Top 10 Photos From 6 Days of Trekking in the Sahara Desert
In November of 2015, I bought a car and drove through Morocco deep into the Sahara Desert. With the help of 3 skilled guides and 3 seriously formidable camels, my compadres and I set out in search of Erg Chigaga, one of the tallest sand dunes in the Sahara at an impressive 1,000 feet (300m).
For the next six days, we traversed the seemingly infinite desert on camel back. At night, we relaxed around the campfire under the brightest stars I’ve ever seen, and fell asleep to the pristine silence of the mysterious and somewhat eerie desert.
To this day, it is the most isolated and remote I’ve ever felt, and easily the most enchanting experience I’ve had on the road.
1. For 6 days we rode on camel back, roasting from the sweltering sand and sun.
2. At midday, when the sun became too hot for us (and the camels), we sought out shade under the few trees that can survive in the harsh environment.
3. The utter silence of the desert is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The only thing that comes close is being on the ocean in the middle of the night when the water is completely still. It was the first time I truly understood the oxymoron, “deafening silence.”
4. Our guides were nomadic desert dwelling natives of the Sahara, known in the region as the Berber. I was humbled by their wit, kindness, and simple, blissful way of life.
5. Tagine, couscous and Moroccan Salad are three of the most common dishes in Morocco, and they’re all delicious. This is a Moroccan Salad, which typically includes rice, citrus fruit, olives, chicken, and a mix of raw and cooked vegetables.
6. The Crew: 3 Berber guides, 3 camels, 1 Canadian, 1 German and 1 American—a real multi-cultural dream. Look up “squad goals” on urban dictionary and you’ll see this photo…OK, not really, but it totally deserves that honor.
7. After a long day in the sun, these fuzzy ladies (and the rest of our group) welcomed the chance to relax by the fire. Each night we were treated to our very own Berber serenade featuring their native songs, as well as some fine makeshift drumming on their empty water jugs.
8. It’s hard to describe the feeling of knowing that you’re surrounded by 40 miles of sand dunes in every direction, but this photo captures it quite well.
9. Our guide, Khalid, climbing Erg Chigaga, the tallest known sand dune in the Sahara at 1,000 feet (300m).
10. My camel, Steven, was clearly thrilled to get rid of me in exchange for some well deserved rest.