Sat 26 Sep - Sat 03 Oct 2020

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 26 Sep 2020

International departure from London

Your journey begins at the airport where you’ll meet teammates and the Charity Challenge representative. Last minute nerves will morph into excitement as you touch down in Marrakech, a magical city of snake charmers, fascinating architecture and bustling markets. Your guide will brief the group about the challenge ahead at the hotel, before heading out for your first team dinner together. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 2, Sun 27 Sep 2020

Drive to Demnate, then cycle to Tilsekhte, 1,565m (approx. 21km)

The landscape quickly changes on the first day as you head towards Demante, nestled at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. There's no turning back as you pedal into the mountains, towards the natural arch of Ini Nifri. After lunch, it's back in the saddle for a steady climb up the mountain path. Team spirit will inspire you to push through to camp, where a sumptuous feast awaits. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 3, Mon 28 Sep 2020

Tilsekhte to Tirghist via the Tizi n’Tirghist Pass, 2,293m (approx. 30km)

Think of the dazzling view at the top as you battle your way up the steady ascent to the first pass. From here it's an exhilarating downhill ride past tiny mountain villages. The terrain becomes trickier as the ride passes through a small gorge and up to Tizi n'Tirghist (2,626m). Exhausted but energised by the ride through the Ait Bpou Goumez Valley, enjoy the thrilling descent into camp. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 4, Tue 29 Sep 2020

Cycle through the Ait Bou Goumez Valley, 1,880m (approx. 45km)

Expect today to be tough. The easy downhill will lull you into a false sense of security, before the hard ascent through fields and Berber villages. After lunch, it's time to dig deep for a huge 830m climb on dirt tracks to the foothills of the Mgoun Massif. This will be your first night in a traditional auberge, complete with Berber hospitality. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hostel

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Day 5, Wed 30 Sep 2020

Ait Bou Goumez to Amezrai, 1,650m (approx. 68km)

Today is the longest and toughest day of the challenge – but also the most magnificent. Once again, you will tackle the 13km ascent up to the Tizi n'Tirghist pass. From here you can freewheel down 300m, taking in the mountain vistas before beginning another ascent to the Tizi n'Ilissi pass at 2,530m. Finally, a 1,000m downhill slope leads you into the village of Amerzai. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 6, Thu 01 Oct 2020

Amezrai to La Cathédrale, 1,150m (approx. 47km)

The final day of the challenge follows the course of the Ahançal Valley, passing farms and Berber villages. Expect a hard ride out of the valley onto a dirt road through dense pine forests. Your efforts will be well worth it as the night will be spent in the shadows of the imposing cliffs of the Cathédrale, besides the sparkling Ahançal River. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 7, Fri 02 Oct 2020

Drive back to Marrakech via Lake Bin el Ouidane

Feeling triumphant, the group will head back to Marrakech via Morocco’s largest reservoir, the carp-filled Lake Bin el Ouidane. From here, you drive back to Marrakech arriving in the early afternoon. Share a drink or two with new-found friends and trekking partners in your final team dinner. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 8, Sat 03 Oct 2020

Return to UK

Before heading home, there's some free time to explore the city and partake in some last minute souvenir shopping in the frenzied souks of Marrakech. Eventually, however, it's time to head to the airport for our flight home to London. (B)

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Important information

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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 may occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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