WESTERN DESERT EXPEDITION - ON HOLD
- The White, Black and Crystal deserts
- Bedouin hospitality
- Unique rock forms, eroded over the millenia
- Ancient oasis and springs used by camel caravans for thousands of years
- Ancient Roman and Pharaonic ruins
- Star gazing
- Bahariya oasis town
£2,500 per person
Extending from the Nile Valley in the east to the Egyptian-Libyan border in the west and from the Mediterranean coast in the north to the southern Egyptian border, it is one of Egypt’s most arid regions. Sparsely inhabited, yet charming oases – Siwa, Bahariya, Farafra, Kharga and Dakhla – dot this region that covers 2/3 of the country’s total land area.
The Western Desert covers approximately 700,000 km square and accounts for about two-thirds of Egypt's landmass. It spans from the Mediterranean Sea south to the Sudanese border in the South and from the Nile River Valley west to the Libyan border in the West. There are seven important depressions within this area - , El Faiyum, Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Khargaall and Siwa, these are considered oases, except the largest, Qattara.
Like most of the Sahara, it is primarily sand and (Hamada) stony plain and the Western Desert is one of the driest.
The White Desert, el-Sahara el-Beida, is renowned for its chalk-white landscape strewn with alien shaped boulders of brilliant white, which thrust up from the surface of the desert, intensified by the clear light of a full moon or a shimmering sunset.
Day 1: Depart UK
Day 2: Arrive Cairo and overnight in the Malik
Day 3: Transfer to Baharaiya Oasis and on to the Black Desert.
Day 4: Trek across the Crystal Desert
Day 5: Trek in desert sleep near the water spring
Day 6: Arrive at Ein al- Serow, the Magic Spring
Day 7: Trek to the mokhemat and sleep at the start of the White Desert
Day 8: Our last night in the desert among the eroded chalk formations
Day 9: Transfer back to Cairo and your hotel in the Malik.
Day 10: Depart for the UK
- Accommodation in Cairo
- All in-country transfers
- All food while on expedition
- McX guides
- Bedouin guides and drivers
- Soft drinks
Q: Do I need a visa?
A: No. Most EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Cairo International Airport.
Q: What vaccinations do I need?
A: A full list of required vaccinations can be found here. Use our discount code to get 15% off all vaccinations.
Q: Where do I fly to and who with?
A: The nearest airport is Cairo International Airport, with direct flights from London available with British Airways and EgyptAir. We recommend teams coordinate to travel together for safety and convenience.
Q: Where do I go from the airport?
A: An McX leader will meet you and the team at the airport and transfer with you to our first night's camp.
Q: What's the security situation like in the Western Desert? Is it safe?
A: We operate in the Western Desert region of Egypt which is extremely remote and there is a low risk of outside interference. Nevertheless full precautions must be taken to avoid any conflict with local wildlife. We take your safety very seriously and a full detailed risk assessment will be sent out to team members well in advance. For up to date foreign travel advice on Egypt click here.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Desert attire should be light, loose-fitting and where possible made from natural fibres. Good desert walking boots are a must. A full detailed kit list is available to team members upon request.
Q: How fit do I have to be?
A: We recommend team members are able to walk up to 10km per day and carrying a pack of 10 kilos for ten days.
Q: What will the food be like?
A: In base camp and while trekking we eat a variety of dehydrated army rations to meet the daily calorie intake. On travel days we enjoy delicious traditional Egyptian food cooked by the Bedouin.
Q: I have special dietary requirements. Are you able to cater for me?
A: There are a wide range of rations available including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We try to cater for everyone's needs so please do advise us with as much notice as possible if you have any special dietary requirements.
Q: Can I extend my trip?
A: Of course! Any modifications to the itinerary should be discussed with us beforehand and we can recommend you to our in-country tourist providers.
Q: Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from coming?
A: We have a strong policy of inclusion and try to accommodate everyone as best we can. We therefore insist on complete transparency regarding any past and present medical conditions. Any concerns you have please contact us directly and we will be happy to speak to you in private.
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