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Organised by tour operator Charity Challenge, this 8 day trip from 7th - 14th November 2020 covers 100km over five days of trekking ; passing through Morocco’s forbidding landscape punctuated by peaks, gorges, dunes and oases. At night, sleep under Africa’s star strewn skies and enjoy traditional Berber hospitality.

You can take part in this awesome challenge and raise money for Valley Hospital Charity. 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE FROM LONDON

Meet the rest of the team at the airport for the long-awaited departure to Morocco. Upon arrival, the group will be transferred to a local hotel for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 2: OUARZAZATE TO M’HARECH DUNES (APPROX. 4HRS DRIVE; THEN 2HRS TREKKING)

The day starts in a 4x4 as you head via the Tizi n'Tinifift pass to Achbarou, the ‘Door of the Desert’. From here it’s onwards along the Draa Valley until Tansikht. Enjoy the panoramic views of Saghro, a volcanic massif, before reaching Mecissi where you'll leave the tarmac road and venture off-road for 25kms. After the bumpy journey, you'll appreciate leaving the vehicles behind and hiking into your first desert camp at M’Harech.

Accommodation: Camping

DAY 3: M’HARECH DUNES, RHRIS RIVERBED TO O’HARE GORGE (APPROX. 7HRS)

A traditional Berber breakfast will provide the much-needed fuel for the toughest day of trekking. Prepare for a true desert experience as you face four hours of undulating sand dunes before descending onto the flat dry bed of the Rhris River for lunch. 
After a well-earned break from the midday sun, you follow the riverbed past nomadic communities to a camp beneath the O’Hare Gorge.

Accommodation: Camping

DAY 4: CLIMB JEBEL EL MRAKIB (APPROX. 6HRS)

Be prepared for another long and challenging day. The route cuts through a dramatic gorge, into two low flat bottomed valleys. 

From here it’s a spectacular climb over the multi-coloured rock of Jebel El Mrakib. In the afternoon, the beautiful orange dunes are replaced by the open expanse of the plateau, leaving our overnight camp exposed to the desert winds in the Palm groves.

Accommodation: Camping

DAY 5: RHRIS RIVER (APPROX. 7HRS)

Today covers around 27km, starting from the crisp, broken mud of the dry Rhris River. It’s then back onto the low dunes, tackling a variety of rocky and sandy terrain.
Tonight’s camp lies at the bottom of the Bouzaine dunes, home to some of the biggest dunes in the region and perfect for a photo or two.

Accommodation: Camping

DAY 6: BOUZIANE DUNES TO ANNOUN BAADI (APPROX. 6 HRS)

The final day of challenge follows the path up and over high sand dunes, passing many Acacia and Tamarisk trees along the way. Weaving around the small dunes and onto the plains, the trek aims for the palm groves of the local nomadic villages and into the final camp.
Once the finish line is crossed it’s time to celebrate with the team and guides.

Accommodation: Camping

DAY 7: RETURN TO OUARZAZATE (APPROX. 5HRS DRIVE)

Rest those weary legs on the 4x4 transfer back to Ouarzazate. The vehicle passes along the Tafilalet Road via Tineghir and the Kasbah trail, for a final night in Morocco.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 8: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE TO UK

Expect to feel elated and emotional as you head for the airport for your international flight back to London, arriving later the same day.