First steps in the Sahara Desert

We spent last night at the edge of the desert. This is our first day walking! But Day 3 of the trip (Monday 7th October 2013):

After our first camp breakfast we start our trek with a days hiking across the Jebel Bani. The Bani is a wild range
of mountains to the north of the dunes of the Sahara, and the first three days of the hike takes us across an open landscape of Hamada (rock desert)punctuated by acacia trees and the occasional palm oasis. Today’s hike
offers a relatively easy start with a gradual climb over the Col de Foum Laachar (1100m) with lunch in large mess tents before a plateau hike takes
us gradually down to Sidi Bou Twama which sits at 850m above sea level. Here we’ll set up camp and enjoy another evening under the stars.

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