Explore the breath taking scenery of the world’s largest hot desert while helping to support patients and families in your local community.

This long weekend challenge will take you on a four-day trek across the ever-changing landscape of one of the world’s largest deserts- the Sahara! The adventure will take you on a climb to the top of the enormous Chigaga Dunes where you’ll witness the sunrise over the desert.

 

The days will be hot and the trekking will get tough but you will receive unrivaled support and have the dramatic backdrop of the Anti-Atlas Mountains to keep you going. The sense of achievement you’ll feel as you complete your trek will be worth all the hard work, you can put your feet up after it all, knowing that the funds you have raised will be helping to make every day the best day possible for patients and their loved ones in your community.

To find out more please contact Alison to find out more on 01803 217419 or alison.upton@rowcrofthospice.org.uk

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart UK +

We depart the UK for our flight  to Morocco and upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Ouarzazate. South of the High Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate is a town created by the French in 1928 but is now the film centre of Morocco – the base for such films as ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Alexander the Great’. As a relatively new town it does not have a city centre, but has a large Glaoui Kasbah which is well worth visiting. We have an early start in the morning so an early night is recommended!

 

Day2 - M’Hamid to Bougharn Dunes +

Following a very early breakfast, we transfer from our hotel and set off for the desert. Our driving route goes along the Draa Valley – a long, stunning palm filled oasis with rocky mountains and Hamada (rock desert) on each side. After approximately 4 hours drive (discounting photo and tea stops and our lunch at Ouled Driss) we arrive at M’hamid – the gateway of the desert. We’ll then don our trekking boots before setting off into the dunes for the beginning of our challenge! To get us into the spirit of trekking in the desert we will have a short trek of about 2-3 hours today which will finish at our camp in the Bougharn Dunes.

Trekking distance – approx. 4km / 2 – 3 hours

Day 3 - Bougharn Dunes to Chigaga Dunes +

Today we set off with our camel trains and begin trekking through the dunes – there is no path to follow as they continually change in the wind. Our camels will find the best way through the dunes and in the event of a sandstorm we can protect ourselves by wearing a Seche (headscarf ). This is part of the traditional costume worn by the nomadic Tuaregs that covers the face, ears and neck and provides protection from the wind-driven sand -they are also ours to keep as souvenirs from our challenge. Towards the end of our trek, we’ll try and find the nomads’ encampment and pay a visit to experience their unique way of life – they are very hospitable people and we may be asked to partake in a strong cup of mint tea or coffee. Tonight’s camp is at the foot of the stunning Chigaga Dunes.

 

Trekking distance – approx. 10 – 12km / 6 – 7 hours

Day 4 - Chigaga Dunes to Erg Aghoual +

A very early start today before the sun rises – after waking,  we’ll have a very quick snack and then commence our climb up to the top of the Chigaga  Dunes (100m). Our climb will  be in the dark, but the moon and stars should be enough to  light our way. Upon reaching  the top, we’ll rest and wait for  the sunrise over the Sahara, then watch the colours of the  dunes change in the sunlight –  a truly breathtaking sight!  After watching the sunrise, we  descend in the heat of the  morning sun back to our camp, where we will have our  breakfast. After a short rest, we push on with our desert  challenge towards our camp at Erg Arghoual which is around 7 hours away on foot.

 

Trekking distance – approx. 10 – 12km/7 – 8hrs

Day 5 - Erg Aghoual to Ouarzatate +

Following breakfast at camp, we push on to the end of our  trekking challenge – it’s a short walk to our waiting transport at Sidi Ab Nbi. We’ll wave goodbye to our camels and the breathtaking Sahara and then transfer back to our hotel. This evening we will toast our achievements at a  celebratory dinner!

Trekking distance – approx. 4km/ 2hrs

Day 6 - Arrive UK +

We take an early morning transfer back to Marrakech, which gives us the afternoon free to explore before catching an evening flight back to the UK.

(Please note, this is a complex itinerary and is subject to change.)

 

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