The trek in the Moroccan Sahara gives you an insight into this vast and diverse landscape as well as the Berber way of life. You will spend two full days and two half days trekking across ancient dried up river beds, sand dunes and vast sun-baked plains. Camping each night gives you a chance to experience the stunning stars in the night sky (weather permitting) and the traditional Berber cuisine cooked by the team is a delight.
After your trek you will start the second part of your challenge, spending two days assisting a community project in Marrakech. We anticipate you will help an organisation which supports vulnerable young people with education and vocational training after they have been orphaned, abused or rejected by their family. The organisation also supports elderly people whose families have abandoned them by creating a comfortable social environment for them to spend their golden years. Your tasks will vary depending on the need at the time but you're likely to get involved with refurbishment, redecorating and gardening which will make an instant impact at this incredible centre.
Day 1: London to Marrakech
We fly together to Marrakech where we are met by our guide and will transfer to a central hotel for the night. Depending on flight arrival times we may start the journey halfway to the desert today and stay in Ouarzazate tonight instead (approx. 4-5 hours).
Day 2: Marrakech to Sahara
If staying in Marrakech we set off early, crossing the Atlas Mountains and following ancient caravan routes into the arid Sahara desert, stopping for lunch in Ouarzazate on the way (journey time approx. 9 hours including stops.) If starting in Ouarzazate the journey is approximately 4-5 hours. This afternoon we will arrive in the desert and be welcomed by the rest of the trek team and the camels before commencing our trek into the vast and arid Sahara desert, stopping overnight to camp under the stars of the Sahara. Approx. trek distance: 5km.
Days 3 - 4: Sahara Desert
Our trek continues through the sand dunes and rocky, lunar landscapes for the next two full days supported by our team of Berber guides, cooks and camel handlers (the camels are our porters, carrying our luggage and equipment). Each day we take a steady pace through the inhospitable but beautiful landscape, while we learn about the importance of respecting the forces of nature in the desert and the culture of the nomadic Berber people. On average we will cover 15-20km per day but this may vary.
Day 5: Sahara to Marrakech
This morning we trek out of the remote Sahara to the village of Oulad Driss where we bid farewell to the trek team and head back to Marrakech (approx. 9 hours' drive). Approx. trek distance: 8km.
Days 6-7: Marrakech
After a good night's rest at the hotel we spend two days assisting a local community project. Typical tasks include redecorating, refurbishment and painting, creating a garden or generally working to improve the environment. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved.
Day 8: Marrakech
Depending on flight times, enjoy some free time to explore the exotic city of Marrakech before transferring to the airport to fly back to London.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Morocco
- 2-3* hotels, tents on the trek
- Drinking water
- Local guides and porters
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
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7 - 14 November 2020
£375 plus fundraise £1995 for The Gatehouse
This trip is graded as Moderate
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