The best time to do a Morocco camel trek
29 November 2019
Can we do a Morocco desert trek every month of the year ? What is the best time for camel trekking in the Moroccan desert ? Be aware that during certain months (especially during the summer), it is not recommended to go for a camel trek in the Moroccan desert because of the relatively high temperatures. However, most of the year, you will enjoy a pleasant enough time to organize a Sahara camel trek.
The months when it’s good to go camel trekking in the Moroccan desert
You can do a Morocco desert trek from October to May, so 8 months out of 12.
This is the time of year that is recommended to discover the Moroccan desert on foot. During this period, there is no hot weather. The daily temperatures in the Sahara are pleasant and quite bearable for a walking activity (30°-33° maximum during the hottest period-April, October) (17° to 19° minimum temperatures). Plan comfortable and rather long clothes to protect you from the sun. A turban is essential! Also, remember to take sunscreen if you have sensitive skin.
The month of May can be hot, the maximum temperatures can reach 36° in the day.
In winter (December, January, February) the temperatures are very pleasant (22° -24° maximum during the day). (Up to 0° at night). A camel trek in the Moroccan desert can be easily practiced. This is the ideal season to do a hike on the dunes of Merzouga, Mhamid or Chegaga or discover them through a camel ride.
The days are sunny but beware, the nights are cool. Some days, it can rain in the desert during this period because the ocean brings some humidity. It should be noted that wind can be present too. To know that, according to the years, the months of December and January, can be cold and wet. It will be necessary to provide suitable equipment for your stay in the desert of Sahara. A fleece or even a warm jacket for evenings is very useful when temperatures drop.
The period from October to May is ideal for Morocco desert trips, treks, desert tours with overnight stays in nomadic tents, and excursions to the desert of Morocco.
Morocco desert trek from June to September
The annual period between June and September is not recommended for camel trekking in the Sahara. It’s 4 months that are very hot.
In June, the maximum temperature reaches 42°, to pass in July and August to 46°, even 48°. These are quite high temperatures that are very difficult to bear when walking under a hot sun. That’s why we do not offer camel trekking trips in the Moroccan desert at this time of the year.
In September, the heat is still there (up to 39°). However, in September, depending on the year, it is possible to do a Morocco desert trek when this maximum temperature is not reached.
In summer, you can trek in the Atlas. It’s a good time to discover the mountains. Otherwise, you can opt for a tour in northern Morocco, imperial cities, or on the Atlantic coast.