent of gallop 4.
Riders over 90kg and over 1m95 must consult us before registration. Good physical conditions required 

You need experience in horseback riding. And also if you have a human experience of a logue adventure... It is ideal.

 

Paces

If you want to go far, take care of your mount! It's up to you, with the help of your instructor, to manage your horse's form and adjust the pace so that you finish this month's ride with a companion in top form! He is capable of lasting longer than that... but it is up to you to feel and get to know your horse to know what he is capable of doing without going into the "red zone".

Autonomy and participation

Everyone is required to dress, saddle, bridle and unhook his horse. They are also expected to participate in camp tasks, including the setting up and dismantling of tents. You can participate according to your wishes in the care of the horses (distribution of water and food).

 

Level and experience required

Good physical condition and good endurance on horseback. 
A multi-day horseback riding experience is a plus, but is not mandatory. Riders who don't ride regularly must get back in the saddle before the ride.
Encountering different cultures and mentalities implies an acceptance of these differences and respect for them.

 

Equestrian Equipment

Tailor-made hiking saddles, very practical saddlebags are available.
Bombs or helmets are not mandatory but strongly recommended. Our partner has a few bombs, but preferably bring your own equipment. In case of request, please do so when you register.

Des dunes à l’océan, la très grande traversée du désert.

Comfort

Bivouac adventure. Hotel first and last night and every weekend:

In bivouac: igloo tent for two (possible single on request and supplement). Mess tent with table and chair. Country shower tent and toilet tent.
Hotel : the regions we cross sometimes do not offer palaces... but you will have alternatively charming or local hotels.

Meals

Prepared by our cook : copious and hot dinners, breakfast as complete as possible. Picnic lunch carried in the saddlebags or when possible with the assistance vehicle.

For water we try to avoid plastic bottles as much as possible. Bring micropur tablets or we provide filtered water (catadyn ceramic filter). We advise you to take one or two metal cans with you... to avoid plastic.

 

Climate in the Sahara in January/February:

Winter is of course the best time to cross the Sahara... but we have to be aware that the risks of bad weather are not excluded. Rain and sandy winds can be present and force us to change our itinerary or to adapt. The nights are cool, it can freeze and during the days the temperatures can rise to more than 25° or 30°.

Global warming makes all standards obsolete!

 

Local Team Guide

French / English-speaking Moroccan equestrian guides assisted by grooms.

TIPS

It is customary, as a sign of thanks, to give a tip to the local teams. You can foresee about 30€ / 40€ for the whole team.

Packing List
Head
  • A riding helmet: it is seriously recommended and often mandatory. Manufacturers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème...) offer today ventilated, solid and light riding helmets, pleasant under all latitudes. There are also protective shells to put under your hat (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western helmets (Troxel).
  • Cap or hat for the sun (essential)
  • A bandana, scarf or chèche to protect the neck or face from dust and sunlight
  • A pair of high protection sunglasses
  • A hat or hood in winter (December and January)
Bust
  • Thermal underwear (December and January).
  • Cotton T-shirts + long-sleeved shirts (for protection against the sun) or T-shirts made of quick-drying technical materials.
  • 1 light fleece or equivalent
  • 1 warm fleece or equivalent (From November to mid-Februar).
  • 1 warm Goretex-type jacket (waterproof and breathable) (From December to mid-Februar) .
Legs
  • 2 riding breeches or long leather chaps
  • 1 spare pair of pants (hiking or jeans or equivalent)
  • 1 swimsuit may be useful (swimming, toilet)
  • Cotton or non-irritating synthetic underwear
Feet and Hands
  • 1 pair of light walking shoes (essential for the ascent of the pass) with chaps or boots with specific mini-chaps for riding
  • 1 pair of sneakers or equivalent light shoes for the evening.
  • Several pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of gloves to protect yourself from the sun, cold and rubbin
Little tricks on horseback
  • Soothing cream very useful in the corners of your intimacy irritated by long hours on horseback.
  • Nothing on your back, everything in your jacket or a banana on your belly: lipstick,sunscreen, passport, small camera or mini camera (waterproof), cords, glasses... more accessible than fonts.
  • Riding backpacks are not allowed
Sleep
  • Sleeping bag warm comfort 2 °/-5 ° (October to November and from February to April) and -5° or -8° (December and January).
  • We also advise you to double this one with a meat bag which will be very useful on hot nights.
Miscellaneous
  • Soft travel bag/case
  • 2 metal cans of 1 liter or equivalent
  • Headlamp, batteries and spare bulbs
  • Toilet kit (biodegradable wipes to replace water, micropur...)
  • Toilet paper + lighter to burn it after use
  • A Swiss Army knife or equivalent (in the hold!!)
  • Small paper bags to throw in the trash can
  • Earplugs can be useful for those who would have light sleep as a roommate.
  • Camera (with a spare battery)
  • A pair of binoculars possiblyt
Pharmacy
As a precaution, list your drug allergies in your pharmacy.
  • Personal medications
  • 1 Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Aspirin or paracetamol
  • Anti Diarrhea
  • Vitamin C
  • Highly protective sun cream for lips and skin
  • Eye drops
  • Moisturizing cream for after sun.
  • A roll of plaster
  • A 10 cm wide adhesive elastic band
  • A box of bandages is
  • Ready-to-use disinfectant pouches
  • Micropur or Hydroclonazone tablets to disinfect water
  • An anti-mosquito cream and spray

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