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Sahara Desert Trek & Project 30 th March – 6 th April 2014. Itinerary. Day 1 (Sun): LONDON / MARRAKECH Depart London for Marrakech (4 hour flight). On arrival we meet our local Berber guide and transfer to the hotel for a welcome dinner and briefing.
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30th March – 6th April 2014
Depart London for Marrakech (4 hour flight).
On arrival we meet our local Berber guide and transfer to
the hotel for a welcome dinner and briefing.
We set off early this morning for the journey over the High and Low Atlas Mountain Ranges and into the arid scenery of the Sahara desert (journey time approx. 7 hours).
Late this afternoon we meet up with our trekking team, consisting of local Berber guides, cooks and their camels, and start the trek. Overnight under the stars in bivouacs (or tents weather permitting).
Approx distance covered 5 miles.
Spend two full days out in the Sahara. Each day you will traverse sand dunes and a rocky, lunar landscape, passing the occasional oasis and mile after mile of natural beauty, a million miles away from daily life in the UK! Each night fall asleep to the sound of the crackling fire and the soft grunts of the camels!
(approx distance covered 20miles per day)
This morning it’s a final trek to the village of
Ouled Driss, where you will bid farewell to our
team of camels and the local Berbers, and
head back overland to Marrakech
(journey time approx. 7 hours).
(approx distance covered 5miles)
Spend two days assisting on a local community project. This is likely to include tasks such as painting, decorating, gardening and other tasks dependent on the need at the time.
Some free time for final sightseeing and shopping before transferring to the airport to fly back to London (depending on flight time).
Each day is different and ruled by a number of factors, such as condition of the trail, weather conditions, and the pace of the group as a whole.
This is just a guideline and will vary:
You will spend a total of 4 nights in hotels and 3 nights camping in a tent or under the stars!
At every campsite, a dug-in toilet will be improvised in a separate tent; this will be located at some distance from the campsite. Please bring ‘no-water’ anti-bacterial hand gel to clean your hands.
In the Moroccan Sahara, the average daytime temperature is 25˚C to 40˚C during the day. Sunscreen & sunhats are vital.
Walking boots. You should take walking boots with good ankle support. Ensure that your walking boots are well broken in and comfortable. You must ensure you give your boots at least 6 weeks of constant wear (such as during your training) to ensure they are broken in properly. Trainers/flip flops may be useful for around the camp.
During trek your main luggage will be carried on camels. Your luggage should be packed in a soft bag or holdall such as the above. A suitcase is NOT suitable.
British Citizens do not currently require a visa to enter Morocco but your passport must be valid for 6 months.Visas
Please see your GP for information about which vaccines and /or boosters you need.
The general guidance given by the NHS supported Fit For Travel website suggests the following:
Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain.
Courses or boosters usually advised: tetanus; hepatitis A.
Vaccines sometimes advised (based on medical risk assessment): typhoid; diphtheria; hepatitis B; rabies; tuberculosis.
BUT PLEASE SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE FROM YOUR GP AS THIS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU!
If your GP does not deal with travel health, pop into a branch of Nomad Travel and speak to one of the travel nurses there. You will receive a 10% discount against any vaccines from Nomad with your discount code DIFTRAV.Vaccinations