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Sahara Desert Trek, Morocco 2020

23rd April

  • 23/04/2020 - 28/04/2020
  • Overseas

Sahara Desert Trek, Morocco 2020

23rd April

  • 23/04/2020 - 28/04/2020
  • Overseas

When?

23/04/2020

Where?

Overseas

Challenge yourself by taking part in this amazing trek with mighty sun dunes and camp under the stars in the Sahara Desert. Travel to Morocco famous for its mighty Atlas Mountains and vast Sahara Desert which makes this country an adventure lover’s paradise. You will also get to visit Marrakech before and after the trek with its wonderful spicy aromas and cacophony of merchants in the bustling medina.

Registration

Registration for this trip is now closed, but if you are still interested please do contact Hannah Smart at hsmart@helenanddouglas.org.uk or 01865 799166 to discuss options.

£285 registration fee + £1,400 fundraising target for Helen & Douglas House. Fundraising must be achieved by 31st January 2020.

Take a look at our Information Pack

If you would like to find out more about the challenge please call Hannah Smart on 01865 799166 or email hsmart@helenanddouglas.org.uk.

Download our Information Pack

Charity Trek Overview


This 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 second to none.

What is included? Return flights from London (inc. current taxes and fuel surcharges), all transfers and transport in Morocco, accommodation in hotels (2 nights), tents and sleeping mats on trek (3 nights), all meals as specified, local guides, support staff, camels and camel handlers on trek, Different Travel UK tour manager and Helen & Douglas House representative.

Trip Does Not Include: Personal expenses e.g. drinks, souvenirs etc., any vaccinations required, travel insurance, tips (around £20-30pp) and personal trekking kit.

How will I fundraise the £1,400 required?

Most people find that this is far easier than they imagined, and we will give you as much support as you need to reach, and even exceed your target!

Each participant will be allocated a Helen & Douglas House fundraising staff member who will meet with you and help you to create your fundraising plan. Materials such as collection buckets and tins, sponsorship forms, email banners, balloons and banners can also be provided to help you achieve your target.

Here are some suggestions for how you could meet (and actually exceed!) your fundraising target:

Sahara Desert Trek Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday 23rd April 2020): London to Marrakech
We fly together to Marrakech where we are met by our guide and transfer to our hotel for the night. Depending on flight arrival times we may start the journey to the desert today and stay in Ouarzazate tonight instead (approx. 4-5 hours).

Day 2 (Friday 24th April 2020): 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 takes approximately 4-5 hours. This afternoon we will arrive in the desert and start our trek stopping overnight to camp under the stars of the Sahara. Approx. trek distance: 5km.

Days 3 – 4 (Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th April 2020): Sahara Desert
Our trek continues through the desert as we traverse sand dunes and rocky, lunar landscapes for the next three days. On average we will cover 15-20km per day but this will vary. As the trek progresses we learn how the nomadic people of the Sahara live: from cooking to sleeping out under the stars and reading the magnificent Saharan night sky.

Day 5 (Monday 27th April 2020): Sahara to Oulad Driss to Marrakech
This morning it’s the final leg of the trek back to the village where we bid farewell to the trekking team and head back to Marrakech (approx. 9 hours’ drive). Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight and overnight stay at a central hotel. Approx. trek distance: 5km.

Day 6 (Tuesday 28th April 2020): Marrakech to London
Enjoy some free time to explore the exotic city of Marrakech before your flight back to London (subject to flight times).

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes that occur outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the group’s health and safety.

Who accompanies us?

You will be accompanied by professional English- speaking Berber guides who have an excellent knowledge of culture and hiking in the region. You will also be accompanied by a team of support staff including cooks and camel handlers, a Different Travel Company UK tour manager and a Helen & Douglas House representative.

What is the terrain like?

It’s not just sand! The terrain is a mixture of hard, flat sundried plains, dried up ancient river beds, wide sandy dune fields and hard rocky outcrops

What is the climate like?
Temperatures tend to range from approx. 30°C to 40°C during the day, and drop to around 0°C at night however you must be prepared for variations to this which are out of our control.

Where will we sleep?

During the trek you will sleep in tents which are provided (two to a tent), or if the weather is good you can sleep outside under the stars; highly recommended. Foam sleeping mats are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag.

Who can take part?

You must be 18+ to participate on this trek unaccompanied. It may be possible to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. The ideal candidate would be fit, healthy and determined, open to adventure and adaptable to unexpected changes.