Sat 02 May - Wed 06 May 2020

In aid of Minds@Work

Minds@Work

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Level of Difficulty

Typical day

Safety

Responsible Tourism

Flights

Visa

Insurance

Vaccinations & Medicines

Climate & Terrain

Training

Training weekends

Luggage allowance and valuables

Leadership

Group Size

Clothing and equipment

Accommodation & Toilets

Food & Drink

Money

Phone and WiFi

Emergencies

Level of Difficulty

The Atlas Mountain Challenge is graded as Challenging, which is suitable for someone who has some basic experience with hill walking/trekking. During your Atlas Mountain Challenge you will be trekking for three days in the Atlas Mountains on uneven terrain and camping out at night with fairly basic facilities.

Level of Difficulty

The Atlas Mountain Challenge is graded as Challenging, which is suitable for someone who has some basic experience with hill walking/trekking. During your Atlas Mountain Challenge you will be trekking for three days in the Atlas Mountains on uneven terrain and camping out at night with fairly basic facilities.

Typical day

You will wake early, in time for a hearty breakfast, and will be trekking for around 5-8 hours, depending on the day (see itinerary for details). There will be stops for snacks, lunch and mindfulness. Each evening in camp, you can relax and enjoy some focussed time to look at mental wellbeing and how we can all improve our own wellbeing and that of our friends, family and work colleagues. 

Typical day

You will wake early, in time for a hearty breakfast, and will be trekking for around 5-8 hours, depending on the day (see itinerary for details). There will be stops for snacks, lunch and mindfulness. Each evening in camp, you can relax and enjoy some focussed time to look at mental wellbeing and how we can all improve our own wellbeing and that of our friends, family and work colleagues. 

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up a thorough safety management system. In a nutshell, Our Challenge Safe brand formalises our ethos when it comes to safety and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount! In terms of your Atlas Mountain Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

- Expect a wide and unpredictable range of temperatures. 
- Nights will certainly be quite cold, but seasons can be unpredictable, and you need to dress for both warm and very cold temperatures.
- Trekking can cause dehydration, so you need to keep hydrated, cover up with suncream and ensure that you are replenishing salts and sugars.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up a thorough safety management system. In a nutshell, Our Challenge Safe brand formalises our ethos when it comes to safety and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount! In terms of your Atlas Mountain Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

- Expect a wide and unpredictable range of temperatures. 
- Nights will certainly be quite cold, but seasons can be unpredictable, and you need to dress for both warm and very cold temperatures.
- Trekking can cause dehydration, so you need to keep hydrated, cover up with suncream and ensure that you are replenishing salts and sugars.

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support. 

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support. 

Flights

You will be flying from London to Marrakech and returning from Marrakech to London. The flight will take approx. 4 hrs. Your flight tickets will be e-mailed to you before departure. If you choose to book your own flights you must confirm with the Charity Challenge office before paying otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights (please contact flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance). 

Flights

You will be flying from London to Marrakech and returning from Marrakech to London. The flight will take approx. 4 hrs. Your flight tickets will be e-mailed to you before departure. If you choose to book your own flights you must confirm with the Charity Challenge office before paying otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights (please contact flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance). 

Visa

For UK passport holders a full passport is required but no Visa. You must have at least six months to run on your passport from the end of the challenge. Ensure your passport is stamped on arrival. Non UK passport holders should consult their nearest Moroccan embassy regarding visa requirements. 

Visa

For UK passport holders a full passport is required but no Visa. You must have at least six months to run on your passport from the end of the challenge. Ensure your passport is stamped on arrival. Non UK passport holders should consult their nearest Moroccan embassy regarding visa requirements. 

Insurance

Your safety when travelling with Charity Challenges is our main concern which is why it is a booking condition that you have a suitable travel insurance policy that will cover you for the adventurous nature of your challenge. We have chosen to partner with specialist travel insurance providers Campbell Irvine, who offer cover for an extensive number of adventurous activities. Cover is available directly from Campbell Irvine for most European residents and includes cover for emergency medical and repatriation and for your cancellation or curtailment of the challenge. Full details including costs may be found by clicking here.

Insurance

Your safety when travelling with Charity Challenges is our main concern which is why it is a booking condition that you have a suitable travel insurance policy that will cover you for the adventurous nature of your challenge. We have chosen to partner with specialist travel insurance providers Campbell Irvine, who offer cover for an extensive number of adventurous activities. Cover is available directly from Campbell Irvine for most European residents and includes cover for emergency medical and repatriation and for your cancellation or curtailment of the challenge. Full details including costs may be found by clicking here.

