Today is the day when we get our first panoramic view down to the dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. The day starts with a straightforward climb over the Laouj Pass, from which, we will see the dunes of the Erg Chegaga laid out in front of us. At this point we will be able to see exactly where we are heading for the remainder of the trek – including the far-off mountains close to the Algerian border and the endless plains of the Iriki Salt Flats, a popular passage for the 4×4 vehicles and motorcycles in the mythical Paris-Dakar rally. Today should be much calmer and from the pass a clear path takes us down some 500m to the plains below. Before reaching the dunes we will cross an area of low desert vegetation interspersed with tamarisk and acacia trees, as well as small date palm oases, and eventually setting up to camp overnight in the dunes at Erg el Rhoul.
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