Event information

Event date:2nd - 7th November 2023
Booking closing date:13th February 2023
Cost:£350 deposit (see costs)

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 and the traditional Berber cuisine cooked by the team is second to none.

Sahara view
Sahara view
Sahara campsite at night

All participants receive an Osprey bag. One bag per participant. Worth over £100. 24-26 litre bag. Ts and Cs apply.

We have our Sahara Trek information evening taking place on Wednesday 8th February at 7pm via Zoom. It's a great opportunity to meet the team and find out more about the trip and how we can help you fundraise. Please let the events team know if you would like to attend. 
 

How challenging is this trip?

A moderately challenging trip. The terrain is generally flat with sand dunes representing the biggest variation in gradient; however the temperatures pose a specific challenge with temperatures historically reaching 40°C. You are advised to be of a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s exertions.

Costs

There are two ways you can pay for the trip.

1. Self-Funded Only - £1800

£350 deposit and a second instalment of £715pp* to be paid directly to Different Travel by July 2023.

Final balance of £735 to be paid directly to Julia’s House by September 2023.

2. Fundraising Only - £350 deposit and fundraise £1,500pp

50% (£750) target to be met by June 2023, 80% (£1200) target to be met by September 2023, 100% by 1st December 2023.

3. Self-Funded and Fundraising - £1,065 and fundraise £750

£350 deposit and a balance of £715pp* to be paid directly to Different Travel by July 2023. Plus a commitment to raise a minimum of £1000.

You will be required to meet 80% of your target (£600) by September 2023**

*The final trip costs are subject to change dependent on the final group size.

** If you do not meet your fundraising target you will be required to cover the cost.

There is also an option to extend your trip and explore Marrakesh for a further two nights for £170pp (twin or triple) or £215pp (single occupancy). Please speak with the events team if you wish to add this option to your trip.

Trip cost includes
  • Flights from the UK (including all airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges)
  • All transfers & transport in Morocco
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (2 nights), tents on trek (3 nights)
  • All meals throughout
  • Welcome dinner
  • Celebration Farewell dinner with certificates
  • Local trek guides, camels for porters, and full support crew on trek
  • 24-hour emergency support in Morocco and the UK
  • Trekking permits
  • Different Travel Tour Leader
  • Full admin and pre-departure support
  • Presentation evening and pre-departure trek briefing
Trip cost does not include
  • Personal expenses (such as drinks, laundry etc)
  • Any visas or vaccinations required
  • Optional tips
  • Personal travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday 2 November 2023):

London – Marrakech – Ouarzazate
Depart London for Marrakech. On arrival we immediately set off for a journey across the High Atlas Mountain Range to our overnight stop in Ouarzazate (journey time approx. 4 hours).  Dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Friday 3 November 2023):

Marrakech – Oulaid Driss – Sahara
An early start for our journey along ancient caravan routes and into the arid scenery of the Sahara desert, stopping for lunch en route.  Later this afternoon you will meet up with your trekking team, consisting of local Berber guides and their camels, and start the trek.  Overnight under the stars in bivouacs (or tents weather permitting).
Overnight: Camping
Approx. trek distance: 5km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 3–4 (Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 November 2023):

Sahara Desert
Our trek continues through the desert as we traverse sand dunes and rocky, lunar landscapes for the next two days. 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 enjoy the varied Saharan landscape and learn about how important it is to respect and comply with the forces of nature in the desert. 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.
Overnight: Camping
Approx. trek distance: 15-20km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Monday 6 November 2023):

Sahara – Oulaid Dris – Marrakech
This morning it’s the final leg of the trek to the small village where we bid farewell to the trek team and head back to Marrakech to enjoy a celebratory dinner.(approx. 8 hours’ drive).
Overnight: Hotel
Approx. trek distance: 5km.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 (Tuesday 7 November 2023):

Marrakech – London
Some free time this morning to explore the exotic city of Marrakech before flying back to London (subject to flight times).
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to 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 outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest health and safety.

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Tony May

"l was a bit nervous on my first trip to the Alps , having never walked in a group before, (the training walks broke the ice, ) but my fears were soon dispelled as the conservations and laughter were priceless throughout both the Alps and China, and I've met some truly wonderful people and such happy memories."

Past overseas trekker, Tony May

 

 

“Ted’s our little hero – he’s so special. On the darkest of days, when you’re sat in intensive care with him, he’ll look at you as if to say, ‘I’m okay, Mum. We can do this.’ He’s got an inner strength which has taught Sven (Ted’s dad) and me so much.” Zoe, mum to Ted.

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Ted with Dad, Sven

 

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