Vaccinations & Medicines

For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/154/morocco#Vaccine_recommendations Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you. 

Medication 

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required 
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses 

N.B. Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad 

Vaccinations & Medicines

For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/154/morocco#Vaccine_recommendations Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you. 

Medication 

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required 
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses 

N.B. Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad 

Climate & Terrain

Climate 
Early mornings will immediately warm as soon as the sun rises, and the days will be hot and bright. Temperatures can be anywhere from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade. As soon as the sun sets, the temperature drops rapidly and is often warm clothing is essential. Nights can be around 8 to 15 degrees centigrade. Walking in the mountains you will need strong UV protection. Good quality warm equipment is essential all year round. 

Terrain 
You will navigate trek along well-trodden paths that may be rocky underfoot. 

Climate & Terrain

Climate 
Early mornings will immediately warm as soon as the sun rises, and the days will be hot and bright. Temperatures can be anywhere from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade. As soon as the sun sets, the temperature drops rapidly and is often warm clothing is essential. Nights can be around 8 to 15 degrees centigrade. Walking in the mountains you will need strong UV protection. Good quality warm equipment is essential all year round. 

Terrain 
You will navigate trek along well-trodden paths that may be rocky underfoot. 

Training

Training and fitness is definitely required. Anyone who leads a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle should be okay as long as they train regularly over a period of a month or so leading up to the expedition. Don't forget that the temperature and altitudes are different from the UK. While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus. Walking up hills and climbing stairs are both ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take a long hike (6-8hours) several times with a weighted pack, up and down hills or on small mountains. 

Training

Training and fitness is definitely required. Anyone who leads a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle should be okay as long as they train regularly over a period of a month or so leading up to the expedition. Don't forget that the temperature and altitudes are different from the UK. While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus. Walking up hills and climbing stairs are both ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take a long hike (6-8hours) several times with a weighted pack, up and down hills or on small mountains. 

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using walking poles), teamwork on expedition and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. 

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using walking poles), teamwork on expedition and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. 

Luggage allowance and valuables

As no formal clothes are needed whilst trekking, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum - details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. Your rucksack/holdall (suitcases are not appropriate) must not exceed the maximum weight limit of the airline you are flying with. This is generally one piece at approximately 20kg, however, do check this with your airline before you fly. On your outward journey, please wear your hiking boots, and carry a spare change of clothing in your hand luggage. While we will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times. 

Luggage allowance and valuables

As no formal clothes are needed whilst trekking, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum - details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. Your rucksack/holdall (suitcases are not appropriate) must not exceed the maximum weight limit of the airline you are flying with. This is generally one piece at approximately 20kg, however, do check this with your airline before you fly. On your outward journey, please wear your hiking boots, and carry a spare change of clothing in your hand luggage. While we will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times. 

Leadership

There will be an English-speaking challenge leader who will be responsible for the logistics and co-ordination of your challenge. There will also be numerous local support guides and staff to assist them. The challenge leader will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. 

Leadership

There will be an English-speaking challenge leader who will be responsible for the logistics and co-ordination of your challenge. There will also be numerous local support guides and staff to assist them. The challenge leader will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. 

Group Size

Your group is intended to be a minimum of 30 people in order to run and a maximum of 50 people. 

Group Size

Your group is intended to be a minimum of 30 people in order to run and a maximum of 50 people. 

Clothing and equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don't need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are high quality gore-tex waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers, and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners The Outdoor Shop, Outdoorhire and Cotswold Outdoor. 

Clothing and equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don't need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are high quality gore-tex waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers, and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners The Outdoor Shop, Outdoorhire and Cotswold Outdoor. 

Accommodation & Toilets

Accommodation 
At the start and finish, you will be in a comfortable three-star hotel in Marrakech. Rooms are twin share. You can request and pay for a single room (subject to availability, and with a single supplement fee). During the challenge you will be camping in large tents of 4 to 5 people, with mattresses provided, with shared toilet facilities but no showers for two nights. If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with please ensure that you note this where appropriate when booking or email challenges@charitychallenge.com. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag (three to four season). 

Toilets 
During the challenge, you will be camping and toilet facilities will be basic. It is advisable to bring your own toilet tissue. The hotel in Marrakech has western style toilets. 

