Fri 28 Dec - Fri 04 Jan 2019

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Day 1, Fri 28 Dec 2018

International departure from London

Meet the rest of the team and a Charity Challenge representative 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

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Day 2, Sat 29 Dec 2018

Ouarzazate to M’Harech Dunes (approximately 2 hours 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 hiking a further two hours to Mecissi. It’s back in the 4x4, venturing off-road for 25kms, before hiking into your first desert camp at M’Harech.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 3, Sun 30 Dec 2018

M’Harech Dunes, Rhris riverbed to O’Hare Gorge (approximately 7 hours)

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

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Day 4, Mon 31 Dec 2018

Climb Jebel El Mrakib (approximately 6 hours)

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

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Day 5, Tue 01 Jan 2019

Rhris River (approximately 7 hours)

Today covers around 27kms, 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

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Day 6, Wed 02 Jan 2019

Bouziane Dunes to Announ Baadi (approximately 6 hours)

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

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Day 7, Thu 03 Jan 2019

Return to Ouarzazate

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

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Day 8, Fri 04 Jan 2019

International departure to UK

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

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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