Sat 02 May - Wed 06 May 2020

In aid of Minds@Work

Minds@Work

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 02 May 2020

International departure from London

Challenge day has finally arrived and it's off to the airport to meet the rest of the team. On arrival in Marrakech, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in you'll meet up for your first talk and team dinner before getting a good night's sleep. (D) 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Marrakech

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Day 2, Sun 03 May 2020

Drive from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains; walk from Tizi n'Oughbar pass to Sremt valley (drive 4hrs; trek 5hrs/16km)

After an early breakfast and final briefing, you leave Marrakech and the scenery changes quickly as the road heads into the High Atlas Mountains towards the Ait Bougmez Valley via the Tizi n'Oughbar Pass (2,000m). From here, the trek begins following a track up to a high plateau with panoramic views over the Atlas mountain range. From here the route descends to the village of Sremt (1,700m) and to your overnight camp. Once you have settled and unpacked in your tent, Geoff will run a workshop around the camp fire on mental wellbeing. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 3, Mon 04 May 2020

Sremt village to Tamezrit plateau through the Ait Bougmez Valley (trek 7-8 hrs/24km)

This morning sees an early start walking along an ancient mule trail, still used by the Sremt people today, to reach Ait Bougmez, known as " Happy Valley". Passing striking limestone rock formations, the path continues up to Ait Ouriaat pass, 2,600m, from where there are panoramic views over the Ait Bougmez Valley. From here the path descends passing through oak and juniper trees to reach the first village of this pretty valley where you'll stop for lunch under the shade of walnut trees. Feeling rested, the afternoon walk passes through fields and orchards before arriving at Tamezrit plateau where you'll camp below Jbel Mgoun, 4,068m, the third highest peak of the Atlas Mountains.  Once again you will have the chance to engage in the topic of mental wellbeing at work, sharing ideas and tools to improve the environment back at your place of work. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 4, Tue 05 May 2020

Walk to Tafenfent and Abachkou; drive to Marrakech (trek 5-6 hrs/19km; drive 4 hrs)

Leaving the Ait Bougmez Valley this morning, you pass through small villages and will cross the Arous River before continuing up to Tafenfant plateau. Here you may see cattle grazing in the pastures as you trek along a mule path through oak trees before descending down to the red valley of Abachkou (1,700m). Here, you'll leave the mountains behind and drive back to Marrakech via Imi n'Ifri and Demnat. Celebrate the trip and all your achievements over a final celebratory meal together. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Marrakech

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Day 5, Wed 06 May 2020

Fly back to London

Today you wave goodbye to Marrakech and head home to the UK with some amazing memories and new-found friends. (B)

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Important information

NB: 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 other unpredictable factors. 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. 

Should you suffer from vertigo, it is worth considering that on most mountain treks there will be occasional exposure to sheer drops. You should, therefore, discuss the particular itinerary of your choice with a member of our team.

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