Accommodation & Toilets

Accommodation 
At the start and finish, you will be in a comfortable three-star hotel in Marrakech. Rooms are twin share. You can request and pay for a single room (subject to availability, and with a single supplement fee). During the challenge you will be camping in large tents of 4 to 5 people, with mattresses provided, with shared toilet facilities but no showers for two nights. If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with please ensure that you note this where appropriate when booking or email challenges@charitychallenge.com. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag (three to four season). 

Toilets 
During the challenge, you will be camping and toilet facilities will be basic. It is advisable to bring your own toilet tissue. The hotel in Marrakech has western style toilets. 

Food & Drink

You will be served a variety of Moroccan food. All meals are healthy and nourishing. Lunches will be in the form of a picnic lunch, ideal for carrying on the trek. There will be plenty of food to satisfy hungry appetites, but please let Charity Challenge know if you have any specific dietary requirements. 

Whilst our team in Morocco will do their best to meet any special requests, gluten free food is quite limited. We recommend you take a supply of gluten free bread, oats, and pasta that can be used for daily meals as well as gluten free snack bars during the day.

Food & Drink

You will be served a variety of Moroccan food. All meals are healthy and nourishing. Lunches will be in the form of a picnic lunch, ideal for carrying on the trek. There will be plenty of food to satisfy hungry appetites, but please let Charity Challenge know if you have any specific dietary requirements. 

Whilst our team in Morocco will do their best to meet any special requests, gluten free food is quite limited. We recommend you take a supply of gluten free bread, oats, and pasta that can be used for daily meals as well as gluten free snack bars during the day.

Money

Currency: The national currency is the Dirham, which is divided into 100 centimes. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within Morocco: however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies and at major airports in several countries (notably the UK). 
Cash: There are ATMs available at the airport and at the hotel in Marrakech. This is the best source of obtaining currency whilst you are in Morocco. 
Credit cards: Widely accepted in the larger urban centres, although a 5% charge is often charged. You should bring one in case of emergencies.
Spending money: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip as most expenses are covered. However, approximately £200 is recommended for gifts, souvenirs, alcohol & tipping. Euros and US$ can all be exchanged on arrival (GBP are much harder to change), although travellers cheques are only exchanged at larger banks. 
Tipping: Tipping is of course discretionary. However, tourism is a tipping industry and the guides in Morocco will generally receive a tip at the end of a job well done. We recommend GBP£30 per person (in Moroccan Dirhams) at the end of the event, which you should give to the tour leader who will then divide it among all of the support team. 

Money

Currency: The national currency is the Dirham, which is divided into 100 centimes. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within Morocco: however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies and at major airports in several countries (notably the UK). 
Cash: There are ATMs available at the airport and at the hotel in Marrakech. This is the best source of obtaining currency whilst you are in Morocco. 
Credit cards: Widely accepted in the larger urban centres, although a 5% charge is often charged. You should bring one in case of emergencies.
Spending money: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip as most expenses are covered. However, approximately £200 is recommended for gifts, souvenirs, alcohol & tipping. Euros and US$ can all be exchanged on arrival (GBP are much harder to change), although travellers cheques are only exchanged at larger banks. 
Tipping: Tipping is of course discretionary. However, tourism is a tipping industry and the guides in Morocco will generally receive a tip at the end of a job well done. We recommend GBP£30 per person (in Moroccan Dirhams) at the end of the event, which you should give to the tour leader who will then divide it among all of the support team. 

Phone and WiFi

WiFi and mobile phone reception will be available at the hotel in Marrakech. After leaving Marrakech, the mobile phone and WiFi signal will be limited. 

Phone and WiFi

WiFi and mobile phone reception will be available at the hotel in Marrakech. After leaving Marrakech, the mobile phone and WiFi signal will be limited. 

Emergencies

This challenge is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s trekking abilities. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that no one is left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the case of an emergency, all leaders are carrying radios and will coordinate a swift evacuation off the mountain. Their decision is final in all cases.

Emergencies

This challenge is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s trekking abilities. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that no one is left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the case of an emergency, all leaders are carrying radios and will coordinate a swift evacuation off the mountain. Their decision is final in all cases.

Back to top

BELIEVE >> ACHIEVE >> INSPIRE

ATOL protected

We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

Charity Challenge

Developed by Mercury1. Site design by Huddle Creative

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Blog
charitychallenge:mercury1:status:ok
Version details
Version: 2.29.3
Build: 1dc252ba38fe-RR
Time: 2019-12-06 13:05
Session expired

Your session has timed out after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Please click OK to continue.

Share this page

Link to share:

https://www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/info/3229/Atlas-Mountain-Challenge

Share link via:

Done