Sahara

The Challenge

This three day 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 the 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 second to none.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday 30th March): London - Marrakech - Ouarzazate
Depart London for Marrakech. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and set off for a journey across the High Atlas Mountain Range to our overnight stop in in the village of Ouarzazate (approx.5 hrs. drive). Dinner and overnight in a local hotel.

Day 2 (Friday 31st March): Ouarzazate - Sahara Desert
It's an early start to travel south, crossing the stunning Atlas Mountains and following ancient caravan routes into the arid scenery of the Sahara desert (journey time approx. 3-4 hours). After lunch you will meet up with the local Berber guides and their camels and start the trek. Overnight under the stars in bivouacs (weather permitting) or tents.

Days 3-4 (Saturday 1st April - Sunday 2nd April): Sahara Desert
We spend the next 2 days completely immersed in the Sahara desert, with only the support team and our other trekkers for company. Trekking alongside the camels like the Berber communities do, we traverse sand dunes and rocky, lunar landscapes, pass the occasional oasis and mile after mile of breathtaking beauty. We are aided by our local Berber team comprising of the guides, cook and camel owners (the camels are our porters, carrying our luggage and equipment). Each day you can enjoy the varied Saharan landscape and learn about how important it is to respect and comply with the forces of nature in the desert. At night, we sleep under the stars (with group Bedouin tents if needed). Life here feels a million miles away from daily life in the UK! Activities will include learning how to set up the traditional Berber tents, learning how to navigate by the stars, discovering how to cook bread in the sand and one of the most important Berber skills; how to find and collect water at night. On average we will cover 15-20km per day but this will vary.

Day 5 (Monday 3rd April): Sahara Desert - Oulaid Driss - Marrakech
Our last day finishes with a trek back to the village where you will bid farewell to your team of camels and the local Berbers before we head back overland to Marrakech (journey time approx. 8 hours). We'll stop for lunch in the oasis town of Ouazazarte, the location for several movies sets, and once back in Marrakech will enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner.

Day 6 (Tuesday 4th April): Marrakech - London
Enjoy some free time to explore the exotic city of Marrakech before transferring to the airport to fly back to London (dependent on flight times).

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
  • Camping mattresses
  • Bottled water on trek days
  • Local guides and porters
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Moroccan visa (if required)
  • Carbon emission offsetting

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FAQ
Trip Dates

30th March - 4th April 2017

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Tour Price

£1255

OR

£295 plus £1920 sponsorship for any UK charity

Which payment option?
Sponsorship

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • There is a registration fee payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.
Self-Funded

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.
The prices vary - please refer to individual tour pages for exact pricing.
Trip Difficulty

Moderate

This trip is graded as Moderate

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